Transports in Amsterdam

bikes in Amsterdam
Updated 2022-08-15 13:35

Amsterdam is a relatively small city when compared to other capitals in the world, but there are many ways to get around. So it may be overwhelming to determine which exactly is the right way for you.

While there isn't one single correct way to travel around Amsterdam, there still may be ones that are better suited for your purposes. You can certainly get around the city on foot, but it takes quite some time and may require a physical toll on you. Here are some ways to get places quicker.

Biking in Amsterdam

Of course, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Or, in this case, the Dutch. Whether it's sunny or storming outside, the Dutch will always hop on their bikes to travel, no matter what. It's an easy way of transport because it's very cheap; you just have to pay for the bike and maintenance.

Bikes are perfect for cruising through the city since the streets are quite narrow. The only thing you may have trouble with is the crowds of clueless tourists who stand on the bike paths.

You can purchase a cheap bike from a second-hand shop for around €100 to €150; just make sure to buy a good chain lock for it, or else risk having it stolen. If you won't be using a bike very much, then you should consider renting one. The best deal will be an OV-fiets from the train station. They cost a little over €4 per 24-hour period, but you need a personal OV card (persoonlijke OV-chipkaart) to rent one. We highly recommend getting this card since it can make travel a lot easier for other methods mentioned in this article.

Cars in Amsterdam

Driving around may be more convenient in other major cities, but that's not the case in Amsterdam. Not only are the streets narrow, but you also have to watch out for bikers, pedestrians, trams, and buses. Plus, many streets are either one-way only or completely closed, which can make driving feel like you're in a maze. And it's extremely difficult to find parking, so driving is more trouble than it's worth, especially when there are plenty of other viable alternatives.

If you absolutely have to drive, consider purchasing an electric vehicle. There are around 1,500 charging stations, and you get priority parking. You can also use a car-share app to borrow a car for a day. Some even have electric cars to rent, so you can do your part in reducing your carbon footprint.

Bus, metro, and tram in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a great bus, metro, and tram system that goes through most neighborhoods. You never have to wait long at any stop, plus you can check the schedule on the GVB website to figure out when the next bus, metro, or tram is and which line you should take. If you use these travel methods often, consider getting a month pass, as it gives you unlimited travel on all three for a discounted price.

Another website you should bookmark is 9292. You put in your start and end destinations, and it'll tell you the quickest ways to get around. It'll even mix and match these public transport methods to get you the fastest journey.

Good to know:

You cannot use cash to purchase tickets onboard.

Train in Amsterdam

People usually take the train to travel outside of the city, but there are lines that run to places like Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Lelylaan, Zuid, and RAI. If you live on the outskirts of the city and need to commute to the center, it may be worth exploring the train as a travel option.

Just like with the GVB pass, you can get discounts for certain routes or off-peak hours. For instance, the Traject Vrij plan gives you unlimited travel between two destinations, and the Dal Voordeel plan gives you 40% off on off-peak hours.

Traveling with disabilities in Amsterdam

Although the city's narrow and uneven roads may be difficult to travel on, transport in Amsterdam isn't too challenging. The public transport companies are very accommodating; all you have to do is call them up before your journey, and they'll prepare special ramps for you to board with.

You can even rent modified bicycles that allow some people with disabilities to enjoy this sport. And if you go to the beach, some facilities have beach wheelchairs so you can fully appreciate the Dutch seaside.

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