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Practical information: Transportation

The city of Amsterdam is easily accessible from Holland’s main airport, Amsterdam Schiphol. A 15 to 20 minutes train ride will take you to Central Station, which is located in the city centre. Train tickets can be obtained at Schiphol train station. At Amsterdam Central Station you can take a tram or a taxi.
Some low-cost airlines, mostly for flights within Europe, use Rotterdam or Eindhoven airports. Rotterdam and Eindhoven airports are conveniently connected with Amsterdam – it takes up to 90 min by bus or train to get from these airports to Amsterdam Central Station.

Amsterdam is also a central point of an efficient railway network. Amsterdam Central Station has direct connections with many cities within the Netherlands and in Europe (Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt, London, Paris). Information on timetables and prices for journeys within the Netherlands can be found here, and for international journeys here.

Bus, tram and metro
You can travel by bus, metro and tram with an OV-chipkaart (the old strippenkaart is not valid anymore). The OV-chipkaart is the size of a credit card and has a built-in chip. You can reload it as often as you like, with a balance in euros or with a season ticket. Drivers and conductors sell 1-hour disposable chip tickets, 2x1 hour disposable chip tickets and 24-hour disposable chip tickets. In every metro and train station, you will also find ticket vending machines. Information (OV-chipkaart, timetables, route-maps) on public transport in Amsterdam can be found here.

Bicycles can be rented at Central Station and bicycle shops: macbike / orangebike / rent-a-bike