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Getting Around


Like any large modern city, Amsterdam's transport is of a high standard. Many international travelers arrive by airplane and several airlines offer relatively cheap flights depending on the time of year.

The main airport is called Schiphol, which is located about 20 kilometers from the city center.

Amsterdam central can be reached from the airport in several ways. There is a direct rail line connecting the airport to the city's central station. This is often a preferred mode of transport, as it is quick, reasonably priced and the destination is very central.

Tickets can be purchased from vending machines and the trains run approximately every 10 minutes from platforms 1 and 2. The total journey takes about 30 minutes. You can also buy the 'Amsterdam All in 1 Travel Ticket', which includes a return ticket to the airport as well as a GVB pass mentioned below. This ticket can be purchased at the Holland Tourist Information counter near the Arrivals Hall 2. Note that the ticket is only available for the months of August to October.

Other methods of transport from the airport include the Airport Shuttle, hire car and taxis. The airport shuttles service will drop clients off at their hotels and run every 10 minutes however it is more expensive than the train. Taxis are the dearest type of transport but offer a more personalized service.

Once in the city, most of the attractions are accessible on foot, though there is a well integrated transport system available. The use of private cars is generally discouraged. Trams and buses run regularly though trams seem the preferred option for many people. Ticket strips called strippenkaart, can be purchased from a variety of sources including stations, supermarkets and newspaper kiosks. The Metro is a train subway network, which most commuters use for longer distances outside the city center.

Savings can be made on transport costs by buying a GVB pass. This allows the traveler to have unlimited travel on all modes of transport including buses, trams, and the metro. These tickets are offered for different time frames such as 24, 48, 72 or 96 hours.

A novel way to travel is via the canals on ferries, with regular services running every 40 minutes. These are not offered on the GVB ticket and have to be purchased separately. Day canal passes are available which gives the traveler 24 hours of unlimited travel. Commentaries are provided along the route and the ticket also includes some discount on entry fees into a variety of attractions and restaurants.

Most people avoid using their private cars, as there are limited parking spaces. There are Park & Ride facilities on the outskirts of the city and from here you can use the efficient public system. The parking fee includes a free trip to the city via the subway.

Many people hire bikes to get around. It is one of the most popular modes of transport used by the locals.

 
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