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Within Amsterdam

Cycling in Amsterdam

Cycling is a fun, efficient and easy way of getting around Amsterdam – just like the locals do! With bicycle rental shops all over the city, it’s quite simple to pedal away. And it’s quite safe if you follow a few simple rules!

Public transport 

In Amsterdam and beyond, the public transport smart card (OV-chipkaart) is used for travel on trams, buses and metros. The most convenient options for visitors are one-hour cards, (multi) day cards, or an anonymous card which you can add more credit to at any time.

  • One-hour cards: Available from the conductor on buses and trams, at GVB ticket vending machines or GVB Tickets & Info locations
  • (Multi) day cards: Available at GVB ticket vending machines or GVB Tickets & Info locations
  • Anonymous (refillable) cards: Available at GVB ticket vending machines, GVB Tickets & Info locations, and select newsstands and supermarkets

City Pass

The I amsterdam City Card is an outstanding way to explore everything the city has to offer. Visit world-class museums, take a cruise through the charming canals and sample the local delicacies. All for free or with a significant discount! In addition, City Card gives you unlimited access to the city's public transportation system for 24, 48 or 72 hours.

The I amsterdam City Card is the most convenient and affordable way to experience Amsterdam. Valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours, the 2014 City Card includes:

  • A detailed city map
  • Unlimited use of GVB public transport in Amsterdam (bus, tram & metro)
  • Free entrance to 38 of Amsterdam’s top museums & attractions
  • €2.50 discount on entrance to the Rijksmuseum (from 14 April 2013, show the special voucher that is included in the I amsterdam City Card)
  • One free canal cruise
  • Discounts on attractions, concerts, theatre, rental, restaurants and more
  • Free giveaways, fun surprises & special monthly offers
  • Free entrance to 8 attractions & 5 discounts at the Zaanse Schans

Free entrance to 3 museums & 4 discounts in Haarlem

You can also purchase your card directly at several shops and newsagents across Amsterdam, or at one of the Amsterdam Tourist Offices

Tram Trams are ideal for short journeys around the city centre, as well as for travelling to other districts. Only one-hour disposable tickets can be purchased from the conductor. Other types of tickets can be purchased at GVB Tickets & Info offices or GVB ticket vending machines.

Metro Amsterdam's metro system radiates from Central Station to the city's outer districts. While not very useful for the city centre, it's the fastest way to reach districts like the Bijlmer, Amstelveen and Diemen. An OV-chipkaart cannot be purchased inside the metro. You must buy them in advance at a GVB Tickets & Info counter or GVB ticket vending machines. Please note: The metro lines are undergoing a number of repairs in the summer and autumn of 2013. Read about the temporary changes to metro routes before travelling by metro in the coming months. 

Bus Amsterdam's extensive bus network will take you nearly anywhere you want to go. Just like the tram, only one-hour tickets can be purchased on board. Other types of tickets can be purchased at GVB Tickets & Info offices or GVB ticket vending machines.

Ferry Behind Central Station, ferries hustle their way across the IJ River, transporting passengers to various locations Amsterdam Noord -completely free of charge! Some specialist ferries also travel along the river to other districts of the city.



Taxis are a popular form of transport in a city where many residents don't own a car. Amsterdam recently launched a campaign to improve taxi services.

Taxi car (maximum four passengers)

  • Maximum start price: € 2,83
  • Maximum price per kilometre: € 2,08
  • Maximum price per minute: € 0,34

Taxi bus (five to eight passengers)

  • Maximum start price: € 5,75
  • Maximum price per kilometre: € 2,62
  • Maximum price per minute: € 0,39

Amsterdam city centre is a myriad of roads, lanes and footpaths. Because space in the city centre is limited, taxis cannot stop anywhere they like. To keep traffic flowing in the city at peak efficiency, stopping is not allowed at various places. This is also one of the reasons why there are so many fixed taxi ranks.

You can find more information on Amsterdam’s taxis at



Passport and visa requirements may differ according to the country of origin.

You will find all useful informations regarding visa procedures on the Government of the Netherlands website: click here.



The official currency in Amsterdam is the Euro.



ATMs are widely available throughout the city, dispensing notes up to 50 Euro.

For changing money the train station is the best place. The "GWK" Bank at Central Station has the lowest commissions and they're open 24 hours a day.



  • Police, Amulance, Fire : 112
  • Tourist Medical Service (ATAS) : +31 20 592 3355
  • Pharmacy on duty: +31 20 694 8709
  • Emergency dentist: +31 900 321 2230 / +31 900 821 2230 /+31 20 686 1109



Weather in the end of September is not too warm, (usually) not too cold, and can be positively lovely occasional showers.

The daily temperatures are ranging from 10°C to 20°C.



Amsterdam is in the European Time Zone. During summer season (season of the congress), local time is GMT/UTC +2 hours.



Amsterdam’s power outlets give out 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles) that require the same two round pin plugs as are used in the rest of Europe. If you are visiting from the US or Canada, bring an upward converter with you as it is tough to find those that will convert the available 220 or 240 volts to 110 or 120 volts. The electric plugs used in the Netherlands are a Type C.



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