Amsterdam's public transportation system is excellent and will take you to all the sights and attractions of the city.
Tickets and prices
The ticket system in Amsterdam is rather complicated. Prepurchased public transport travel cards (OV-chipkaart ) are significantly cheaper than buying your ticket on the tram or bus, but they have a one-time price (application fee) of €7.50 and are complicated to order. Therefore, for visitors it is more convenient to buy one of the following tickets as listed below.
Find out what the cheapest ticket is for you to purchase.
1-hour ticket a paper travel ticketWith this ticket you can travel for 1 hour on all tram, bus and metro lines. Price: €3.00
For unlimited travel in Amsterdam by bus, tram and metro; for the number of days (up to 7 days) that best suit your plans.
€7.50 (1 day)
€12.50 (2 days)
€17.50 (3 days)
€22.50 (4 days)
€27.50 (5 days)
€31.50 (6 days)
€34.50 (7 days)
A children's day ticket (4-11 years) is available for a reduced fare of €3.75.
Where to buy tickets?
The 1-hour ticket and 24-hour ticket are available in the tram and bus, or from Ticket Vending Machines at all metro stations.
All other travel cards - like multi-day tickets, the child ticket, and OV-chipkaart - can only be purchased at:
- GVB Service Points
- GVB Tickets & Info
- Amsterdam Tourist Offices (VVV)
- online at OVshop.nl Note that extra shipping costs will be charged depending on the country you order from.
How to use the OV-chipkaart?
It is important that you always check in and check out of each vehicle. This includes when transferring. To check in, just hold your card in front of the card reader. These are located at all the entrance and exit doors of trams and buses.
When leaving the tram or bus, you should check out by holding your card in front of the card reader once again. In the metro hold your card in front of the metro gate to open the metro gate. When transferring by metro you do not have to check out, and check in again in between your journey. You should only check out at the end of your metro journey.