What is public transportation like in Amsterdam?

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Cecily Layzell

Amsterdam has an excellent public transportation system that makes it quick and easy to navigate the city. A network of trams, metros, busses and ferries—the latter connecting Amsterdam Noord with the center—is operated by GVB and has its hub at Central Station, where the majority of lines depart and terminate.

Services are frequent and in most cases you will never have to wait more than a few minutes. If you need more detailed travel information, GVB has a handy English website. Or you can visit the Tickets & Info office in front of Central Station.

Single tickets are always available, but GVB also offers a number of travel passes, ranging from one day (24 hours) up to seven days. Passes are valid on all forms of GVB transport, but don’t forget to check in and out whenever you board and disembark.

Alternatively, the I Amsterdam City Card can be purchased for 24, 48 or 72 hours and includes free entrance to 38 of Amsterdam’s top attractions, a canal cruise and unlimited use of GVB public transport.

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