Amsterdam Metro

Amsterdam Metro Information

The Amsterdam Metro system is a combination of light rail and rapid transit system, which serves Amsterdam and some surrounding municipalities of Amstelveen, Diemen and Ouder-Amstel. The system began operations in the year 1977, and presently has 4 lines that serve 52 stations. Out of these, 33 are metro only stations. The network has a total track length of 120 kilometers. It is operated by Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf (GVB) that also manages other means of public transport in the city, like local busses, trams and ferries. A fifth metro is under construction and with its completion six more stations will be added to the network. The work is expected to be complete by the year 2017. The subway network is a popular means of Public Transportation in Amsterdam, with a daily ridership of 295,000 and an annual ridership of 59.5 million (2013).

Amsterdam Metro Map

Map of Amsterdam Metro showing various lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it. You can also download Amsterdam Metro Map in PDF.

Amsterdam Metro Hours

The metro operates from 6:00 in the morning to midnight.

Amsterdam Metro Fares, Tickets and Cards

The metro system uses Ov-chipkaart for travelling on the metro. There are cards for Daily or occasional travel, children cards, senior citizen cards, bicycle cards etc. The various types of tickets that are available can be loaded on the card.

A GVB only season ticket provides unlimited travel on all public transports supported by GVB. This type of ticket is only available on a monthly or annual basis. The monthly ticket costs €91.00 and the reduced fare for the same ticket is €60.00. The annual ticket costs €910.00 and the reduced fare for the same ticket being €600.00.

A GVB Zone Season Ticket is valid for all GVB supported public transport routes in the chosen zone. The monthly fare is €46.00 and the reduced fare is €30.50. The yearly fare is €460 and the reduced fare is €305.00.

Daily Ticket provides unlimited travel on GVB metros, busses and trams, for the duration for which it is valid. A one day or 24 hour ticket costs €7.50. A two day ticket costs €12.50 and a three day ticket costs €17.00. A child daily ticket (between ages 4-11) costs €2.50.

Riders can also buy a bicycle card for transporting their bikes on the metro during off-peak hours. The cost of which is €1.70.

Tourists can purchase the Iamsterdam city card, which provides for unlimited travel for 1,2 or 3 days, on all GVB routes. With this card, substantial discounts can also be availed at museums, canal trips or some restaurants. It costs €49.00, €59.00 and €69.00 respectively.

Children under the age of 4 travel for free. Children between the ages of 4-11 and adults above the ages of 65, are entitled to special discounts.

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Amsterdam Metro Parking

Most metro stations offer park and ride facilities to the metro riders. The P1 parking garage offers discounts for parking vehicles at metro stations. You will be required to pay parking fees to use the park and ride service. The public transport smart card can also be used to park your vehicle at metro stations.

Amsterdam Metro Rules and Tips 

Daily random ticket checks are conducted by the GVB staff. Smoking, drinking and eating is prohibited while on the metro. The peak hours off the metro range from, Monday-Friday, 7:00-9:00 and 16:00-18:30. No feet on the seats allowed either.

It is advisable to avoid purchasing single-use-one hour tickets, and instead the purchase of multi-day tickets is advised. It turns out to be cheaper.

Amsterdam Metro Lines

Currently, there are four metro lines starting from Amsterdam Central. The public transit system is convenient and straightforward to use. The four metro lines are recognised by their name, number and colour.

Amsterdam Metro Line 50: Ring Line- line 50 operates between Isolatorweg and Gein serving 20 stations. It was opened in 1997 and provides a fast connection between south and west for the passengers to travel to the city center. The line is built fully on the surface joining line 51 at station Zuid and later turns south joining line 54.

Amsterdam Metro Line 51: Amstelveen Line- line 51 operates between Westwijk and Central Amsterdam serving 29 stations. Opened in 1990, the metro line shares track with line 50. In 2004, the line was further extended by 2 kilometers, adding three new stations.

Amsterdam Metro Line 53: Gaasperplas Line- line 53 operated between Gaasperplas and Central Amsterdam serving 14 stations. The line was opened in 1977 and after three years was extended towards central station.

Amsterdam Metro Line 54: Gein Line- line 54 operates between Gein and Central Amsterdam serving 15 stations. Along with line 53, it was opened in 1977 and was extended by serving one more station in the year 1982.

Amsterdam Metro Line 52: Noord/Zuid Line- line 52 is under construction and is planned to be under operation by 2017. It is planned to serve 8 stations.

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