Transport in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam Transport

Getting There

By air: Flights to Amsterdam arrive in Schipol Airport which is approximately 18 kilometres southwest of the city centre. Trains leave the airport for Centraal Station every 20 minutes and the takes just over 20 minutes. The journey costs €3.60.

By train: Domestic and international trains going to Amsterdam arrive in Centraal Station which is in the heart of Amsterdam’s city centre.

By bus: Buses arriving and departing from Amsterdam do so from Amstel Station which is connected to Centraal Station by metro. Buses leaving for London, Brussels, and other cities in the Netherlands depart from here.

Getting Around

On foot: Central Amsterdam is easy to get around, and most attractions are within walking distance of each other.

By bike: The bike is the best way to see Amsterdam. There are over 500,000 of them in the city. You can hire one for about €10 per day. Just make sure to remember to lock your bike - bike theft is a huge problem.

By tram: The most popular mode of public transport in the Dutch capital is the tram. There are 15 different lines and they are the backbone of the city’s public transport network. You can purchase your tram tickets before boarding and the best value is a ‘Strippekaart’ which is a book of 15 tickets for just over €7. If there is a conductor on the tram, they will stamp your ticket. Otherwise you will need to validate your ticket in the machines provided. Once it is validated you can ride on the tram or bus for an hour. Strippen-kaarts can be bought at the tram office in front of Centraal Station, and some news-stands.

By bus/metro: There are two metro stations in the city centre at Nieuwmarkt and Waterlooplein, while bus stops aren’t as sparse.

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