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Public transport in Amsterdam

Walking through Amsterdam is a great way to discover the city. Most sights and shopping areas are within walking distance of Central Station.

If you don't want to walk, public transport is an easy and affordable alternative.

The public transport company(metro, tram and bus) is called GVB and its network covers the entire city and its suburbs.

The most affordable option is to buy a GVB card. These are valid for 1 to 7 days and you can travel unlimited on all modes of transport both day and night. There is also an Amsterdam City Card with public transport plus access to 100+ Museums, Sightseeing and more.
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If you're staying for a longer period of time in Amsterdam, it's worth buying a Strippenkaart, these are valid all year round but you only pay for each trip.

You can buy both cards at all GVB offices, online, kiosks and grocery stores.

It is also possible to buy single tickets on board the different carriers, but this is not a very affordable option.

However, it works great if you are only traveling once and are in a hurry.

The tram is the best option for traveling within the city center.

Bus and metro are better if you need to get to the suburbs.

The best way to get around the city is of course by bike.


Amsterdam's tram system is known to be an efficient and widespread means of transportation that connects the city.

Amsterdam Central Station is a key point for public transport in the city. Many tram lines start from or pass through this central hub.

The station is a good starting point for exploring the city and also connects to other modes of transport such as trains, buses and ferries.

Each tram line is numbered and has a specific color to facilitate recognition on maps and signs.

Popular lines include line 2, which is known to pass through beautiful parts of the city and close to several popular tourist attractions.

Tickets can often be bought on the trams themselves, at ticket machines at major stops or via mobile apps.

In general, travelers use a chip card, known as "OV-chipkaart", which can be loaded with credit and used to check in and out on trams, buses, and other means of public transport.

Given Amsterdam's cycling culture, it is worth noting that bicycles are generally not allowed on trams, with some exceptions during weekends and off-peak periods.


Amsterdam has a fairly compact metro system consisting of four lines: 50, 51, 52, and 54.

The metro system is also operated by the municipal transport company GVB.

The metro system uses the same payment system as the trams, i.e. the "OV-chipkaart". There are different types of tickets, including single tickets, 24-hour tickets and several different types of tourist passes, depending on your needs and the length of your stay.

The Amsterdam metro usually starts running early in the morning (around 06:00) and ends around midnight.

The frequency of departures varies depending on the time of day and day of the week, but most lines have regular departures every 7 to 10 minutes during peak hours.

The metro is an efficient method of moving quickly between different parts of Amsterdam and is particularly useful for longer distances where trams may be less practical.


Driving a car in Amsterdam's city center is not a very good option as it is very difficult to get around.

But if you need a car to travel longer distances, there are affordable cars for rent at both Schiphol Airport and along Overtoom Straat, a street close to Vondelpark.

Along that street are all the major car rental companies and it's quick and easy to find what you're looking for.

The canal boats

If you want to be guided through Amsterdam in an extremely peaceful and harmonious way, you should travel on the canal boats.

What many people don't know about Amsterdam is that they have canals winding beautifully through the city, and why not make the most of this.

The boats run from morning to evening and pass almost all of Amsterdam's attractions.

You can buy an all-day card for about €160.

The ticket includes half-price admission to almost all of Amsterdam's museums.

This way you can stop and look at what you find interesting.

The staff are very friendly and accommodating and the canal boats allow you to learn a lot about the history of Amsterdam.

Of course, the guides speak English.

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