Transportation guide for Amsterdam
Getting around Amsterdam
Public Transportation - GVB (www.gvb.nl) is the public transport company of Amsterdam providing integrated metro, tram and bus service throughout Amsterdam and its surrounding areas. Single trip tickets can be bought onboard from GVB drivers and conductors, however this is not recommended due the premium charged for a single ticket.
Trams provide the best way to get around Amsterdam (map) and run regularly until 12:15am.
City buses are primarily used to reach outlying suburbs and after the trams have stopped running. Night buses run from midnight until 7am with routes connecting to the Central Station, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein.
The subway is fast but is only useful if you need to travel far outside the city center or to the Amsterdam Arena.
By canal boats
The Canal bus runs every 40 minutes from 9:50 until 7:25 with 14 stops along three different routes throughout the city. All of Amsterdam' s major attractions are on the route and historical commentary is provided along the way.
Bicycling in Amsterdam is a way of life for most Dutch and still the best way to get around. There are bike paths throughout the city and a few hills to conquer. A number of companies offer bicycle rentals.
Taxi stands are available at most tourist hubs including Leidseplein, Dam Square and Central Station. Hailing a taxi is quite difficult, but cab service is generally prompt if you call ahead. For a truly Dutch taxi twist, catch one of the many bicycle taxis around the city.