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GVB, Amsterdam: Address, Phone Number, GVB Reviews: 4.5/5

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Neighborhood: Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
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  • Amsterdam Centraal • 3 min walk
  • Amsterdam Centraal Station • 3 min walk
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA12,686 contributions
Nov 2020
This is the best way to get around town. Once you learn the transit map, you will find the trams, subway, and buses to be the best value, plus the fastest. Get you card, load up some charges on it, and off you go. The drivers are helpful.
Written May 6, 2021
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Chr G
5 contributions
Aug 2021
5 day ticket for our family (3 persons) for 88,50 EUR. We made our sightseeing on our own, we drove up a final destination of different tram lines and could see how city life is - not only in the city centre. You get a small card, remind yourself always to digital check in AND check out when hop on and hop off a tram or metro.
Written August 26, 2021
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StockholmKindaGuy
Marietta, GA7,306 contributions
Sep 2019
Amsterdam's GVB is a great way to get around to various parts of the city. I made extensive use of it over a four day period. I'd purchased an I Amsterdam card, which included unlimited use of the trams, buses and underground for the length of the card. You can purchase single use tickets or multi ride tickets, which is more cost efficient.

A few things to know, the trams are heavily policed with officials from the GVB. You need to swipe your ticket both on entry and exiting the trams. During peak hours you may not get a seat and will have to stand.

Here's something I found really great about the trams. Many of the trams had welcome counters which can sell tickets, but also provide directions and tourist information. How cool is that. I've never seen that anywhere else.

Very efficient public transportation.
Written February 1, 2020
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Brucestewart
Livingston, UK8,753 contributions
Dec 2019
We were only in Amsterdam for a few hours having arrived on the overnight DFDS ferry from North Shields (Newcastle) and we were due to sail back again later that afternoon.

Our coach from the ferry dropped us off close to the Central Station and the first thing we did was try to alight on a tram to the Rijksmuseum. However we soon discovered that we had to purchase our tram tickets in advance. The GVB office was close to the Central Station and on entering the correct room you have to take a numbered ticket from a dispenser and wait until your number is called. I think that we had to wait around 15 minutes but eventuall we purchased two day tickets at 8 euros each.

After buying tram tickets we headed first of all to the Rijksmuseum. We found the frequency of trams very good and there was no difficulty in getting seated.
Written January 22, 2020
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Abdul M
Chicago, IL314 contributions
Aug 2019
I think for the first time being in Amsterdam, this was the best decision I could have made. First tip, there are two ways you can buy tram tickets: 1) I bought mines online through a website and print the voucher to get it in Amsterdam. It was very cheap, $9 for the whole day, unlimited rides. You can change your voucher into ticket at the Tourism office located right there when you get out of the station, not far. Just go in there and in the back there is where you can exchange your voucher.

2) This option is for those who come to Amsterdam without a ticket voucher, you can purchase the tickets there at the station through the machines there. If you have the money (euros) you can go ahead with this method.

3) VERY IMPORTANT: This tip is for those travelers who forget how to use the card. You have mark the card when entering and leaving. Very very crucial. So please don't forget that.

4) Those travelers traveling with strollers and baby, the back part of the tram is very efficient to enter because it levels to the ground and it is easier to enter.

I highly recommend this travel method in Amsterdam, please do use it and don't forget to mark the card. Enjoy your ride!
Written January 16, 2020
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Duncan
Milton Keynes, UK191 contributions
Apr 2022
First time using the tram network in Amsterdam. Jump on at front & buy a ticket by walking to back to see ticket guard. EUR3.20 for 1 hour ticket that allows you to make connecting tram journeys providing you tap in & out.
Also there is a GVB App which is really useful to use for route planning with live times of trams & disruptions. Can also buy tickets on phone & use to tap in /out.

I think there is also another ticket to use on tram / metro & bus through trips. Obviously more expensive but still cheaper than individual tickets
Written April 28, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA12,686 contributions
Jan 2020
We were very impressed with the coverage of the city with public transit. I know lots of people ride bikes, but for those of us without, there was not need for a car or even a cab as we could easily find affordable frequent service. Fun to figure out the puzzle of the routes. And links to the trains.
Written June 30, 2020
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Lance_Wanderweg
Salt Lake City, UT49 contributions
Apr 2022
One of the best mass transit systems I have used. We bought a three day card valid on all the buses, trams and local trains. Frequent service and convenient connections make GVB a winner.
Written April 10, 2022
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Juan Ca
Washington DC, DC135 contributions
Sep 2021
Get the ticket per days and for the length of your stay. The only think that is not included is the train from/to the airport. the rest it is included and you can see the city on it, the best part is that you can enter and leave the tram as many times as you want. Ferry is always free so make sure you go to the north of the city from central station. Metro is also good and faster and included but not the best way to see the city.
Written September 7, 2021
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a c
6 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
On the app site it states available for travel around Amsterdam. We checked routes on the app and it showed us how to get to sassenheim and Muiderslot. However when we checked in Amsterdam the GVB tickets are not good to these locations. We asked for a refund on 3- 3 day tickets that had not been activated but they said they do not give refunds to tickets bought online. An absolute scam. Customer service here did not help and online customer service just said no.
Written April 23, 2022
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