Amsterdam has excellent international air links; the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is modern and serviced by over 100 airlines flying to over 260 destinations worldwide. The airport also has a train station where trains run frequently to the Central Amsterdam train station, a 15-minute journey. Once in the City Centre, transport is straightforward and convenient. As well as the usual options of tram, bus, metro, and taxi there are the more alternative methods of canal bus, bike hire, and Tuktuk.
If you will be using public transport around Amsterdam the options below are the recommended ways to navigate the city.
The main GVB Tickets & Info office is located just outside Amsterdam Central station, next to the tourist office. You will also find GVB Tickets & Info desks at Amsterdam Bijlmer-ArenA, Amsterdam Lelylan and Amsterdam Zuid stations. GVB has automatic ticket machines at all metro stations.
Disposable OV-chipkaart Public Transport chip card - Unlimited use of trams, buses and metro.
The most convenient option for visitors is a disposable one-hour card or day card (valid for one to seven days). These tickets can be bought from the conductor or driver on the tram or bus, and are valid across the whole network from the time of purchase, allowing you to take as many journeys as you choose within your chosen time-frame.
- 1 hour - €2,90
- 24 hours - €7,00
- 72 hours - €15,50
- 96 hours - €19,50
- 120 hours - €23,00
For train travel there is the NS Dutch Railways disposable ticket which carries a €1 surcharge over the standard fare.
Taxis can be relatively expensive in Amsterdam. Taxis can be hailed on the street however there are certain zones where they are not allowed to stop therefore there are also many taxi ranks throughout the city, identifiable by blue boards. By law taxis in Amsterdam are required to have a meter on board therefore visitors are advised to check that the meter is running as their journey begins. There is a fixed flag down rate which includes the first 2km of the journey. The flag down rate is a maximum of €7,50 for a cab. Then after the first 2km a maximum rate of €2,20 per km is charged.
The costs below are an estimate of what you might expect to pay for these journeys.
- Airport Centre of Town - Approximately €40-50 (18km)
- Airport Exhibition Centre - Approximately €40 (16km)
- Centre of Town Exhibition Centre - Approximately €20-25 (5.5km)
Directions using public transport
Airport TO City Centre
There is a frequent train link from Schiphol train station to Amsterdam Central Station which takes a maximum of 25 minutes.
Airport TO Amsterdam RAI exhibition centre
Schiphol train station is located directly underneath the airport. There is a train link direct to the NS-station Amsterdam RAI which takes a maximum of 25 minutes.
City Centre TO Amsterdam RAI exhibition centre
You can easily reach Amsterdam RAI exhibition centre by tram or bus from the city centre.
You can take the Amstelveen express tram 51 from the Amsterdam Central Station (CS) to the Amsterdam RAI station which takes 12 minutes or tram 4 to the RAI Europaplein exit which takes 30 minutes. Alternatively travelling from Amstel station you can also take express tram 51, which will take you to the RAI in 5 minutes.
Bus numbers 15, 69, or 169 all travel to the RAI Europaplein station in approximately 10 minutes from the Amstel station.