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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 – convenient and cost effective, the rail network in the Netherlands is second to none. And of course the road network provides easy access to Amsterdam for those keen to travel by car or coach.

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. The I amsterdam City Card gives you unlimited use of the GVB public transport system for 24, 48 or 72 hours. There are also a number of coach parking facilities located in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam for coaches brochure contains useful maps and information about visiting Amsterdam by coach. For an interactive map and information on roadworks, height restrictions, obligatory coach routes and details of accessing the city centre, please visit the City of Amsterdam website.

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.

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

Travel advice: Pride Amsterdam 2017

If you're travelling into Amsterdam by train to enjoy the Pride Amsterdam festivities from 26 July to 6 August 2017, Amsterdam Central Station is a good starting point, as it offers easy access to many of the events and parties. However, visitors to the Canal Parade on 5 August should also consider alighting at NS station Amterdam Amstel, which provides easy access to the parade route. A Pride Amsterdam return ticket is also available to purchase online, providing a 20% discount on standard rail fares.

And don't forget that a special Pride Express departs Amsterdam Central Station on Monday, 31 July 2017 at 13:00, heading to Pride at the Beach in Zandvoort.

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...