Q. I have the possibility of arranging my trip so that there is an 8 hour layover in Amsterdam. I figure this is an opportunity to see the city. But is this worth it, considering all the problems with transportation, customs, and needing to be back for check in two hours early?

If the layover works, would this be a good idea to check my carry-on as baggage at the origin, so I don't have to lug it around Amsterdam?

A. There's probably just enough time to at least set foot in the city center. There's a high speed train that takes just 15 minutes each way to/from the airport. However, Schiphol is a massive airport and the lines can really slow you down, so plan to be back at the airport 3 hours ahead of flight time just in case. You never know what might happen.

You can leave your luggage in a locker at the airport for a fee, so no need to lug it.

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