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How to get around in Amsterdam

You are planning to come to Amsterdam? You want to know what the best way is to get from A to B in the city? Below, you will find some information and advice about the five main means of transportation that will help you!

1. Driving a car
2. Taking the Canal Bus
3. Walking
4. Going by public transportation
5. Riding a bike

1. Driving a car

Although it’s easy to find a car rental in Amsterdam, it is not really recommended! Firstly, it is by far the most expensive way to go from one point to another. Secondly, it’s not easy to drive here. The narrow one-way roads next to the canals that are often clogged with cyclists and pedestrians can become a nightmare.

In case you come with your own car  it may be best to leave it at one of the Park and Ride parking facilities and to then use other modes of transportation.
For more information about Park and Ride click here.

2. Taking the Canal Bus

Sitting in one of these boats in the canals is enjoyable and less expensive than renting a car, but with at least 20€ for a two hour ticket it’s not  a cheap option either. You will explore the beautiful Grachten (that’s how the Dutchies call the canals) and see much of the centre of Amsterdam. If you’d like to explore the outskirts of the city or nearby towns then canal boat trips are not the option you’re looking for.

3. Walking

... is the cheapest way to explore Amsterdam, as you can probably imagine. You are not dependent on any arrival and departure times like at the other transport possibilities and can go to every spot you would like to. Relax and enjoy the nice buildings, enjoy the Grachten and the hopefully nice weather. You should definitely pay attention to cyclists though. Don’t walk on their lanes and don’t trust that they will stop at pedestrian crossings (most cyclists think they always have the right of way). If you follow this basic advice, then walking is a great option of getting around in Amsterdam.

4. Public transportation

The public transportation system in Amsterdam is well organized, so you can get from A to B easily, When it’s raining this is always a good option! Or when walking on your days off just doesn’t appeal to you.. Financially it’s also a solid option: You pay 7,50€ for a ticket that’s valid for a  24 hour period. We offer detailled information about the public transportation on this page: Getting around Amsterdam.

5. Riding a bike

Amsterdam is crammed with bike rentals that will provide you with a good bike for a day or two. This truly is the highlight and the recommendation for any stay in Amsterdam. It’s the city of bicycles and until you’ve cycled here, you haven’t really been to the city! Bike lanes can be found nearly everywhere, often wide enough for two bicycles to ride next to each other in both directions.

While cycling you are in the fresh air and can enjoy great views of the Grachten. But keep an eye out for pedestrians who often also use your lane. After a while you will probably even get used to the many mopeds which are also allowed to use the bike lanes and normally overtake you. Ride along, follow whatever street looks intriguing, and enjoy the beauty of the city around you.

Whatever option you settle with in the end, we hope that you’ll find your way around the city and that you’ll do so in comfort.

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