GVB public transport is cashless

All of GVB public transport is cashless. You can only buy a ticket from the tram conductor or on the North Sea channel ferries with a bank or credit card. 

Pay with OVpay or your OV-chipkaart

OVpay is the new and easy way of paying in public transport. In the tram, bus or metro you simply check in and out with your debit card, credit card or mobile phone.
You can check in and out with the following cards:
  • contactless payment cards from ABN AMRO, ASN Bank, Bunq, Knab, ING, Rabobank, Regiobank or SNS;
  • a Mastercard or Visa contactless credit card (a.o. issued by ICS);
  • a mobile phone that is linked to one of the aforementioned debit and credit cards for contactless payment. Also with Apple Pay and Google Wallet. 
  • a foreign contactless debit or credit card from Maestro, V PAY, Mastercard or Visa.
There are cards that are not yet suitable for OVpay, such as the debit card from Triodos and Van Lanschot. If your pass is not suitable, you will receive the message Pay Different / card not suitable for public transport.

Travelling with an OV-chipkaart is of course also possible. You can only buy a ticket in the tram from the conductor and pay with a debit or credit card. This can be done contactless or with a pin.
You can also pay for your travel on the North Sea channel ferries with a PIN payment card or contactless. You can pay using one of the following cards: V-pay, Maestro, VISA, Mastercard, JCB, Diners Club, Union Pay, and American Express.  

Buying a ticket beforehand using cash or a PIN payment card

This is possible in lots of places in the city. There are also plenty of points of sale where you can use cash to buy a ticket. An overview of all points of sale can be found on our map of Amsterdam. You can also find a point of sale near you by using street name, zip code, or "my location".