Amsterdam has a Metro system (subway metro - Metro Amsterdam) consisting of five lines and 52 stations. At the same time, in addition has a tram system, and urban and suburban trains known with the initial (NS). The whole system transports more than one million passengers per day, even though the population is of 750,000 inhabitants. This indicates to us the importance of public transport in this city. It first opened in 1977 with lines 53 and 54. Although the original 1968 project pretended that metro would go replacing the huge amount of trams on surface that they had at the time, the truth is that due to the difficulty of building for the characteristics of the sub-soil, the metro has not continued being promoted.
GVB (Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf) is the public transport company of the city. Provides the service with buses, trams, subway and ferry boats if we move away from the center point of the city (Amsterdam North).The metro is mainly recommended to move to peripheral areas or quick access to the main terminal stations
Major stations: Amsterdam Centraal is the central station of Amsterdam metro system. From here start the lines 51, 53 and 54.
Metros, trams and buses run from 06:00 a.m to 00:30 am. Night buses from 00:30 am until 07:00 am in the morning.
Every 10 minutes.
Amsterdam's metro was one of the first transportation systems in the Netherlands who admitted the contactless card OV-chipkaart as payment, since 2009, it is in fact almost the only method of payment. For those not going to make heavy use of public transport, the OV-chipkaart is the best option. This is a card with which you pay according to the distance traveled. For those that will make a great use of public transport is much more interesting one Pass, available for 1, to 7 days. And, if you are going to make use of public transportation and make other touristical tours, the I Amsterdam Card.
Children under age 4 are free. From 4 to 11 years and over 65 years have a discount, but to benefit from it is necessary to have an OV-chipkaart. More detailed info in: http://en.gvb.nl/reisinformatie/welke-kaart/Pages/default.aspx
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is about 20 minutes from downtown by train.
Train service and Netherlands Railways NS (Nederlandse Spoorwagen), provides an excellent connection therewith. Communication between the airport and the city (Centraal Station) by train is, without doubt, the most recommended because just outside the arrivals area to Amsterdam (terminals 1 and 2), you will find many electronic machines to buy ticket train to the center of the city. The departure times of trains (every fifteen minutes during the day and every hour after midnight) are quite extensive, the trip is cheap and takes less than 30 minutes.
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