Public transport in Amsterdam


Trains in the Netherlands are typically used for longer journeys, either to another town or city, or to travel across Amsterdam. For example, a journey from Central Station to Amsterdam Zuid or World Trade Center Amsterdam will prove more efficient than travelling through the heart of the city.


The tram in Amsterdam, one of the means of public transportTrams are common in Amsterdam and a very popular public transport vehicle. With routes heading out from the centre in all directions, most important places are within a 10-15 minutes drive.

Therefore trams are ideal for short journeys in and around the city centre, as well as for travelling to adjoining districts. More info on public transport in Amsterdam can be found on the GVB site.


Amsterdam's metro partly runs underneath the city centre from Central Station to the outer districts. More info on the GVB site.


Amsterdam operates a full bus network, which will take you everywhere you have to go. More info on the GVB site.

Night buses

A special network of 12 night buses serves all parts of Amsterdam. The night buses have their own fares structure which differs from the standard daytime fares system. If you are coming to Amsterdam for a night out in the city centre, it is often cheaper and more convenient to park your car at the edge of the city. You can then take a bus, tram or metro into Amsterdam and a night bus back. More info on the GVB site.

Stop/Go - Shuttle service

The Stop/Go is a shuttle service that runs along the Prinsengracht, between the Central Station and the Stadhuis/Muziektheater (Town Hall/Music Theatre) and stops at places where trams and buses don’t. The bus does not have fixed stops. Simply hold out your hand and the bus will stop for you. One-euro tickets are available from the driver. These tickets are valid for one hour, but only on the Stop/Go. Starting point is at the westside of Central Station, near the taxi stand.


The ferry across the river IJ, one of the public transport means in AmsterdamBehind Amsterdam Central Station, five free ferries hustle their way across the River IJ, transporting passengers to various locations in the north of Amsterdam. Some specialist ferries also travel along the river to other districts of the city.

Behind Amsterdam Central Station, there is also a 'Fast Flying Ferry" to Velsen-Zuid, which can be used if you would like to visit IJmuiden beach. This fast ferry runs every 40 minutes, between 7am and 10.20pm and unlike the other ferries is not for free. With the OV-Chip card a one way trip cost € 5.-. Connexxion Ferry line 419 can be found a dock 14.


Taxis can be hailed on the street or found at one of more than 50 official taxi ranks located around the city. The ranks, identifiable by blue boards, can be found near to tourist spots such as the Dam, Leidesplein and Rembrandtplein.

Bicycle Taxi

Wielertaxi is an individualised form of carrying passengers through the city; silent, comfortable and friendly to the environment. The main stop is on the Damrak (corner Dam square).

Hop on, hop off canal cruise

The hop-on, hop-off canal bus is a great way of using the public transport in AmsterdamCanal Bus is the perfect way of getting around Amsterdam with its wealth of waterways. The comfortable boats offer a regular service along 3 routes with 14 stops located near the major museums, attractions and shopping areas. On board there are interesting commentaries on Amsterdam. With your day ticket, which is valid till 12 noon the next day, you can hop on and hop off all day long.

Website: Canal Bus