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User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5599 times:

Hello all.

I hope to be going to AMS in the not too distance furutre,
Now, I obviously won't have a car, as I'm too young to drive, and i'd rather not take a taxi, so I would like to know where the best placeses to watch and photograph planes at AMS are that I can walk to in a reasonable time ( i.e- less than 30-40mins) or that I can get to by bus without forking out a fortune.

1)I know there is a Terrace, is that a good enough place to spend 4-6 hours ?
Also, I don't mind catching a bus, but I don't know what the fares are, and how often the busses come, what stops to get off at, route numbers etc etc.

2) Is going round the AMS airport area OK for someone who can't speak or read a word of dutch ?

Thanks in advanced
Wrighbrothers


Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
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User currently offlineBmiBaby737 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1808 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5589 times:

Hi Alistair,

This should really be posted in Photography Forum, and if you do a search on that same forum, you should find all the answers you are looking for. I havn't yet been to AMS (Although I'm booked to go next month) and so unfortuantly I cannot offer you any other help at this time. Sorry -

BmiBaby737 / Jimmi

[Edited 2006-07-24 18:49:09]

User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3364 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5529 times:

www.schipholspotter.com

will answer all questions. Also the questions about bus routes, but not fares. Your best option would be to buy a "strippenkaart" at the terminal. For instance at the book shop, bus desk, or at bus driver. You'd be best of with something like 8 strips (euro 6,40) or 15 strips (euro 6,70). You can buy your fare from the bus driver, but this will be at a premium fare!

Each ride you will be deducted (stamped) one strip per zone plus one strip as boarding fee. To the Kaagbaan and Aalsmeerderbaan is 3 strips one way. To the Buitenveldertbaan is 2 or 3 I believe. Note that the strippenkaart can be used in all busses (except the long distance "Interliners"), all trams, all underground trains and most LOCAL train services.

The card is valid for until a few months after tarrif changes which happen no more then once a year. Have not got a clue when that will be though. So you should be able to use the card for future trips as well. Usually they show some leniency with foreigners and old strippenkaarten. I have seen people get accepted on board with cards that might as well be found in museums!  Wink



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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3364 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5529 times:

to add:

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Thread starter):
2) Is going round the AMS airport area OK for someone who can't speak or read a word of dutch ?

You'll find the English from the Dutch to be better then the English from your local chavs. Big grin

[Edited 2006-07-25 02:33:00]


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User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5517 times:

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 3):
You'll find the English from the Dutch to be better then the English from your local chavs. Big grin

And easier to understand too.
You can walk from the terminal to the famous spot on the south side of runway 24 ('spottersplaats')in about an hour or so if you're really keen(!)but I would really advise taking the bus from outside the terminal.


User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5470 times:

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 3):
You'll find the English from the Dutch to be better then the English from your local chavs.

That is most likely, unfortunately, true  Sad

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 2):

Thank you for your informative post Mr Thije , I'll write that down in a note book and take it with me when I go  Smile

Wrighbrothers



Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5459 times:

Oh forgot to add something (just after the 30min rule damn it).
I've only got a normal camera (5 megapixel) , it's got a pretty good zoom (I can zoom 3.2 X on the camera, then another 5.0X once the shot's on the screen, but i'm not sure of the range), but it's not a DSLR
Could anyone sujest where the best spots are to get a good-OK picture with a normal camera ?

Thanks
Wrighbrothers



Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5443 times:

Wrightbrothers.

I guess your camera has a 5x Digital Zoom. IMO, you should always have it turned off, because it only decreases the image quality. I'd only use the 3.2x zoom.


User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5381 times:

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 7):
I guess your camera has a 5x Digital Zoom. IMO, you should always have it turned off, because it only decreases the image quality. I'd only use the 3.2x zoom.

Thanks,I've just checked, and it's a 4.2meg-pix camera, with a 3.2X zoom  Smile

Wrighbrothers



Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3364 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5377 times:

What camera do you have, how much zoom do you have in mm? Saying you got 3.2X zoom frankly means nothing. It could mean 10-32mm, or 100-320mm or.... you get the idea.

Best runway is always the Kaagbaan and the Polderbaan. Since the Polderbaan is inaccesible for you unless you find someone with a car, going to the Kaagbaan will be best.



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User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5368 times:

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 9):
What camera do you have

I have a Sony Cybershot DSC-S80.
I'm not sure of the range, but I can take reasonable picture of a 747 from the ground, which is about 500ft in the air

Wrighbrothers

[Edited 2006-07-25 23:12:52]


Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3364 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5365 times:

Kaagbaan will do for you, Aalsmeerderbaan later in the day when the sun turns. Observation platform is good too obviously but mostly facing the sun.


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User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5342 times:

Thank you for your help everyone  Smile

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 11):
Kaagbaan will do for you, Aalsmeerderbaan later in the day when the sun turns. Observation platform is good too obviously but mostly facing the sun.

Ok, i'll spend my time between the observation area (have lunch there) and then move down Kaagbaan, might give the bus drivers a good laugh with my pronunciation of some dutch words Big grin

Wrighbrothers



Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
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