Walk walk walk is the best way to explore the city. Anyway I used the trams quite often as well. You can buy a tram ticket on the tram or at the tourist center.
Don't forget your comfy shoes. I thought I could wear my high heel shoes and pose nicely for my camera, but end of the day I only wore my sport shoes :)
Amsterdam is very central, with alot of different activities packed into a small area. Walking is the best way to get around downtown Amsterdam. However, be sure to get a map or ask for detailed directions. Because after a while, with all the same little alleys, everything begins to look the same. Especially after you are 5 or 6 joints deep. :)
The best way to travel trough Amsterdam is simply to walk. In the centre you can easily get from one place, for instance Leidse plein, to the Rembrandtplein. It's about a 15 minute walk. It also possible to take the tram. At the postoffice you can buy a card so you can pay for the distance you travel with the tram. You can also rent a bike. There are several companies where you can rent different sort of bikes. Make sure you don't lose it out of you're sight. There might be a chance that some strange guy if trying to sell you you're bike during the evening when you're clubbing and stille be pissed of why this has happend to you. So don't tell me that I didn't warn you.
There is no best way. Things to see are the musea, shoppingarea's like P.C. Hooftstraat and Kalverstraat, Leidse plein and Rembrandtplein, Vondelpark, Nemo (awsome cityview) and many many others things!
My friend Heidi and I took the train from London to Paris, and then up to Amsterdam. This is a great way to get around anywhere in Europe because you can see the land as you go by.
In Amsterdam we walked most of the time. But bikes are a big part of the culture there, and there are hundreds all over the streets. There is also a wonderful tram system that runs up and down the main street from the train station to the rest of Amsterdam.
If you go by plane you'll land at Schiphol airport. If you go by train you'll end up at Centraal Station.
The best way to get around Amsterdam is to walk. Everything is pretty much close together and the best way to see the city is just to walk. If, however, you get tired you can take the tram and there's also a subway I believe. A friend of mine told me though that she really didn't like taking the subway in Amsterdam. If you are a really brave person, rent a bicycle. But you've got to be very, very sure of yourself on a bike or else it's going to be a big disaster. Pedalling around in a big and busy city like that is not as easy as it looks.
The best way is to walk. They have a great tram and bus system, but it's a really small area and if the weather is good, walk. You'll see more! The locals use bikes, but unless you're agile, and sober, leave it to the locals. It's very crowded and narrow streets make maneuvering difficult at best.
On foot. At several places in the city you find signs that lead you easily to the cities tourists highlights. It is a coincidence that I photographed the sign, which leads to the Homo monument (Gay-monument), honestly I noticed afterwards when I had downloaded the pictures on my hard disk.
Walk!It is just a small town although you sometimes get the impression it is huge if you walk along the grachten. Remember: the 'grachten'are ring-shaped! If you walk you will be able to appreciate the details on the houses, enter some small alleys, stop for a drink...
Circle tram 20, for a quick trip along many of the interesting sites in Amsterdam. There's one going clockwise (A) and one going the other way around (B).
We walked everywhere, but when you get tired definitely take advantage of the trams. They are cheap and go everywhere. There are some good maps out there (for free) that will show which trams go where for easy reference.
Of course everyone rides bikes...
And walk and walk ... there are so many beautiful houses ... many of them are inclined because Amsterdam is built on mug from the sea.
Amsterdam is so chock full of beauty and interesting sights, walking is a great way to get around and see everything.
Transport in Amsterdam is something amazing. You have several different options, but you have to be careful when walking around, as many times what seems to be a sidewalk, is in fact a bicycle lane!
Amsterdam´s historical city centre is the largest in Europe. Still, it is great to walk, even just a part of it.But if you want to see it ALL, you need a month...