Amsterdam transportation

Amsterdam transportation

Arrival at Schiphol Airport & Transportation options to Amsterdam

Amsterdam Schiphol airport transportation

Schiphol Airport by Train

Train transport to and from Schiphol is convenient, simple and fast, with the Schiphol train station located directly below the main lobby of the airport.

Travel Length
The average travel time to Amsterdam Central Station from Schiphol, or vice versa, is 15 minutes. Be sure that you indeed take a train bound for Amsterdam Central Station (Centraal Station, or CS) if that is your destination, as other stops, such as Amsterdam Lelylaan, Amsterdam Sloterdijk, may sound similar. You will know when you have arrived at CS when you see historical church steeples and canals. In theory, the conductors on all trains to and from Schiphol call out stations in Dutch, English and sometimes other languages. Luggage lockers are available at the station. They are easy to use and electronically protected.

Night train
If you are departing/arriving at night or in the early morning, the NS night network offers trains once an hour between from Amsterdam CS – Schiphol and vice versa. If it is not possible for you to travel by night train, then the Schiphol Travel Taxi could be the answer.

Road and water day trip from Schiphol to Amsterdam
The Floating Dutchman is a bus and boat in one. The Floating Dutchman collects passengers from Schiphol Plaza. The bus boat then continues to Amsterdam and enters the water at the Splash Zone near the Nemo Science Centre to continue its journey as a water launch through the canals of Amsterdam.

Schiphol Airport by Taxi

Schiphol Taxis are available for transporting to or from Schiphol and can also be ordered in advance of your travel. Your taxi driver will then be waiting for you at the Schiphol Transfer Assistance desk (STA) at Schiphol Plaza.

Schiphol Taxi

Schiphol taxis operate only from the taxi rank outside Schiphol Plaza or from the STA desk. Taxi drivers are not allowed to solicit customers from any other location. Schiphol taxis can take you to any destination in the Netherlands or i
n neighbouring countries. They will also pick you up from home and take you to the airport. For more information or fares call: + 31 (0)20 653 1000.

Arrival at Amsterdam Central Station

Getting around Amsterdam

There are several Amsterdam transportation options for transport to, from and within the city, including trains, trams, subways, buses, taxis, auto and – the Dutch favourite – bicycles. Below we have summed up some useful Amsterdam transportation tips.

Useful Amsterdam travel numbers

Handy contact information for planning your journey. For personal, travel advice call 0900-9292 (€0.70 per minute), Mon- Fri from 06:00 – 24:00 and on holidays from 07:00 – 24:00.

Transport Providers

  • Train: NS Rail, 0900-202 11 63 (€0.10 per minute, Mon-Fri from 08:00 – 18:00)
  • Regional Bus Lines Conexxion: 0900-266 6399 (€0.10 per minute, Mon-Fri from 08:00 – 19:00)
  • Subway, Tram & City Busses GVB: 0900- 8011 (€0.10 per minute, Daily Mon-Fri from 08:00 – 22:00)

Amsterdam Taxi

The taxi system in Amsterdam is quite specific, with designated areas for taxi stands, regulations about where taxis may stop and a strict policy regarding taxi service and licensing. There are official taxi stands at Schiphol Airport as well as throughout the city at stations such as Central Station and the Dam and you do not have to take the first taxi in the queue. Taxis can also be hailed on the street, although there are several no stopping zones. Further, you may call a taxi to pick you up.

Amsterdam public transport

Amsterdam public transport

Bus, Tram & Subway

The GVB operates the public transport system throughout the city with trams, metros and buses.

I Amsterdam Card

The I Amsterdam Card is the all-in-one pass. A ticket for unlimited travel on all tram, bus and metro (underground) services in Amsterdam for up to three days, plus vouchers worth more than € 90 in discounts for canal cruises, museums and other attractions. Available at GVB Tickets & Info and the Amsterdam Tourist Board, both on Stationsplein in front of Amsterdam Centraal station.

Public transport chip card

The public transport chip card is an electronic travel pass of which there are various kinds: rechargeable chip cards, which can be recharged with money and travel products, and disposable chip cards, with a pre-determined validity (e.g. a set number of days or rides). The disposable public transport chip card is sold at all Ticket Vending and Add Value machines at metro stations and at GVB Tickets & Info. The card is also be available in GVB trams and buses.

24-Hours Ticket

This ticket provided by the GVB is the most convenient and inexpensive for visitors. Once stamped, it is available for unlimited use on all trams, buses, subways and nightlines for the amount of hours indicated on the ticket. The tickets are available at GVB Ticket & Info stands, from the drivers and conductors, metro stations, various hotels in the city and from the Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board.

Amsterdam transportation by boat

Amsterdam is a city on the water, and there’s no lovelier way to enjoy the views than to take advantage of it. There are many opportunities for cruising through the city’s web of canals.


Behind Central Station, free ferries hustle their way across the River IJ, transporting passengers to various locations in the north of Amsterdam. Some specialist ferries also travel along the river to other districts of the city.

Canal Bus

Step on board the Canal Bus boats and discover Amsterdam from the water. You can hop on and off the Canal Bus boats wherever and whenever you like for the whole day, and the trip includes an interesting commentary about Amsterdam.

Green line, Red line, Blue line

The boats operate scheduled services to the main museums, attractions and shopping areas. Canal Bus runs three routes: the Green line, the Red line and the Blue Line. All the routes start at the Central Station. If you buy a day pass, you can also get discounts at museums, tourist attractions and restaurants.

Water Taxi

The ‘Amsterdamse Water Taxi Centrale’ offers a range of boats with a captain and seating from 8 to 40 persons. These ‘floating limos’ feature a well-stocked minibar and stereo radio/cassette player. With plenty of space outside and a heated passenger cabin, they operate all year round. Ideal for transportation from hotel to theatre, café, restaurant or even the city hall, Water Taxis also offer culinary discovery cruises, a high-tea or a multiple-course dinner. More Information: Water Taxi, tel. +31 (0)20 5356363

Canal cruises

There is a better way of discovering the magnificent narrow streets, namely a cruise along the canals. You can enjoy such a cruise throughout the year. The possibilities range from standard canal cruises lasting one hour through to cruises of four hours including dinner. In the evening you can experience special candlelight cruises.

  • Rederij Lovers, Prins Hendrikkade opposite 25-27
  • Holland International Rondvaart, Prins Hendrikkade 33a (opposite Central Station)

Amsterdam Parking

On the outskirts of Amsterdam, near the A10 Ring Road, there are designated Park & Ride locations. These offer affordable parking with public transport links into Amsterdam.

Park your car for 6 euro per 24 hours

P+R (Park&Ride) is the best place to park for visitors to Amsterdam. These are car parks on the outskirts of the city where it is easy to transfer to public transport. You can be in the centre of Amsterdam within half an hour. Parking in a P+R car park costs € 6,00 per 24 hours, and includes free public transport tickets for a maximum of five people. At the Olympic Stadium and Sloterdijk P+R you can also opt for two loan bicycles. There are five P+R car parking sites in Amsterdam:

  • P+R ArenA Transferium

Burgemeester Stramanweg 130, 1101 EP Amsterdam; at the Ajax ArenA stadium, capacity: 500, at freeways A9 and A2, exit Transferium; to the centre of Amsterdam: train from the Bijlmer station and metro 54, 50.

  • P+R Bos en Lommer

Leeuwendalersweg 23b, 1055 JE Amsterdam, near the S104 exit from the A10 ring. This car park is open from 7 am to 10 pm. You may leave the lot with your car at any time – 24/7; to the centre of Amsterdam: tram 14; bus 15, 21, 80, 82, 247, 315, 352 and metro 50.

  • P+R Olympisch Stadion (Olympic Stadium)

Olympisch Stadion 44, 1076 DE Amsterdam; capacity: 250; located at the ring A10, exit S108; to the centre of Amsterdam: tram 16, 24 ; this parking lot has also free bicycles to lend (up to two bikes per car – your ID will be required).

  • P+R Sloterdijk

Piarcoplein 1, 1043 DW Amsterdam, at Sloterdijk train station, capacity: 200; freeway A10 exit S102; to the centre of Amsterdam: train from the Sloterdijk station, metro 50, bus 48, tram 12; this parking lot has also free bicycles to lend (up to two bikes per car – your ID will be required).

  • P+R Zeeburg

Zuiderzeeweg 46 1095 KJ Amsterdam; at Piet Heintunnel, capacity:250, from A10 exit S114, to the centre of Amsterdam: tram: 26, bus 37, 245.

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