"Don't be tempted to ride for free" Trams Tip by annase
Trams, Amsterdam: 118 reviews and 135 photos
Amsterdam has superb public transport facilities. The best way to travel is by tram. They are frequent, fast and dependable. Although tickets can be bought in the tram, it is cheaper to buy a multitravel tickets (called 'strippenkaart') from a magazine shop, the post office or railway station beforehand. Another good thing about strippenkaarts is that several people can travel on one strippenkaart.
I don't what is the situation now, but there used to be a conductor on most trams who stamped the ticket for you when you got on at the back of the tram. If there isn't one you might need to use a machine. Each journey within the city centre uses two strips. In this case you should leave one strip blank and stamp the second (If there are two of, you should then stamp the fourth strip and so forth).
Don't be tempted to ride for free, since there are regular checks on tickets and they will charge you the ticket price as well as a fine. They will not treat you more leniently just because you're a tourist!
Tickets are valid for an hour, regardless of how often you change tram or bus. Strippenkaarts are valid on all trams, buses and metros, and also on trains within the city boundaries (but not on the train to the airport!).
There are also one, two and three-day passes available. You must stamp a day or week pass the first time you use it only.
It might sound mad, but you should hail a tram to indicate you want to get on!!! ;-) Press the button near the door to open it. If the tram has a conductor you must use the rear door to get on.
The trams run until just after midnight. The last trams leave Central Station at 00.15. After that there is an hourly service of night buses from Central Station. There is a free map of all tram and bus routes in Amsterdam available from tourist offices or the GVB office in front of Central Station.
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