I only took the metro system of Amsterdam out to the Arena Stadium and back and I was very impressed. It was clean and efficient. The metro consists of three lines and I think that they are building another. However if you do not intend upon leaving the city centre of Amsterdam, there is little likely hood that you will use this system. It was designed with commuters in mind rather than for tourism.
A single ticket for the metro is a whopping 3 Euros but this gets you a ride for at least 1.5hrs where you can tranfer onto either a tram or bus. If the cost seems expensive, consider that you can purchase a 24 hour, 48 hour and 72 hour ticket for a much more reasonable cost of 6.30 Euros, 10.00 Euros and 13.00 Euros. Tickets are available at each metro station. You have to punch your ticket at a machine upon boarding. There are also kiosk throughout the city were you can buy tickets. The website posted below is one of the best that I have ever visited concerning city transport. It even has an English page.
Much of the Amsterdam Metro system is actually above ground, and you won't notice as many underground stations as in many other cities. The stations, for the most part, are boring, concrete structures, but taking the metro is an efficient way to see the city if you're in a hurry or if the weather isn't great. Personally, I'd rather stay above ground and take to the beautiful canal lined streets at a leisurely pace.
Make sure you validate your ticket onboard the train.
Exploring Amsterdam could be dramatic when driving your car around. Better go by foot, rent a bike or take the public transport, includes the Metro. There are only 4 Metro lines (50/Ring-line - 51/Amstelveen-line - 53/Gaasperplas-line, 54/Gein-line), includes the "Sneltram", a fast-going tramway underground ...
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Amsterdam Metro system is not really a true Metro system in that the majority of lines run overground with only the central sections (strangely enough around Centraal Station) actually running underground. The Metro system has 4 lines, with a fifth currently under construction, allowing a rapid transit system out into the suburbs especially during peak periods.
Of the 4 present lines, 3 run from Centraal Station - lines 51,53 and 54 to Westwijk, Gaasperplas and Gein respectively; whilst line 50 runs from from Isolatorweg via Sloterdijk out to the A10 ring road and Gein.
As with the tram and bus system ticketing comes under the same integrated system and tickets are interchangable.
Second website below gives some useful background info:
The new North-South metro will connect the North of Amsterdam with the South, reducing the travel time to just 15 minutes. Scheduled daily number of passengers will be up to a quarter of a million.
In the Information Centre of the Noord/Zuidlijn you will find an interesting exhibition consisting of numerous scale models, photos, films, archaeological finds and a display describing the various different engineering methods being applied. But you can also take part in a variety of activities that the Information Centre organises throughout the year, such as guided tours and informative evening programmes.
Tu-Fr: 10AM - 5PM
Su: 11AM - 4PM
The metro system in Amsterdam is a combination of full metro and rapid trams (sneltram) running mainly on the surface. Only 3.5 km in the city centre between Centraal Station and Amstel are underground. Lines 51, 53 and 54 share tracks between Centraal Station and Spaklerweg. Large parts of the metro network run parallel to NS mainline rail lines and cross-platform interchange is provided at Amstel, Duivendrecht (north-south) and Bijlmer, whereas Sloterdijk, Lelylaan, Zuid, RAI and Diemen Zuid railway stations lie adjacent to the corresponding metro stations.
All metro and sneltram lines operate between 6:00 and 0:30 at a basic 12-minute interval which is increased through bundled routes or by extra peak-hour trains. All public transport in the Dutch capital, including 17 tram lines, is operated by GVB (Gemeentevervoerbedrijf Amsterdam).
- FARES (2003, in Euro)
Amsterdam is part of the all-Netherlands zonal system for which strip-cards are available:
2 strips (1 zone minimum) - 1.60
3 strips (= 1 hour network ticket) - 2.40
8 strips (= day ticket) - 6.40
15 strips - 6.20
45 strips - 18.30
For unlimited travel in Amsterdam:
1-day ticket - 5.50
2 days - 8.80
3 days 11.30 etc.
One of the great things about VT is meeting people in the flesh whom you have known only virtually. We were very fortunate in that Pieter Jan, his wife and Dila met us and spent an afternoon walking around Amsterdam and having lunch and dinner, where we were joined by Roggeveen, together. One of the things we did that we otherwise never would have even known about was have a tour of the construction of a metro station on the new north-south line - the Rokin Station. It is a huge and controversial project as they seem to have experienced more than the usual problems of being late and over budget. However, it is an amazing sight. The train platform is 26.5 meters below ground with 5 levels of parking above it and still below ground level. It is open to the public, probably in an attempt to engender public support and well worth seeing if you are in Amsterdam during its construction. It is near the tram stop Spui.
Of course there are also numerous metro lines that give easy access on the surface and walking is one of the best ways to see the city. I doubt you can tell a great deal from the photos but they do give a glimpse of the scope of the project.
The metro is managed by the GVB, the Amsterdam Transport Authority also managing the local trams, buses and ferries.
These are the Amsterdam Metro lines:
-51 -Centraal Station-Westwijk
-53 -Centraal Station-Gaasperplas
-54 -Centraal Station-Gein
Like taking a tram or bus you can travel the metro with an "OV Chipkaart".
Amsterdam's subway is under further development. The Central line will be extended under Het IJ by tunnel to Amsterdam North.
More information on the North-South line construction
No, the Amsterdam metro is definately not clean or pretty. The wagons are quite old and damged by vandals. The smell on many station is awful and the travellers not always that friendly. Anyway, the metro is efficient and can bring you on many places where you would like to be. Besides that the Amsterdam metro is an amazing achievement, when one things about the fact that the town was already built on poles to prevent the houses sinking in the swamp that the land just actually is. The metro is therefor a technological miracle.
The Amsterdam metro has a rather small network; only 5 stations are underground.
One of the underground stations is Central Station; here you can have a look in the observation-holes in the walls. Several metrostations from all over the world are exhibited here. It's a great touristic 'attraction'.
Nowadays people are building a second metrosystem, called North-South-line. It will be opened around 2012.
La meilleure façon pour se rendre-là, c'est par train.
The best way to go there, it's by train.
Il y a dans la ville des tramway qui sont très populaires et peu coûteux pour la place. Le vélo est au premier rang, il est plus facile de circuler de cette façon.
There is in the city a lot of tramway, very popular and not expensive for the place. The bike is the first one, it's easier to circulate in this way.
A combination of full metro and rapid trams running mainly on the surface carry commuters all over the city. Reasonably priced taxis is everywhere to be found, should you miss the last trams for the evening. Most locals however, travel around by bicycle. Amsterdam is quite flat, so anyone can get around without too much effort.
Metro is under maintenance and it's not working all the way from Amsterdam Amstel station to Centraal Station. It's supposed to be working again by September 4th, 2011.
The only information regarding these works is in Dutch.
The alternative is the 59 GVB bus, right outside both stations. There's practically no waiting time, since there are many 59 buses circulating.
If you have an Iamsterdam card for 24/48/72 hours you get unlimited travel on metro, trams and buses ticket along. It is quite convenient but the only hitch is metro closes at 00:00 hrs. But there are night services which ply after that.