Public Transportation in Amsterdam

Check out GVB the public transport company that provides tram, metro, and bus service throughout the city and neighboring areas. Just order one transport OV-chipcard. You can use these cards on any GVB service. Find card machines at stations and in the entry of many supermarkets.

Take an Amsterdam Tram to get around Amsterdam. Trams regularly run until 12:15 a.m. Grab a map and use the trams to get to nightspots, museums, shopping and city tours.

If you want to travel to outlying areas after the trams have stopped running, there are night buses running from midnight until 7 am. Routes connect to Central Station, Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein.

Jump  aboard the Amsterdam Metro. One line leads to Amsterdam Old City but is still under construction. There are four existing lines that will carry you to different suburban areas of the city. Three of these lines begin their runs from the Central Station.

Afraid to run around Amsterdam by yourself? Try the Tourist bus system. These are traditional American school busses painted red and converted. A two-hour-long guided tour will take you through the city.

The Amsterdam Canal Bus runs from 9:50 am until 7:25. There are at least 15 stops along the three different routes thought Amsterdam. Day passes are €16 and well worth the cost. Amsterdam’s major attractions are on the route and commentary introduced by friendly hosts who tell you all about historical Amsterdam. Try taking the Museumboot for €14.25 a day. This boat stops at Central Station, Prinsengracht, Leidseplein, Muziektheater, Herengraht and the East Dock. Tickets include half-price entry to city museums.

Biking is very popular in Amsterdam and should be your preferred way to travel around the city. There are many dedicated bike paths, and very few hills will make you sweat and strain. If you want to exercise, sightsee, and feel like a child again, then you must bike. There are many rentals that charge €8 per day.

Of course, there are the taxis. Taxis are available at most tourist centers. Do note that hailing a taxi is very difficult and impossible on weekends. Call ahead to city cab 0900.677.7777. Expect to pay €1.80 per km and keep your wallet out to add a tip.

Driving in Amsterdam is not recommended. You can rent a car at Schiphol Airport and the city center along Overtoom Straat. Driving in Amsterdam can be a nightmare, but might be worth it if you are adventurous.

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