How to pay for the tram and bus in Amsterdam?

Buying Amsterdam tram and bus tickets

Public transport in Amsterdam is easy and world-class, like most European countries. While in the city, you can either decide to move by either tram or either bus. However, if you are within the central part of the town, then you can easily get from point to point via foot. Nonetheless, we are going to have a look at the most comprehensive means of transport in Amsterdam. Furthermore, we’ll look at the various ways of getting tickets and accessing these means of transportation.

Amsterdam’s transport is controlled by the GVB which is considered as the most convenient and safest means of transport. The GVB has an extensive network of trams, buses and metros that can help you conquer the city, especially if you are a visitor. Amsterdam transport systems does not accept cash payments on either trams or buses. So only tickets and chips purchased at both tram and bus stations

Your ticket options are:

  • I amsterdam City Card: Free entrance to the city’s top attractions, plus unlimited use of the GVB public transport system for 24, 48 or 72 hours.
  • GVB day passes: Available from 1 to 7 days, with prices starting from €7.50. Valid on trams, buses and metros operated by GVB in Amsterdam. For your convenience, you can buy your tickets in advance from the GVB website.
  • Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket: 1, 2 or 3 day transport pass valid on all public transport operated by GVB, Connexxion, EBS and NS in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Area, including night buses..
  • Amsterdam Travel Ticket: An all-in public transport solution valid for one, two or three days. This ticket includes return (2nd class) train travel between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and any station in Amsterdam. Additionally, the ticket is valid for unlimited travel on all trams, buses (including night buses), metro and ferries operated by public transport operator GVB in Amsterdam itself.
  • Old Holland Tour: An all-in-one ticket giving you unlimited use of bus routes between Amsterdam Central Station, Volendam/Edam and Zaanse Schans for an entire day. Price: €20.