Amsterdam public transport guide

Explore Amsterdam with multiple ways to get around the city

Why not travel as the locals do and opt to rent a bike in Amsterdam? Bike shops are common and offer a cheap transport option.

Alternatively, Amsterdam is one of the most walkable cities in the world – getting to all of the tourist attractions on foot is a breeze. Public transportation is also efficient and reliable throughout the city and never far from the top places to visit if walking is not your forte.

Amsterdam public transport

Types of transport: GVB (Public Transport Services of Amsterdam) services Amsterdam by train, tram, metro, bus and ferry.

Paying for transport: One-hour tickets can be purchased from tram or bus drivers. GVB offers single- to seven-day passes that start at €7.50. They are valid on trams, buses and the metro. Passes can be bought throughout the city at GVB ticket and info spots, service points and metro stations. The OV-chipkaart can also be purchased but is more suitable for longer periods. Ferries are free to use.

Getting to and from the airport: The airport train will take you directly to Amsterdam Central Station which is located in the city centre. They leave every 10–15 minutes and the journey is 15–20 minutes. Buses depart from outside the main arrivals entrance and leave every 30 minutes. Take the Amsterdam Airport Express, line 197 to the city centre. It departs every 15 minutes.

Amsterdam bike hire: Bike hire shops are available throughout the city. The most prominent shop with multiple locations is MacBike.

Best apps for getting around: The GVB app is the official app for Amsterdam public transport. It gives travel advice based on where you are and where you want to go.

Taxis and Uber

Taxi: Taxis can’t be hailed at every spot on the road. It is best to find one at a fixed taxi rank. Taxis can be booked in advance online or over the phone.

Uber: Uber is available in Amsterdam and costs €24–60 from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to the city centre.

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Renting a car in Amsterdam is not recommended as streets are narrow and parking is expensive and limited.

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