Public transport in Amsterdam

Timetables and routes

The public transport system in Amsterdam is run by GVB, which is the municipal public transport operator. Check the GVB website or the GVB booklet in your welcome packet for timetables and routes.

Payment

Throughout Amsterdam and the Netherlands, the public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart) is used for travelling on trams, buses, metros or trains.

Tram Dam Square

Photo: Dirk Gillissen

Forms of public transport

Tram

Trams are the most common form of transportation. Most lines start at the Central Station and extend to the districts of Oost (East), Zuid (South) and West (West).

Bus

Most buses leave from the Central Station. As trams do not go to Noord (North) and few go to the outer suburbs, you will have to take a bus to these places. 

Ferry

There is a free ferry behind the Central Station with routes to Noord (North).

Metro

Two metro lines connect the Central Station with Zuid (South) and Oost (East). The metro is useful for getting to the Eurolines international bus station at Amstel Station.

Taxi

Taxis are not cheap in Amsterdam. You can order a taxi from the Taxicentrale or other taxi companies. In the city centre, a single-person taxi ride will cost at least €7.50.

Published by  University of Amsterdam

19 October 2016