Public Transport in Amsterdam

Going Around

Amsterdam has a unique glory of having all walkable routes, especially in its main area. You will find that almost all of the major sites are located in or near the city centre.

The public transportation network of Amsterdam is excellent and should be definitely preferred over driving in the canal ring.

However, for most of the travellers who want to explore the city to the best, biking gains precedence over all other forms of transport.

GVB – The Public Transport Company

The GVB is the public transport company of Amsterdam. More than 1,000,000 people use its services every day, which includes trams, buses, metros and ferries.

The GVB transport company offers its services not only in the city of Amsterdam, but a number of nearby towns as well. The company has a well-planned network of public transport by road, water and railway, both at the street level and underground. It is also linked to the Dutch Railway stations and regional transport systems.

Forms of Transport

Be it any mode of travel, Amsterdam offers its tourists and residents an economical and comfortable means of transport. As per your need, you can pick one of the below or combine a few to make a planned trip.

1.Trams: Trams are the best way to move around in Amsterdam and run regularly till 12.15 a.m. You can also experience the Museum Tram. It is a foundation that operates old trams on Sundays and public holidays.

2.Buses: These are mainly used to reach the suburban areas. Amsterdam is also the starting point for several regional buslines. Normally, after midnight, nightbuses are the only means of transport you will find.

3.The Metro: Fast and generally preferred for travel far outside the city centre or to the Amsterdam Arena.

4.Canal Boats: These run every 40 minutes from 9:50 until 7.25 with 14 stops along three different routes throughout the city. All of Amsterdam’s major attractions fall along the route. The historical commentary provided along the way is especially very informative.

5.Bicycles: Indeed the most preferred way to explore the place. There are dedicated bike paths and number of companies offering bicycle rentals.

6.Taxis: Though available at most of the tourist hubs, a taxi is nearly impossible to get on the weekends. However, taxis are not particularly cheap in Amsterdam. You can order a taxi from a taxi rank or from Stadsmobiel for senior citizens and the handicapped.

7.Car rentals: Car rental services are easily available at the Schipol Airport and in the city centre along Overtoom Straat near Vondelpark.

8.Railway: The railway provides the best connection between Schipol, the airport and the Centraal Station in the heart of the city.

9.Ferries: There are numerous ferries providing cyclists and pedestrians with a connection to Amsterdam Noord, the city area across the IJ.

The ‘I amsterdam Card’

Earlier known as the Amsterdam pass, it is issued by the Amsterdam Tourism and Convention Board. It comprises of a transportation ticket, a chip card that provides free admission to the museums and a book guide. The information given is in Dutch, English, French and German. The card is available at all local tourist information offices.


Another option is to purchase a strippenkaart, which is valid year around and charges riders per trip according to the number of zones passed through to each destination. It is available in strips of 8, 15 and 45 and is available at all GVB Tickets and Information Offices, newspaper shops and post offices.


Some travel tips you could use, when in Amsterdam:

1.If you can organise yourselves into groups of travellers between 10 and 25 persons, you can take the advantage of a group transport ticket.

2.At the tourist office, you can pick up a one, two or three-day Amsterdam Card/Pass for free unlimited travel on all public transport and including free entrance to most of the museums and attractions.

3.The disabled travellers can contact IHD (International Help to the Disabled) for airport arrival and departure assistance.