Public Transport Tickets in Amsterdam 2024 (Complete Guide) (2024)

Choosing the right transport ticket in Amsterdam has become a rather complicated affair for both visitors and locals. In this guide we take a detailed look at all available Amsterdam public transport tickets and how they work.

We give you our top choices to help you pick the best one or to purchase a combination of different tickets to get the most from your stay in Amsterdam.

Our top Amsterdam public transport ticket recommendations are the following multiday tickets which can offer excellent value if used well:

Best Value & Validity
Best for AMS airport
Best for Excursions
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Public transport within Amsterdam is run by city transport company GVB – from trams which criss-cross the city to the metro and buses which travel further out.

In addition there are trains operated by NS (Dutch Railways) which connect Amsterdam to Schiphol Airport and the rest of the Netherlands.

Regional buses (Connexxion/EBS/Arriva) can take you on excursions to some nearby places of interest.

Note, every traveller aged 4 or over must have their own ticket. When making a journey you are required to check-in (when boarding) and check-out (on exiting) by holding your ticket against one of the card readers or scanning a valid QR-code.

In Amsterdam this applies for trips on trams, trains, the metro and buses – the GVB city ferries are free!

Now let’s look at each type of Amsterdam public transport ticket in more detail – prices are for 2024.

1. GVB Day/Multi-Day Tickets

Best Value & Validity

GVB day tickets are valid from 1 to 7 days and allow you unlimited travel on the GVB network in Amsterdam day and night (GVB buses, metro and trams). It is the best value ticket available for Amsterdam transport. You can buy the GVB Multi-Day Tickets online here

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GVB tickets are activated on first check-in and the validity is on a 24 hours basis – so you can handily use them over 2 consecutive calendar days within the 24 hour period.

When activating GVB day tickets, don’t forget to note your first check-in time.

GVB day tickets can get you to all the main sights in and around Amsterdam.

This includes Dam Square, Anne Frank House, Artis Zoo, Albert Cuyp Market/Heineken Brewery, Leidseplein, Museumplein (Rijksmuseum/Van Gogh Museum), Olympic Stadium, RAI Convention Centre, Westergas; stations at Amsterdam Amstel, Amsterdam Bijlmer-ArenA (Johan Cruijff ArenA/Ziggo Dome), Amsterdam Noord, Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Amsterdam Zuid; and further afield to Amstelveen/Amsterdamse Bos and IJburg beach.

These tickets are great for exploring around different Amsterdam neighbourhoods and will help you get around easily if you have a pre-planned city itinerary.

GVB tickets are NOT valid on NS trains – so you cannot travel to destinations in the region or other Dutch cities! They are not valid on the airport train.

They are also not valid on any Connexxion/EBS/Arriva regional bus services.

These are the prices of the GVB day tickets available:

Card Validity Type
Price 2024
Cost per day
GVB Child (4-11) 24 hours ticket€4.50
€4.50
GVB 24 hours (1 day) ticket
€9.00
€9.00
GVB 48 hours (2 days) ticket
€15.00
€7.50
GVB 72 hours (3 days) ticket
€21.00
€7.00
GVB 96 hours (4 days) ticket
€26.50
€6.63
GVB 120 hours (5 days) ticket
€33.00
€6.60
GVB 144 hours (6 days) ticket
€37.50
€6.25
GVB 168 hours (7 days) ticket
€41.00
€5.86

Purchase GVB tickets online here (from authorised seller GetYourGuide or check availability below) which is convenient and offers peace-of-mind since after booking they can always be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund if your plans happen to change.

The GVB tickets are now downloaded and used through the GetYourGuide app as a QR code. This saves the need from having to pick-up physical tickets at one of the GVB ticket offices.

The GVB Child Day Ticket is valid for 24 hours for those aged 4-11. Children must be accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. It is currently not available for advance purchase online.

Children aged 0-3 travel free, children 12 or over must buy the standard adult ticket.

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Note, only the 24 hours ticket can be purchased on board a tram – by card payments only, cash is not accepted. At ticket machines in metro stations only the 1-4 day cards are available.

We therefore recommend purchasing online in advance to secure your choice of card – particularly if you want the better value cards with longer validity.

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GVB Day/Multi-Day Ticket: Summary

The GVB multiday tickets offer really great value and allow visitors to move around freely on trams, buses and the metro in Amsterdam.

  • Excellent value with low cost-per-ride if used well
  • Flexible choice of validity at 1-7 days
  • Valid for 24 hour segments
  • Reduced price child day ticket available
  • Not valid on airport train or 397 airport bus
  • Not valid for travel outside Amsterdam

Order GVB multi-day tickets here

GVB airport ‘loophole’

Note, it is technically possible to travel between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and the city using a GVB-only card by taking GVB bus 369 from Schiphol Airport/Plaza to Amsterdam Sloterdijk. This has a journey time of 30 minutes.

Connections at Sloterdijk are GVB bus 22 (Central Station) or GVB tram 19 (to Diemen Sniep via Leidseplein).

We do however recommend you take the much faster train to/from the airport!

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Group Travel in Amsterdam

Travelling with a large group around Amsterdam? Whether you are here with a student group or have a large group of visitors to a conference or work event – the GVB day tickets can be a convenient and economical way to get around.

Please note that every individual must have their own ticket and check-in and check-out accordingly.

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For group travel you can purchase up to 30 GVB multi-day tickets in one transaction here – however these now need to be used through the GetYourGuide app.

If you want to pick-up physical tickets then you can also pre-purchase up to 99 tickets in one transaction of the following: Amsterdam Travel Ticket and (both these include a GVB ticket component).

TIP: For very large groups travelling together it is probably better to take the metro if possible. See ourMetro Map of Amsterdam

2. Amsterdam Travel Ticket

Best for airport trip and using trains around Amsterdam

This is an all-in-one product which includes a 1, 2 or 3 day GVB unlimited travel card plus travel between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam – valid on NS trains or 397 Amsterdam Airport Express bus. You can buy the 1/2/3 day Amsterdam Travel Ticket online here

The Amsterdam Travel Ticket in 2024 is priced as follows: 1 day (€18.00), 2 day (€24.00) and 3 day (€30.00).

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Please note that this product has validity on a “calendar day basis” rather than 24 hours, so the card expires at 0400 in the morning after the last valid day.

TIP: You always get more potential value activating the card earlier in the day.

So for example, if you activate (check-in) a 1 day card anytime on a Wednesday (0000-2359) the card will expire Thursday at 0400. If only activating the card late in the evening (and before midnight) you would have wasted most of the day’s potential use.

The NS train portion is valid in 2nd class for unlimited travel between Schiphol Airport and any of the following stations in Amsterdam: Amsterdam Centraal, Amsterdam Amstel, Amsterdam Bijlmer-ArenA, Duivendrecht, Amsterdam Holendrecht, Amsterdam Lelylaan, Amsterdam Muiderpoort, Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam Science Park, Amsterdam Sloterdijk and Amsterdam Zuid.

One hidden benefit is that you can also use it for unlimited train journeys (2nd class) between any of the above Amsterdam stations.

For more info on Schiphol travel see Getting from Schiphol to Amsterdam

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In addition it is valid for unlimited travel on the 397 Amsterdam Airport Express bus operated by Connexxion. You must always make your final journey back to the airport (bus or train) before the card expires.

The GVB portion of the ticket can be used on GVB Amsterdam trams, buses, metro and night buses in the Amsterdam metropolitan area. Note, it is NOT valid for travel further around the region or to other Dutch cities.

Card Validity Type
Price 2024
Cost per day
1 day Amsterdam Travel Ticket
€18.00
€18.00
2 day Amsterdam Travel Ticket€24.00
€12.00
3 day Amsterdam Travel Ticket€30.00
€10.00

The 3 day ticket is the best value and works out at a very reasonable €10.00 per day.

If you are staying longer than 3 days you can either consider using consecutive Amsterdam Travel Tickets successively or mixing/matching with other ticket types.

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The Amsterdam Travel Ticket is an OV-chip smart card so you are required to check-in and check-out for each journey.

Basically this ticket is handy for anyone on a short visit to Amsterdam who is arriving/departing from Schiphol Airport. Because of the train component, it is also really good for those staying in and around Amsterdam Sloterdijk or Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena as you can jump onto the train to Amsterdam Central whenever needed.

Buy your Amsterdam Travel Ticket in advance here – paying online in advance is really convenient and whether you are travelling alone or in a large group, you can purchase anything from 1 to 99 tickets in one transaction.

Most payment methods are accepted and after booking you can always cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund if your plans happen to change.

You receive a voucher and simply pick up your pre-purchased tickets at the following points: Public transport machines (grey, blue and red) at Amsterdam Schiphol airport (24 hours); NS ticket & service desks at at Amsterdam Schiphol airport, Amsterdam Central Station or Amsterdam Sloterdijk; at the GVB service points at Amsterdam Zuid, Amsterdam Bijlmer-Arena or Amsterdam Noord.

You can also purchase this ticket over-the-counter (subject to availability) at the following at Schiphol Airport: NS Tickets & Service desk, Iamsterdam visitor centre (Schiphol Arrivals 2) or AKO newsagent.

Amsterdam Travel Ticket: Summary

The Amsterdam Travel Ticket can be a good value choice for those on a shorter visit needing the airport trip included. It is recommended if you are staying around Schiphol Airport, Sloterdijk or Bijlmer Arena.

  • Good value
  • Includes unlimited airport train and bus
  • Hidden benefit: Unlimited train use between any Amsterdam stations
  • Valid on all GVB Amsterdam transport
  • Calendar day validity rather than 24 hours
  • No child tickets available
  • Not valid for travel outside Amsterdam

Order the Amsterdam Travel Ticket here

3. Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket

Best for Excursions

This is a1 day (€21.00), 2 day (€31.50) and 3 day (€40.50) ticket which is valid on all public transport in the greater Amsterdam region. This includes NS trains (2nd class), all regional buses (Connexxion, EBS and Arriva Keukenhof services) and all GVB Amsterdam buses, metro and trams. You can

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Like the above Amsterdam Travel Ticket, this product is valid on a “calendar day basis” only rather than 24 hours. The card is activated on first check-in and expires at 0400 in the morning after the last valid day. Once again, you must check-in and check-out for each journey taken.

Card Validity Type
Price 2024
Cost per day
1 day Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket
€21.00
€21.00
2 day Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket
€31.50
€15.75
3 day Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket
€40.50
€13.50

This ticket is a little more expensive than the GVB multiday tickets and Amsterdam Travel Ticket due to its larger catchment validity area.

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This ticket is recommended if you plan to make side trips to various places of interest around the greater Amsterdam region. It is valid to the following destinations:

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Hoofddorp, Haarlem, Old Holland area (Waterland fishing villages like Edam, Volendam and Marken/Zaanse Schans windmills/Zaandam), Amsterdam Beaches (Ijmuiden/Zandvoort), Flowers of Amsterdam (Aalsmeer/Keukenhof), Castles & Garden area (Muiden/Naarden/Hilversum) and the New Land area (Almere/Lelystad).

This handy (opens as a pdf) from Iamsterdam shows the valid travel area and transport options:

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Again the 3 day ticket is the best value and works out at only €13.50 per day. As a comparison, the standard fare (2024) for a return day trip by train from Amsterdam Central to Lelystad would already set you back €23.60.

So if you plan your itinerary well then the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket could save you quite a bit of money.

TIP: If you have an Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket and want to travel to destinations outside the catchment area – like Utrecht, Leiden, Delft, Den Haag, Rotterdam and Kinderdijk – then use your ticket to travel to the outer edge of the zone and buy your onward tickets from there (rather than from Amsterdam Central). For example, for Utrecht travel from Hilversum or Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena.

– paying in advance is convenient and gives peace-of-mind on arrival and you can purchase anything from 1 to 99 tickets in one transaction.

Most payment methods are accepted. After booking you can always cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund if your plans happen to change.

You receive a voucher and simply pick up your pre-purchased tickets at the following points: Public transport machines (grey, blue and red) at Amsterdam Schiphol airport (24 hours); NS ticket & service desks at at Amsterdam Schiphol airport, Amsterdam Central Station, Amsterdam Sloterdijk; GVB service points at Amsterdam Zuid, Amsterdam Bijlmer-Arena or Amsterdam Noord.

The ticket may also be purchased (subject to availability) at I amsterdam Visitor Centres and main ticket offices of Connexxion, EBS, GVB and NS.

TIP: If you plan to stay longer than 3 days you could consider buying multiple tickets for consecutive use or mixing and matching with GVB multi day tickets.

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket: Summary

The Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket can be very useful if you plan to make excursions outside of Amsterdam. Because it is valid on numerous transport providers it also saves you from having to buy separate tickets each time.

  • Despite the higher price, good value can be extracted from this ticket
  • Valid on all GVB transport in Amsterdam
  • Valid on airport train and bus
  • Unlimited transport around entire Amsterdam region
  • Calendar day validity rather than 24 hours
  • No child tickets available
  • Not valid for travel outside region (eg – to Rotterdam, Leiden, The Hague, Utrecht)

4. GVB 1 Hour Ticket / Bus Tram Metro (BTM) 1.5 Hour Ticket

In Amsterdam the single can be bought as a disposable OV-chip card and is valid for 1 hour travel on GVB public transport (bus/metro/tram) including any transfers. It costs €3.40 and is activated on first check-in.

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Single tickets should only really be considered if you are going to make just 1 or 2 trips in a day. It will usually be slightly cheaper to use the distance fare rate using OVpay (contacless debit card) or credit on an OV-chip card.

If you plan to make 3 or more trips then buy a 1 day GVB ticket or a multi-day ticket.

The GVB single can be bought at GVB sales desk/ticket machines (cash/debit/credit cards accepted) or on board trams/buses from drivers/conductors (no cash accepted on board, debit/credit cards only).

Check-in and check-out using the card readers is required, including when making a transfer to another form of transport.

Note, the GVB 1 hour ticket is NOT valid on the Schiphol airport train, 397 Amsterdam Airport Express bus nor on any GVB night bus service.

There is also a 1.5 hour Bus Tram Metro (BTM) ticket which costs €6.50 and is good for travel during the day around Amsterdam and the region on GVB (bus/metro/tram) plus Connexxion and EBS bus services. It is not valid on night buses.

5. Holland Travel Ticket

This ticket was introduced to make it easier for visitors to navigate the Netherlands on one single ticket. It is valid for 1 day on all Dutch public transport in the country including trains (2nd class), buses, trams and metro. You can buy this disposable OV-chip card ticket at service desks and ticket machines at NS rail stations.

The ticket is activated on first check-in and you must check-in and check-out for each journey leg.

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The standard Holland Travel Ticket costs €70 and can be used anytime during the day.

The off-peak Holland Travel Ticket costs €48 and is only valid for travel after 0900 (Mon-Fri). It is valid all day at weekends and public holidays.

If you plan to do a lot of travelling in the Netherlands on a single day (either in terms of distance or using different forms of transport) then this ticket could offer good value as well as not having to buy separate tickets.

For example, a standard day return from Amsterdam to Maastricht costs around €60 – so using the off-peak Holland Travel Ticket can save some money and allow multiple stopovers.

TIP: To maximise this ticket buy the off-peak version and use it at the weekend, starting out as early in the day as possible.

However, it is certainly not a good option if you just plan to remain in and around the Amsterdam area. There is no 1st class option available.

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6. Amsterdam Airport Bus Tickets

Amsterdam Airport Express bus 397 operates between Schiphol and Elandsgracht in central Amsterdam. It does not run to/from Amsterdam Central station.

A single Bus Tram Metro (BTM) ticket costs €6.50, a child (4-11) day ticket costs €1.

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Public Transport Tickets in Amsterdam 2024 (Complete Guide) (22)Tickets can be bought from the driver or at the Schiphol tickets & info red van (bus stop B9-15).

You can also buy a single or return ticket online here

7. Waterland Day Ticket

Head out of Amsterdam and visit historic Dutch fishing villages such as Edam, Volendam, Monnickendam and Marken. A Waterland day ticket costs €12.50 for adults, €3 for children 4-11 and is valid the entire day (until 0100) on all EBS buses serving the Waterland and Zaandam area. It is not valid on Connexxion buses or night buses.

EBS buses now depart from Amsterdam Noord or Noorderpark station which can be reached by metro line 52.

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Waterland tickets can be bought at the public transport desk of the OV Servicewinkel shops at Amsterdam Central, EBS bus drivers or the I amsterdam tourist information at the front side of Amsterdam central station. The card is activated on first check-in, with check-in and check-out required for each trip.

For more see our Waterland Amsterdam page

Public Transport Tickets in Amsterdam 2024 (Complete Guide) (24)This EBS ticket is fine if you plan only to visit the Waterland area for the day.

However the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket gives a lot more options, including using the metro and visiting other places of interest.

8. OV-Chip Card – pre-paid credit

The re-usable OV-chip card is a plastic smart card (like London’s Oyster Card) where you can add travel credit onto its “e-purse” and use it for journeys on any mode of Dutch public transport.

We don’t recommend this card for short-term visitors – use singles or the above multi-day cards instead.

There are 2 types of OV-chip card available: a so-called anonymous OV-chip card (anyone can buy/use this) or the personal OV-chip card (a personal photo card for Dutch residents). Note, see OVpay below for direct payment using contactless debit/credit cards/mobile.

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An anonymous card with zero credit costs €7.50 (non-refundable) and will last 4-5 years.

The anonymous OV-chip card can be purchased at any NS train station (including Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Central) and at other transport providers such as GVB. It can also be purchased at newsagents and supermarkets – some cards can be bought already pre-loaded with credit.

When purchasing an “empty” card from a transport provider, you should load some credit (at least €10-€20, maximum allowed is €150) onto the e-purse of the card – it can then be used for travel on any form of public transport in Amsterdam or the Netherlands. Note that some cards may need to be pre-activated for use on the rail network at a NS ticket desk or machine.

OV-chip card fares are calculated at fixed rates based on distance travelled. Travelling with the e-purse on buses/metro/trams tends to be a little cheaper than buying single tickets. You will need a minimum of €4 e-purse credit which is taken off as a deposit on check-in; at check-out the €4 is refunded and the standard fare is deducted from the card balance.

For GVB travel in Amsterdam, there is a fixed boarding fee of €1.08 and then a variable distance fee of €0.196 per km which is actually calculated to every 50 metres of travel.

What this means is a 3km journey will cost about €1.67; a 10km trip costs €3.04 – cheaper than the €3.40 disposable 1 hour ticket above.

If you need to make a transfer you must check-out and then check back in – if this is within 35 minutes you do not pay the boarding fee again.

For train travel, the standard one-way fare is charged. You need a minimum of €20 e-purse credit on the card to check-in at a station. As above, the €20 is initially taken off as a deposit and is returned on check-out with the one-way fare taken off the card balance. If you fail to check-out you will lose the €20.

The anonymous OV-chip card may be suitable for visitors who plan longer stays in the country with lots of public transport trips or those planning multiple visits to the Netherlands.

The OV-chip card can be useful in not having to buy separate tickets each time. You do need to keep a careful eye on the e-purse balance to ensure that minimum credit is available, especially for train travel.

The anonymous card can also be used by other people though not at the same time – everyone travelling together must have their own card.

9. OVpay – check-in/out by contactless debit/credit card

Public Transport Tickets in Amsterdam 2024 (Complete Guide) (26)OVpay is a new option to use your contactless debit card, credit card or mobile to check-in and -out of your journey using the card readers. It is available on GVB public transport in Amsterdam and also across the entire Dutch transport network.

It can be used using the following foreign (non-Dutch) cards: Maestro, V pay, Mastercard and Visa.

As with the OV-chip card, standard one-way fares will apply for your journey. At the end of the day the transport company will debit your total use with them in one transaction.

This option makes the OV-chip card effectively redundant for visitors. However, if you have a non-euro contactless payment card then you may want to check your provider’s forex transaction fees before using.

Paying the standard one-way fares is fine for a small number of journeys. However if you want to maximise value then consider purchasing day and multi-day tickets as described above.

10. NS Train Tickets

There are a number of train stations in Amsterdam (see: train network map of Amsterdam) and the railway can sometimes be a fast and useful way to travel around the periphery of the city as well as getting to the airport.

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There are various ticket format options for travel on NS Dutch Railways:

  • disposable tickets – either one-ways or day returns in OV-chip format – for travel that day or on a future specified date up to 1 week ahead. A €1 fee for a disposable ticket is charged on top of the standard fare.
  • using a personal or anonymous OV-chip card
  • buying an e-ticket or mobile ticket online which has a barcode to go through barriers

Children aged 4-11 can buy a Rail Runner ticket which costs €2.50 and is valid the entire day on any train in 2nd class (or in 1st class if accompanied by a 1st class adult ticket holder).

The standard fare between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Central is €4.90 + a €1 fee for a disposable ticket.

The Amsterdam Travel Ticket mentioned above offers unlimited travel between all Amsterdam stations as well as Schiphol airport.

For a detailed overview of rail tickets check our How to Buy a Dutch Train Ticket guide.

11. I amsterdam City Card (GVB transport + attractions)

For those who like the idea of a combined transport ticket and free entry to attractions, the I amsterdam City Card could be an option. Aimed at visitors, this official pass offers unlimited GVB transport within Amsterdam and entry to the likes of the Rijksmuseum, Johan Cruijff ArenA Tour and A’DAM Lookout. (Note, Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum not included).

A free canal cruise and 1 day bike rental are also included.

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Validity options are 24 hours (€60), 48 hours (€85), 72 hours (€100), 96 hours (€115), 120 hours (€125). Although not cheap if used carefully it can lead to savings – and you avoid the hassle of buying tickets each time.

You can book the I amsterdam City Card online here

The 120 hour (5 day) card offers the greatest value coming in at €25 per day. Read our full I amsterdam City Card review here on how to maximise the card.

Amsterdam Travel with Discounts

Apart from some child products, non-resident visitors are NOT entitled to any discounts on public transport. Discounts are only available for eligible residents with a personal OV-chip card – those aged 4-11 and 65+ will automatically receive a 34% discounted fare rate when using the e-purse on their card.

Cheap child day tickets are available with GVB transport, NS trains and Connexxion/EBS buses. Note that the Amsterdam/Amsterdam & Region/Holland Travel Tickets do not have a discounted child version. It may be cheaper to buy separate child tickets instead as a substitute.

For residents with a personal OV-chip card who are regular travellers there is the Altijd Korting (Always Discount) product option available to purchase for€21.55 per month or€215.50 per year. It gives the holder a 20% discount on bus/metro/tram travel throughout the Netherlands whilst students aged 12-18 get a 40% discount. It is not valid for discounts on NS trains.

GVB Flex is a monthly subscription product from GVB which gives discounted travel in Amsterdam. The main feature is that you can travel anywhere in the Netherlands without the need of using the balance on an OV-chip card. Instead you are invoiced each month. There are 4 products:

  • Easy Flex costs€1.00 per month and gives 10% discount on GVB all day.
  • Start Flex costs€3.00 per month and gives 20% discount on GVB only between 2000-0400.
  • Flex costs €5.50 per month and gives 20% discount on GVB all day.
  • Extra Flex costs €15.00 per month and gives 40% discount on GVB all day.

It is possible to switch subscriptions each month.

The Net Abonnement (Network Season Ticket) subscription offers unlimited travel on bus, tram and metro throughout the Netherlands. It is not valid on trains. It costs€335.45 per month or€3,354.50 per year.

Other Amsterdam Public Transport Ticket Types

Night Bus Tickets – A single ride on a GVB night bus costs €5.40. It can be bought from the driver (no cash accepted) as a disposable OV-chip ticket or added as a product onto an anonymous or personal OV-chip card. The card is valid for 90 minutes and includes transfers to other GVB night buses.

GVB Group Ticket – This allows a group of 5 people 1 day’s travel on the GVB network. Unfortunately this is a restricted ticket in that it can only be bought and used via the GVB app. The group must always travel together and each traveller has a unique barcode which has to be managed via the purchaser’s phone – so checking-in and -out is not a particularly seamless process. It costs €25.

GVB Bicycle Ticket – Bikes can be taken onto tram 26 or the metro but only outside the rush hour (0700-0900/1600-1830). A bicycle ticket costs€2.20 and is valid for the entire day. It can be added as a supplement to a personal or anonymous OV-chip card. Alternatively there is a disposable 1 hour card + bicycle which costs €5.60.

NS Bicycle Ticket – Bikes can travel on trains outside the weekday rush hours; and at anytime at weekends and during July and August. A bicycle ticket (€7.50) is required which is valid for 1 day. You must store your bike in the special carriages labelled with the bike sign. Folded bikes can be carried for free.

Don’t forget, you also need a valid train ticket for travel as well!

GVB Ticket Offices

You can purchase any GVB public transport ticket type at the “GVB Tram Bus Metro Ferry” Service & Tickets office at Stationsplein outside Amsterdam Central station (city side). Opening hours are daily 0830-1900.

This is also where you can pick-up some pre-purchased online tickets.

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There are similar GVB Service & Tickets offices at the following stations:

  • Amsterdam Bijlmer-ArenA (open 0830-1900 Mon-Fri, 1000-1800 Sat-Sun)
  • Amsterdam Zuid (open 0830-1900 Mon-Fri, 1000-1800 Sat-Sun)
  • Station Noord (open daily 1000-1800)
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Some GVB tickets can also be purchased over-the-counter at service points at the following shops/newsagents: Primera, Bestseller, Vivant, Techador and Cigo.

GVB automatic ticket machines accept cash (coins and notes) and debit/credit cards and can be found at all metro stations and stops. There are also GVB vending machines along some tram stops – these only accept card payments.

There are also special public transport ticket machines and GVB ticket machines located at Amsterdam Central:

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Buy your GVB tickets online here

This article was first published in 2010 and has been continuously updated since then. Last update 6 March 2024.

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