Public transport is the best way to learn the city and get to attractions and places of interest. GVB has 14 tram routes, 40 bus routes, 5 metro routes, and 7 ferry connections. We are happy to take you anywhere in the city including at night.
You are very welcome to visit us at a GVB Service & Tickets 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.
Each day, trams, buses and metros are in service starting at six in the morning and run until twelve thirty at night. Between 00:30 and 07:00, 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 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).
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 the 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.
Public transport tickets, such as the GVB paper day or multi-day tickets, are available at many places throughout the city. Click here to see all points of sale. The GVB day ticket can also be purchased from the driver and conductor in the tram or bus. Note that you can only pay using a PIN payment card.
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.
Here is an overview for you that lists fun and special attractions and how to reach them by public transport.