Public Transport in Amsterdam

How to get around in Amsterdam?

That’s easy! Public transport journey planner will help you find out which tram, bus or metro line is the best for you. Simply fill in your departure point and destination, and the system will show you the best root, travelling time and schedule.

You can also plan your door-to-door trip in the Netherlands by public transport and shared transport with a free Glimble app.

And here you can find an interactive Amsterdam trams, metro and bus map.

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How to use public transport in Amsterdam?

Public Transport Prices in Amsterdam & Types of Tickets

Important: starting from 20 June 2023 the drivers do not sell tickets in the GVB buses and trams. In the tram, you can only buy a ticket from the conductor. There is no conductor in tram lines 4, 19, and 24, also not in buses (and night buses). It is better to be prepared for your trip by buying your ticket or travel product in advance or paying with your bank card.

GVB (tram, metro, bus) tickets

GVB Public transport in Amsterdam Amsterdam city transport is operated by the GVB company. You can buy single, day or multi-day tickets from GVB vending machines or directly from the driver. GVB tickets prices in 2023 are:

Ticket valid for Price
1 hour € 3,40
1 day – 24 hours € 9,00
2 days – 48 hours € 15,00
3 days – 72 hours € 21,00
4 days – 96 hours € 26,50
5 days – 120 hours € 33,00
6 days – 144 hours € 37,50
7 days – 168 hours € 41,00​

While using public transport in Amsterdam you have to check-in and check-out (present your ticket to a validator on board). The ticket becomes valid the first time you check-in.

Public transport in Amsterdam ticket

Children up to 4 years old travel for free. A ticket for children aged 4 – 11 in 2023 costs € 4,50 per day. The child day ticket works just like a normal day ticket. It is valid in all GVB trams, buses and metro lines starting from the time your first check in.

Where to buy GVB tickets? You can purchase the tickets at GVB service points, vending machines and info counters.

You can also order GVB tickets for 1 – 7 day online >>

Please note that GVB ticket is not valid in the trains to Amsterdam from Schiphol. You need to buy train tickets separately.

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket is valid for 1-3 days of unlimited travel by bus, tram, metro and train in Amsterdam and surrounding areas (including Schiphol airport, Volendam, Edam, Marken, Zaanse Schans, Haarlem, Zandvoort beach and Keukenhof).

We definitely recommend this ticket if you’re planning to visit the places in the area, included in the card:

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket map in 2023. Open the image in a new window to enlarge it.

Prices in 2023:

  • 1 day – € 21,00
  • 2 days – € 31,50
  • 3 days – € 40,50

The ticket is valid from the first time you check in until 04:00 hours after the last valid day.

During the Keukenhof opening season the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket is also valid in bus lines:

If you’re planning to visit the most popular places in the Amsterdam area, the Amsterdam & Reigon Travel ticket can save you lots of money. For example, if you buy separate tickets, in 2023 they will cost:

Total: € 75,30 without ARTT. With ARTT you will pay € 40,50 for three days – it’s two times cheaper.

Order Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket >>

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket - travel by public transport to Volendam, Zaanse Schans, Keukenhof, Haarlem, Zandvoort aan Zee

I Amsterdam City Card

Alternatively you can order I Amsterdam City Card for 24 – 120 hours, which gives free admission to museums and attractions in Amsterdam and free unlitimed rides by the GVB trams, buses & metro for the duration of your card.

Good news! From September 1 till September 17, 2023 you can buy I amsterdam city card with 10% discount on the official I amsterdam website. The card is activated at the moment of first use. So you can buy it now and use it later.

I amsterdam City Card prices in 2023:

  • card valid for 24 hours – € 60
  • card valid for 48 hours – € 85
  • card valid for 72 hours – € 100
  • card valid for 96 hours – € 115
  • card valid for 120 hours – € 125

The City Card contains two elements – one for the GVB public transport, the other one for museums, attractions and a canal cruise. They are both activated automatically: the transport element at the moment you first use tram, bus or metro. The museum element – the first time you visit museum, attraction or take a canal cruise.

Order I Amsterdam City card online >>

Another option is to buy an anonymous OV-chipkaart – a contactless rechargable card used for all public transport in the Netherlands, including trains. The card itself costs € 7,50. In order to travel with an OV-chipkaart, the card must contain enough credit to complete a single journey: for the bus or tram journey you need to have a minimum of € 4 credit on the card before checking in. For traveling with NS trains a minimum of € 20,00.

An anonymous OV-card can be purchased at GVB offices, at the stations, in newsagents, in supermarkets.

Anonymous OV chipkaart the Netherlands

Please note that GVB (tram, metro, bus) tickets are NOT valid:
  • In public transport operated by other companies (Arriva, EBS, Connexion etc. Usually these are buses that run from Amsterdam to other cities, like Volendam and Zaanse Schans). If you need to find out which transport company operates on your celected route, check website (the name of the company is indicated in the line with the bus number – it’s EBS company in the example below).

Amsterdam, public transport schedule

Public transport in Amsterdam on New Year’s Eve

On New Year’s Eve (31 December 2022) you can use all GVB buses, trams, metros and ferries in the city until 20.00. On Sunday, 1 January 2023 the GVB timetable starts at 01:30. This applies to all GVB night buses, metro lines 52 and 54, ferries and extra shuttle buses between Sloterdijk, Central Station and IJburg. The timetable for Sundays and public holidays applies to all other GVB transport.

On New Year’s Eve (31 December 2022) there will also be no trains after 20:00. Train service will resume on New Year’s Day around 10:00. On the Rotterdam-Schiphol-Amsterdam-Utrecht night network, a train will run every hour from 01:00 on New Year’s Day. And from 5:00 am every half hour. Check the train departures times and plan your trip in advance! Happy holidays!

How to Get From Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Center?

Here you will find more detailed guides to travelling around the Netherlands by public transport:

Travelling in the Netherlands by train

1st class train in HollandThe Netherlands have a modern and extensive railway network, which includes around 400 stations. Intercity (faster) trains run between the larger cities, and Sprinter (slower) trains connect smaller stations. It’s easy to explore the Netherlands by train! Find out how to plan your journey, buy a train ticket online or at the station>>

Travelling from Schiphol airport to Amsterdam

How to travel to Keukenhof from Schiphol airport?Airport Schiphol is located 17 kilometers away from Amsterdam. After you pick up your luggage, head to Schiphol Plaza and follow the signs to find trains, buses or taxis. Compare travel times and prices from Schiphol to Amsterdam by train, bus 397 and taxi and book airport transfer online >>

Travelling by international trains in the Netherlands

International trains from AmsterdamPlanning to continue your trip around Europe from Amsterdam? Just take a high-speed train and continue your journey to other European destinations. Most international trains to Germany, France, Belgium run directly from Amsterdam Centraal Station. Check itineraries, prices and book international train tickets online >>

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