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When you are in Amsterdam and in good health, most things can be visited by going there on foot... Still you might feel a bit tired from walking or a rainshower might surprise you. Then you can take the tram or subway. Buying cards in the trm are rather expensive (1.60 euro for 2 strips)... It's better to buy a card upfront, in a local bookstore or in a supermarket (15 strips for 6,50 euro's or 45 strips for 19 euro's)... The tram will take you everywhere within the cityring for 2 strips. The strips are valid till 1 hour after you get the stamp from the driver, so if you don't like the place where you went, you can go back (or elsewhere) on the same strips !
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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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!
You can get all over the city by tram, bus, metro and local train for a reasonable fare. The Strippenkaart (a "carnet" of tickets) can be used on all forms of transport. You can buy them in the offices of the city transport authority GVB at the Central Station, Stationsplein 15, in the Scheepvaarthuis, Prins Hendrikkade 108, at Amstel Station and in all post offices and tobacconists.
With a day ticket you can use all public transport for a whole day. They can be bought from the GVB office or at the tourist office.
A strip of tickets cost 12.5...
A strip of tickets cost 12.5 guilders. At the train station there are machines that you can get them at. HAVE YOUR MONEY READY before you go to the machine. There are scoundrels in the train station that will 'help' you get the tickets if you don't know what you are doing and they usually help you out of some of your money.
When you get on a tram you have to fold the strip to stamp it in the machine at the back of the tram or the conductor will stamp it at the front. If your staying in the Centraal District it will take one stamp, if you go to 2 districts then you skip one of the lines and stamp it. Fold the strip and stamp it everytime you get on the tram.
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
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.
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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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.
The GVB ticket
For a visitor to Amsterdam, the GVB 24 hours ticket or 48 or 72 hours ticket is most convenient and inexpensive ticket. I heard this ticket covers from Tram lines, buses, ferries and metro. I got this ticket at the GVB tickets and information in front of the Amsterdam Central station. (Open time: Mon-Fri 7.00-21.00 Sat-Sun 8.00-21.00) The price was 6.30, 10 and 13 euro respectively. Especially I often used Tram lines because of the coverage, punctuality and above all easy to find! The most surprising thing for me, Japanese, was that most of the drivers of the tram lines were conducted by female. Honestly speaking, this may be by chance but I have never met male drivers… Am I right? Anyway, enjoy your Amsterdam sightseeing with using the GVB ticket.
Strippenkaart... ur passport 2 get around
d first thing u have to buy if u wanna get around amsterdam is a strippenkaart. They have two kinds... one is blue, which is d normal one, and d other is d red one, for kids, senior citizens and d holder of OV (a kind of student identification)... Usually, u need to buy the blue one, which is EUR 6.40 (15 strips) and EUR 18.70 (45 strips)
U can use this strippenkaart in buses, metro, and trams. In buses and trams, when u first ascend them, just give it to d driver. They will stamp your strippenkaart according to d zone of ur destination. for 1 zone, they will stamp on d second strip; for 2 zones, on d third strip; and so on.......... while in d metro, u can just stamp it on d yellow machine near d entrance (there's usually a map telling u about d zones)....
some people like taking d risk of not stamping if they think they can get away with it, but be careful, coz in d middle of d way, sometimes there are officers that will check and if u get caught, u will get a fine
you can buy d strippenkaart at d train station, post office, albert heijn (a supermarket brand), and sometimes, in d hotel u are staying in... it's a lot cheaper than paying by the time you ascend d tram/bus, which is twice as expensive
P.S. you can use d stamped strippenkaart again if u use d tram/metro/bus again within one hour of d stamped time (for one and two zones, more zones will give u more time... see d back of strippenkaart if u can read Dutch)... just show it 2 d driver
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StrippenKarts are the most economical way of getting around in Amsterdam if you are visiting for just a short time. At 5,90 Euro per Kaart, one or maybe two will be sufficient
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