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Amsterdam public transport

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Amsterdam public transport

Hi! We are staying in Amsterdam 15.-20.5. and renting an apartment near the Olympic stadium. Coming by plane. Planning a trip tu Zandvoort by train. My question is about tickets for the local transport. I know that you can walk (almost) everywhere in Amsterdam but ...and I love trams! and anyway we have to get from and to the airport, also the Centraal Station is about 5 km from the apartment. We are planning to take bus 197 from and to the airport. If we want to travel in a cheaper way, I suppose we should buy a OV Chipkaart at the airport for 7,50 EUR and top it with the minimum of 20 EUR. Now I have read about some (Multi) day tickets for tourists, 6 days for 29,50 in our case. I do not understand if we also have to buy a Chipkaart before buying this multi day ticket. And can we buy it already at the airport to be able to use it for the bus 197? Thank you.

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1. Re: Amsterdam public transport

The multi day tickets are for GVB transport in Amsterdam. They don't work on the bus. The ov card will work though and €20 should be enough for the 5 days you are here. The €20 minimum is for train travel and I would just buy paper tickets as you go for that. For all other travel you only need a €4 minimum. If you use it on trains then you would need to load it with more than €20 i.e. the amount of the train travel plus €20. Not worth doing this.

The 197 bus should be around €2.50 each way with the OV card. Each trip into town on the tram will be around €1.50 or less.

You can load the 6 day GVB card onto an OV card if you buy one but that kind of defeats the object. So what I would do in your place would be just pay the driver for the 197 bus. Get a GVB 6 day paper disposable pass (no you don't need to buy an anonymous card) for unlimited travel on the trams/bus/metro and just pay at the train station to get to Zaandfort.

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