At the end of 2014 FLIXbus started a new very cheap bus service from Amsterdam via Enschede to Bad Oyenhausen, Hannover and Berlin in Germany.
A single from Enschede to Berlin can cost as low as € 27,00 excl. luggage.
The FLEXbus stop is located next to the Amsterdam Sloterdijk train station at:
Radarweg (Orlyplein) -1043 DS Amsterdam
The Hop on-Hop off tour bus is one of the best ways to see the city at your own pace,specially designed glass roofs offer perfect panaoramic views of Amsterdam and its many attractions.You are free to get on and off at many of the stops along the way.During the tour a wealth of information is provided in 16 different languages.The main stops for the bus include:Central Station,Tropical Museum,Jewish Museum,Vondelpark and Heineken Brewery.Prices are 18 Euros for a 24 hour ticket.
A cheap way to get to see the Waterland area which is between 15 - 20 kms from Amsterdam (Broek in Waterland, Edam, Volendam, Hoorn, Monnickendam, Purmerend & Beemster (a World Heritage site) is by the Bus.
The buses run from the upper terminal on the Ij (water/ferry side) of central station.
The Ticket lasts a whole day covering the Waterland area. You can get on and off the bus as much as you want, as long as you keep using the "Arriva" Bus company.
The day I bought the ticket, I went to Edam, then onto Hoorn and back to Amsterdam.
You buy the ticket from the Driver as you get on the Bus, and just show to each driver at your new destinations when boarding the Bus.
COST IN 2011.........Waterland day ticket costs €7.50
.............................. Family day card for €12 - valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children and/or seniors after 0900.
"ARRIVA" BUS COMPANY
For good value BUY THE WATERLAND TICKET.
Since the summer of 2008 there's a new sightseeing bus on the Amsterdam streets.
It's a converted American schoolbus with a perspex roof, that can open.
Sightseeing information is available in 15 languages.
Tour duration = 1 hour or 2 hours (including visit to Gassan Diamonds).
Adult ticket = 16 (1 hour) or 20 Euro's (2 hours).
Departure Location: Damrak 34 - 1012 LK Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum/Van Gogh Museum
Westerkerk/Anne Frank House
New schedule about transport by bus from Amsterdam to Eindhoven, tickets available only in combination with flight-tickets
..........the buses do.
Generally the Amsterdam bus system takes you further afield into the suburbs than the tram system and is shared by GVB and Arriva buses, though tickets are valid on both. As with the tram system most routes radiate out from Centraal Station with GVB having the "pole position" as it were and seem to have the most popular routes - it would be interesting to see their relative accounts!!
Ticketing system is exactly the same as the trams - "strippenkaarts" or day passes.
Another part of the superbly integrated transport system in the Netherlands is the bus service.Buses are clean and reasonably priced with frequent services to so many places both around the larger cites and also to the smaller more isolated places.
Check out the GVB website for routes prices and timetables:all this information could make your visit so much more enjoyable!
The high capacity buses are pretty good and charge reasonably. Thr good thing is that they ply as night service even after 12 (every hour) when the trams have stopped.
The bus stop at Centraal Station is right next to tram station but make sure you stand at the right place.
If you come by car its hard to get a free or even a cheap parking place in the centre of Amsterdam. Also the seroundings of Amsterdam are not cheap. Best is to park you car in Amstelveen or an other place close to Amsterdam and get the bus to Amsterdam.
There are also thirty bus lines in the city. The bus is most suitable for travelling from the Central Station to neighbourhoods which are further from the city centre and to Amsterdam North. You board the bus at the front and show the driver your ticket. If you do not yet have a valid ticket, you can buy one from him.
Tickets for city and regional travel are always cheaper when bought in advance!
Buses also run at night on nine different routes in the city, hourly during the week and half-hourly at the weekend. The night buses to and from the Zuidoost neighbourhood run half-hourly throughout the week. In addition to an ordinary strip ticket, you must also buy a supplement ticket for two guilders before travelling on the night bus.
All local night buses run from or via the Central Station. This is the central changing point. These take account of connections with other night lines of the GVB, night trains run by the NS (Dutch railways) and (night) regional transport. If possible the buses wait for buses on another night line arriving slightly later. Line 71 crosses a number of other night lines and is therefore a good one to use for changing from one line to another.
Once in Amsterdam the Trams and Buses will get you everywhere you want to go, quickly and cheaply.
How to Use the Trams:
At the many tram stops around the city you should hail a tram to signal you want to get on. Press the button near the door to open it. If the tram has a conductor you must use the rear door to board. Press one of the red STOP buttons inside the tram to signal the driver that you want to get off at the next stop. Press the button near the door to open it when the tram has stopped
For information regarding the tram, bus, and metro, call tel 0900/9292 Monday to Saturday from 6am to midnight and Sunday from 7am to midnight.
Here's a photo of a pimped-out Volvo Tour bus outside the Rijksmuseum. Check out that there's like a card room/pub/ lounge BEHIND the rear wheels that seats about 7. What a way to roll across Europe!