A Guide To Getting Around Amsterdam

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Amsterdam Canal Barge

If you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam in the near future, then you’ve got one certain thing waiting for you: one of the world’s most impressive public transportation networks. There’s a network of buses, trams, ferries, trains and even taxis to help you get around Amsterdam. Whether you’re looking for the cheapest way to get to your hotel or if you’re looking for a wonderful tour to take pictures and create unique memories from, there are plenty of options to help you move around Amsterdam at your own pace. In this article, we’ll be going through some of the most common methods of transportation in Amsterdam to prepare you for a holiday full of excitement, wonder and cultural discoveries.

View from Amsterdam Central Station

Airport Transfers

Schiphol is deep inside Amsterdam which means that you’ll have an easy time getting to and from the airport. However, we’d recommend Amsterdam private airport transfers if it’s your first time in Amsterdam to familiarise yourself with the area and get to your hotel as quickly as possible. You want to have as much time to yourself when you’re in Amsterdam, so get to your room fast, drop your stuff off and go pick up your travel card (which we’ll explain below). Alternatively, if you’re returning or if you already have a travel card, then there are plenty of public transportation options for you to get to and from your airport.

Public Transportation Cards

One of the most common ways to get around is to use public transportation cards. For tourists, there are options such as the I Amsterdam City Card which gives you free entry into museums and attractions, free canal cruises and even unlimited use of the public transportation system. There are fantastic discounts, you get a detailed city map to go with it and there are even giveaways to enter. Alternatively, if you just want a travel card (the same one that residents sometimes use) then you can purchase an OV-chipkaart at almost any rail station or airport in the Netherlands. These cost €7.50 and last for roughly five years. These have to be topped up with money before being used, and it’s possible to claim the funds back before you leave the country, but the initial €7.50 is non-refundable.

Amsterdam Street

Cycling in Amsterdam

It’s possible to rent a bike in Amsterdam or even take a guided cycling tour. Amsterdam (and pretty much most of the Netherlands in general) is made to be explored with a bike. There are plenty of cycling paths, lots of support and rules that empower cyclists, and it’s a cheap and healthy way to get around this picturesque city. However, please remember to practice basic cycling safety and ensure you have ample practice. Even though there are dedicated cycling lanes, they do intersect with traffic and it’s imperative that you stay safe while on two wheels. There are plenty of public bike hires available, so even if you only need a bike for a few hours, there are options available to you.

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