Tickets for public transport in Amsterdam


The GVB Tickets & Info desk on the Stationsplein opposite of Amsterdam Central Station can provide you with information on all the possibilities offered by public transport in Amsterdam. The desk also sells transportation tickets and has maps and timetables for all Amsterdam bus, tram and metro routes.


OV chip card your public transport ticket for the bus, tram and metro in AmsterdamOnly the OV-chip card (OV means Public Transport) and I Amsterdam card are valid in the metro, buses and trams. The OV-chipcard is an electronic card with a built-in chip for use on all public transport in Amsterdam. The chip card is sold at all Ticket Vending machines at metro stations and at GVB Tickets & Info (for example opposite Central Station). There are two different Cards: the personalized OV-chip card and the anonymous OV-chip card. You can reload the e-purse on both of these cards, and you can travel anywhere with both of these cards. For more info go to the GVB site.

Most importantly: check in and check out.
When you start your journey, hold your card up to the reader until a green light appears. A beep sound will indicate that your card has been read and the screen reads: Goede reis (which translates to: have a good trip). If you change to another bus/tram/metro, you have to check out (by scanning your card at the machine), and check in again for the next leg of your trip. If you forget to check out, there will be an amount of €4.- taken off the card.

Public Transport Day(s) Tickets or Amsterdam & Region Day Ticket

Remember that Amsterdam is not very big and if you are healthy and mobile, you will walk a lot instead of taking public transport. Do you want to cover more ground, or if you are less mobile and need to dose your walking activity, then you might be better off buying a 24-, 48-, 72-, or 96-hours GVB public transport ticket.

Since July 2013, the GVB tickets & info office and the VVV offices also sell Amsterdam & Region Day tickets. The Amsterdam & Region day card offers you unlimited travel with bus, tram, and metro in Amsterdam and region, day and night. This public transportation card is valid for GVB and regional carriers Connexxion and EBS. Choose this card if you like to visit Amsterdam as well as surrounding areas, such as Volendam, Marken the Zaanse Schans, Haarlem and so on. The card is also valid in the train. Visit the GVB site for more information on the Amsterdam & Region Day card.

I Amsterdam Card

The I amsterdam Card is your all-in-one ticket for unlimited travel by public transport in Amsterdam and several museums and other attractionsThe I Amsterdam Card is the all-in-one pass. A ticket for unlimited travel on all tram, bus and metro (underground) services in Amsterdam plus discounts for canal cruises, museums and other attractions. Visit the best museums, take a cruise through the charming canals, enjoy special monthly offers and sample the local delicacies. All for free or with a significant discount!

The I Amsterdam Card is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours and available at several shops and newsagents across Amsterdam, or at one of the Amsterdam Tourist Offices. E.g. the Amsterdam Tourist Board on Stationsplein in front of Amsterdam Central station or Ticketshop Leidseplein (TLP), Leidse Square 26.

For more information on the I Amsterdam Card, please visit