I'm trying to find out the cheapest and quickest transport options from Zaandam to Amsterdam.
We are 2 young girls (23-22) visiting Amsterdam in late September for 4 days but on a tight budget. We've hastily booked a hotel in Zaandam (Zaan Inn Hotel) not knowing that it isn't in Amsterdam itself even though it's 15-20 mins away by train. And the booking is non-exchangeable and non-refundable.
We will be purchasing a GVB 72hours Euro16.50 travel pass and would like to know the following:
1. Can we buy this GVB 72hours pass at Schiphol airport? Just to make it clear it's not the Amsterdam CityCard that I'm after but simply the travel pass.
2. Does the GVB travel pass allows travel from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Zaandam? If not then, can anyone reccommend the cheapest and easiest option to Zaandam station. We don't mind bus/coach/train and happy to travel upto 45mins to/from airport. Will be great if you can also mention prices and costs of either mode of transport.
3. Does GVB travel pass allows unlimited travel from Zaandam to Amsterdam at all? We thought it does and the reason we booked Zaan Inn Hotel in Zaandam. If this pass is restricted only within Amsterdam, can anyone reccommend the best and cheapest way to get to Amsterdam and back. We will be leaving the hotel around 11am and returning 10pm roughly. We don't mind if we have to take a bus or train that takes upto 30 mins each way.
4. What are the prices and costs of a return ticket from Zaandam to Amsterdam by bus and coach? And what are the prices of a 72hrs travel pass that allows unlimited travel from Zaandam to Amsterdam (only if they do one, i'm not too sure)
I know some of the questions are already on Tripadvisor but my browser takes forever to load my internet is so slow and I finally gave up.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thanking you all in advance.