Routes and tickets for Amsterdam's metro
All of Amsterdam’s metro stations are gated by check-in and check-out ports, accessible only with a public transport chip card (OV-Chipkaart) or another valid travel card. If you are not in possession of a personal chip card, you can purchase a one-hour ticket or a rechargeable non-personalised public transport chip card at GVB service desks or vending machines at the station. Please note: the metro stations do not have manned service desks (but there may be an assistant on hand to help at ticket machines). Apart from Amsterdam Central Station, only two of the current metro stations are centrally located (Nieuwmarkt and Waterlooplein), and for getting around in the city centre you might consider walking, cycling or taking the tram and buses. However, the metro network is an especially efficient way to travel around the edges of the city. Click on the map below to see GVB's full, interactive Amsterdam Metro map.
I amsterdam City Card
The I amsterdam City Card gives you unlimited access to public transport in the city (including the city’s metro services). You can also make use of the ‘Get out of Town’ offer to combine this with the Amsterdam & Region Day Ticket.
For detailed travel advice for Amsterdam’s metro network (and beyond), download the public transport app 9292 (available for Android, OSX, Blackberry and web version).
In recent years new tunnels have been dug under Amsterdam’s city centre. These will form a new metro route, known as the Noord/Zuidlijn (North/South line), creating a direct connection between the north and south of the city. It is expected that the first trains will operate on this route in 2017. To follow the progress of the construction, the website HierZijnWij (in Dutch) has real-time maps, news items and frequent videos.
Accessible public transport
Public transport operator GVB can provide specific information about accessibility on Amsterdam trams, buses and metro trains. For example, route folders and timetables indicate which transport stops are not wheelchair accessible, or which trams and bus services are not equipped with an accessibility ramp. Metro stations typically offer lift access and a wider check-in port for wheelchairs. Read more about the GVB's accessible public transport policy.