How to get around Amsterdam? Today we try to answer this question with all the info we collected on our last trip!
We talk about public transport in Amsterdam, how to get around, the different transport cards and how you can get the most out of it.
In order to move from/to the airport the most interesting thing is the train, we explain it to you better together with the rest of options in the post of how to go from the airport of Amsterdam to the center.
In this post we focus on how to get around Amsterdam and also on how to get to the neighbouring cities of Zaanse Schans, Volendam or Edam, among others.
You also have to take into account if you are going to take a tourist card such as the I Amsterdam City Card or Amsterdam Pass, in this case you would have some transports from Amsterdam included.
How to get around Amsterdam – Public transport – Index:
AMSTERDAM TRAVEL TICKET
MULTI-DAY TRAVEL GVB
AMSTERDAM & REGION TRAVEL TICKET
RENT A BICYCLE
Getting around Amsterdam | Public transport
Public transport cards in Amsterdam
There are different transport cards/bonuses to move around Amsterdam, depending on the days of travel and itinerary we will be more interested in one than the other.
But almost 100% sure that you will find some interesting, because the journey by subway, bus or tram costs 3.2 €.
Amsterdam Travel Ticket, ideal for getting around Amsterdam
This card is great for a 3 day trip to Amsterdam or less, includes all public transport from Amsterdam city centre and airport connections.
The Amsterdam Travel Ticket runs on a daily basis and not on an hourly basis, starting at 00:00 and ending at 04:00.
Amsterdam Travel Ticket prices:
1 day: €17
2 days: €22.5
3 days: 28€
Multi-day Travel Card GVB
The GVB Multi-day Travel Card is interesting if you spend more than three days in Amsterdam (if you are less, the previous one is better). It includes all GVB’s transports, metro, bus and tram that circulate in the centre of Amsterdam.
It does not include train transport from/to the airport and would have to be purchased separately. You have more info in the post on how to get from Amsterdam airport to downtown.
You can buy it online and pick it up at different places in Amsterdam or for the same price buy it directly at the machines you will find at the airport, at the train and metro stations.
We recommend you to buy it directly in the machines because to pick it up there is a little more roll, it was the card that we took in our last trip to Amsterdam because we were five days.
This card works by the hour and starts counting from the first trip.
GVB Multi-day Travel Card Prices:
1 day (24 hours): € 8.00
2 days (48 hours): € 13.50
3 days (72 hours): € 19.00
4 days (96 hours): € 24.50
5 days (120 hours) € 29.50
6 days (144 hours): € 33.50
7 days (168 hours): € 36.50
Multi-day Travel Card GVB, Amsterdam
Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket
If you are planning to visit the villages around Amsterdam on your own such as Zaanse Schans, Volendam, Edam… the most interesting card is the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket.
This card includes all public transport from the centre of Amsterdam, connections to the airport and also gives us access to transport to the most picturesque villages surrounding Amsterdam.
If you want to do this tour on your own and you’ll be in Amsterdam 3 days or less, it’s the best transport card.
However, if you prefer to visit Volendam, Marken, Edam and Zaanse Schans on a private tour in Spanish, you don’t need this card, in that case it would be better to name the first one we named the Amsterdam Travel Ticket.
This transport card works by the day and not by the hour, it starts at 00:00 and ends at 04:00.
Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket Prices:
1 day: 19,5€
2 days: €28
3 days: € 36.5
Transportation in Amsterdam
Another ticket to know the area of Volendam, Marken, Edam and Zaanse Schans for free, this is a ticket valid for one day, gives us access to buses departing from Amsterdam Central Station to the area of Waterland, specifically depart from the top of the station.
With the Waterland Ticket we also have access to the buses that link the villages.
You have to go to the stop of the company R-NET, and (among others) you can take the bus 314 to Edam, 315 to Marken and 316 to Volendam.
The Waterland Ticket costs 10€.
It is not interesting if we spend 3 days in Amsterdam or less, because in that case the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket would be better. But if our trip has a duration of more than three days can be an interesting option.
You can buy the ticket on their website.
Getting around Amsterdam by bicycle
Amsterdam is a perfect city to move by bike, we can even do some tours with this means of transport.
It is by far the best-prepared city for the cyclist we have visited, hundreds of kilometres of bike lanes, traffic lights and the largest bicycle car parks we have ever seen.
You will find many places to rent bikes, we rent it near the Central Station in MacBike, another option is to bring the reservation from home, here you get a coffee with the bike rental.
Bicycles are not allowed on the bus or tram, and there is space in the subway cars for them, but they have to pay an additional fare.
At peak times it is forbidden to ride bikes on the metro, specifically from 7:00 to 9:00 and from 16:00 to 18:30. But when you rent a bike, they’ll explain everything well.
For free ferries crossing the river Ij there are no restrictions.
Watch out if you are not used to cycling in the city, there are experts and it can be intimidating! In the post of travel tips to Amsterdam we talk about this and other topics.
Rent a bike in Amsterdam
Taxi/Uber in Amsterdam
They say that the taxis in Amsterdam are among the most expensive in Europe, we had to take one to make a transfer for change of hotel, about 8km cost 29€, the hotel took over and we didn’t have to pay a single euro.
In Amsterdam there are few cars that circulate through the city center, what you will see more are taxis and cargo vans.
Taxi fare for a maximum of four people:
Flag download: 3,19€
Price per kilometre: € 2.35
Price per minute: € 0.39
If you download Uber’s app you can quickly calculate the price of the journey before confirming, we when we stay in the hotel Leonardo Royal stuck to a metro stop, we moved with the transports that we commented to you at the beginning.
And here’s our post on transport in Amsterdam!
We do not recommend you to take a rental car, unless you are doing a route through the Netherlands, because it is very difficult to park, and you can not circulate on many streets.
We took it on our first trip to Amsterdam because we also visited Brussels, Ghent and Bruges, but left it parked during the days in the city.
It is more interesting to move by train between cities, you can do a search in Omio to compare prices of means of transport.
Or book a day trip with guide and transport included.
If you still prefer to rent a car, we always book it through Auto Europe to get the best prices.
And now yes, we hope that after reading this post you have a clear answer to the question: how to move around Amsterdam? 🙂
Other articles from our trip to Amsterdam:
AMSTERDAM TRAVEL GUIDE COMPLETES 40 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN AMSTERDAM AMSTERDAM IN 3 DAYS, DAILY ROUTE + TIPS ON WHERE TO STAY IN AMSTERDAM, BEST AREAS AND HOTELS 15 TIPS FOR TRAVELLING TO AMSTERDAM HOW TO GET FROM AMSTERDAM AIRPORT TO THE CENTRE AMSTERDAM TOURIST CARDS, ARE THEY WORTH IT? 10 MUST-SEE IN AMSTERDAM