Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Lounges: The Complete Guide

Amsterdam Schiphol (IATA code: AMS) is a major European airport hub. In this guide we will review every airport lounge available at Amsterdam Schiphol airport. There are currently 7 Amsterdam airport lounges plus a private VIP lounge facility and an international rail lounge.

We will also overview all shower facilities to be found at Amsterdam Schiphol.

So if you are looking for a lounge from a major airline/alliance or a paid-for-entry airport lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol then please read on…

The access rules for each Schiphol lounge is explained and lounges are also marked by alliance and whether entrance is possible by payment or via the Priority Pass program. Click here for a special 10% discount on annual Priority Pass membership which provides unlimited access to 2 Schiphol lounges as well as 1,000 other lounges worldwide.

Note that Schiphol has a slightly confusing number notation system when it comes to lounges. “Lounge 1/2/3/4” actually refers to each of the 4 main public departure lounge areas. The airline lounges have a dedicated (and seemingly random) number assigned to them – such as 25, 26, 40, 41 and 52! See the official Schiphol site for terminal maps.

Airline Lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol

Aspire Lounges (2) [PAID] [PRIORITY PASS] [STAR ALLIANCE] – Swissport runs 2 ‘Aspire’ branded lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol. There is Lounge 41 (non-Schengen, main picture at the top of page) which is found on the second upper level of the Lounge 2 departure area near the E Gates. Lounge 26 (Schengen, pictured below) is on the upper level between Lounges 1 and 2, near the D gates. Both lounges offer seating and business areas plus drinks and light snacks. Lounge 41 also has shower facilities for an extra fee (€20). Lounges can get very busy at peak hours. Opening hours are 0600-2330 (41) and 0530-2130 (26) daily.

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Aspire Lounge 26 (Schengen) at Amsterdam Schiphol airport

How to access Aspire lounge Amsterdam Schiphol:
• Paid entry, from £20/€25 for a 3 hour stay. You can book Aspire Lounge 41 (NON-Schengen) here or book the Aspire Lounge 26 (Schengen) here
• Priority Pass/Diners Club holders.
• Elite or business/first class passengers of Adria Airways/Aegean/Aeroflot/Air Astana/Air Baltic/Air Lituanica/Air Malta/American Airlines/Arke/Aurstian Airlines/Bulgaria Air/Croatia Airlines/Egyptair/El Al/Emirates/Estonian Air/EVA Air/Finnair/Flybe/Garuda/Icelandair/Iran Air/LOT Polish/Lufthansa/Malaysia Airlines/Qatar Airways/Royal Air Maroc/Royal Jordanian/SAS/Singapore Airlines/Surinam Airways/Swiss/TAP/Turkish Airlines/United Airlines
• Note, most of the Star Alliance airlines use these lounges; Singapore Airlines has a separated section within Lounge 41.
• ABN Amro Preferred Banking clients (temporary)

KLM Crown Lounges (2) [SKYTEAM] – KLM has 2 large flagship lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol with a total combined area of 6,000m². Lounge 25 (Schengen) is on the upper level between Lounge 1 and 2, near the D gates; Intercontinental Lounge 52 (non-Schengen, pictured below) is on the upper floor of Lounge 3, near the F gates. Facilities include drinks and snacks, business area, seating and rest areas, showers. Open daily 0445 until last KLM departure.

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KLM Intercontinental Crown Lounge 52 at Amsterdam Schiphol airport

How To Access Amsterdam KLM Crown Lounges:
• Air France/KLM/Delta/Skyteam business and first class passengers. Note, any arrival passengers technically need a ‘same-day’ ticket.
• Flying Blue Platinum/Gold and SkyTeam Elite Plus on Skyteam operated flight (+1 guest); Flying Blue Silver on payment of a fee (no guests).
• Delta SkyClub member on Skyteam flight. For more info on airline club memberships see our ultimate lounge access guide.
• Air France-KLM Petroleum Club on overnight transfer only for Skyteam flight on designated oil route.
• Other airlines business/first class/elite passengers: Aer Lingus/Air Serbia/Cityjet/Etihad/Georgian Airways/Ukraine International.

Skyteam airlines operating from Schiphol are Aeroflot/Air Europa/Alitalia/China Airlines/China Southern/Czech Airlines/Delta Air Lines/Garuda/Kenya Airways/Korean Air/TAROM.

British Airways Lounge [ONEWORLD] – BA has a Galleries-style lounge located at Lounge 40 (adjacent to Aspire Lounge 41) on the second upper level of Lounge 2, near the E gates for non-Schengen departures. The lounge features a bar (drinks/light snacks available) plus an elegant seating area, workspaces and views of the apron. There are no shower facilities. Open 0530-2130 (Mon-Fri), 0600-2030 (Sat) and 0600-2130 (Sun).

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British Airways Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol airport

How to access British Airways lounge in Amsterdam:
• British Airways Club and First passengers.
• Cathay Pacific business and first class passengers.
• British Airways Silver/Gold/Premier and Oneworld Emerald/Sapphire passengers on a Oneworld flight.

Privium ClubLounge – Privium is a membership card program run by Schiphol airport which allows members to cross the Dutch border control using an iris scan machine. The stylish Privium ClubLounge is a 600m² facility located between Departure Halls 1 and 2 near check-in desk row 9. It offers drinks, light meals, comfortable seating and an office area. There are no shower facilities and no windows. The lounge is open Sunday to Friday 0600-2030 – note, closed on Saturday and public holidays.

How to access Privium ClubLounge:
• Privium is open to nationals from the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland and US. Privium Plus membership costs €205 per year and gives access to the Privium ClubLounge. A partner card is €75 per year whilst guest vouchers are €25 per person.
• Note, the Privium Basic membership (€121 per year) does not include lounge access.

ABN Amro Lounge (closed) – Dutch bank ABN Amro had its Preferred Banking lounge located on the upper level between the E and F piers. This small, basic lounge contained comfy seating and computer workspaces. A staff member would serve drinks (with no food and no bathrooms).

Lounge access was only for ABN Amro Preferred Banking clients, not standard account holders. Preferred Banking status is granted if paying in a minimum of €5,000 per month or holding €50,000 in assets with the bank.

Due to the ongoing renovation at Schiphol the ABN lounge has closed. It is not known at this point whether the lounge will re-open. ABN Preferred Banking members are currently directed to use one of the Aspire lounges.

Schiphol VIP Centre Lounges – Amsterdam Schiphol airport offers a tailored service for VIP groups of up to 20 passengers. This includes separate security, baggage check-in and transfer to aircraft by luxury vehicle. Access is granted to one of 7 private lounges at the Schiphol VIP Centre, located past the Press Room near check-in row 32 of departures 3. Contemporary styled lounges offer drinks only, but catering can be provided at extra cost.

How to access the VIP Centre Schiphol:
• Access is available to any passengers – departing, transferring or arriving – willing to pay for the service. Costs are not cheap – for departing/arriving passengers it is €295 (1st passenger) plus €115 (per additional passenger). For transfer passengers it is €435 (1st passenger) plus €170 (per additional passenger). All rates exclude Dutch VAT.

NS International Lounge – Not an airline lounge, this is the NS International lounge for first class rail passengers. It is located at Schiphol Plaza Arrivals 4 area, next to the HEMA shop. The lounge has a stylish seating area, a workspace and offers various drinks. No food is served. There is a bathroom but no shower facilities. Open Monday to Friday 0800-2000, weekends and public holidays 1000-1800.

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NS International Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol

How to access the NS International Lounge at Schiphol Airport station:
• Lounge access is for first class international rail passengers (Thalys/Intercity Brussels). 1 guest is permitted.
• Passengers with first class NS subscriptions (monthly or annual) or OV annual pass.
• Railteam card holders.

Showers at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

If you are looking to freshen up and take a shower whilst at Amsterdam Schiphol, there are the following possibilities:

  1. KLM Crown lounges (you need to have access)
  2. Aspire non-Schengen Lounge 41, shower costs €20, towels provided (plus you need to have access to the lounge).
  3. Free shower in one of the toilets at non-Schengen departures, upstairs near the airline lounges. Bring your own soap and towels.
  4. Mercure Hotel Schiphol Terminal, located at Lounge 3 (upper level) near the F gates (non-Schengen departures) and opposite the KLM intercontinental Crown lounge. It charges €15 for a shower including towels and soap. Alternatively book one of the rooms there. Open 24 hours.

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    Mercure Hotel at Amsterdam Schiphol airport
  5. YOTELAIR Schiphol (Lounge 2 near D gates) – also charges €15 for a 1-hour shower cabin (2 available). Or book a room which all have monsoon showers, 4 hour stays possible.

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    Yotel Air at Amsterdam Schiphol airport
  6. Sheraton Hotel, a short walk across from the Schiphol arrivals hall/train station. A Fitness & Spa day pass costs €20 – this includes access to a gym, sauna, rainforest showers, steam room and wellness area. Valid 0600-2200, buy at the hotel reception. A good option for arriving passengers.
  7. Book a room at the CitizenM hotel, about 5 minutes walk from the arrivals hall/train station.