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Daypasses for Public Transpot
Daypasses are currently 7.50 Euro for 24 hours / 12 Euro for 48 hours and go up to a full week pass.
These passes make good use if you are about to travel inside the city. Usually staying in a central location for tourist purposes is not going to cause you a lot of travel by public transport. However, for business purposses you are usually required to be in the west or south-axis of the city and then subway/tram and bus transportatin comes in very handy. It's usually also a faster alternative compared to a taxi, so daypasses in such instance could save you money and hasstle.
If you are interested in going to see the Zaanse Schans or Volendam, there are also region daypasses for EUR 13.50 a day. With these passes you can use busses throughout the region and explore nearby places as well.
Do notice that daypasses are not valid in trains!
On arriving at Schipol I got money from an ATM. It gave me two 50 Euro bills. The automated machines for tram tickets didn't take any bills above 5 Euro so we had to find a convenience store to buy a stripinkaart. I wouldn't get the day pass. Things are close enough we didn't use the tram much and one stipinkaart was enough.
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Public Transport: Trams, Metro and Buses
You can pay for buses, trams, and the metro (subway) using a strippenkaart. You can buy this card at the railway ticket office or from a tobacco shop. You can use the same strippenkaart throughout the Netherlands.
When you get on to a bus or metro, you can either stamp this card yourself, or if there is a conductor, have them stamp it for you.
You can get either a 15 space of 45 space card. You stamp one more strip than the number of zones that you are going.
For example, if you are staying the city center, one trip = 2 spaces, therefore you stamp the second space.
There are maps that can show you how many zones you are going... or just tell the conductor how many zones you are going and they'll figure it out for you :)
You can use the same stamp for an hour in the same zone.
Confusing? Yeah. But once you figure it out, you'll find its really efficient and affordable. And don't worry if you stamp it upside down... I did for the first year that I lived here :)
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The 72 Hour Pass
The most cost effective way of travelling around Amsterdam if you are staying for several days is the 72 hour pass (72 uurskaart). This gives unlimited travel on all city GVB services including bus,tram and metro for 72 hours from the time it is first used and is also valid on night buses. This was especially useful to me since my hotel was about 15mins by tram from the centre, which meant that I could pop back early evening to freshen up before my nocturnal excursions (i.e. trawling around various bars and clubs 'til whenever). Another useful thing is that you can just get on a bus or tram and see where you end up - if the destination fails to impress then simply get the next one back.
I bought mine from the main tourist office opposite Centraal Station but I think they can also be bought from GBV offices and tobacconists.
UPDATE May 2010 - I think this can no longer be bought as it looks in this pic but instead has to be put on a smartcard - either the paper tourist version or the plastic "anonymous" version if you are a regular visitor. Website has all the details.
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Strippen Kaart - Not valid on metro from Aug09
Purchase a Strippen Kaart which gives you access to trams & buses in & around Holland.
I bought a strip of 15 strips for EUR6.70 (2007 Euro 6.80) which means a journey within central Amsterdam on the tram is 2 strips (ie 1 strip + 1 zone) which means I can use the trams for an hour from the time stamped. For example on 1st strip used within Amsterdam fold strip to no 2 strip & feed into the yellow machine to be stamped. If there is a conductor on board he will stamp the zones. There is a hefty of the spot fine for not travelling with a valid ticket
Strippenkaart are valid anywhere in Holland & if you still have strips left & plan to visit again within the year the old price is still valid for 12 months.
THESE ARE BEING PHASED OUT SEE TIP FOR OV-CHIPKAART (a more expenisive way to travel)
New Chipcard System for Public Transport 2009
Since 22 june 2009 the ticketsystem changed. From 27th of august you cant use a strippenkaart in the metro and i think this year or beginning next year that you cant use it at all.
At the moment a single ticket ( 1 hour ticket) cost 2.60 euro
a return ticket 5 (2 X 1 hour) 5 euro
a 24 hour ticket 7 euro
This ones you can buy on the tram and bus.
A lot of people make a mistake with this new system. When you got a ticket you need to check in when you enter and need to check out when you leave. If you dont check out your ticket doesnot work no more even the 24 hour one.
Using public transport a lot in Amsterdam buy a 24,48,72 or 96 our pass at the office or a chipcard but then you need to put enough money on it.
Chipcard same you check in it will take 4 euro you pay then about 75 ct basic and about 10 ct for each kilometre. When you check out you get back what you didnot use. (personal chipcard with picture cost now 1.50 euro and anonymus 3 euro but i understand they will cost 7.50 euro later.
DONT FORGET CHECK IN WHEN YOU ENTER AND OUT WHEN YOU LEAVE.
Tram and discount ticket
Buy a '15-strippenkaart' (strip ticket) for 6.80 EUR (Feb 2007) is cheaper than day-cards, if you don't intend to travel a lot by public transportation, it can be used for several days.
If you buy the ticket at VVV office infront of the Central Station, you can get a guide book with some discount ticket for some museum. I've got 10% off for the entrance fee Madame Tusaud museum.
Public transportation in Amsterdam
In Amsterdam you will mostly use the tram or bus and maybe a metro.
Because the rules for public transportation are all the same nationwide, please see my Netherlands Tip for this here.
Mind you, a 8-strippenkaart (strip card) that is stamped off as day ticket is only valid in a certain area (such as Amsterdam inner city) for bus/metro/tram and some local trains. You need 2 8-strippenkaart for a nationwide day ticket.
For more information click here
You should note that especially for Amsterdam, you might not even need a day ticket because you can walk quite a lot.
If you're going to have more than 4 rides on a day, then it is better value to stamp off your 8-strippenkaart as a day ticket. If it's going to be less (which is probable), then just stamp off strips as needed.
Alternately, buy yourself a 15-strippenkaart for € 6,90 (not available in buses or trams or metros) and stamp off strips as needed. In my opinion you'll get more transportation for less money.
Below you will find the link to the public transportation website for Amsterdam.
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Bono para el transporte (autobús, tranvía, tren y metro)
El bono para el transporte con el que debes 'picar' es el llamado 'strippenkaart', un tipo de bono multiviaje que vale para cualquier autobús, tranvía, metro y el tren de 2a clase dentro de la zona urbana de Ámsterdam, Rótterdam , La Haya, Utrecht y Zoetermeer. A efectos del transporte público, Holanda se divide en zonas con tarifa estándar. Se paga según el número de zonas que se atraviesa. Cada zona cuesta un casilla más la tarifa base de una casilla. Para saber cuantas zonas tiene que sellar puede mirar en los mapas en las paradas del autobús y tranvía. Lo puede sellar el conductor o la máquina amarrilla que hay destinada para tal fin. Se puede comprar en las estaciones de ferrocarril, estancos, algunas oficinas de turismo VVV, supermercados, librerías y correos (un bono de 15 casillas cuesta EUR 6,80, un bono de 45 casillas cuesta EUR 20,10 ). Es más caro comprarlo en el autobús/tranvía/metro/tren mismo. Está permitido el trasbordo.
Las zonas: Válido por:
1-3 1 hora
4-6 1,5 hora
7-9 2 horas
10-15 3 horas
16 o más 3,5 horas
If anybody plans to take a lot of transport around Amsterdam, something that I did not do and genrally don't do, I walk around a lot, then a strippenkart is a must. That's the ticket for trams/buses, that i really don't know much about. I recommend visiting the Amsterdam page of pieter_jan_v for details. There's lot of homework to do. So I simply decided to walk as always.
Get a Strippenkaart
It is hard to argue that Amsterdam has a superb public transportation system.
The combination of Trams, Subway, Bus and Train means that you can get to every street and every corner in the city without having to rely on a car.
One tip related to public transport is as soon as you get to Amsterdam you want to get yourself a "strippenkaart" (literally translated to strip-cards).
Strippenkaart is accepted in all means of public transport (including short trips on the large trains) and it has two main benefits:
1. It is cheaper than getting a ticket on the bus / tram.
2. You don't need to queue each time you need to board a train or subway.
It works as follows- you buy a card that has multiple strips on them (the most common is 15); Amsterdam is divided into zones, and depending on how many zones you are crossing the strips on the card will be stamped.
Within the city center it will cost you two strips. If you are traveling across two zones then it will cost you three strips, three zones will cost you four strips, etc.
One card can be used by multiple people too.
When boarding a subway the stamping machine is located before you get onto the platform. When boarding a tram either the conductor will stamp your card or you can do that in a machine on the tram. Bus drivers will stamp your card as you board.
The card cost Euro 6.80 for 15 strips and card can be obtained in metro stops, bus/train stations, magazine/cigarette shops and supermarkets.
Which ticket to buy?
There are always lot of discussions going on which ticket to buy...simple, it depends on ur need. If you are going to roam only during the day time and not going to use public transport during night, go for strippenkarte. A 15 strippencarte will do for 2 days. Amsterdam city is well connected by tram, and keep in mind, travelling by tram always saves your precious time though all the places can be covered by walk. But this strippencarte is not valid on night buses. This strippencarte is valid on all day buses including connexxion buses to Keukenhof gardens.
If you are going to use the night bus, then go for 24, 48 or 72 hours GVB pass. You can get this in all the stations through a vending machine. But, this pass is not valid for bus trips outside Amsterdam like Schipol or Keukenhof. Each journey in a night bus will cost you 3 Euros. So, you have to decide which one will suit you best.
Ticket To Ride
The Strippenkaart is the most cost effective way to make several tram journeys in Amsterdam.
It can be bought from Centraal Station or various kiosks in the city.
Remember that a short journey needs the card to be stamped twice.
Flash and Stamp your Strips in the Tram
One of de best n cheapest ways to travel in Trams r de Travel Strips. They can be purchased at the Grocery Stores also. However, the smaller Strip has 15 Slots, for the zones and cost about 6 Euro, and the 45 slot one cost about a 19 Euros, if you are travelling more.
Please make sure you are aware of the zone of your desination during stamping. You can get a Zone Contour Map from the Central Station as well. Once stamped, for a zone distance, it is valid for an hour.
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You can buy daycards (1, 2 or 3 days), that can be used on the bus, tramway and subway. But I suggest you to buy a '15-strippenkaart' (strip ticket) for 6.40 EUR. That's even cheaper than daycards if you don't intend to travel a lot by public transportation.
We only used the tramway 3 times during our 3-days stay, going from the train station to the hotel and back, and one more trip, and we only used 12 zones out of the 15 for the two of us.
You can buy your ticket at a ticket machine in the train station.
Your strip ticket must be validated at the beginning of your journey. You can do this yourself, in one of the yellow machines on trams and at metro stations, or ask the driver to do it (your best option). How many strips you need to stamp depends upon the number of zones you will be travelling through. You must, however, always stamp one strip more than the number of zones you are travelling. When you are staying in the centre stamp 2 zones.
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