Amsterdam has a very efficient tram / metro system to get you wherever you want to go in the city. Knowing and using the trams will save you time, walking, and increase the quality of your experience there.
The specific 3 & 5-day passes
click here for Amsterdam Pass
are for some a better deal than strippenkaarts and less hassle (no stamping, just show it to the driver), plus you get free admission to almost all museums (not Anne Frank of course...), free canal boat tours, etc.
A tram card, like the 15-strippenkaart full fare in the picture (€ 6,40) will get you about 6 or 7 trips depending on the distance and "zones" you go through. A strippenkaart ends up saving you euros, a 3 or 5-day pass is more convenient.
If you go the strippenkaart route, make sure to stamp it correctly (the conductor can show you) or you could be fined.
You can buy Tram passes and strippenkaarts at TI office (VVV just outside ADam Centraal station), lots of other places, or from the tram conductor.
Watch out for trams when you're walking around the city, especially crossing Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, Damrak & some of the other busy streets.
And sadly there are sometimes pickpockets on the trams, so be careful.
But the trams are great and very efficient. Use them to save wear n tear on yer fiets.
Most attractions in center city are just a half walk from the Central Station, but sometimes taking a tram is more convenient.
10 different Trams travel to/from the Central Station, covering all areas of center city.
The Tram is managed by the GVB, the Amsterdam Transport Authority also managing the local metro, buses and ferries.
These are the Amsterdam Tram lines:
-1 -Centraal Station-Osdorp de Aker
-2 -Centraal Station-Oudenaardeplantsoen
-4 -Centraal Station-Drentepark
-5 -Centraal Station-Binnenhof
-7 -Sloterpark (bad)-Flevopark
-9 -Centraal Station-Diemen Sniep
-13-Centraal Station-Lambertus Zijlplein
-16-Centraal Station-Gustav Mahlerlaan
-25-Passenger Terminal Amsterdam-President Kennedylaan
-26-Centraal Station-IJburg Ruisrietstraat
Like taking a metro or bus you can travel the metro with an "OV chipkaart".
Disposable tickets can be bought at the trams (depending on the type at the driver or the conductor)
Much on the trams is self-service:
-opening the entry doors
-checking in your OV chipkaart
-pressing the stop button if you want to leave at the next stop
-checking out your OV chipkaart
Center city trams and metro map
Amsterdam has a wonderful integrated transportation system and the visitor would do well to make the most of it.
Most places ~ small or large ~ can be reached by either bus,tram or train and in many cases there will be up to 4 services per hour.
Transport is reliable, clean and at a reasonable price.
Train tickets are available from stations either by using the simple to operate ticket machines or by queuing at the loket ; the ticket sales desk.
Trams and the Metro use the strippenkaart system ~ buy a strip of cards and punch the appropriate number in the machine on the train or tram.
Another super way to get around the city is to use the canals and if you purchase a museum canalboat ticket this also gives you a discount at many of the major museums such as the Rijksmuseum.
Central Amsterdam is small enough to walk across if you are reasonably fit. However if you are pressed for time the best way to get around Amsterdam is by tram. These blue and grey vehicles run along 17 tram routes that snake there way around the city. Conveniently 11 of them start at the Centraal Station. These trams run very frequently. The trams tickets can be purchased at numerous locations around Amsterdam including from the tram drivers, conductors, the tourist office, newstand kiosks and from automats at the train station and on board some of the trams. Tickets can be purchased for all kinds of time periods or number of rides. As most tourist do not take the tram rides too often around the city, I recommend that you buy a single ticket for 1.40 Euros. This will allow you to ride not only the tram but the buses and metro for one if you need to transfer. Remember to validate your ticket with the yellow machines located on the trams.
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.
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. (hehehe do not try to avoid them, as ignorance nearly we got out)
There is a special tram, number 20, which runs from Central Station on a circular route that runs past many tourist attractions. I just been told by a vt memeber that knows very well about it, that this tram did his last trip on Se4ptember 2002 ...
Diana, Next6 time I go to amsterdam, I will take the number 5 by sure to take transport pic for vt lol!!! Thanks for the information (member name Dila)
Amsterdam's extensive tram network covers pretty much the whole city delivering you to within easy walking distance of wherever you need to go. There are 16 lines in all, with 11 of them radiating outwards from Centraal Station and the other 5 arcing across these. Trams run from early morning until about midnight when the night bus system takes over covering similar routes. There are presently two ticket options: the "strippenkaart" or a daily pass. If you only intend to make one or two journeys a day then the "strippenkaart" is the more economical but you will need to know how many zones you are passing through in order have the correct number of strips stamped - whilst these are cheaper if bought from GVB vendors such as newsagents they can also be purchased from the tram conductor.
Personally I have always bought either the 24, 48 or 72 hour tickets (from GVB offices or the vending machines at Centraal Station, though the 24 hour ticket can also be purchased on board trams). These tickets must be validated on first use and are then good for all transport options within the city for the requisite time period including night buses.
Finding your way around the tram system is simplicity itself with most stops having electronic signs giving the times and destinations of the next three trams as well as a network map.
Amsterdam has superb public transport facilities. The best way to travel is by tram. They are frequent, fast and dependable. Although tickets can be bought in the tram, it is cheaper to buy a multitravel tickets (called 'strippenkaart') from a magazine shop, the post office or railway station beforehand. Another good thing about strippenkaarts is that several people can travel on one strippenkaart.
I don't what is the situation now, but there used to be a conductor on most trams who stamped the ticket for you when you got on at the back of the tram. If there isn't one you might need to use a machine. Each journey within the city centre uses two strips. In this case you should leave one strip blank and stamp the second (If there are two of, you should then stamp the fourth strip and so forth).
Don't be tempted to ride for free, since there are regular checks on tickets and they will charge you the ticket price as well as a fine. They will not treat you more leniently just because you're a tourist!
Tickets are valid for an hour, regardless of how often you change tram or bus. Strippenkaarts are valid on all trams, buses and metros, and also on trains within the city boundaries (but not on the train to the airport!).
There are also one, two and three-day passes available. You must stamp a day or week pass the first time you use it only.
It might sound mad, but 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.
The trams run until just after midnight. The last trams leave Central Station at 00.15. After that there is an hourly service of night buses from Central Station. There is a free map of all tram and bus routes in Amsterdam available from tourist offices or the GVB office in front of Central Station.
In this picture, you can see the old trams on the streets of Amsterdam - Netherland. but now they have been replaced by new ones. Both old and new trams are Extrmely Fast ! Check the next tip and see the picture of the new Tram ;-)
Getting around in Amsterdam is not a big problem. Some of the interesting or must visit places are quite adjacent to one another...walking is very possible. However, some places do need a little bit of traveling but it's no big deal. Trams were everywhere. It's quite tricky to identify the right tram, but the way I did it...we just hopped on any tram and ask the conductor inside. They were very helpful, and if we have taken the wrong tram...we just go down on the next stop. Anyway, I used the 24 hrs tram ticket during my stay in Amsterdam. It's 7 euro per ticket and can be used as many times as I wish for 24 hours. The 1 hr ticket is 2.60 euro per ticket. Well, the 24 hours ticket was definitely very useful for me and would recommend it for those who wish to take many tram rides in 24 hours :)
The picture here was taken in Zeeburgerdijk while I was waiting for a tram to the city. Traveling in trams were indeed fast, cheap and convenient for as long as you don't carry too heavy/big luggage since the trams don't really stop for a long time. The trams moved fast, so make sure to hold on something when you're standing.
Trams are great for getting around the city in a fast and efficient manner. Buy a strippenkart from the train station. It contains a little more than a dozen strips. Each of the rides we took required two strips to be validated per person. yes, you can use strippenkart for more than one person. It is very convenient indeed. We took the tram between the stop at Westerkerk and Centraal Station for the most part. These trams run all over the city and are very easy to use.
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).
The tram system is both cheap and very efficient. The dutch use them and that should be good enough !! All the major sights are covered and timetables can be bought from newspaper kiosks all over the city.
I was surprised how small Amsterdam is. You can easily get around on foot.
For the longer stretches, the tramway is a comfortable, frequent and quick means of transportation. There is a good netwerk of tramways.
It's a very convenient to get around the city by tram. I would suggest the first time visitors to hop on-off different trams to see the city for a start...to know where to go etc... We took the 3-day pass which cost each of us about 13ish € (sorry don't remember the exact digits) and you can use this pass with all transportation - tram, bus, or metro. Very convenient. If you get lost you can always go back to the centraal station where all the tram lines are centered.
For info and to buy the transportation tickets/passes, contact the info center across the centraal station.