In Centraal Station there are several trams that might take you to places around Amsterdam. Amsterdam seems to be a city that as an efficient transportation network. All through the city you will see the tram lines up there (getting on the way of camera and photos), so you might get in and out and move around faster and effortlessly.
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.
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?
Tram lines snake across Amsterdam, making it one of the more viable mode of transportation about (apart from walking and the bicycle).
Personally, I did not manage to hitch a ride on it but I managed to survive not getting run over by them :-p
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.
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
The tram is a handy way to get from the train station to the center of town quickly and economically. A single ticket is .80 Euro and is good for up to one hour of use. Also available are day and multi day passes. If you're walking near the tracks always be on the lookout for an incoming train and quickly move away from the tracks!
If you have to go anywhere in the city centre, the tram is the most convenient means of transport. They are frequent, fast and dependable. You can buy a ticket from the driver, the conductor at the back of the tram, or a machine in the middle of the tram, depending on the sort of tram it is. However, it is considerably cheaper if you buy a 'strippenkaart' from a tobacconist, post office or railway station beforehand, for €5.90 for 15 strips. On most trams you stamp these yourself in the yellow machines in the tram: each journey uses one strip plus a strip for every zone you travel in. If you stay within the centre of town, that is one zone, so you leave one strip blank and stamp the second. If you travel over a zone border, you are travelling in two zones, so you leave two strips blank, and stamp the third.
On some trams there is a conductor: you get on at the back of the tram and the conductor stamps your ticket for you.
Once stamped, a ticket is valid for an hour, regardless of how often you change tram or bus.
Several people can travel on one strippenkaart: you just stamp it for the first person, and then for the second, and so on.
You should hail a tram to indicate you want to get on. Press the button near the door to open it. If the tram has a conductor you must use the rear door to get on. You have to press one of the red STOP buttons inside the tram to indicate that you want to get off at the next stop (although there is rarely a stop where no one wants to get out). Again press the button near the door to open it when the tram has stopped
On my 4th trip I finally got a clue about tram tickets. They sell them at the grocery stores or the train station. They look like long thin pieces of paper that you fold over and stick in the tram machine ON the tram. I think before I realized this I was spending $3 a jaunt, and the tickets made it about .50 a jaunt. Well it's never to late.
The tram system in Amsterdam is very efficient and modern.With much of the city and surrounding districts covered by the network and a waiting time for most trams usually no longer than 15 minutes.We were based in the Slotermeer district in the west of Amsterdam and regulary took trams to the city centre.Its best to purchase a 24 hour ticket if you plan on using several trams a day,for 7 euros 50 it offers unlimited travel on the network all day no matter how many journeys you make,these can be purchashed from the driver when boarding.Just remember to place your ticket over the pass gate every time you get on or off the tram,this will beep if you have done 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.
Everyone keeps telling me that things are 'just a five minute walk'. Well I don't want to walk. I know I will HAVE to walk sometimes, but I'm not going out of my way to walk. I got a large blood blister on my big toe which I've been nursing along since the first day on the ship and it has gone down some but is still tender. So, we went out of the hotel and got on a tram that was going to the Central Station which was where the boat terminal was.
Oops - I got on the exit door. The conductor reprimanded me, and then apparently felt sorry for us because she let us ride free for the one stop that it would take to go to the Central Station.
We got off the Hop On Hop Off Canal boat, Now to get back to our hotel. I went to the information desk that was there near Central Station and took a number to buy a tram ticket at about 1645. When I was finally waited on at about 1700 the lady said I could go on any tram except 26 to get back to our hotel.
I really needed to find the specific trams that were on my map as the ones that stopped there. But relying on her directions, we got on tram 9 and that wasn't one of the ones. The driver indicated that we must walk back several blocks after his stop. Ugh
“Viewed from its streets one sees little or nothing of the Amsterdam that painters have loved. It is far from attractive. I might say it is repulsive, as its own people confess, and confirm their opinion by action, for they flee from the city whenever possible.”
— from ‘Netherlands — How We Saw Amsterdam’ in “Antiques Digest” 1906
Things have changed greatly since this appeared in “Antiques Digest” in 1906. Amsterdam is very attractive. The best way to see the city is on foot. That is how we see all cities we visit. Therefore, we did not ride a tram in Amsterdam. We walked everywhere. It is that kind of city.
The tram system is extensive and well organized. It is eco-friendly. Use it! Please.
Almost all trams start and finish at Central Station. If you happen to miss you choosen stop get off at the next one and catch the tram going in opposite direction.
Best value is to buy a Rover or allday ticket at the office cross from central station. These can be from one day to as many days as required. The last one I got was for 5 days and was about e15.
Unlimited use of trams buses and metro within the Amsterdam area. Cant be beat.
trams are a very convenient mode of travel in and around Amsterdam. There are trams all across the city and very frequently. There are many trams starting just in front of the main train station that makes it all the more convenient. Tickets for short distances can be bought inside the trams either from the driver or from a separate ticket counter at the back.