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Public transport

Public transport is one of the best ways to visit all the sights and admire the city. Amsterdam has 18 tram lines, over 41 bus lines , 6 ferry links and 4 metro lines.

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 disposable smart card)
    With this ticket you can travel for one hour on all tram, bus and metro lines.
    Price: €2.90
  • 24/48/72/96-hour ticket

    For unlimited travel in Amsterdam by bus, tram and metro; for the number of days (up to 7 days) that best suit your plans. Prices:
      €7.50 (1 day)
    €12.50 (2 days)
    €17.00 (3 days)
    €22.00 (4 days)
    €27.00 (5 days)
    €31.00 (6 days)
    €34.00 (7 days)

Where to buy tickets?

1-hour tickets are available in the tram and bus, at GVB Tickets & Info counters and from Ticket Vending Machines in metro stations.

24-hour tickets are available at GVB Tickets & Info counters, Amsterdam Tourist Offices (VVV) and from Ticket Vending Machines in metro stations. Only the 24-hour ticket can be bought in the tram and bus.

A public transport 24/48/72/96-hour ticket and other cards can be ordered via , Amsterdam Transport Company's website

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.

Night buses

GVB operates public transport services 24 hours a day. After the regular daytime services have ended, a special network of 12 night buses serves all parts of Amsterdam.

The trams, buses and metro lines run from 06:00 in the morning to 00:30 at night. Between 00.30 and 07:30 in the morning, you can use the night buses


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