Amsterdam: public transport tickets & passes
Overview, current prices (2021)

Almost the entire public transport of Amsterdam is organized in the tariff system of the municipal transport company GVB “Gemeente Vervoer Bedrijf”.
That makes it easy for all passengers.

Whether single rides via e-purse, day ticket, or Amsterdam Travel Card, here you will find all relevant information. Here we present you the most important tickets for visitors.
So you can easily find the right ticket for your Amsterdam stay.

And with our advice regarding the actual ticket purchase, it won’t get too complicated at the ticketing machine.

Important information for the ticket purchase:

  • The transport company GVB wants to enforce cashless travel. That’s why you can’t buy tickets from the driver on buses and most tram/streetcar lines.
  • Many of the tickets are available online and can be purchased ahead of time. You will find more information below.

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Corona / Covid-19 Update

Corona Covid 19 UpdateThe worldwide corona pandemic has of course also affected Amsterdam travel.

Local traffic in Amsterdam: Since 1st June 2020, passengers aged 13 and over are required to wear a mask. It is recommended to avoid the rush hour (rush hour) and to keep distance to other passengers.
Since November 6, 2021, the mask requirement also applies in train stations and at bus and tram stops. If you don’t follow the rule, you risk a fine of 95 euros.

Museums / Sightseeing in Amsterdam: Since 5th June 2021 important attractions such as the Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum are open again. In order to control the number of visitors, most of them only offer online tickets at a fixed date and time.

Here is a page in English, which gives a good overview and a possibility to buy tickets online

Regulations and the situation in Amsterdam can change quickly.

Please always consider information from official sources, e.g. the current country-specific travel advice of your foreign ministry. The decision about the start of a journey and the behaviour on site is your sole responsibility.
Do not use information from this travel guide as a basis for health-related decisions. Always consult a doctor if you have any health-related questions.

#1 Single rides with the OV chip card / “e-purse”

if you are in Amsterdam for a longer period of time but do not want to use the local transport very much

carte à puce OV E-Purse

A charger for the OV-chip card – credit card fees may apply (image : PPP, licence CC2.0)

This system of the OV / e-purse is not that simple, especially if you don’t visit the Netherlands often.

How does the OV card / e-purse work?

The OV card works like a prepaid cellphone card. You can load the card with a specific amount at a machine, which you then can use up.

For a single ride, you will pay a fixed base price plus a set amount per kilometer driven. Thus, you are paying for the distance traveled. The kilometers are measured every 50 meters exactly and billed accordingly. A classic single ride ticket that costs a certain amount regardless of distance (flat rate), does not exist. The OV chip card / e-purse can be used in trams, buses, as well as the Metro.

  • Each passenger 4 years and older is required to have a chip card.
  • The card must have a credit of at least 4 Euros before each ride to ensure enough funds to cover the fare.

E-purse – prices

A rechargeable and anonymous chip card, without the personalization through a passport-type picture, costs €7.50 (without adding a balance). There is a €2.50 service fee for the pay-out of any remaining balance.

Standard fare:
base price: 98 cent per ride plus 16 cents per kilometer travelled

Children (4-11 years) get a discounted fare:
base price: 65 cents per ride plus 11 cents per kilometer travelled

#2 GVB single day ticket or multi-day-ticket:
simple & affordable – ideal for visitors & tourists – optional airport express bus

GVB Amsterdam billet transports en commun 1 à 7 jours

Affordable & convenient – the single-day-ticket with a validity of 1 – 7 days – purchase online ahead of time, avoid stress upon arrival

The single-day and multi-day-tickets of the municipal transport system are popular among Amsterdam visitors. They are easy to use and affordable.

What does this ticket offer?

Our tip: an online purchase saves time and avoids stress later

You can purchase the ticket online ahead of time via the English-language website of the authorised GVB ticket seller without having to pay a surcharge (click here). That avoids stress later as you won’t have to deal with the tariff system and ticket machines after your long trip.

If you arrive from Schiphol Airport, you can also book this ticket including the Airport Express Bus (Line 397) round trip ticket.

Current pricing of the GVB single day and multi-day tickets

The prices are on the low end for a European metropolitan city. The longer the validity period, the lower the price per day.

Fares (as of 2021):

Children’s ticket (4-11 years) for 1 day / 24h: €4 – in the event of a longer stay, multiple tickets can be purchased.

Standard fare:

1 day    /   24h: €8.50
2 days /   48h: €13.50
3 days /   72h: €19
4 days /  96h:  €24.50
5 days / 120h: €29.50
6 days / 144h: €34
7 days / 168h: €37 (€5.29 per day)

with Airport Express Bus: + €11.75  per ticket

Airport Express Bus

Airport Express Bus: return trip: €11.75 – when purchasing the GVB single day ticket online, there is an option to book the Airport Express Bus as well.

This express bus (line 397) offers a quick and affordable connection between the international airport Schiphol and downtown, and it runs regularly.

You can book the Airport Express Bus ticket online individually or together with the GVB day / multiday ticket.

You can find more information about the Airport Express Bus 397 here

Where is the GVB day ticket valid?

The GVB day ticket is valid on the entire network of streetcars, metro and GVB buses.

Map / city map Amsterdam – GVB day pass coverage

If your destination or accommodation is outside the validity area, you might be interested in the Amsterdam Region Travel Ticket (see below). This ticket is valid for the entire region around Amsterdam.

# 3 Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket: Trips around Amsterdam + airport transfer included

Amsterdam Region Travel Ticket If you want to make excursions e.g. to the coast (Amsterdam Beach, Haarlem, Zaandvoor, or Bloemendaal) or to the tulip paradise Keukenhof, then the “Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket” is interesting. This ticket is an extension of the GVB Day Ticket (see above).

The Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket entitles you to:

  • Unlimited use of all GVB streetcars, city buses, metros (day and night) and ferries. This allows you to travel in the Amsterdam city area, just like with the GVB Day Ticket (see above).
  • In addition, you can also use the buses of the Connexxion and EBS companies. These bus companies serve destinations outside the Amsterdam city area. Here, the GVB day ticket (above) is not valid. This also includes the Airport Express Bus 397 (shuttle bus to the airport).
  • Train rides in the Amsterdam region with the national railroad company NS are included.

You can buy this ticket before your trip via the GVB authorized ticket portal (click here). This saves time and stress during your Amsterdam stay.

Current prices for the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket (2021)

With the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket you can travel in a much larger region than with the GVB day ticket. Therefore, the price is also higher.

Current prices for the “Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket”
validity period 1 day: €19.50
validity period 2 days: €28
validity period 3 days: €36.50

The validity period is regulated differently from the GVB Day Ticket. The “Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket” is valid from the first check-in until 04.00 a.m. after the last valid day (depending on whether you have the 1, 2 or 3 day version). The day starts at midnight.

Example: If you use a 2-day ticket for the first time from midnight on Wednesday, then your ticket will be valid until 04:00 on Friday morning.

Where is the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket valid?

Here you can find a map with the area of validity of the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket.

Map / Plan: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket

#4 Amsterdam Travel Ticket (ATT)

Single day ticket + transfer via train to Schiphol airport

Amsterdam Travel Card

The „Amsterdam Travel Ticket“ – single-day-ticket for public transport + airport transfer – online booking saves time and avoids stress upon arrival

The Amsterdam Travel Ticket (ATT) is an extension of the GVB single day or multi-day-ticket described above. It can be considered an extension because with this ticket you will also have the option of utilizing the following unlimited times for your transfer from and to Schiphol airport:

This ticket also allows you unlimited rides on all GVB-trams, (night-) buses, Metro, and ferries in all of Amsterdam, of course.
However, its validity is regulated differently. The “Amsterdam Travel Ticket” is valid from the first check-in until 4 AM following the last valid day (depending on if you booked the 1, 2, or 3-day option). The day starts at midnight.
For example: if you start using a 2-day ticket at midnight on Wednesday, then it will be valid until 4 AM on Friday.

Please note: this ticket is not valid on buses that are operated by other transport companies such as EBS and Arriva or any bus other than the Amsterdam Express (bus 397) and the Niteliner (bus N97) operated by Connexxion.

Our tip: buy online and save time and stress abroad

You can purchase the “Amsterdam Travel Ticket” via this English-language website

This avoids stress upon arrival. This way you won’t have to deal with ticketing machines after your flight.

Current pricing for the “Amsterdam Travel Ticket”

Fares are higher than a basic single day ticket since it already includes your airport transfer. A round trip from the airport to the city centre with the Airport Express Bus 397 currently costs EUR 11.25. When you take this into consideration, the “Amsterdam Travel Ticket” is affordable.

 Current fares for the “Amsterdam Travel Ticket”

Validity 1 day:   17 Euro
Validity 2 days: 22.50 Euro
Validity 3 days: 28 Euro

Tickets with a longer validity period are not currently being offered.

  Overview: Transfer Schiphol Airport ↔ Amsterdam city centre – all transport options (bus, train, taxi,…) incl. journey times and current prices.

#5 “I Amsterdam” card:
Single-day ticket + discount card for sightseeing

Public transportation single-day ticket + free-of-charge / reduced admission to attractions

The “I Amsterdam” card is the official sightseeing pass for the city of Amsterdam. It aims to assist visitors with the hotchpotch of public transportation tariffs and admission tickets. The name is derived from the English word play “I am Amsterdam”.
If you are planning on also visiting attractions and seeing the famous sights of the city, then the “I Amsterdam” card could be of interest to you. It is a combination of single-day-tickets for public transport plus discounted admission to tourist sights.

The “I Amsterdam” card is a combination ticket and offers the following benefits:

I amsterdam card

“I Amsterdam” – just one ticket for public transport + free admission to attractions

1 Free and unlimited use of the public transportation system operated by the GVB. This includes the Metro, city buses, as well as the trams. Ferries are generally free of charge.

2 Free and unlimited use of the public transportation system operated by the GVB. This includes the Metro, city buses, as well as the trams. Ferries are generally free of charge.

3 25% off the regular ticket price for many events (opera, ballet…), attractions, bike rental, and at participating restaurants

More information about “I amsterdam” city card – Test: “I Amsterdam” card – is a purchase worth it for you?

Tip: buy the “I Amsterdam” card, GVB single-day-ticket or admission online and without being charged a surcharge

Insider tip: you can purchase the “I Amsterdam” card via this English-language website before your trip. That avoids stress later and possibly even credit card fees that you may incur if you pay after arrival.

Pricing for the “I Amsterdam” card (as of 2021)

1 day – 24 hours: €65
2 days – 48 hours: €85 (€42.50 per day)
3 days – 72 hours: €105 (€35 per day)
4 days – 96 hours: €120 (€30 per day)
5 days – 120 hours: €130 (€26 per day)

#6 Group tickets for travel groups or school trips

A group ticket for travel groups or school trips etc. is no longer available. Many travel groups take advantage of the GVB single-day-ticket (see here). It is uncomplicated since public transportation can be used cheaply and unlimited times. Each group member gets his own card and can take individual trips.

Additionally, these tickets are available for online purchase and without a surcharge via this English-language website. You will not have to handle a large sum of money at a ticket machine locally while your group is waiting impatiently. You will receive a receipt for your online purchase, which simplifies accounting for a travel group significantly.

#7 GVB 1 hour ticket

With the GVB 1 hour ticket, you can use all GVB lines within one hour. The ticket is unfortunately not available online.
Current price 2021: €3.20 for adults

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  1. Wai Leng Chong
    Wai Leng Chong says:

    Hello,

    I am travelling alone and will be staying 3 nights in Amsterdam. Reach airport about 1.30pm on day 1 and plan to walk around the City area. I am staying near Oosterpark area.
    On day 2, plan to visit Keukenhof graden and day 3, Zaanse Schans.
    Leave for airport on day 4 at 11am.

    Would appreciate your advice whether it’s worth to buy the “AMSTERDAM TRAVEL TICKET”.

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  2. John Kelly
    John Kelly says:

    Dear sir, we are arriving in Schiphol Airport on 2 Oct about 19:20. We will be leaving on 8 Oct approx 10:00. If I purchase a 7 day ticket will that be suitable for travel to & from Amsterdam and the airport, also travel each day in between ?
    John Kelly

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  3. Dr P. C. Sunil
    Dr P. C. Sunil says:

    I was a tourist in Amsterdam and lived in the DAM square area from 28th September 2019 to 1st October 2019. I request you to please issue a 12 hour ticket for 4.0 Euro. The 24 hour ticket which I bought for 8 Euro becomes a bit redundant since trams are not there in the late hours up to early morning. We usually party till about 2 am and then the walk back from Bull Dog Palace at Leidseplein Square to Dam Square becomes arduous and dangerous since we are not in our senses. I used line 2, 14, 24 and 26 extensively during our stay there.

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