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Getting around Amsterdam by metro, bus, tram, boat. Lines

Getting around Amsterdam

Metro, bus, tram, ferry: getting around Amsterdam is really easy. The Dutch GVB operates an efficient integrated transport system that allows you to reach every corner of the city. Center, suburbs and even the surrounding areas are easily accessible.

We do not recommend moving by car to the city; moreover, it is often a challenge to find free parking. Taxis are quite expensive. Who does not want to use public transport, can opt for an “eco-friedly” solution like a bike. Amsterdam, like many other Capitals, is well organized, thanks to numerous cycle paths and rental agencies. The two-wheeler can be a great alternative to getting around Amsterdam.



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The Metro network is extremely efficient. It is undoubtedly the ideal means of transport to move around Amsterdam. Currently the network is made up of 5 lines, one of which is hybrid, with a mixed route metrotranviario (51 line). The last in chronological order is the 52 line, officially inaugurated in the 2018. Three of the five lines depart from Amsterdam Centraal, the Central Railway Station.

The five active lines are: Ring Line (50 line, green); Amstelveen Line (51 line, orange); Noord / Zuidlijn (52 line, celestial); Gaasperplas Line (53 line, red); Gein Line (54 line, yellow). The metro is active every day with the following times:

  • Monday to Friday, from 05:45 to 00:30 approx.
  • Saturday, from 06:12 to 00:12.
  • Sundays and holidays, from 07:15 alo 00:15 approximately.


You can move around Amsterdam by bus thanks to the numerous lines on the road, in service from morning to night. The traditional lines that operate from early morning to 23: 00 approximately, are numbered from 15 to 69; are 25 lines on buses that connect the various districts of the city, from the center to the suburbs.

Ten bus lines, however, are active every day, including Sundays and holidays, during the night. These are the 748, 752, 753, 754, 755, 757, 758, 759, 761, 763 lines. Night lines run after midnight until 7: 00 in the morning. On weekdays, they take one hour; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the frequency is 30 minutes. On night lines, you need to buy a different ticket.

Buses, therefore, are the ideal solution to getting around Amsterdam and surroundings at any time.

Regional buses, managed by Connexxion, operate exclusively in extra-urban and regional areas; these are the 199, 241, 242, 310, 346 lines. More info, on the official website from this link.


Getting around Amsterdam by public transport

Eight lines, running from early morning to midnight, numbered from 1 to 26. The tramway line, like the metro, is highly efficient. Recommended for moving around Amsterdam; you can admire the beauty of the city, comfortably seated on board one of the 8 trams. The service is enhanced, on Saturday and Sunday, by additional tram lines active all day.


How not to admire one of the most beautiful cities, if not looking at it from one of the many boats that run through the waters of the Amstel? GVB, allows you to move between one shore and another on board boats (ferry-boat). The 900, 901, 902, 903, 905, 906, 907, 909, 910, 911, 912, 913, 914, and 915 lines will allow you to admire the city from another perspective.

Lines generally allow you to move from one side of the city to another. We recommend that you take a leap. Active, every day, from 06:00 in the morning until midnight. It’s really a fascinating experience to get around Amsterdam.

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