Why use the 15 strip strippenkaart over a day ticket in Amsterdam? Here are some reasons:
1) Within Central Amsterdam you only need to stamp two strips on your strippenkaart and you can already travel for one hour so long as you keep within the same fare zone.
2) You can use 1 strippenkaart for more than 1 person. You just need to stamp the appropriate number of strips for each person.
3) Strippenkaarts are valid for at least a year from date of purchase and are valid throughout the Netherlands not just Amsterdam. So if you intend on going to other places in Holland, you can still use your strippenkaart so long as it still has unused strips of course.
4) Buying the 15 strip (6.5 Euro) ticket is more cost effective than buying 2 strip tickets (1.60 Euro) from the tram driver everytime you take a ride. Note you can't buy the 15 strip ticket on trams or buses. You must do so at ticket machines in train stations or at GVB ticket outlets such as that in front of Amsterdam Centraal. A number of small kiosks and newsstands also sell the 15 strip ticket.
Fares, maps and schedules are easily accessible on the comprehensive website operated by the GVB which is the Public Transport Company of Amsterdam. The website has an English version.
The trams are spread all over the city , you can buy ticket on the tram and there are tickets for 1 hour and more.
This is a great opportunity to see the city like the local people and get to far places.
I used the tram to get to the t'ij brewery and for 2 Euros only.
It took me 10 minutes by tram instead of walking for more than 1 hour !
The tram is, without doubt, the best means of transport in Amsterdam. It consists of 16 lines that run until midnight, 10 of which depart and arrive at Centraal Station and made a total of 3600 trips per day. The rest of the tram lines in Amsterdam go to the suburbs. For the tourist tram is an excellent means of transport that covers much of central and some of the outskirts of the city. To enter the cars must be made in the driver's door or back door, the rest are just starting. With the I Amsterdam card includes a 72-hour travel card to use for 72 hours on the tram, metro, bus and ferry.
El tranvía es, sin duda, el mejor medio de transporte de Ámsterdam. Consta de 16 líneas que funcionan hasta la medianoche, 10 de las cuales salen y llegan a Centraal Station y realizan un total de 3600 viajes al día.. El resto de las líneas de tranvía en Ámsterdam llegan a los suburbios. Para el turista el tranvía resulta un excelente medio de transporte que cubre buena parte del centro y algo de la periferia de la ciudad.Para entrar en los vagones debe hacerlo por la puerta del conductor o por la puerta trasera, el resto son solo de salida. Con la I Ámsterdam card de 72 horas incluye una tarjeta de transporte para usar durante 72 horas en el tranvía, metro, autobús y transbordadores.
I bought a 72-hour/3-day ticket for the tram which allows you to take unlimited ride on the tram. The tram has a lot of stops and one of the city's popular transport option if you're afraid to take the bicycle.
http://www.gvb.nl/english/travellers/tickets-and-fares/ov-chipkaart-travel-products/Pages/ov-chipkaart-travel-products.aspx (for current fares).
Trams and pretty much ok and are not costly.
When I travelled for the first time, I didn't have any change to get the tickets and so actually travelled without tickets- AND all the time I was afraid that someone will catch me but no one actually does.
However I would suggest that people should take tickets.
If you are staying for more than a few hours.. I would suggest take one of the passes which gives unlimited access to public transport. Heres the latest rates..
Prices in 2009:
24 hours € 7,00
48 hours € 11,50
72 hours € 15,00
96 hours € 18,00
Check the website below for great information.
The best way to explore more of the city aside from walking;) but you have to be aware that there is an EXIT and ENTRANCE,you can't just get in at the exit or get off at the entrance except only when its rush hour or else you'll be the center of attraction as the tram chaffeur will be on his speaker complaining for not following the rules;) And don't forget to validate your ticket when getting in and out.
Amsterdam is a compact city where your destination will usually not be at a great distance.
The city seems to be built for bikes, which are probably one of the most convenient and fun ways to get around on the narrow streets. Nearly half of all traffic movements are taken by bike. The tram, boats and bus are the most important mode of public transport.
The ferries do not require fare. (I mean free of charge!)
Amsterdam was built at a time when there were no cars, therefor cars are less suited for getting around in Amsterdam.
Parking has to be paid for in almost all of the city and the rates can be substantial. (€3.50/hour, €45/day, lost card €45/day )
Illegally parked vehicles are clamped (cost for release: around €60). Clamped cars are towed away after 24 hours, at an additional cost of at least €136.
Important Notice: If you cross the road at traffic lights listen for the "clicks", slow clicks = dont cross, fast clicks = cross.
Website :How does that system work?
this is the company for public transport in amsterdam.
click on touristguide and you can choose 6 languages for information.
this is a site for people who like trams.
for more info about the ticketsystem see my other tip
There are a lot of ways to get around Amsterdam, on ground and on water. We mainly used the trams for our public transportation needs. If you have the i Amsterdam card, transportation is included but as we didn't use that, we bought Strippenkaarts (Strip cards). For a few days, it's definitely worth buying the one with either 15 or 45 strips. Two people can use the same card. The cards must be validated in a machine on the tram, usually at the back entrance of the tram. Most places in central Amsterdam take two strips. You fold the card so that the two strips are on the top and slip it into the machine which will date stamp the strip. You then fold the card at the next two if you have a companion and repeat. A 15 strip card is just under 8 Euros and a 45 strip card is about 21. There is also a shuttle mini-bus (bright blue and green) that goes around a tourist route along the Prinsengracht canal from the public library to Waterlooplien and that will take the stripcard as well.
The advantage of the Stripcard over the iAmsterdam transport card or an Amsterdam only transport card is that it can be used nationally in other cities. You may have to ask the driver (bus, tram, metro) how many strips will be needed for your destination. The further you travel through transportation zones, the more strips are needed for validation. We used it in Arnhem to go to the Openair Museum and it took three strips each.
Amsterdam is going to have chipcard as well, similar to London's Oyster card. They will eventually be phasing out the strip cards, I believe, in favour of this electronic swipe card which is already available and will be able to be used in other cities in the Netherlands. You will just add a pay as you go amount to it when you get it.
Travelling through Amsterdam by tram is a very convenient way to do.
Don’t buy your tickets on the tram and pay the full price of €1,60. The day pass €7,00 is also a bad deal.
A trip ticket (strippen kaart), at €7,30 for 15 strips (most trips require two strips) menas rides cost 95 cents for most trips. This includes an hour of free transferring and everyone can share the same ticket. Buy the strip ticket at Albert Heijn grocery stores and newsstands.
I walked and used the tram to get *everywhere* during my trip. I flew in to Amsterdam, took the train to Centraal Station, then got on a tram to go to the Amsterdam American Hotel at Leidseplein. Also...don't forget to keep an eye out for trams as you're walking throughout the city! Don't get hurt!
I was in Amsterdam last month. My decision to buy a day pass was worth the price. The day pass is valid for 24 hors and needs to be stamped on the first entry in public transport (Bus / Tram).
The forum rightly suggests walking around if you really want to explore Amsterda. Must taste Potato fries of Amsterda. Yummy delight.
Trams are almost every where in town, at least in the main areas. There are a lot of lines departuring from Centraal Station. We use could use lines 2 or 5 to Vondelpark, where our hostel was.
You have to buy your ticket to the driver or to the person who is in a small ticket booth in the middle of the tram.
the last round number 20 makes is on 22/23 september 2002.
number 20 stops.
number 16 drives through amsterdam center, except the last stop.
16 drives from the central station to dam, munt, heineken brewery, albert cuyp market, museumplein (concert hall, american consulat, van gogh museum,
stedelijk museum, rijksmuseum)
other thing you can do.
from central station take tramnumber 5 ( yes my line and i love to meet vt people lol )
take it till the apollolaan this is the border so till here 1 ticket cost 1.60 euro or 2 strips (on the way you will see dam square, 1 side of the flowermarket, leidsestraat, leidseplein, museumplein (rijksmuseum, van goghmuseum concerthall). so get out apollolaan walk to the stop on the other side and take tramnumber 24. this one passes the museumplein albert cuyp market heineken experience other side flower market mint tower other side dam square and goes back to central station.
your ticket from 1.60 is valid till 1 hour after the time on the ticket or the 2 strips.
when we get the chipcard this will change ofcourse
The GVB (public transport operator) website has a lot of information about tram routes, where to board each tram, fares and zones, different sorts of tickets, and so on. We picked this up while we were there but if we'd seen the website in advance we could have got on our way from the station when we arrived a bit quicker. The GVB information office at the front of the Centraal station is good.