public transport in Amsterdam is fast and cheap (with the right card)

tramIn every bus and tram in Amsterdam you can buy a one-way ticket. It costs € 2,60 and it is valuable for 1 hour. That isn’t cheap, so if you are planning to use the public transport frequently you can choose one of these tickets:
1 day   (24 hours)   €   7,50
2 days (48 hours)   € 12,00
3 days (72 hours)   € 16,50
4 days (96 hours)   € 21,00​
5 days (120 hours) € 26,00
6 days (144 hours) € 29,50
7 days (168 hours) € 32,00​

You can buy the tickets for 24 and 48 hours in every tram (24 hour tickets in buses too). The tickets from 3 days on you can buy at the GVB Tickets & Info office at the Amsterdam Central Station.

In case you are planning to visit a lot of museums and make use of public transport, an
I amsterdam City Card might be interesting for you. It offers free entrance to a lot of museums, free public transport, a free canal boat tour and a discount on selected restaurants and museums. Prices are:
24 hours € 47,-
48 hours € 57,-
72 hours € 67,-
You can buy the Iamsterdam City Card here.

Amsterdam’s new taxi’s: the best in town

Photo: autoweek.nl

Photo: autoweek.nl

Recently two new taxi companies started to offer their services in Amsterdam:
Uber and Ugo. This is good news, because we used to have some difficulties concerning taxi’s every now and then in Amsterdam.  Although it seems TCA the ‘old’ Amsterdam taxi company has improved its services over time, it’s good to have an impulse to improve service and especially to lower the rates, because taxi’s are known to be quite expensive in Amsterdam.

Both Uber and Ugo claim their services are better and their rates are lower, compared to the current taxi companies in Amsterdam.

Please notice: for both Uber and Ugo (the website is in Dutch but the app is in English too) you have to register or install the app before you can use their services, but that will only take a minute.

biking the city, safely

Twee toeristen huren een fiets bij MacBike in Amsterdam.

Spring is in the air, here in Amsterdam, and with all new tourists pouring in and getting on bikes, some basic rules should be kept in mind. Cycling in the city is not complicated if you stick to some basic rules:

-Watch all traffic signs, most are pretty straightforward.
-Stay at the right hand side of the road, not the middle, never the left hand side.
-Don’t cycle too slow: the slower you do it the more you’ll look as a drunk driver.
– Use a route planner for bikers, to find a safe and nice route.
-Beware of trams: they go fast and can be more silent than you think.
-Wait for a red traffic light: locals never do, but you should.
-Don’t bike the sidewalks, pedestrians can get annoyed.
-Taxi’s are your natural enemy!
-If you stop, don’t stay on the street or cycle path. There is too much (fast) traffic over there (and the other bikers will hate you for it 🙂 ).
-Better use the bike for a trip outside the city center. Within, the traffic is quite crowded and you might as well walk: it’s a small area.
Biking in winter can be full of hazards,  it’s warmer and safer to use public transport.

Amsterdam wouldn’t be my city for learning the bike ride, but if you persist, look for a quiet area. For bike hire: look over here. For more safety tips look here.

night buses in Amsterdam

Night bus Amsterdam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amsterdam has a great system of night buses. From 00.30 on the night buses depart at places where the people are, like Leidseplein and Central Station. They cover a large part of Amsterdam and its surroundings. They run about every 30 minutes until around 6.00 a.m., when the usual public transport starts again.
Always check the journey planner to find the quickest way home.

Tickets: € 4,50
You can buy your ticket with the bus driver
If you have a day ticket or an IAmsterdam card the nights are included of course

biking in winter

Bikers in Vondelpark Amsterdam

It seems everybody does it in Amsterdam: biking. And why not? It’s fast, cheap and healthy. There are some minor disadvantages though, especially in winter. In the dark months of the year biking can be a cold and wet experience. Still the hard core bikers will continue biking, no matter what ice storm is taking place.

Tourists are more and more using bikes too. They like the experience of moving about the city like a local. And it’s nice. But it is important to keep it safe: don’t think you can bike with your mobile phone in one hand and an umbrella in the other, because we do so. It is risky, even for us and we were born on a bike. When it’s freezing or snowing, don’t go biking. Roads will be slippery and the bridges and tram-rails will be a real pitfall.

Whenever you are in Amsterdam in summer, you should try a bike-trip. Maybe not start in the centre of the city, because traffic is quite crowded over there. Use one of the many bike routes available, they’ll show you nice and safe places to go.

You might need bike-lamps in the evening; they are now for sale in fast food vending machines.

And if you think you’ll forget where you parked your bike, you can use this app.

Have fun biking!

smart parking in Amsterdam

Photo: Arnoud de Jong

First of all a little piece of advice: don’t go into Amsterdam by car unless you have to.
It’s crowded, parking spaces are hard to find and its very expensive.
The expensive part is where Park Shark comes in. It’s a new location based app that helps you choose where to park your car, based on the parking rates. All you need to do is fill out your destination and time, date and duration of the visit. Then Park Shark gives you 3 options:
– The parking rates in the exact area where you want to go
– A cheaper option in an area or parking nearby, with lower rates
– The cheapest or free option, usually (much) further away

I think this free app can safe you time and money. Now it’s still up to you to find that parking space.

Another parking solution is using one of the seven Park & Ride locations in Amsterdam.