The tram in Amsterdam:
info, tickets, route plan & tips for passengers
Compared to the Metro, the tram in Amsterdam has a much denser network of lines and stops. The tram is operated by the municipal company GVB which also operates the other mass transit options, Metro, city buses, and ferries.
The blue and white trams are a good option for traveling from the central train station (Centraal Station) to downtown as well as the various districts of Amsterdam.
The tram network: lines and network map
The tram network has been expanding since 1875 and nowadays encompasses 15 lines and approximately 200 km of rail lines.
Tips for passengers & sightseeing via the tram
- Since March 26th, 2018 cash purchases of tickets onboard the tram are no longer possible. You will find more info under “Which ticket option is best for me?” (see below).
It is worth it to research tickets for mass transit ahead of time. That saves time and money later.
- A not-so-secret-anymore tip is the tram line number 2. It is popular with sightseeing tourists, as many of its stops are nearby attractions. This line will get you to the flower market, Royal Palace on the dam, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum, Stedelijk museum for example and passing through all the canals of Amsterdam’s famous Canal Belt.
Tickets for the public transport system in Amsterdam:
Which ticket option is best for me?
Whether single ride via e-purse, also referred to as OV-card, all-day ticket, “I Amsterdam Card”, or “Amsterdam Travel Card”, you will find detailed information for all, as well as current fares here.
It allows you to quickly and easily find the right ticket option for your stay in Amsterdam. Researching all options upfront and knowing which ticket option works best for you, will save you money and time after arrival and prevent stressful situations.