I will be in Amsterdam for 1 night - family of 4 with kids 12 and 11. I will have a small amount of euros but trying to avoid carrying much cash so prefer to do as many transactions as possible with credit card.
Getting a little frustrated trying to sort out the Amsterdam transportation system and what will work best for my family so hopefully someone here can sort out my tangled thoughts.
We will arrive at 4pm at Schipol. Would like to head straight to Anne Frank House as quickly as possible as we will be cutting it close to get there by at least 6:00pm (for a 7pm close). We will leave our luggage at the airport baggage counter and travel with a backpack to move more quickly. When I plugged it into 9292.com, it looks like I will take a train (either intercity or sprinter) and then a bus/tram. Took a look at bus 197 but its just going to take too long.
I know I can get the train tickets at the airport. Is there any way to pay for bus/tram by credit card? and where would I go to do that? we will have a chip and pin CC so should be ok.
If I end up having no choice but to pay cash, do I have to have exact change? Can I pay for all 4 of us at the same time?
Returning to our hotel (Courtyard Marriott so about 10-15 mins away from Schipol), I'm not sure where exactly in Amsterdam we will be (As we will be wandering around after the museum just checking things out). Looks like we might end up in a spot where it will be more convenient to take a connexxion bus. (Bus 197 to airport, change to bus 300). Again, how would I buy this connexxion bus ticket?
The next morning, we will head back to the airport on connexxion bus 300 to catch our flight out.
I thought buying the region day pass for €13.50 each would work because it covers GVB and connexxion....but because it doesn't cover the train, it won't work out for us. also can't figure out how much kids cost or if it is just the same price.
I know I'm overthinking this so would really appreciate some help :)