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Public transport in Amsterdam

Travelling within Amsterdam by public transport is straightforward and convenient. The extensive network is operated by GVB and connects the city's neighbourhoods by train, tram, metro, bus and ferry.

Unlimited use of Amsterdam public transport with the OV chip card

If you're using public transport in Amsterdam and beyond, the public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart) is used for travel on trams, buses and metros. The most convenient option for visitors is a disposable one-hour card or day card (valid for one to seven days). One-hour tickets can be bought from the conductor or driver on the tram or bus. Day tickets can be bought on the tram or purchased in advance.  Day cards can not be bought from the driver on the bus. Tickets are valid across the whole network from the time of purchase, allowing you to take as many journeys as you choose within your chosen time-frame.

Amsterdam public transport discount & day passes for visitors

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:

For inspiration on what to visit outside Amsterdam, view the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area map of all the attractions and sights within an hour of the city by public transport.

Helpful apps and sites for planning your journey

Before seeing the sights, you may wish to consult the 9292 route planner or GVB website to help you find the quickest and most convenient way to get from A to B. In addition, there are a number of excellent apps available to help you find your way around the city.

Public transport in Amsterdam

Trams

Amsterdam’s trams are suitably distinctive, decked out in blue and white and armed with a famous bell that rings out to attract the attention of any p...

Metro

Amsterdam's metro system radiates from Central Station to the city's outlying districts. Its four routes are often the fastest way to reach districts ...

Bus

Amsterdam’s bus network is extensive, connecting all neighbourhoods with other city areas and extending outwards into the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area....

Ferries across the IJ

Amsterdam’s ferries provide essential, free connections across the River IJ for pedestrians, cyclists and mopeds. Many of these blue-and-white ferries...

Train

Many people travelling to or from Amsterdam will often make use of the train, which not only provides a superb connection with Amsterdam Airport Schip...

Hire a bike

Cycling is a fun, efficient and easy way of getting around Amsterdam - just like the locals do! Even if you only pedal around for a few hours, riding ...

Public transport passes in Amsterdam

Public transport chip card

In Amsterdam and throughout the Netherlands, the public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart) is used for travel on trams, buses, metros and trains. Resi...

I amsterdam City Card

Get your trip off to a smooth start. Order your City Card now online and make the best out of your trip to Amsterdam, with free entry to the city's to...

Handy public transport apps

GVB app

The official app from the GVB – Amsterdam’s primary public transport operator – will help you make sense of the city’s tram bus, tram and metro lines ...

9292ov app

This handy app helps you find your way around Amsterdam and beyond, providing public transport advice for the whole of the Netherlands, including all ...

Citymapper app

Real-time journey planner helping you to quickly get from A to B by public transport, bike, foot and every other transit mode imaginable.