Tourist guide



Welcome in Amsterdam

Get the most out of your stay and make your visit to our capital unforgettable. The city has lots of wonderful places to visit. And, public transport is best way to get to all of the places of interest and attractions. We are happy to bring you to your destination, including at night. Enjoy your travels!

GVB Service & Tickets service points

You are very welcome to visit us at a GVB Service & Tickets counter if you need specific information. At the counter, you will be able to obtain travel passes (tickets, etc.) and route maps for all GVB routes in all of Amsterdam.

During the day and at night

Each day, the trams, buses and metros are in service from six in the morning and until twelve thirty at night. Between 00:30 and approximately 07:00, you can travel on our night buses. You pay a separate night fare for the night bus. However, a GVB day or multi-day ticket is also valid in the night bus.

The economical GVB Day ticket

The public transport chip card is a smart card that you use to travel with Amsterdam public transport. If you are staying in Amsterdam for a few days then the day or multi-day ticket will be your most economical choice. It provides you with unlimited travel on all GVB trams, buses and metros throughout Amsterdam without having to worry about transfer times at stops. There is a single day ticket if you will be in Amsterdam for one day. It is valid for 24 hours starting at your first check in. During this 24 hour period, you can transfer and check in and out as many times as you want. If you are staying longer than one day, there are also two to seven day tickets (valid for 48 to 168 hours).

How do you travel with an public transport chip card?

Tram en bus
It is important that you always check in and check out. This includes when you transfer. To check in, you hold your ticket in front of the card reader. You should then hear a peep and the green lamp should light up. When leaving the tram or bus, you check out by once again holding your ticket in front of the card reader. It should then peep twice.


In the metro station, you hold your ticket in front of the card reader in the metro gate. The metro gate will open. You do the same when leaving the station at your destination.

Where can you purchase your public transport ticket?

Public transport tickets, such as the GVB day or multi-day tickets, are simple to buy from GVB travel app. Paper public transport tickets are available from many places in the city. Click here to see all points of sale. The GVB day ticket can also be purchased from the driver and conductor in the tram or bus. Note that you can only pay using a PIN payment card. 

Tram entry and exit doors

Amsterdam trams have a special entry door to make it easy for passengers to quickly get on or off. This will be the last double door on the tram. The exit doors are fitted with swing doors. You can also enter the tram at the front where the driver is located. 

Visit the best attractions

In the touch swipe planner, GVB app we have listed many entertaining highlights that you can swipe to for travel advice, including whether See here an overview of museums, theatres and other destinations in Amsterdam and how you can reach these by public transport.