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    A Guide to Airports in the Netherlands

    If you are planning to travel abroad during your stay in the Netherlands, air travel if the fastest way. We know students love to travel, which is why in this article we will teach you all you need to know about air travel.

    Main Airports

    The Netherlands is popular among tourists, there are a few airports to choose from for if you need to travel by plane. Luckily, the Netherlands is relatively small, so the farthest airport will still only be a 3-hour trip, regardless of where you live. There are five main airports, with the biggest one being::

    Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

    The busiest airport of the Netherlands, Schiphol is located near the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam. It is also the most convenient airport to take in most situations, as it is well connected to Amsterdam Central Station (only 15 minutes by train). 

    You can travel to Schiphol with public transport from all over the country, which makes it more suitable as an excellent all-round airport to take when you want convenience, the most comfortable planes, and low travel time. 

    The prices for a ticket will be higher compared to our next contender. Still, this is the most connected airport in the Netherlands.

    Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the third busiest airport in Europe

    Eindhoven Airport

    If you want the cheapest trips, then Eindhoven Airport is for you. Eindhoven Airport is the central hub for inexpensive European airlines. It is also the second-largest airport after Schiphol.

    It takes about 20 minutes to reach the Eindhoven Airport form the Eindhoven city centre. There is a trade-off, as Eindhoven Airport lies relatively far away from other main cities such as The Hague, Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Rotterdam. 

    The Eindhoven Airport is relatively small compared to Schiphol Airport. There are only budget airlines with limited destinations to choose from. However, this is why Eindhoven Airport is the best choice if you want to travel for cheap in Europe.

    Rotterdam The Hague Airport

    Rotterdam The Hague Airport is the third-largest airport in the Netherlands. Rotterdam The Hague Airport does not have the most extensive budget flights options as Eindhoven airport, but what it does have is an excellent connection to other big cities such as Amsterdam and Utrecht. 

    From Rotterdam The Hague Airport, a bus will take 30 minutes to arrive at Rotterdam Central Station, after which multiple trains will take you to any other Randstad city. As the Airport is relatively small, check-in and check-out times are fast and easy. Rotterdam The Hague Airport is also less crowded as Schiphol, which makes it a great alternative to Schiphol.

    Maastricht Aachen Airport

    Maastricht Aachen Airport is a regional airport in the south of the Netherlands and has limited flights. Most airlines will take you to the bigger cities in Europe, but routes change seasonally. Management is working on expanding services, however, which is in its current state we do not recommend you to fly from Maastricht Aachen Airport unless you live closeby.

    Groningen Airport Eelde

    Groningen Airport Eelde is a small, regional airport in the north of the Netherlands. While Groningen Airport Eelde is well-known by northerners, the airport is not the most esteemed or popular one to take. The flights have very limited service, only nine destinations to choose from. 


    Buy and Compare Tickets

    Now that you know which airport is best for you (hwihc is most likely Schiphol and Eindhoven Airport), it is time to discuss where to purchase the tickets. There are a lot of sites which can help you find the cheapest tickets. Here are a few of our favourites: 

    Google Flight Matrix

    Google Flight Matrix is a Google platform for comparing flight tickets. It is meant to give you an idea of what the average price should be for the tickets you want. You cannot purchase tickets from this site, you will be redirected to the airlines’ website for purchasing.

    Cheaptickets.nl 

    Your best bet to getting cheap tickets, it’s already in the name. It’s a good comparison site, and you can purchase your ticket on it. Bonus, you can collect air miles by shopping at many places including Albert Heijn. You can redeem these air miles on their website to get a discount on your ticket.

    How to Save on Tickets

    As mentioned before, you can collect air miles for discounts. Another option to help you find the best time to buy tickets is Skyscanner. Skyscanner is a great site where you can look at the best times to order a ticket for your destination. You save your trips and get notified when there is a price increase/decrease in the ticket price.

    Ticket prices change every day because plane companies predict consumer behaviour and change prices accordingly. You cannot know if the price will be lower or higher than yesterday, so don’t be sorry if it is. You probably got it at a better deal than some of the other passengers.

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