Getting around Amsterdam, made easy.

This is a very walkable city, but if you’ve got a longer commute there is

great public transportation here. Just watch out for the cyclists!

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The most ubiquitous mode of transport in Amsterdam is the humble bicycle. Biking is serious business on the city’s roads and pedestrians who don’t pay attention are in danger of getting run over. But when a bicycle just won’t do, rest assured that you’ve got plenty of public transit options here: train, tram, bus, metro, and ferry.  For travel on everything but ferries you’ll need to purchase a reusable smart card called the OV-chipkaart. (Ferries are free!) This card can be purchased online or at transit stations for €7,50. You can manage your card via an online account, adding funds to the card when needed (or set it to automatically reload funds). Some business also provide OV-chipkaarts to their employees.  You “check in” with your OV-chipkaart when you get on any method of transit and “check out” when you get off. Each time you ride the bus, metro, or tram it costs a base fare of €0.89. You will not be charged this base fare again if you transfer between buses, metros, or trams within 35 minutes of “checking out”. There is a 34% discount on the basic fare for children aged 4-11 and senior over the age of 65. The actual cost of travel is based on distance and calcuated on how many kilometers you’ve traveled.  If you decide you need a car, know that you’ll need a parking permit. There is free parking in some parts of the city — mainly in Noord, Zuidoost, and parts of Nieuw West where space is not at a premium. Some parts of Noord charge €15 per 6 months. But in the historic center it can be as much as €267,50 per 6 months. Just getting a permit in these areas can take years. In Oost, Bos en Lommer, some parts of Zuid, and parts of new West and Noord, you can get a second permit which will cost extra.  


For each Amsterdam neighborhood you’ll see a Transit rating and a Walkability rating. The Transit rating tells you how good and reliable public transportation options are in that neighborhood. The Walkability rating tells you how many local amenities (shops, restaurants, fitness options, etc.) you can walk to in that neighborhood.  Transit Ratings

  • Excellent: Public transit options in the neighborhood, such as buses and trains, are frequent and reliable and the neighborhood is served by more than one transit option. Having a car is not needed.
  • Good: The neighborhood is only served by one type of transit but the service is frequent and reliable. Having a car is not needed for local activities.
  • Average: A public transportation option is available but the frequency and reliability are not sufficient to rely on for daily needs, or many residents have a long walk to reach transit. Having a car is a good idea.
  • Poor: The neighborhood has very limited or no access to public transit and providing your own transportation via a car or bike is necessary. Having a car is required.

  Walkability Ratings

  • Excellent: You can walk to every type of local amenity: shopping, dining, fitness options, grocery stores, and more, and have a good selection of choices for those categories.
  • Good: You can walk to most local amenities though you may have limited choices in some categories.
  • Average: You can walk to a limited number of amenities but will have to go elsewhere to have all your needs covered.
  • Poor: There are very few or no amenities you can walk to; you’ll have to go elsewhere for most needs.

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