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Amsterdam Central Train Station by the water.
Image from Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre

Pay for public transport

Access Amsterdam's public transport network with OVpay, the Public transport chip card (OV-Chipkaart) or the I amsterdam City Card, for unlimited use of the GVB public transport system for 24, 48, 72 or 120 hours.

Please note: GVB's public transport network is cashless. You can only check in with a debit card, credit card or I amsterdam City Card.

Save money on public transport with the I amsterdam City Card

There are several ways to travel cheaply (unlimited) in Amsterdam.

  • I amsterdam City Card: The I amsterdam City Card includes unlimited use of Amsterdam's public transport network for 24, 48, 72 or 96 hours. The card also gives you a discount on museums and attractions.
  • Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket: Want to discover everything there is within the city and the wider Amsterdam Metropolitan Area? The Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket is an affordable public transport option. It gives you 1, 2 or 3 days of unlimited use of all tram, bus and metro lines of GVB, Connexxion, AllGo, R-net and EBS (including night lines) and NS in Amsterdam and the region.


OVpay is the new way to check-in and out of public transport with your debit or credit card. Simply hold your card against the card reader on the bus, tram and metro. The system will beep once you have checked in correctly. Be sure to check out with the same card at your destination. For more information visit the OVpay website.

Public transport chip card (OV-Chipkaart)

In Amsterdam and throughout the Netherlands, the public transport chip card (OV-Chipkaart) is a rechargeable card used for travel on trams, buses, metros and trains. Residents typically own a personalised card that can be loaded up with credit. However, it is also possible to purchase a non-personalised card that can be reused and recharged with credit at any time.

  • Non-personalised cards: Available at GVB ticket machines, GVB Tickets & Info offices, and select newsstands and supermarkets.

  • Personalised cards: Available online. Please note that public transport cards provided by Dutch Railways (NS) can also be used on other parts of public transport. These passes require a passport-style photo.

The official OV-Chipkaart website offers helpful, in-depth advice in English, from checking in and out and transfers to public transport companies and detailed explanations about how to recharge your card with credit.