GVB - OV Chipkaart, Amsterdam

10 Reviews

Know about this? Rate It!

hide
  • OV Chipkaart
    OV Chipkaart
    by pieter_jan_v
  • GVB ticket office at the Stationsplein at night
    GVB ticket office at the Stationsplein...
    by pieter_jan_v
  • GVB ticket office at the Stationsplein
    GVB ticket office at the Stationsplein
    by pieter_jan_v
  • elPierro's Profile Photo

    How to use tickets for Bus/Tram/Metro

    by elPierro Updated Aug 9, 2013

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Tram arriving at Amsterdam Lelylaan station

    Amsterdam uses for its public transport the same national system as in the rest of the country. The so called "OV Chipkaart".

    It's a rather simple card, you check-in and you check-in at the swipe points. Usually an entrance fee is deducted from your card upon entry, and upon checking out a part is returned on the card again. It's therefore important to always check-out otherwhise you pay a higher fee.

    Amsterdam has some special tickets like the Daypass, for €7.50 (they get relatively cheaper if you go for multiple day passes) you get 24hr unlimited travel access on the public transport. These passes are readily available with bus/tram conductors, hotel desks and the vending machines in the subway stations.

    You can also get the more expensive IAmsterdam card (€42) which provides you with free entrance to museums as well, but you need to do your best to use up the value of such card. So best save this option for rainy days. This card can be purchased at the Tourist Desks.

    Was this review helpful?

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo

    The Amsterdam Public Transport (GVB)

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Oct 6, 2012

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    OV Chipkaart
    4 more images

    The Amsterdam Public Transport or GVB (Gemeentelijk Vervoer Bedrijf) has many means of transportation, like tram, bus, metro and ferry.

    For using the Amsterdam Public Transportation (GVB) there are a number of options:
    -Using an anonymous rechargable or a disposable "OV-chip kaart"; see OV Chipkaart information GVB or National OV-Chipkaart information

    -Ticket for one day or more days; see GVB day tickets

    -IAmsterdam card, a combination with free museum entrance and more; see IAmsterdam ticket info; IAmsterdam Information.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Road Trip
    • Trains

    Was this review helpful?

  • Kennymac's Profile Photo

    GVB 24, 48, 72, 120, 144, 168 hrs tickets

    by Kennymac Updated Jul 14, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    the cheapest way to get around Amsterdam is by buying a 24, 48, or 78 hrs travel card this ticket can be used on the tram, metro, bus and night bus.
    2010 Prices

    24 hours (1 day) € 7.00
    48 hours (2 days) € 11.50
    72 hours (3 days) € 15.50
    96 hours (4 days) € 19.50
    120 hours (5 days) € 23.00
    144 hours (6 days) € 26.00
    168 hours (7 days) € 29.00
    tickets can be purchased at the GVB office central station or from any ticket machine

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • oRi_5's Profile Photo

    GVB Unlimited Travel Pass

    by oRi_5 Written May 28, 2010

    We found the easiest way to get around Amsterdam was to buy an unlimited transport pass from GVB. We were there for 4 days, so we bought the 96 hours pass @ €19.50 which was definitely worth it considering the first tram ticket we bought which was for 1 hour costed about €5! With the GVB pass we could travel at any time (day or night) on bus, metro or tram as many times as we want.

    We purchased our pass from the GVB Tickets & Info Stationsplein (opposite Central Station). Prices vary as follows:
    24 hours (1 day) € 7.00
    48 hours (2 days) € 11.50
    72 hours (3 days) € 15.50
    96 hours (4 days) € 19.50
    120 hours (5 days) € 23.00
    144 hours (6 days) € 26.00
    168 hours (7 days) € 29.00

    From the station we also purchased the Holland Pass which seemed to be much more worth it than the I Amsterdam card as the museum entrances work out better once calculated. Check my tips page for more info on this.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • jo104's Profile Photo

    OV-chipkaart

    by jo104 Written Aug 12, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This is being described as being similar to the London oyster card but I tend to disgree it appears it is going to be a far more expensive way to travel.

    My suggestions are if you plan to be in Amsterdam for a while or plan to revisit to purchase an anonymous card for Eur4 and top up with the credit you may need for your journeys. The rates are calculated on a base rate of 75c + 10c p/km. The amount you pay should be good for an hour so if you transfer trams you won't have to pay another 75c although there is some dicrepency of being charged after 35min. You need to tap your card in on entry and out on exit if you forget to tap out you will be charged Eur4. I also believe you cannot gain entry if you don't have enough credit on your card.

    The other option is to purchase a disposable card which is Eur2.60 for 1hr this works out a lot more then the strippenkaart which normally worked out to E1 per trip. For 2 x 1hr it costs Eur5 but your 2nd hour starts on your 2nd tap in (confused yet?)

    A 24hr (1 day) costs Eur7, 48hrs Eur11.50 and 72hrs Eur15, 96hr Eur18.

    This card is only for transport on the metro, buses and trams at the moment in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

    I only used around Eur7 when I was there for 4 days using the card.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Pijlmans's Profile Photo

    Public Transport

    by Pijlmans Updated Mar 1, 2009

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Amsterdam Central Station

    Information about public transport in Amsterdam

    http://www.9292ov.nl/ and http://journeyplanner.9292.nl/ for the English version. Or call 0900-9292 (70 cpm) (all public transport in the Netherlands)

    http://www.gvb.nl/ (bus, tram and metro)

    http://www.connexxion.nl/ (bus)

    http://www.ns.nl/ (train)

    Transportation around Amsterdam to museums, attractions, beaches and historic towns within an hour: http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/aroundamsterdam/regionaltransport

    Related to:
    • Trains
    • Road Trip
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • gepard's Profile Photo

    For ALL info about ALL forms...

    by gepard Written Aug 25, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    For ALL info about ALL forms of public transport in Holland, dial 0900-9292 (DFL 0,75 per minute). The phone number is not available from outside the Netherlands.
    OVR (the organization providing this information) is in itself a good service. Since this is a national, centralized service, all bus / tram / metro / train companies refer to it for information.

    The Dutch railways (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) is the only public transport company that provides the timetables on line for free. From and to the airport there is a frequent train service (some 6 times per hour during daytime, 1 hourly service at night between 1 and 6)

    The biggest taxi company in Amsterdam is TCA (phone: 6 777777). Competition is underway after recent liberalization of the market, but still in development. A taxi ride from the airport to town should cost you about NLG 65,- (level September 2000).

    Cars: Amsterdam has strict parking laws. Be warned: illegal parking comes with expensive wheel clamps and more expensive towing away. The Parking Police is one of the few city departments making a profit.
    Whether your stay in Amsterdam is long or short, you will see more of the city and countryside by bike!
    So, if you dislike bustransfers, time-tables, mass-transportation and sore feet and you want to be independent, then do like most Amsterdammers do:

    It's the best way to go around, because a bike is the only form of transport that is:
    affordable, fast & healthy
    day & night available
    environmentally-friendly

    'We should have done this in the first place!' is what we often hear when customers come back to our store, so:
    and go for a bike as soon as you arrive in Amsterdam! The only things you need to bring are comfortable casual clothes and, depending on the season: sunglasses and sunblock, or... gloves.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Steve-H's Profile Photo

    Amsterdam uses every...

    by Steve-H Written Aug 25, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Amsterdam uses every concievable type of transport,you can even get around by boat on the canals, highly favoured is the bicycle with very few cars actually getting into the city centre.After the clean, quiet and smooth train ride from the airport you arrive at the central station and step out into the city center, the first thing you will notice is the trams that run everywhere, please remember they are there as more than one stoned tourist has been hit by them, they are very quiet you see.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Igraine's Profile Photo

    OV chipcard

    by Igraine Updated Jul 26, 2011

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    tickets and Info at CS

    When being in Amsterdam for a few days and you think that you will use the public transport you need an OV chipcard. You can buy one from the shop in front of Central Station.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Robin020's Profile Photo

    24 hours travel ticket.

    by Robin020 Written Jun 14, 2011

    you can buy 24 travel ticket through Amsterdam for around 6,90 Euros.You can use it for tram,train, bus,and metro.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Amsterdam

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

73 travelers online now

Comments

View all Amsterdam hotels