Guide to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Contributors: dan330, lukey767, Northern Boy, Roy C
Updated Sunday 4th September, 2011

ICAO Code: EHAM
IATA Code: AMS

Latitude: N52° 18' 29"
Longitude E4° 46' 0"

Sunrise Today: 07:46
Sunset Today: 18:03

Amsterdam Schiphol is probably the best airport in the world for viewing and photography spots, offering you fantastic views and photographic opportunities all day and without the need to fight fences. The airport is a major international airport offering a wide range of flights from the european low costs to the major asian carriers, there is a good mix of aircraft.
The only disadvantage from a photographers point of view is that the airport has a lot of runways. This means movements can be missed. Usually you will have 18R as the primary landing runway with 18C also used during peak times. Runway 24 acts as the primary departing runway with 18L used again at peak times.

Schiphol does have an official viewing area within the terminal which is great for spotters and views of the airfield but if you want to make the most of the fantastic spots the airport offers and get quality action photos then you will need to get out around the perimeter and this will require a car.

There are quite possibly other spots at Schiphol which are good for viewing / photography although I haven't actually tried any others myself. The fact there are no fences for most of the airfield and roads running close to a lot of it mean there will always be areas for viewing and photography. The 4 listed below though offer the best views around the airport and on the primary runways and were all we required to get the majority of movements on our visit.

Radio Frequencies Radio Frequencies

Approach / Departure: 119.05, 121.2 & 126.675
Arrival: 118.4 & 131.15
ATIS - Arrival: 132.975
ATIS - Departure: 122.2
Clearance Delivery: 121.975, 121.65 & 131.35
Ground - NE: 121.8
Ground - NW: 121.9
Ground - SW 06/24: 121.7
Tower - 18C/36C: 118.1
Tower - 18L/36R: 119.225
Tower - 18R/36L: 118.275
Tower - Other Runway: 118.95

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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Weather

All times on the weather descriptions are local

Observed at 01:00 - (8 days 18 hrs ago)


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Dew Point: °C
Runways with a headwind: Unable to determine, wind is clam

Movements

A sample of the upcoming movements for Amsterdam Schiphol.

We do not current have any movements for Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Photo Spot Spot A - Panarama Terrace

Panarama terrace situated on top of the terminal building. It offers good views and photographs of aircraft on the ramp, however you are too far from the runways to get any action photos.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 18' 32" (N52° 18.537')
Longitude: E4° 45' 56" (E4° 45.935')

Photos

Photo 46573
Focal Length: 285mm
Photo 46572
Focal Length: 400mm
Photo 46571
Focal Length: 400mm
Photo 45542
Focal Length: 8.7mm

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Photo Spot Spot B - 18R / 36L East Side

A great spot for those early mornings is out by the new "Paderbarn" runway. The area is just basically a field offering good views of the runway, although the tall bushes do cause a bit of a problem when you walk further up towards the touchdown marker, side on shots after landing are easy though.

Walking away from the roundabout onto the grass will cause the farmer to call the police and you can not park here now.

PLEASE NOTE THIS SPOT IS CLOSED

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 20' 53" (N52° 20.889')
Longitude: E4° 42' 48" (E4° 42.808')

Photos

Photo 38821
Focal Length: 85mm
Photo 38820
Focal Length: 78mm
Photo 38817
Focal Length: 61mm
Photo 38812
Focal Length: 78mm

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Photo Spot Spot C - 18R / 36L West Side

A great afternoon spot for touchdowns on 18R or rotations from 36L. There is a cycle / motorcycle path that runs virtually the entire length of the runway so you can take your pick to get your favoured shot. Low bushes, much lower than at spot 5 make it easier to get good pictures anywhere down the runway.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 21' 16" (N52° 21.258')
Longitude: E4° 42' 30" (E4° 42.504')

Photos

Photo 45821
Focal Length: 105mm
Photo 45511
Focal Length: 200mm
Photo 34430
Focal Length: 194mm
Photo 26483
Focal Length: 70mm

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Photo Spot Spot D - 36C departures

This spot is excellent for the heavies as they depart and for most of the smaller aircraft has they tend to bank right just after take off.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 19' 55" (N52° 19.917')
Longitude: E4° 45' 3" (E4° 45.05')

Photos

Photo 32659
Focal Length: 200mm
Photo 32658
Focal Length: 140mm

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Photo Spot Spot E - Runway 06

The new area around runway 06 - however the Google map is not up to date as there is now a road and a bus stop near here. The marker is approximate.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 17' 1" (N52° 17.022')
Longitude: E4° 44' 17" (E4° 44.287')

Photos

Photo 35485
Focal Length: 200mm
Photo 35480
Focal Length: 130mm
Photo 35479
Focal Length: 200mm
Photo 35477
Focal Length: 190mm

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Photo Spot Spot F - Runway 36R

Good in the afternoon and directly opposite for the morning arrivals, the a/c from the east normal land here when is use.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 17' 30" (N52° 17.501')
Longitude: E4° 46' 15" (E4° 46.249')

Photo Spot Spot G - Taxiway to 36L

Good for the morning for the a/c taxing to 36L.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 19' 45" (N52° 19.755')
Longitude: E4° 43' 39" (E4° 43.642')

Photos

Photo 45825
Focal Length: 250mm
Photo 45824
Focal Length: 263mm
Photo 45823
Focal Length: 300mm
Photo 45822
Focal Length: 35mm

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Comments Comments About This Airport / Guide

Posted by: Alan United Kingdom
Monday 1st October, 2018 at 19:46 GMT
Dear Sir or Madam;
I was spotting at Schipol airport on the 15/9/2018 and forgot to write down the LATAM cargo reg it was a Boeing 767f, any chance you can help.

Thank you Alan
Posted by: Walter Belgium
Saturday 4th August, 2018 at 08:00 GMT
Morning Arrivals Rwy36R.
Parking car at Aalsmeerderdijk in Oudemeer, house nr 106 or in neighbourhood, along the channel Ringvaart. 5217'1.46"N 446'48.25"E If you park on thegrass, pay attention, its near the border of the water. Planes from left to right. No facilities, except for a swim in the channel. Be also carefiull for bikes !!

For arrivals at rwy 06. If you are early and lucky, you can park the car at the few parkingspots along the Kruisweg.( sideway, not the main road ! )between the exits of the companies.
5217'3.01"N 443'56.98"E
From there, walk around the corner for about 5 minutes to the spotarea. No facilities at all.
Pictures taken at both locations on request via info@spectare.be
Posted by: A Traveller India
Wednesday 8th March, 2017 at 11:36 GMT
Thanks a lot Marco for that pointer.
Posted by: Marco Netherlands
Friday 17th June, 2016 at 11:18 GMT
One good spot is missing: At the parking place of Mc Donalds, runway 09-27 (sat nav Loevesteinse Randweg 200 or 52.321222 4.792989). Perfect with stronger western winds (landing) or eastern winds (take off).
Posted by: john murdoch United Kingdom
Saturday 21st November, 2015 at 16:16 GMT
Hi
is there any airside tours for plane spotting at schipol other than the tour bus or is there any access to the hangers.
cheers John
Posted by: Johnnyg United Kingdom
Sunday 1st November, 2015 at 22:09 GMT
Just spent a week spotting at Schipol (end Oct 2015) and from the last Sunday in October the opening hours of the terrace changed to open at 9am and close at 5pm. It will stay at these hours until summer 2016 when it opens at 7am and closes at 9pm.

It is currently free entry with no security check.
Posted by: Ted Wilkinson United Kingdom
Wednesday 30th September, 2015 at 20:28 GMT
Very good info but my next visit will be to the terrace. What are the times it opens and closes this time of year, please.
Posted by: Gizmo United Kingdom
Friday 3rd May, 2013 at 18:28 GMT
Hi, Any of you know where a list of the Europa final flights may be posted once they have been confirmed? Thanks
Posted by: Archie Bailey United Kingdom
Monday 16th July, 2012 at 18:44 GMT
Hi,

Planning a trip to AMS with my Dad in a few weeks, will we need bikes to get around to spots C area?

Thanks.
Posted by: Edgar Portugal
Friday 29th July, 2011 at 16:00 GMT
I there guys,

I'm planning a trip to AMS for the first time and I would like to know which are the best places to spot, according to the runways in use...I know that car is needed, but in this case I'll not do that (%u20AC%u20AC%u20AC%u20AC)

Regards
Posted by: Radek Czech Republic
Friday 29th October, 2010 at 17:59 GMT
Hi there, I have one question, are place C and D available by public transport from schiphool airport ?
Thank you for yours answers.
Posted by: Paul United Kingdom
Monday 30th August, 2010 at 10:13 GMT
Hi
Just booked me flights to schiphol in october 2010 and was wondering the best places to spot and take photos.

Cheers Paul
Posted by: steven United Kingdom
Monday 9th August, 2010 at 18:39 GMT
Hi all, im thinkin of visting AMS in october, can anyone give me a few pointers on the cheapest and best place to stay please. many thanks
Posted by: TREV T United Kingdom
Monday 11th January, 2010 at 10:51 GMT
GOING TO AMS WEEKEND 10/11 APRIL 2010,IS IBIS STILL CHEAPEST HOTEL&WHERE IS BEST PLACE TO SPOT FROM?
Posted by: peter ten thije Afghanistan
Sunday 19th July, 2009 at 12:35 GMT
Spot B has not been closed. However, it has been moved further to the west.

Due to the move the spot is not really good anymoer for take-offs. The planes will be too high. For landings it is still good. No touch-downs anymore, but still a good side-on view on final approach.

Parking is very limited so be early. Also, the roach-coach no longer visits here.
Posted by: Even Rognlien Norway
Thursday 21st May, 2009 at 14:57 GMT
Yes, it's free entry at the roof of the terminal. I was there this weekend. It's easy to find this place, just have a look here: http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh172/Even1992/Schipholterminal.jpg
Posted by: Tony United Kingdom
Tuesday 12th May, 2009 at 12:47 GMT
D Hawkins, yes i am pretty sure it is free entry, there is a group of us going tomorrow (13th May) will confirm
Posted by: D HAWKINS United Kingdom
Friday 8th May, 2009 at 11:54 GMT
THE VIEWING AREA AT SCHIPOL IS IT FREE ENTRY
Posted by: Matthew763 Germany
Sunday 5th April, 2009 at 01:59 GMT
Spot B (Runway 24/06) is closed since January 2008

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