As Amsterdam is Holland’s capital and biggest city, the infrastructure is managed well. The city is easily accessible by train, bus, plane or car. Compared to other capitals around in Europe Amsterdam is very small. In comparison to Amsterdam, London is eight times bigger in size and over ten times bigger in population. This results in a city where you can easily move around by either public transport (trams, subway and buses) by bicycle or even by foot. From Dam Square basically, ninety per cent of the city’s highlights are reached within a thirty-minute walk or a fifteen-minute bike ride. Thus Amsterdam transport is easy and accessible.
If you need a day or several day tickets for the all trams, busses, ferries or the metro, our advice is to get a day ticket. Getyourguide.com offers all the official GVB tickets online.
Travelling within Amsterdam
As stated before, moving around in Amsterdam is simple as distances are fairly short. Most highlights are within walking distance, at least when you consider a fifteen-minute walk walking distance. If you don’t feel like walking, there’s usually a tram stop within reach. Most trams leave on a regular base, so we recommend using trams for travelling in Amsterdam.
When you plan on staying within the city centre, tram will be your first choice for transportation. Scattered across the city there are many tram stops with trams leaving on a regular base. If you have some more distance to cover the subway and buses will come in handy as well. If you plan on using public transport a lot, keep in mind that:
- Buying a loose ticket every time you get on the bus or in the tram is expensive. The tram will cost you €2,90 regardless of the distance, and the bus up to €5,-. If you take a tram more than two times a day there are cheaper options, such as buying day ticket or an anonymous card that you can charge with credit.
- If you have internet on your smartphone remember 9292. Bookmark the website or download the app to get real-time travel advice for public transport.
- Just like any other big city, public transport is popular with pickpockets. They have an extra eye out unaware tourists.
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For more in-depth information on public transport also visit our page on public transport in Amsterdam.
In Amsterdam, you’ll find plenty of taxis on the streets. You can simply walk up to them at a taxi stand or stop them by waving at them. The regular taxi tariffs, however, are among the highest in Europe. As a cheap alternative, we strongly recommend using the ViaVan app, which allows you to get a shared or private taxi on-demand for a lot less.
Amsterdam is known for its many bikes. In fact, the city counts more bikes than residents. Cycling in Amsterdam can be a practical and enjoyable experience. But please be aware that the bicycle lanes are crowded as it is the first transport of choice for locals. For locals in their daily grind, inexperienced tourists on rental bikes can be a bit of a nuisance. So please take notice of the rules before getting on a bike. If you never rode a bike before, Amsterdam is just not the right city to learn. If you will rent a bike in Amsterdam please take notice of the following tips and beware that you are vulnerable on a bike:
- Obey the rules and watch out for traffic that doesn’t
- Sign when turning left or right
- Look behind your back before you make a stop
- Make way for other traffic, don’t block the streets
- Use the bicycle lanes
- Cross the streets at designated areas
- Watch out for tram tracks, they’ll easily make you fall when crossed at an angle less than 90 degrees
- Use the lights on your bike as soon as the sun sets
- Don’t rush, you’re on holiday
- Do not DUI (drive under influence) it’s illegal and dangerous, especially on a bike
- Lock your bike properly even if it’s just for a few minutes
- Make sure you have a city map in case you get lost
Keep these tips in mind and drive safe! For more info also see our bike rental Amsterdam page.
Getting to/from Amsterdam
Amsterdam is easy to reach by any transportation of choice. Amsterdam has good connections with other major European cities and capitals. Are you looking for more detailed information how to get from/to Amsterdam to a specific destination? Check out our following extensive guides;