Public Transport in Amsterdam

Public Transport in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city with a hundred ways in, a hundred ways out, and a thousand ways to get around. Okay, not literally. But when visiting Amsterdam, you do have more than your fair share of transport options, especially for such a small city and this small guide will provide you with a snapshot of info on Public Transport in Amsterdam.


This is by far the most popular form of transport in Amsterdam, the Bicycle Capital of the World. Most of the locals ride bicycles from place to place, no matter how cold the wind or bad the weather. If you’re comfortable riding in a lot of both bicycle and car traffic, this is probably a great choice for you. There are many companies throughout the city that rent bicycles by the hour, the day, or the week. Or there are lots of bike tours you can join.


The tram is also a great – and less exposed – way to get around the city. The tram lines run everywhere within metropolitan Amsterdam, and are relatively inexpensive to use. You can buy a ticket strip of 15 tram zones, called a strippenkaart, for about 7 Euros. Or you can get a 1-, 2-, or 3-day passes for quite a bit more. Daily tram passes also come with the I-Amsterdam card, which is a good option is you plan to do quite a bit of sight seeing.


With the huge popularity of bicycling in Amsterdam, the waterways don’t get that much use anymore. You can, however, use the Canal Bus to get around the city. It’s relatively expensive, but a fun and picturesque way to get around. There are also several ferries – the most notable is the free ferry that crosses to Amsterdam North from behind Central Station. And you can enjoy incredible canal cruises around the city.


In addition to the tram system, there are also thirty bus lines running throughout the city. It’s best to use the bus when traveling from Central Station to any Amsterdam neighbourhood which is a bit further from the city center. The bus is also a good option when going to Amsterdam North. To use the bus, you simply board at the front and show your ticket to the driver. You can also buy a ticket directly from the driver. However, public transport tickets throughout Amsterdam and the rest of Holland are always cheaper when bought in advance. Don’t like the bus? Think about renting a car.

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