Public transport in Amsterdam
How does that system work?
The GVB (Municipal
Transport Company) provides three main forms of public transport; the tram,
the bus and the metro.
There is one ticket
system for all three, but since it can seem rather complicated at first,
here follows a little explanation.
First -of course-
you have to buy a strippencard. They are for sale at tobacconists as well
as GVB outlets, and will cost you € 5,90 for
a 15-strip card or € 17,40 for a 45-strip card
(handy for families) Besides these strippencards, there are daytickets
as well. One day will cost you € 5,20, two days
€ 8,30, three days is € 10,70
and each additional day will set you back € 1,40,
with a maximum of 9 days.
only worth considering if you are going to use the tram or bus a whole
lot, otherwise they're just a waste of money.
It is possible
to purchase 2,3 and 8-strippencards on board the bus or tram as well, but
this is not very economical.
in possession of an empty strippencard, you'll want to use it of course.
Given the average strippencard, you'll probably be looking at 15 strips,
like in the example on the right. Now here comes the trick;
The GVB has divided
our city into zones. To determine how many strips you will need for your
journey, you have a look at the map you'll find posted on the tram or busstop.
If your journey takes you somewhere within the same zone, you'll need 2
strips. If you travel to an adjourning zone (ie. you're effectively travelling
2 zones) you'll need 3 strips. Three zones will cost you 4 strips, four
zones 5, etc... You always stamp the number of zones plus one extra strip.
A last remark;
if you're the person who will want to go to the museums and the city centre,
you'll most likely do all your travelling in one zone: 5700 (centrum).
WHERE DO I STAMP?
In buses, the
driver will stamp your ticket for you. You just get in the front of the
bus and announce where you're heading. On request, most drivers will give
you a signal in case you're not too sure of what your destination looks
A tram going past the hotel, yesterday
In trams you generally
get on at the back and have your ticket stamped by the conductor. However,
as not all trams have been fitted with a conductor's booth, you might have
to stamp your ticket yourself in one of the yellow stamping machines. Fold
the strippencard on the number of zones you are going to travel, and push
your card into the slot with the strip of your choice on top and forward.
Keep pushing until you hear a bell go off and voila, let the journey begin.
If you travel by
metro you have to stamp your ticket before you get onto the platform. There
are stamping machines on various places in the stations as well as on top
of the escalators, and the procedure is the same as described above. This
is the only possibility to stamp your ticket as there are conductors nor
stamping machines on board the trains.
What does the stamp
As you can
see in the example above, it tells you in which zone you've stamped on
what day and at what time. The time is important, as there is a validation.
Upto 4 strips you can travel for one hour. Upto 7 strips you have an hour
and a half, upto 10 strips two hours, etc... This means effectively that
you can go and come back on one ticket, as long as you don't exceed the
timeframe. Just show the ticket when re-entering a bus or tram, and the
conductor will recognise it as still valid, partly due to the training
they've received. Sometimes, when the conductor is in a good mood, he or
she will have the time on the stamp put a little forward so that you can
travel for an hour and a half or even two hours.
Finally, if you
come across the ticket inspectors and your ticket has expired, it will
probably tell you you've lost Euro 47,50
And more about
the public transport system will follow in due time...
If you wish to
see a public transport map you can follow this
link but be warned; it's a full 155 kb.
You can also go
site if you wish to find out everything about the municipal transport
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