Amsterdam is a compact city where your destination will usually not be at a great distance. The city is therefore ideal for getting around by foot, bicycle or public transport. Cars are less suited for getting around in Amsterdam because the city can be considered car-unfriendly. Parking has to be paid for in almost all of the city and the rates can be substantial.
The trams are the most important mode of public transport in Amsterdam. The tram network consists of 17 tramlines. Most tramlines route from the Centraal Station to the city areas in the east (Oost), south (Zuid) and west (West). The others mutually connect these city areas. An exception to all this is line 20, the Circle-tram. It runs through the city center with Centraal Station as both beginning and end of the line.
Another part of Amsterdam’s public transport are the metrolines. Two metrolines connect the Centraal Station with Amsterdam Zuidoost. From Centraal Station to Amstelstation the metro is underground. The sneltram to Amstelveen, south of Amsterdam, also rides through the metro tunnel. The sneltram is usually considered a metro.
The second sneltram connection, the Ringlijn, has opened in May 1997. It runs from Sloterdijk Westpoort via station Zuid/WTC to Gein. The photo shows the fly-over near Duivendrecht where the Ringlijn joins the sneltram to Amstelveen.
A number of ferries provide cyclists and pedestrians with a connection to Amsterdam Noord, the city area across the IJ. The ferries do not require fare.
After midnight, when normal public transport is not in service, nightbuses cover most of Amsterdam and some destinations outside the city.
Public transport companies
Public transport in the city is operated by the municipal transport company GVB; most of the regional routes are operated by the NZH. Transport company Midnet also operates a number of regional buslines in Amsterdam.
Taxi and stadsmobiel
The taxis in Amsterdam are not particularly cheap. A taxi is usually ordered from the Taxicentrale (telephone 020 – 677 7777) or a nearby taxi rank. Taxi services for senior citizens and handicapped are provided by the stadsmobiel.
With several railway stations in Amsterdam trains also play a role in urban public transport. For example, the railway provides the best connection between Schiphol, the airport, and Centraal Station in the heart of the city.
Tickets and information
The main source for information about public transport and tickets is the GVB ticket office opposite to Centraal Station, next to the VVV.
Public transport information for all of the Netherlands can be obtained by calling 0900 – 9292. The number is open on weekdays from 6.00 am to midnight and weekends from 7.00 am until midnight. Callers are charged 75 cents per minute (when calling from the Netherlands).
Other information on these pages
These pages include some practical information about getting in and out, some timetable information and a list of stops near popular destinations. Also a list of all rolling stock used on tram, metro and ferry routes can be consulted. Furthermore a list of all specially designed trams, the thematrams, from the period 1975-1989 is available.
Some tourist information is available about the touristtram and the IJ-buurtveer, a historic ferry. Also you can find some information about the Electric Museumtram Amsterdam where you can make a trip to the Amsterdamse Bos in a historic tram vehicle.
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These pages would not have been possible without the help of many. They are listed in the credits.