How to get around Amsterdam [GUÍA DE TRANSPORTE]
With this guide on how to get around Amsterdam You will have no doubt to move around the city.
We talk about public transport in Amsterdam, how to get around, The different transport cards and how you can get the most out of it.
To get from/to the airport, the most interesting thing is the train, we explain it better in the post on how to get from Amsterdam airport to the center.
In this post we focus on how to get around Amsterdam and also how to get to the neighboring cities of Zaanse Schans, Volendam or Edam, among others.
You also have to take into account if you are going to take a tourist card such as the I Amsterdam City Card or Amsterdam Pass, in this case you would have some Amsterdam transport included.
- How to get around Amsterdam - Index:
- How to get around AmsterdamPublic transport
- Public transport cards in Amsterdam
- Tips on transportation in Amsterdam.
How to get around Amsterdam - Index:
- AMSTERDAM TRAVEL TICKET.
- MULTI-DAY TRAVEL GVB.
- AMSTERDAM & REGION TRAVEL TICKET.
- WATERLAND TICKET.
- RENT A BIKE.
- TIPS ON TRANSPORTATION IN AMSTERDAM.
How to get around Amsterdam
Public transport cards in Amsterdam
There are different transport cards/vouchers to move around Amsterdamdepending on the days of travel and itinerary, we will be interested in one more than the other.
But almost 100% sure that one will be interesting for you, because the journey by metro, bus or tram individually costs a lot.
You also have to take into account that transport tickets cannot be paid in cashThey only accept card payments.
1. Amsterdam Travel Ticket, ideal for getting around Amsterdam.
This card It's great for a trip to Amsterdam in 3 days or lessincludes all public transport in the center of Amsterdam, and bus and train connections to Schiphol airport.
The Amsterdam Travel Ticket It works for days and not for hours, it starts at 00:00 and ends at 04:00.
The Amsterdam Travel Ticket can be purchased for 1, 2 or 3 days.
You can buy them at the ticket vending machines at the airport and in the different stations, You can see the updated prices on the official website.
2. GVB Multi-day Travel Card.
The Multi-day Travel GVB card is interesting if you spend more than three days in Amsterdam (if there are less, the previous one is more interesting) includes all the transport, metro, bus and tram of the GVB company that circulate through the center of Amsterdam.
Does not include transportation by train from/to the airport and would have to be purchased separately. You have more info in the post how to get from Amsterdam airport to the center.
This was the card we took on our last trip to Amsterdam because we stayed for five days.
The GVB Multi-day Travel Card It works for hours and starts counting from the first trip.
The GVB Multi-day Travel Card can be purchased for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 days.
you can to buy online and pick it up in different places in Amsterdam or, for the same price, buy it directly from the machines that you will find at the airport, at the train and metro stations.
On buses and trams you can only buy a 1-day ticket (24 hours).
3. Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket.
If we plan to visit for free the towns around Amsterdam such as Zaanse Schans, Volendam, Edam... the The most interesting card is the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket.
This card includes includes all public transport in the center of Amsterdam, connections to the airport and also gives us access to transport to the most picturesque towns that surround Amsterdam.
If you are going to do this excursion for free and you will be in Amsterdam for 3 days or less, it is the best transport card.
Instead, if you prefer to do the excursion organized with a guide in Spanishyou do not need this card, in that case it would be better to Amsterdam Travel Ticket.
This transport card works for days and not for hours, it starts at 00:00 and ends at 04:00.
The Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket can be purchased for 1, 2 or 3 days.
You can buy it directly from the machines that you will find at the airport, and at the train and metro stations.
Another ticket to know the area Volendam, Marken and Edam for free, but not include Zaanse Schanswhich for us is one of the most beautiful.
It's about a ticket valid for 24 hoursgives us access to the buses that leave from the Central Station of Amsterdam to the Waterland area, specifically they leave from the top of the station.
With the Waterland Ticket We also have access to the buses that connect the towns.
You have to go to the R-NET company stop, and (among others) you can take the 314 bus to Edam, the 315 to Marken and the 316 to Volendam.
It is not very interesting if we are in Amsterdam for 3 days or less, because in that case the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket that also includes transportation to Zaanse Schans. But if our trip lasts more than three days, it can be an interesting option.
He Waterland Ticket you can buy it in your website or in the ticket offices that are inside the Central Station of Amsterdam.
5. Getting around Amsterdam by bike.
Amsterdam is a perfect city to get around by bike, we can even take a tour with this means of transport.
It is by far the most prepared city for cyclists that we have visitedhundreds of kilometers of bike lanes and the biggest bike parking lots we've ever seen.
You will find many places to rent bikeswe rented it near the Central Station on MacBike.
The bicycles they can't get on the bus or the tramand in the subway there is a space in the wagons indicated for thembut they have to pay extra fee.
In peak hours it is forbidden to take bikes to the subway, specifically from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. But in the bike rental they will explain everything well.
For the free ferries that cross the river Ij there are no restrictions.
Be careful if you are not used to riding a bike in the city, there are experts there and it can be intimidating.
6. Taxi/Uber in Amsterdam.
They say that Amsterdam taxis are among the most expensive in Europe.
In Amsterdam there are really few cars that circulate in the city center, what you will see the most are taxis and cargo vans.
If you download the Uber app you can quickly calculate the price of the trip before confirming.
Tips on transportation in Amsterdam.
- Transport tickets cannot be paid in cashThey only accept card payments.
- With the tourist card I Amsterdam City Card do you have access to public transportation from Amsterdam of the company GVB.
- It's very interesting have internet to check the stops and schedules of transport in AmsterdamIf you travel to the Netherlands from a country outside the European Union and want to have internet on your mobile, you can request a eSIM card on Holafly which will also serve you for other European countries.
- We do not recommend renting a car unless you are doing a route through the Netherlands or you take it to make an excursion, such as Bruges or Brussels.
- Ferries across the Ij River are free.for example, you may have to take one to visit the A'dam Lookout.
- Don't forget about book a canal tourone of the coolest activities to do in Amsterdam.
- Remember that the Waterland Ticket does not include one of the most beautiful villages, Zaanse Schans, if you want to visit it you will need the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket.
- With the Amsterdam Travel Ticket You have included transportation from/to Schiphol airport, you have more info in the post on how to get from Amsterdam airport to the center.
- The Amsterdam Travel Ticket it is ideal for a trip to Amsterdam in 3 days or less.
And here is our post about transport in Amsterdam!
Do not forget to check the best areas to stay in Amsterdam, and our schedules for Amsterdam in 3 days and Amsterdam in 4 days.
We hope that now you are more clear how to get around Amsterdamand if you have any questions you can always leave us a comment below.
Other articles from our trips to Amsterdam:
AMSTERDAM IN 3 DAYS, DAILY ROUTE.
AMSTERDAM IN 4 DAYS, DAILY ROUTE.
WHERE TO STAY IN AMSTERDAM.
I AMSTERDAM CITY CARD.
TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO AMSTERDAM.
WHAT TO SEE IN AMSTERDAM.
HOW TO GO FROM AMSTERDAM AIRPORT TO THE CENTER
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