Public Transport Amsterdam

 

Public Transport Amsterdam

Article update february 2020

There are several ways to explore the city. All the main attractions and sites in Amsterdam are within walking-distance. The Centre (especially within the canal ring) is really hard to reach and get through by car. It is easier to use the public transport Amsterdam network connecting all city districts; by taking a train, tram, metro (underground train), bus or ferry. Note that the tram is the most common and easiest way within the city center.

Public Transport Amsterdam Smart Card

Starting around June 2011, the government introduced the ‘OV chipkaart’ (Public Transport smart card) for Amsterdam. Nowadays, this is the one and only way to get around the city. It is an electronic card available for the duration of 24 up to 168 hours. You can buy this card at many hotels, tourist information offices, supermarkets and from vending machines. With this card you have to check-in and check-out every time when you use a tram, bus or metro. Public Transport Ticket Amsterdam 1 hourYou hop on a tram and instead of handing the ticket to the lady behind the desk, you need to hold it in front of a scanner near the door. Don’t forget to check out when you exit the tram! For the duration of the card, you have unlimited access for trams, buses and metro.

There is also the possibility to buy a one-hour card from the drivers and conductors (if necessary). If you like to travel more outside the city center, it is useful to take a metro or bus. Using the tram is the best way to travel within the city and they run until midnight.

Prices Public Transport 2020 (Amsterdam Only)

Included:

unlimited travel on all GVB trams, buses, metros and ferries inside the city of Amsterdam (day and night)

Hours / Days Price Hours / Days Price
1 hour  EUR 3.20 96 hours / 4 days EUR 24.50
24 hours / 1 day  EUR 8.00 120 hours / 5 days EUR 29.50
48 hours / 2 days EUR 13.50 144 hours / 6 days EUR 34.00
72 hours / 3 days EUR 97.00 168 hours / 7 days EUR 37.00
Public Transport Smart Card for use in tram, bus and metro

Prices Public Transport 2020 incl transfer Schiphol Airport – Amsterdam

Included:

unlimited travel on all GVB trams, buses, metros and ferries inside the city of Amsterdam (day and night)
Airport Express: round trip transfer included by bus 397 and by night-bus N97 from Central Station to Schiphol Airport

Hours / Days Price Hours / Days Price
24 hours / 1 day EUR 19.25 120 hours / 5 days EUR 40.75
48 hours / 2 days  EUR 24.75 144 hours / 6 days EUR 45.25
72 hours / 3 days EUR 30.25 168 hours / 7 days EUR 48.25
96 hours / 4 days EUR 35.75
Public Transport Smart Card for use in tram, bus and metro in Amsterdam including round trip transfer Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station

Public Transport Amsterdam Cards are also available at:

Ferries Free of Charge

Public Transport Ferry AmsterdamTo connect the north of Amsterdam with the city center, GVB (the Amsterdam Public Transport Organisation) provides a ferry network with 5 ferry links. The main 3 links start at the central station and connect 3 different locations on the other site of the river IJ. It can be used by passengers, bicycles and mopeds and is free of charge.

On this site of the Amsterdam Central Station, at the same level as the train platforms, the new bus station is situated. It is still under construction, but already in use.

3 Comments
  1. Morning. I’m a person with disability. I’ll visit Amsterdam with my caredriver. Please are there any discounts for me and her about public transport? Thank you so much for your precious support.

  2. I am staying at a hotel in amstelveen in may and need to get transport from the airport and the later into amcterdam city centre . I am staying with three others for two nights so probably need a 62 HR pass for travel but not sure which pass to get and where from. Hope you could help?

  3. I would like to know how to get around with an electric wheelchair. Can a person get on a tram with that? We are planning to arrive by train.

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