TRAVEL IN AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam Public Transport System
Although the city centre’s compact size means that most areas and sights are within walking distance of each other, Amsterdam’s public transport network (called 'GVB', a Dutch acronym) is efficient, reliable, and widely used. One million passengers criss- cross the city by tram, bus, underground metro line and ferry every day. Please note that due to the construction of a new underground line parts of and around the Amsterdam Central Station are inaccessible.
You can travel using just one card, whether it is in the bus, tram or metro. There are two different types of cards: disposable cards and the reloadable OV Chipkaart.
Disposable cards for public transport
For short visits a disposable OV-chipkaart is advised. A disposable card already carries a travel product and cannot be recharged. Important: the disposable cards can only be used for transportation within the city.
One hour ticket
In the tram and in the bus you can buy a 1-hour ticket (a disposable chipcard). The ticket is also available at the GVB Tickets & Info counters e.g. in front of the Central Station, and from the Ticket vending machines in the metro stations. With this ticket you can travel for one hour on all GVB tram-, bus- and metro lines. The ticket is only valid on GVB lines, changing to other companies, such as Connexxion or Arriva, is not possible. Price: € 2,90.
The validity starts after the first check-in. Within the validity period you can change to other GVB lines. When the time has expired, the ticket is no longer usable. The 1-hour ticket is NOT valid on the GVB night buses.
1 day – 7 days ticket
GVB day or multiple day tickets entitle you to unlimited travel through Amsterdam - day and night - by tram, bus and metro, for the number of hours that best suit your plans. For example the 1 day ticket is valid for 24 hours from the time you first check in.
Prices of Disposable cards
24 hours (1 day) € 7.50
48 hours (2 days) € 12.50
72 hours (3 days) € 17.00
96 hours (4 days) € 21.50
You can buy disposable cards at:
• GVB Tickets & Info service outlets e.g. in front of the Central Station
• from tram- and bus drivers and conductors (only the 24-hours ticket)
• Ticket Vending Machines in the metro stations
• at VVV Amsterdam Tourist Offices
• at various hotels and bookstores
The OV-chipkaart (PT Smart Card) is the size of a credit card and has a built-in chip. You can reload this as often as you like, with a balance in euros. You can buy reloadable cards at GVB Tickets & Info service outlets. You can reload your card at Ticket Vending and Add Value machines, and pay cash and with PIN, chip or credit card.
Rules for using the OV-chipkaart:
Your card must be loaded with a minimum of € 20 (train) or € 1(bus/tram/metro).
Always check in and out! Travelling with the OV-chipkaart means that you must always check in and check out at the gates or the yellow card readers.
If you checked in, but did not check out, instead of the usual fare, € 4 (tram/bus/metro) or € 20 (train) will be charged. Travelling without checking in can result in a fine of up to €37,50. Please note that some stations service both trains and metro lines. It is important to check in and out at the right portal. Using the 'wrong' portal will cause a larger amount being deducted from your ticket.
For more information on the different cards, tram, bus or metro, see the GVB website at www.gvb.nl http://en.gvb.nl/
Throughout the city centre, and most certainly near the Central Station Taxis at the west entrance/exit, there are several taxi stands.
The main taxi company of Amsterdam is TCA (Taxi Centrale Amsterdam).
Telephone number: +31 20 777 7777.
With 600,000 bicycles for its 750,000 residents, in Amsterdam it is rare for more than a few seconds to pass before a bike zips by. Cycling is a way of life here. The people from Amsterdam and the Dutch people in general use their bicycles as a means of everyday transportation, whether commuting to work in a business suit, shopping for groceries or getting the kids to school. The 400 kilometres of bike lanes and paths in Amsterdam alone make it easy for visitors to experience the city by bike for themselves.
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