Travelling within Amsterdam by public transport is straightforward and convenient. The extensive network is operated by GVB and connects the city’s neighbourhoods by train, tram, metro, bus and ferry.

When using Trams and the Subway; The blue and pink paper tickets (strippenkaarten) have now been fully replaced by PT smart cards (OV chipkaart). So unless you have the I Amsterdam card (which gives you free access to trams, buses and the subway for 24, 48 or 72 hours, next to free access to museums etc.), you need to buy a PT smart card.

When entering (“checking in”) a tram, bus or subway, you have to hold your smart card against the reader until you hear a beep. Don’t forget to “check out” in the same way when leaving the tram/bus/subway, or it will cost you much more.[/sc_iconbox]