Tourist guide




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Welcome to Amsterdam

Our public transportation is the best way to get acquainted with the city and visit all of the tourist attractions and leisure facilities. We have 15 tram routes, 43 bus routes, 4 metro routes and 6 ferry connections. We are happy to take you to your destination anywhere in the entire city, both day and night.

GVB Tickets & Info

You are very welcome to visit us at a GVB Tickets & Info counter if you need specific information. At the counter, you will be able to obtain travel passes, route maps and timetables for all GVB routes in all of Amsterdam.

During the day and at night

Each day, trams, buses and metros are in service starting at six in the morning and run until twelve thirty at night. Between twelve thirty at night and seven in the morning, you can travel on our night buses. You pay a separate night fare for the night bus. However, a GVB day or multi-day ticket is also valid in the night bus.

The economical GVB Day ticket

The OV-chipkaart is a smart card that you use to travel with Amsterdam public transport. If you are staying in Amsterdam for a few days then the day or multi-day ticket will be your most economical choice. It provides you with unlimited travel on all GVB trams, buses and metros throughout Amsterdam without having to worry about transfer times at stops. There is a single day ticket if you will be in Amsterdam for one day. It is valid for 24 hours starting at your first check in. During this 24 hour period, you can transfer and check in and out as many times as you want. If you are staying longer than one day, there are also two to seven day tickets (valid for 48 to 168 hours). 

How do you use your OV-chipkaart for travel?

Tram and bus
It is important that you always check in and check out. This includes when you transfer. To check in, you hold your ticket in front of the card reader. You should then hear a peep and a green lamp should light up. When leaving the tram or bus, you check out by once again holding your ticket in front of the card reader. It should then peep twice.

In the metro station, you hold your ticket in front of the card reader in the metro gate. The metro gate will open. You do the same when leaving the station at your destination.

Where can you purchase the OV-chipkaart?

OV-chipkaarts, such as the GVB paper day or multi-day tickets, are available at GVB Tickets & Info counters. You can also purchase a GVB day ticket from the driver or conductor in the tram or bus. All day tickets can also be purchased at ticket vending machines at all metro stations. Are you going to purchase a ticket from a driver or conductor? If so, please have the correct change to pay for it.

Tram entry and exit doors

Amsterdam trams have a special entry door to make it easy for passengers to quickly get on or off. This will be the last double door on the tram. The exit doors are fitted with swing doors. You can also enter the tram at the front where the driver is located. 

Visit the best attractions

Here is an overview for you that lists fun and special attractions and how to reach them by public transport.