The easiest and fastest way to get around in Amsterdam from and to your Amsterdam apartment is on a bicycle, which are for rent all around. But, since the weather in Amsterdam can be a bit rainy sometimes and the traffix can be quite chaotic public transport is a very good and affordable way to get around in the city. The public transport in Amsterdam consist of trams, busses, ferries, and subways (metro). For transportation to other cities, the train is the best way to go.
For specific information on public transport in Amsterdam you can visit the GVB Tickets & Info, situated across the Central Station.
The most practical is to buy a ticket that is time-bound, meaning you buy a ticket for an X amount of hours. With the 1 hour ticket you can travel for 1 hour (time starts after first check-in) as much as you want using GVB transport. You can also buy a ticket for unlimited transport during multiple days
With the I Amsterdam Card you get do not only get free entrance to a lot of museums and other great discounts, you also get free public transport on all trams, busses and subways that are owned by the GVB company (and most of them are). Do note that this is not valid on the trains to and from Schiphol airport (that is NS).
For more information, please read our section on the I Amsterdam Card. There are also 24-, 48-, 72- and 96-hour cards for public transport, but we strongly recommend you buy the I Amsterdam Card if you are going to use the public transport a lot, do not want to worry about having a valid ticked and visit a few museums.
A card that you can only load with an e-purse and with train tickets. You cannot load season tickets onto this card. In some cases it’s more convenient to travel with this card. For example, if you want to share the card with others. But several people cannot travel at one and the same time using the same card. Just like the personalized card, there is a one-time charge of € 7.50 for the anonymous card, which is valid for 5 years as well. The card cannot be blocked. The anonymous OV-chipkaart can be bought at GVB Tickets & Info and at the GVB Ticket Vending and Add Value Machines.
Please have a look at the OV-Chipcard website.
Please note that it is not allowed to smoke on Amsterdam public transport. Bringing food and drinks is usually tolerated on public transport if you do not make a mess. It is prohibited to place your feet on the benches and you can get fined for this. Pets are allowed for free on public transport, as long as they are on your lap or on a short leash.
|Anna Frank House||13, 14, 17||170, 172, 174|
|Rijksmuseum||2, 5, 7, 10, 12||145, 170, 172, 174, 197|
|Leidse square||1, 2, 5, 10||142, 145, 170, 172|
|Dam square||1, 2, 5, 13, 17||170, 172|
|Heineken experience||7,10, 16, 24, 25|
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