Trams operate at regular intveals throughout the entire city center and run 06.00 in the morning to 00.30 at night. Between 00.30 and 07.30 in the morning you can use the night-buses. No matter where you need to travel in Amsterdam, you will have to wait no longer than 10 minutes at the tram-stop. You can travel anywhere in the city centre for one hour on any tram for 2,60 euro. These disposable tickets are available in trams and busses from GVB.
It's best to buy a card which you can use several times and longer than one hour. You can choose between a perzonalized or anymonous card. The personalized OV-chipkaart offers you the most advantages. You can reload the e-purse on the card as often as you want, either with a balance in euros or with a travel product (with, for example, a season ticket or with train tickets). You can also decide to have the e-purse on your card automatically reloaded. If the amount on your e-purse goes below 5 euros, then a fixed amount of 10 or 20 euros is automatically transferred from your bank or giro account to your OV-chipkaart. You will also need a personalized OV-chipkaart if you want to benefit from an age-related reduction. There is a one-time charge of € 7.50 for this card, which is valid for 5 years. In case of loss or theft you can get this card blocked.
An anonymous card that you can only load with an e-purse and with train tickets. You cannot load season tickets onto this card. In some cases it's more convenient to travel with an anonymous card. For example, if you want to share the card with others. But several people cannot travel at one and the same time using the same card. Just like the personalized card, there is a one-time charge of € 7.50 for the anonymous card, which is valid for 5 years as well. The card cannot be blocked
Central Station itself is an impressive building which is currently undergoing modernization reconstruction.
It's possible to buy an train-ticket online by clicking on the following link: https://www.ns.nl/eticket/ticket?language=en
You must check in your valid OV-chip card in the station or on the platform. Buy your ticket from the machines provided or the ticket office. Regular checks take place to ensure that all passengers have a valid ticket. When getting on or off a train, press the button on or next to the doors to open them. Do not get on or off after you hear the signal that the doors are closing. All metro trains call at all stations on their route, so there is no need to alert the driver to stop.
Where to buy tickets?
GVB Tickets & Info Stationsplein
(opposite Central Station)
Open: Monday to Friday, 7am - 9pm and
Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 6pm.
GVB Tickets & Info metrostation Central Station:
Open: Monday to Friday, 7am - 6pm.