Travelling within Amsterdam by public transport is straightforward, fast and convenient. Amsterdam Central Station is the primary public transport hub of Amsterdam. The extensive network is operated by GVB and connects the city's neighbourhoods by tram, metro, bus and ferry.
When travelling by public transport in Amsterdam, we recommend to use the 9292.nl webiste. The route planner of 9292.nl always offers the most up-to-date departure times and routes. Futhermore the online route planner also provides correct information about prices, total travel time, connection points, transfer times, etc.
Depending on your travel plans and the duration of your stay, there are a number of different Amsterdam public transport passes that are especially valuable for visitors:
- GVB day passes: Available for 1 to 7 days. Unlimited use of all GVB trams, buses and metros in Amsterdam.
- I Amsterdam City Card: Available for 24, 48, 72 or 96 hours. Unlimited use of all GVB trams, buses and metros in Amsterdam + free entrance to the city's top attractions.
- Amsterdam Travel Ticket: Available for 1, 2 or 3 days. Unlimited use of all GVB trams, buses and metros in Amsterdam + a return (2nd class) train travel between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and any railway station in Amsterdam.
- Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket: Available for 1, 2 or 3 days. Unlimited use of all GVB trams, buses and metros in Amsterdam + buses and trains operated by Connexxion, EBS and NS in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam region (including Zandvoort, Haarlem, Monnickendam and Volendam).
We advise to buy your tickets in advance online.
In Amsterdam and throughout the Netherlands, residents use the National public transport chip card (named: OV-chipkaart) for traveling on trams, buses, metros and trains. It is also possible for visitors to purchase an OV-chipkaart, but we advise not to do that. We recommend tourists to use one of the above mentioned cards. These are generally easier to buy, and moreover usually cheaper.