Getting around Amsterdam is easy because it’s such a small city when you compare it to London or Paris. The really great thing is that there are so many options that deciding which to use can be frustrating. You can cycle, and see the city the way the Dutch do, or use publuic transport for cenvenience, but what if you’re bringing your car? I’ve laid out the options for you, so you can make an informed decision.
The city is well serviced by buses, metros and trams. There are a few different options that you can take. There is a transport card that you can buy for 24 hours and all 24 hour denominations up to 168 hour passes. If you plan on using public transport a lot, then generally these will save you a lot of money. You can also buy single hour cards which cost €2.80. With single hour cards, the downside is that they only last one hour from the time that you swipe it, not 1 hour travel time spread out over the whole day.
There is also the option to buy an Amsterdam and region day ticket, which means that you’ll be able to visit different locations outside of Amsterdam. This costs €13.50 and is valid for 24 hours. You can’t use them on NS trains either, so wherever you plan on going, you’ll need to get the bus. For more information check out the Iamsterdam PDF guide, and their website, which explains the Amsterdam and region day ticket in more detail.
When visiting Amsterdam, a lot of visitors choose to hire out bicycles. This is a great way to see the city, as everything is within a cyclable distance. However, make sure you understand the rules of the road and cycle carefully. If you can, download a map of Amsterdam and the surrounding areas on your smartphone with google maps. This way you’ll be able to access it offline, so you won’t get lost if you’re planning a day trip to Haarlem.
Walking is a great way to get around the city centre. You can get a good map from the Visitor information centres, or at your hotel Be sure to watch out for cyclists, trams and buses and always stop when there is a red light. The last thing you want is an angry cyclist screaming at you to get out of the way.
Driving in Amsterdam isn’t really necessary, ut if you have to bring your car, park at the hotel and leave it there, or park on the outskirts and get public transport in to the city. Car parking in the city centre is expensive, so it’s a good idea to leave your car at home.
I always avoid getting taxi’s. They are too expensive, and you can usually get a night bus for a fraction of the cost.
Do you have any tips? I’d love to hear about them!