Public Transport Amsterdam
The public transport network in Amsterdam is impressively convenient get around if you are familiar with it. The network includes metros, buses, trams, ferries and trains. There are a lot of different tickets to use Amsterdam’s public transport of which the public transport chip card (ov chipkaart), a card that lets you travel on credit, is the most common one. Other tickets range from one way tickets to multiple day tickets. We understand that all these tickets might confuse you, through this page we want to help visitors from all over the world to make the most of their stay whatever the length.
Short Stay – Day Tickets
If you are planning to stay in Amsterdam for a few days it is handy to buy separate tickets. Depending on your plans there are a lot of options.
- The Holland travel ticket is a day ticket that can be used in all trains, buses, trams and metros in Holland.
- An Amsterdam travel ticket allows you to travel limitlessly with all carriers in and around Amsterdam, including from and to Schiphol, for 1, 2 or 3 days.
- The Amsterdam & Region travel ticket lets you travel in Amsterdam and it’s surroundings for 1, 2 or 3 days. With this ticket you can explore the beaches of Zandvoort, Edam’s cheese market, the Aalsmeer flower auction, Keukenhof Gardens and many other beautiful sights.
- A GVB day ticket allows you to travel with GVB, the major carrier in Amsterdam centre, unlimited for 1,2,3,4,5 or 7 days.
- A GVB hour ticket allows you to travel with GVB for one hour, very handy when you are going to use the public transport a few times only.
- Furthermore, there are day tickets for EBS and Connexxion, two smaller carriers in and around Amsterdam.
Long stay – Public transport chip card
When you are staying in Amsterdam for more than one week it might be beneficial to buy a public transport chip card (ov chipkaart) instead because you only pay for the distance you actually travelled. With a one way ticket you pay for the whole trip. The public transport chip card is a plastic card that lets you travel on credit. Traveling with a public transport chip card is very handy because it allows you to travel with all the carriers including the NS (Dutch railway). The card can be bought on this site and costs 7,50 euro, at this website it is possible to load the card with credit before you arrive in Amsterdam.
Metro in Amsterdam
All of Amsterdam’s metro stations, operated by GVB, are gated with check-in and check-out ports that open with a public transport chip card or another travel ticket. The metro in Amsterdam is especially efficient to travel to the edges of the city. When exploring the city centre trams and buses are more convenient.
Buses in Amsterdam
The buses in Amsterdam are operated mainly by GVB, Connexxion and EBS operate bus lines around Amsterdam. All buses have check-in and check-out ports meaning that you can check in with a public transport chip card.
Trams in Amsterdam
The tram is one of the most popular way of transportation in the city centre ofAmsterdam, the network is large and highly reliable. All trams are operated by GVB and you need a public transport chip card or another valid ticket, such as a GVB ticket or an Amsterdam travel ticket, to be able to travel.
Ferries in Amsterdam
North Amsterdam is separated from the centre by a large canal called the IJ. The most convenient way of crossing this canal, both during the day and the night, is to take a ferry. Because there are a lot of ferries operating in a relatively short route you rarely have to wait more than a few minutes. Most of the ferries depart just outside the Amsterdam central station, other places to get on board are displayed below. The best thing about this service is that it is absolutely FREE!
Train in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is host to multiple train stations, including:
- Amsterdam Sloterdijk
- Amsterdam Lelylaan
- Amsterdam Zuid
- Amsterdam RAI
- Amsterdam Muiderpoort
- Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA
- Amsterdam Science Park
- Amsterdam Holendrecht
- Centraal Station Amsterdam
As of 9 July 2014 it is not possible to travel with standard paper tickets anymore, traveling using the railway network requires a public transport chip card or a one way ticket. Please not that in order to be able to travel by train the credit on your chip card must be at least 20,- euro. To avoid the hassle of buying a travel ticket seconds before departure it is possible to buy your ticket online.