Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Lounges: The Complete Guide (2024)

Looking for a Schiphol Airport lounge? In this guide we will review every airport lounge available at Amsterdam Schiphol airport. There are currently 8 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.

The access rules for each Schiphol lounge is explained and lounges are also marked by airline alliance and whether entrance is possible by payment or via the Priority Pass or DragonPass lounge program.

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.

Amsterdam Schiphol (IATA code: AMS, ICAO code: EHAM) is located in the Netherlands and is a major European airport hub.

These are the airport lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol:

  • Aspire Lounge 26 Schengen
  • Aspire Lounge 41 non-Schengen [!temporarily closed until further notice]
  • KLM Crown Lounge 25
  • KLM Intercontinental Crown Lounge 52
  • Privium ClubLounge Departures
  • Privium ClubLounge West
  • Privium ExpressLounge
  • Star Alliance Schengen Lounge

Airline Lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol

Aspire Lounge 26 & Aspire Lounge 41

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS][ONEWORLD][STAR ALLIANCE] – Swissport runs 2 ‘Aspire’ branded lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol. There is Aspire 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.

! Aspire Lounge 41 is currently under renovation and is closed until further notice. Limited temporary facilities are in place at Cafe Flor (near gate D7) and Frames Cafe (Lounge 2 upper level) – check your airline or lounge membership for access options.

Aspire 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.

The Aspire lounges can get busy at peak hours. Daily opening hours are 0600-2100.

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How to access Aspire Lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol:

  • Paid entry, from €30 for a 3 hour stay.
  • Free access to Priority Pass/DragonPass holders.
  • Elite or business/first class passengers of: Aeroflot/Aer Lingus/Air Astana/Air Baltic/Air Lituanica/Air Malta/Air Serbia/American Airlines/Bulgaria Air/Croatia Airlines/Egyptair/El Al/Emirates/Estonian Air/Etihad/EVA Air/Finnair/Flybe/Garuda/Icelandair/Iran Air/Malaysia Airlines/Qatar Airways/Royal Air Maroc/Royal Jordanian/Singapore Airlines/Surinam Airways/TUI fly/Turkish Airlines/Ukraine International/United Airlines.
    Note, Star Alliance has its own lounge in the Schengen departures area (see below). However, the Star Alliance airlines for non-Schengen departures use Aspire Lounge 41.
  • ABN AMRO MeesPierson Private banking clients – since ABN Amro closed its own basic ‘Preferred Banking’ lounge, its private wealth customers get free access at the Aspire Lounges. Note, ABN Amro Preferred Banking clients no longer get access.

KLM Crown Lounge 25 & KLM Intercontinental Lounge 52

[PAID][SKYTEAM] – KLM has 2 large flagship lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol.

KLM Crown Lounge 25 (Schengen) is a 2,400m² lounge space on the upper level between Lounge 1 and 2, near the D gates.

KLM Intercontinental Lounge 52 (non-Schengen) is the renovated 6,800m² lounge facility which can seat 1,500 passengers. It is located on the upper floor of Lounge 3 near the F gates, accessible by an escalator or lift.

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Facilities include zones set up for work, relaxation, food & drink and entertainment. There are 20 free shower suites and also sleeping cabins for hire (2-5 hours, charge €35 to €75). There is a paid bar (Blue by KLM) on the upper level which has a premium selection of drinks.

In terms of styling and seating the lounge has significantly improved. However, it is still very busy in the mornings and evenings so try to visit in mid-afternoon to avoid the rush.

The lounges are open daily 0445-2200.

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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).
  • KLM Economy passengers can be offered a paid access option which costs €50 (Lounge 25) and €65 (Lounge 52), Flying Blue members get a slight discount. Book through the KLM app or ‘My Trip’ on (with a €10 discount), self-service machines or at the lounge entrance.
  • Delta SkyClub member on Skyteam flight. For more info on airline club memberships see our ultimate lounge access guide.

Skyteam airlines operating from Schiphol are Aeroflot/Aeromexico/Air Europa/China Airlines/China Eastern/Czech Airlines/Delta Air Lines/Garuda/ITA Airways/Kenya Airways/Korean Air/Saudia/TAROM/Xiamen Air.

Privium ClubLounge Departures / ClubLounge West / ExpressLounge

[PAID][PRIVIUM MEMBERSHIP] – Privium is a membership card program run by Schiphol airport which allows members to cross the Dutch border control using an iris scan machine. It has 3 lounge facilities.

The stylish Privium ClubLounge Departures 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 0530-2100 daily.

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The Privium ClubLounge West opened in 2021 following a renovation and is larger than its predecessor, the Privium Airside lounge. It is located past security in the non-Schengen departures area on Holland Boulevard at pier E near Dutch Bar & Kitchen. The lounge has a “Northern Lights” design theme and has individual workstations, improved food/drink bar, shower and hand spa. Opening hours are 0530-2100 daily.

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Privium ExpressLounge is the third Privium lounge facility. It is found after security at Lounge 1 (second floor) near the start of the D pier (Schengen area). It is open daily 0530-2100.

How to access Privium Lounges:

  • Privium lounges are now open to non-members who pay for entry. Costs are €50 for a lounge voucher.
  • Privium membership is open to nationals from the European Union plus Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway or Iceland. UK passport holders cannot apply.
  • Privium Plus membership costs €285 per year and gives access to the Privium Lounges. A Privium Plus partner card is €130 per year whilst guest vouchers are €35 per person.
  • Note, children under 12 are not permitted to enter the Privium lounges.

Star Alliance Amsterdam Schengen Lounge

[PAID][STAR ALLIANCE] – This Star Alliance-branded lounge was opened in 2019 and is operated by Aspire/Swissport. The lounge is located in the European Schengen Area departures area.

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The lounge has an elegant, contemporary feel and seats 150 guests. Facilities includes dining area (with hot/cold buffet options), wine bar and draught beer, business area with individual work booths, luggage storage area, newspapers/magazines and a relaxation area. There are no shower facilities.

How to access Star Alliance Schengen Lounge in Amsterdam:

  • Star Alliance first and business class passengers. Star Alliance airlines at Amsterdam departing to Schengen Area destinations are Aegean Airlines, Austrian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, SAS, Swiss and TAP Air Portugal.
  • Star Alliance Gold members.
  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Club (Worldwide membership) and United Club members.
  • Paid entry (3 hours access) for Star Alliance economy passengers is possible for €50, with a small discount given to Star Alliance frequent flyer members.

Flying to a destination outside the Schengen Area with one of the other Star Alliance airlines? You can still use this lounge but would need to go through passport control to enter the non-Schengen departures area of the airport. It is recommended to allow more time than usual if you wish to visit this lounge instead of the Aspire Lounge 41.

The Star Alliance lounge is located on the upper level in Departures 2 (Schengen) adjacent to Aspire Lounge 26. Normally open 0530-2100 (daily).

One World Lounge Amsterdam

The British Airways Lounge in Amsterdam has been permanently closed since 2020. It is likely that a new OneWorld lounge in Amsterdam will be opened sometime in early 2024 taking up the former BA space.

Schiphol VIP Service Lounges

[PAID] – 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 at Arrivals 4, beyond Starbucks towards the Excellence Parking. Contemporary styled lounges offer food and drinks.

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 in 2024 it is €560 (1st passenger) plus €360 (per additional passenger). For transfer passengers it is €760 (1st passenger) plus €530 (per additional passenger).

All rates exclude Dutch VAT.

NS International Lounge / Regus Express Lounge

[RAIL][PAID] – Not an airline lounge, this is the NS International/Regus Express lounge for first class rail passengers and Railteam elite members. 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. It is open Monday to Friday 0730-1930, closed on weekends and public holidays.

Paid entry at €6 per hour/€15 per day is possible (card-only payment). There are also meeting rooms available for hire from Regus Express.

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How to access the NS International Lounge at Schiphol Airport station:

  • Lounge access is for first class international rail passengers (Eurostar/Intercity Brussels). 1 guest is permitted.
  • Railteam elite card holders (DB/SNCF/Eurostar/OBB/SBB)
  • Regus Business lounge membership

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. 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 €19.50 for a shower including towels and soap. Alternatively book one of the rooms there. Open 24 hours.

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  3. YOTELAIR Schiphol (Lounge 2 near D gates) – also charges €17.50 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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  4. Sheraton Hotel, a short walk across from the Schiphol arrivals hall/train station. A Fitness & Spa day pass costs €35 – 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.
  5. Book a room at the CitizenM hotel, about 5 minutes walk from the arrivals hall/train station.

We have looked at all available Amsterdam Schiphol Airport lounges. We would hope that in the near future Schiphol will expand its current lounge capacity and offer travellers more choice.

  • Last updated 20 September 2023.
  • First published in 2010, the original complete guide to AMS lounges.
  • Links at may pay an affiliate commission. Lounge opening times can change, always check with the operator.

Greetings, fellow travel enthusiasts! As someone deeply immersed in the world of airport lounges and a frequent traveler myself, I'm thrilled to share my extensive knowledge on the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport lounges. My passion for exploring the intricacies of airport amenities, access rules, and the overall travel experience has led me to become a reliable source for fellow globetrotters.

Let's dive into the comprehensive guide to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport lounges, where I'll break down each concept mentioned in the article:

  1. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS):

    • Major European airport hub located in the Netherlands.
    • IATA code: AMS, ICAO code: EHAM.
  2. Schiphol Lounge Number Notation:

    • Lounges are labeled as "Lounge 1/2/3/4," referring to the four main public departure lounge areas.
    • Airline lounges have unique numbers such as 25, 26, 40, 41, and 52.
  3. Types of Lounges at Schiphol:

    • Public Lounges: Aspire Lounge 26 (Schengen) and Aspire Lounge 41 (non-Schengen).
    • Airline Lounges: KLM Crown Lounge 25 (Schengen) and KLM Intercontinental Lounge 52.
  4. Access Rules and Programs:

    • Aspire Lounges: Paid entry (from €30), free access for Priority Pass/DragonPass holders, and access for elite or business/first class passengers of various airlines.
    • KLM Crown Lounges: Access for Air France/KLM/Delta/Skyteam business and first class passengers, Flying Blue members, and Delta SkyClub members.
    • Privium Lounges: Paid access available, Privium membership for eligible individuals.
    • Star Alliance Lounge: Access for first and business class passengers, Star Alliance Gold members, and paid entry for economy passengers.
    • VIP Service Lounges: Tailored service for VIP groups at a cost.
  5. Star Alliance Lounge:

    • Elegant, contemporary lounge with dining, wine bar, and business area.
    • Access for Star Alliance first and business class passengers, Gold members, Air Canada Maple Leaf Club/United Club members, and paid entry for economy passengers.
  6. One World Lounge:

    • British Airways Lounge closed in 2020; a new OneWorld lounge expected in early 2024.
  7. Schiphol VIP Service Lounges:

    • Tailored service for VIP groups with separate security, baggage check-in, and luxury vehicle transfer.
  8. NS International Lounge / Regus Express Lounge:

    • Lounge for first class rail passengers and Railteam elite members.
    • Stylish seating area, workspace, and various drinks.
  9. Showers at Schiphol Airport:

    • Shower facilities available at KLM Crown lounges, Mercure Hotel Schiphol Terminal, YOTELAIR Schiphol, Sheraton Hotel, and CitizenM hotel.
  10. Closing Thoughts:

    • Hope for future expansion and increased lounge capacity at Schiphol Airport.

In conclusion, navigating the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport lounges involves understanding access rules, membership programs, and the diverse amenities offered by each lounge. Whether you're a business class traveler, lounge member, or simply looking to freshen up during your layover, Schiphol has a range of options to enhance your travel experience.

Stay informed and enjoy your travels!

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