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A single ticket 2nd class to Amsterdam Centraal from the airport will cost EUR3.80 from the machine
Bear in mind it is better to purchase a ticket from the machines as the ticket office charges a EUR 0.50 transaction fee.
The trains come regularly & are now mostly all non-smoking carriages & very clean, do make sure you are not sitting in a 1st class carriage. You can view timetables as well as prices & info in Dutch & Engish on the website.
The journey takes approx 15min. An intercity is the fastest service. A Snel trein is a fast train, a stop train makes a few stops inbetween & takes a bit longer.
Make sure you select 2nd class and full fare as if you select discount and do not have a discount card or travelling with a discount card holder you will incur a fine of Eur35. Check your ticket carefully and if you have to reselect your options clear the screen & start again.
Purchase a Strippen Kaart which gives you access to trams & buses in & around Holland.
I bought a strip of 15 strips for EUR6.70 (2007 Euro 6.80) which means a journey within central Amsterdam on the tram is 2 strips (ie 1 strip + 1 zone) which means I can use the trams for an hour from the time stamped. For example on 1st strip used within Amsterdam fold strip to no 2 strip & feed into the yellow machine to be stamped. If there is a conductor on board he will stamp the zones. There is a hefty of the spot fine for not travelling with a valid ticket
Strippenkaart are valid anywhere in Holland & if you still have strips left & plan to visit again within the year the old price is still valid for 12 months.
THESE ARE BEING PHASED OUT SEE TIP FOR OV-CHIPKAART (a more expenisive way to travel)
This is being described as being similar to the London oyster card but I tend to disgree it appears it is going to be a far more expensive way to travel.
My suggestions are if you plan to be in Amsterdam for a while or plan to revisit to purchase an anonymous card for Eur4 and top up with the credit you may need for your journeys. The rates are calculated on a base rate of 75c + 10c p/km. The amount you pay should be good for an hour so if you transfer trams you won't have to pay another 75c although there is some dicrepency of being charged after 35min. You need to tap your card in on entry and out on exit if you forget to tap out you will be charged Eur4. I also believe you cannot gain entry if you don't have enough credit on your card.
The other option is to purchase a disposable card which is Eur2.60 for 1hr this works out a lot more then the strippenkaart which normally worked out to E1 per trip. For 2 x 1hr it costs Eur5 but your 2nd hour starts on your 2nd tap in (confused yet?)
A 24hr (1 day) costs Eur7, 48hrs Eur11.50 and 72hrs Eur15, 96hr Eur18.
This card is only for transport on the metro, buses and trams at the moment in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
I only used around Eur7 when I was there for 4 days using the card.
A good way to get around in Amsterdam is by bike, that way you have the upper hand on the pedestrians. Do make sure you are a competant cyclist, to avoid a nasty accident, as there is nothing more fustration for the dutch then to be stuck behind someone going at snails pace.
Various places rent bikes charge rates on a sliding scale the more days you hire for.
3 Speed bike Euro 13.50 - 15.50 24hr bike city
Euro 43.50 - 45.50 5 days
68-70 Bloemgracht 1015
+31 (020) 6263721
Euro 9.50 - 14.25 Mac bike
Euro 26 - 39 5 days
Weteringschaans 2, Leidseplein
+31 (020) 6200985
Other Contact: www.bikecity.nl
In order to use the ticket machines / lockers you will need coins.
There are change machines dotted in the station this one was in the ticket office
It accepts Euro 5, 10, 20 & spits out coins of Euro 2, 1 & 50c
We were late for our train because we didn't realise this & discovered the machine in a last ditch attempt to queue at the office & pay an extra 50c
Firstly be advised that if you purchase a train ticket at the window you will pay 50c more & their are normally long queues.
1) Any big yellow ticket machine dotted around the station
2) Make sure you have change in coins
3) select destination
4) 2nd Class - make sure you do travel in 2nd Klas
5) Enkle reis (single trip)
6) today only or another date
7) no of tickets
The machine will give you change & spit out your ticket
Please note that you cannot use your own debit card in these machines as a "PIN" card is local to a Dutch bank account. You can use a Visa / Maestro credit card
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