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 first use, allowing you to take as many journeys as you choose within your chosen time-frame.

Paying with cash on public transport

Amsterdam is working towards making public transport completely cashless. Tickets can only be purchased using debit or credit as of 26 March 2018. Cash is no longer accepted on buses and trams. Read more about the developments

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 Area map (pdf) 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.

Changes to Amsterdam's public transport network

Amsterdam's Noord/Zuidlijn (North/South line) metro route has opened this summer to allow for faster connections between the Station Zuid and Station Noord. Coinciding with the new service, many of the city's bus and tram routes have changed. You can find out more about the planned changes on the GVB website

Public transport in Amsterdam


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Ferries across the IJ

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Hire a bike

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Public transport passes in Amsterdam

Public transport chip card

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I amsterdam City Card

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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.