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Getting around Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a world-class international transport hub and there are countless ways of getting into the city. Many travellers fly into the award-winning Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, while hopping on a train is also a great option.

Public transport in Amsterdam

Amsterdam boasts an impressive public transport network including metros, buses, trams, ferries and trains to help you get around the capital. Save money on travel with the I amsterdam City Card, which offers unlimited use of the GVB public transport system for 24, 48 or 72 hours. And before you see the sights, you can plan your journey with the excellent apps designed to help you find your way around the city.

Please note: Coaches will be prohibited in the inner city of Amsterdam. This announcement follows the closure of the Vijzelstraat earlier this year for coach use. The prohibited routes are shown here.

Information for residents

Cars

In order to drive a car in the Netherlands you’ll need to be over 18 years of age, carry a valid driving licence and have third party insurance....

Bikes

You won't have to be here for long to realise that cycling is an integral part of Amsterdam life. Parents on bikes loaded with children and shopping, ...

Boating

Amsterdam is a city of water and boating, both recreational and commercial, has long been part of the city's culture. If you have a boat, you are welc...

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...