Amsterdam Transport

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Located 15km south-west of the Amsterdam, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (IATA: AMS) is one of the busiest airports in the world. With partner Delta Air Lines, KLM, the national carrier for the Netherlands offer worldwide connections. The US, Asia and Europe are particularly well served at Schiphol. Low-cost carriers, such as Transavia , Jet2. com, Easyjet, provide a fairly economical way to city-hop to Amsterdam from other spots in Europe. Schiphol can be accessed by train, Amsterdam Airport Express, or taxi.

Eindhoven Airport also serves the city. You can ake a local bus , train, or the express bus directly from the airport to Amsterdam central station.

Other airports that could possibly be used are:

Rotterdam The Hague Airport

Groningen Airport Eelde

Maastricht Aachen Airport

Weeze Airport in Germany

Antwerp International Airport in Belgium

Brussels Airport in Belgium


The main train station is Amsterdam Centraal Station, located on an island between the Amsterdam/Old Centre and the IJ waterfront. Other important train stations are Duivendrecht and Bijlmer-ArenA in the southeast, Amstel and Muiderpoort in the East, RAI and Zuid-WTC in the South, and Lelylaan and Sloterdijk in the West. If you're going to take a train to Amsterdam, it's advisable to check the train times and book tickets in advance.

Running up to 10 times a day, Thalys connects Amsterdam with Paris, Brussels and Antwerp with high-speed. ICE International connects Amsterdam up 7 times each day with Düsseldorf, Cologne , and Frankfurt. One ICE-train runs to Basel (6h43). There is a BordBistro-coach available on each ICE-train. Eurostar is a high speed train from London St Pancras Station to Brussels Zuid/Midi Station. And the CityNightLine/Euronight runs overnight trains from Amsterdam Centraal Station directly to Copenhagen, Warsaw, Minsk, Moscow, Prague, Munich and Zurich.


International bus services are mainly affiliated to Eurolines, while other international bus services are often aimed at very specific markets. So there are almost no long-distance internal bus services in the Netherlands, and none to Amsterdam.


The maritime Passenger Terminal Amsterdam is only for cruise ships. And the Ijmuiden, served by DFDS Seaways, offer a daily overnight ferry services from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom.


A1 motorway leads directly to Amsterdam, if you come from the east (Germany). The A2 serves Amsterdam from the south (Belgium). And the A4 leads to Amsterdam from the Hagu. All motorways to Amsterdam connect to the ring motorway, the A10.
Get around


The chipkaart is the only valid way of public transport in Amsterdam. Three types of OV-chipkaart are available: a personal card, an anonymous card or a disposable card. The 1/24/48/72/96/120/144/168 hour ticket, issued as a disposable OV-card maybe the most useful type of travel pass for travellers. without extra cost. This allows the holder to travel on an unlimited number of journeys on tram, metro and GVB bus services throughout the validity period of the pass.

There are four metro lines, including a short underground section in the city centre. A fifth metro line, the north/south line, is still under construction and is due to be opened in 2017.


Public transport within the city is operated by the GVB. The tram system with 16 lines is the main form of public transportation in the central area. All tram stops have a detailed map of the system and the surrounding area. You can also get a free public transport map at the GVB Tickets & Info offices or in the tram. The local buses are also operated by the GVB.


Avoid to take taxi at Central station and Leidseplein , or you will be refused for short trips or quoted outrageously high fares. Even if you convince the driver to use the meter, he will often take a circuitous route that racks up €15 or more on the meter.


Riding a bicycle is a pleasant way to explore this city. The city is very, very bike-friendly, and there are separate bike lanes on most major streets. There's a digital bicycle route-planner for Amsterdam.


There are several free ferry services across the IJ river, to Amsterdam North, the most frequent runs every 7min. They all leave from a new jetty on the northern (rear) side of Centraal Station.

You can also rent a boat, and the maximum people is 6. There are several rental boat companies in Amsterdam. You will get a personal instruction and a good map before you leave.


As the streets are narrow, the traffic (and parking) signs are baroque and obscure, it's advised to travel with public transport. It is practical to use a car only outside of the historic centre.