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Get Around Amsterdam on the Cheap

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If you are arriving to Amsterdam through Schiphol Airport, the train is the cheapest option into the city. When you are ready to see the sights, there are several ways to get around Amsterdam on the cheap. Many locals use bikes to get around the rather small capital city. Bikes can be rented for little money, but you may find it unnerving if you aren't accustomed to biking in city traffic. Most attractions are no further than a 30-minute walk from Central Station (the central railway station), but using tram, bus and metro services will get you where you want to go in less time and without spending a lot.
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Amsterdam is the largest city and capital of the Netherlands, and it draws in thousands of tourists every year. If you’re visiting Amsterdam and you’re looking for a way to get around the city on a budget, there are multiple transportation options you can choose from. Amsterdam has a great public transportation system with daily or weekly passes that won’t break the bank. Since it’s a very cyclist-friendly city, renting a bike is another affordable option for getting around.
 
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== Steps ==
 
#Take the train if arriving through Schiphol Airport. You can purchase a 1-way, second-class ticket for 3.70 Euro from the automated machines. The ride to Central Station is about 15 minutes. Got to the Netherlands Railways website at NS.nl to get up-to-date fare information.[[Image:Get Around Amsterdam on the Cheap Step 1.jpg|center]]
 
#Purchase a public transportation pass for a 1- to 7-day period, which gives you unlimited use of trams, buses and the subway from 6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.  (You will have to buy a separate pass to use the night buses, which operate after 12:30 a.m.) Here are the [https://ift.tt/1wF4vgO 2013 rates] for GVB tickets:[[Image:Get Around Amsterdam on the Cheap Step 2.jpg|center]]
 
#* 1-day pass for 7.50 Euro
 
#* 2-day pass for 12.00 Euro
 
#* 3-day pass for 16.50 Euro
 
#* 4-day pass for 21.50 Euro
 
#* 5-day pass for 26.00 Euro
 
#* 6-day pass for 29.50 Euro
 
#* 7-day pass for 32.00 Euro
 
#Rent a bike starting around 9.50 Euro for a single day. The per-day price drops for a multi-day rental. Expect to pay a deposit around 50 Euro too.  The three main rental companies in Amsterdam are MacBike.nl, Bikecity.nl and RentaBike.nl. There are bike lanes and bike racks throughout Amsterdam.<ref>http://www.dutchamsterdam.nl/68-amsterdam-city-of-bikes</ref>[[Image:Get Around Amsterdam on the Cheap Step 3.jpg|center]]
 
#Save money on area attractions with the "I amsterdam Card." It costs more for unlimited travel on all GVB tram, bus and subway services, but it also includes discount vouchers worth nearly 100 Euros at Amsterdam attractions. The 2011 prices are as follows:[[Image:Get Around Amsterdam on the Cheap Step 4.jpg|center]]
 
#* 1-day ticket for 38 Euro
 
#* 2-day ticket for 48 Euro
 
#* 3-day ticket for 58 Euro
 
#Buy a tram ticket for 2.60 Euro, if you only want to ride the tram for a single trip. The ticket gives you unlimited travel for up to 1 hour.[[Image:Get Around Amsterdam on the Cheap Step 5.jpg|center]]
 
#Get a night bus ticket for travel after 12:30 a.m. (when other public transportation ceases). There are 12 night buses that operate until 7:30 a.m. A single ride costs 4 Euro, or you can purchase 12 rides for 30 Euro.[[Image:Get Around Amsterdam on the Cheap Step 6.jpg|center]]
 
#Use any of the 5 ferries for free. Tourists will be most interested in crossing the IJ Channel to North Amsterdam. Both pedestrians and bikers are permitted on the ferries.[[Image:Get Around Amsterdam on the Cheap Step 7.jpg|center]]
 
   
== Warnings ==
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==Steps==
*Bike theft is a common occurrence in Amsterdam, so always use a two locks when leaving the bike unattended.
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===Using Public Transportation===
*Riding a bike to get around Amsterdam may require some aggressive, risky moves to get where you want to go fast.
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#Get an Amsterdam Travel Ticket if you want unlimited travel for up to 3 days. An Amsterdam Travel Ticket includes unlimited travel between Schiphol Airport and the main city using the train or express bus. It also allows you to use all of the city’s trams, buses, and metros in the city as much as you want. When you get the Travel Ticket, you’ll receive a chip card to use on public transportation to check-in so you don’t have to pay the normal fare.<ref>https://ift.tt/2nD3TAp>
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#*You can get a Travel Ticket for 1 day at €17 ($18.56 USD), 2 days at €22.50 ($24.57 USD), and 3 days at €28 ($30.57 USD).
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#*Travel Tickets work from the first time you check in until 4 AM the day after it expires. For example, if you buy a 2-day Ticket and you check-in on a Monday, the pass will work until 4 AM on Wednesday.
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#Buy a GVB ticket to use buses, trams, and metros freely for up to 7 days. The Gemeentevervoerbedrijf (GVB) is Amsterdam’s public transport company, and it runs buses, trams, and metros throughout the city. A GVB ticket allows you to use all of the public transportation options as many times as you want for the amount of time you purchased it for. You can buy the ticket directly from one of the buses or trams as well as at GVB service stations throughout the city.<ref>https://ift.tt/2nEb8Iu>
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#*GVB tickets for a single day cost €8.50 ($9.28 USD) per person, while a 7-day ticket costs €36.50 ($39.86 USD).
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#*You can also get a discounted children’s 1-day ticket for €4 ($4.37 USD).
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#*The day pass will be a chip card that you need to swipe or hold against a sensor when you check into any public transport vehicle or station.
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#*The GVB ticket doesn’t include canal buses or taxis.
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#Purchase an Amsterdam City Card for public transport and discounted attractions. An Amsterdam City Card gives you all of the options offered by a GVB ticket, including buses, trams, and metros running through the city. In addition, the City Card allows you to go on a 1-hour cruise on Amsterdam’s canals as well as free or discounted entry to museums. City Cards are available to use for 1-5 days depending on how long you’re staying.<ref>https://ift.tt/2lVePsR>
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#*You can get a 1-day City Card for €60 ($65.52 USD) or up to a 5-day card for €115 ($125.57 USD).
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#*You can buy the Amsterdam City Card from any GVB stations or tourism centers.
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#Try the Canal Bus if you want to travel on the water. The Canal Bus is a large boat that allows you to get on and off at various stops so you can travel and sight-see throughout the city. Some of the stops include the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, and Skinny Bridge so you can see multiple places throughout the day. The Canal Bus also includes access to an electric street bus so you can get around the city after you get off of the boat.<ref>https://ift.tt/2m6YhOoto/netherlands/amsterdam/transport/public-transport/ferries-canal-boats</ref>
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#*You can get a 24-hour pass for €29 ($31.67 USD) or a 48-hour pass for €39 ($42.59 USD).
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#*Canal Bus tickets are available at the pick-up stations around the canal or online.
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#*The Canal Bus is not included with other GVB passes.
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#Take the ferries across the IJ for free if you aren’t using a car. The IJ is a body of water to the north, separating the main city from North Amsterdam. Visit one of the ferry ports along the northern coast of the city and wait for the ferry to arrive. You can board and ride the ferry for free if you’re a pedestrian, cyclist, or moped rider. Once you cross the IJ, you can get off of the ferry and explore North Amsterdam.<ref>https://ift.tt/2m9Evll>
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#*If you’re traveling in Amsterdam with a vehicle, then it will cost €1.30 ($1.42 USD) for a single trip across the IJ.
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#Use a rideshare program instead of a taxi to save money. Taxis can be expensive since they charge for the amount of time you spend in the vehicle and the distance you’re traveling. If you want a ride somewhere without using public transport, use your phone to contact a rideshare service, such as [[Use-Lyft|Lyft]] or [[Use-Uber|Uber]], to take you to your destination. Once the ride is over, be sure to rate and tip your driver.<ref>https://ift.tt/2nD4amV.com/amsterdam-taxis</ref>
   
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===Cycling Through Amsterdam===
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#Search for a bike rental company that offers damage or theft insurance. There are many bike rental shops throughout Amsterdam offering different models and types of bikes. Search online for different rental companies to see what they have available and which deals they’re offering. Ask the company if they have insurance available for any damage or theft so you don’t have to cover the charges yourself later on.<ref>https://ift.tt/2nEb9My>
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#*You can usually rent a bike in Amsterdam for about €9.50 ($10.38 USD) daily.
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#*Many of the bikes available will only have a single gear, but you may be able to get nicer bikes for more money.
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#*Most bikes in Amsterdam don’t have brake levers on the handlebars, so you need to pedal backwards in order to stop your bike.<ref>https://ift.tt/2n75SMY>
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#Obey traffic laws while you’re on your bike. While you’re riding throughout the city, make sure you stay in the road or on a bike lane since it’s illegal to ride on pedestrian walkways. While you’re on the road, you can ride with up to 2 bikes side by side in a lane. Pay attention to any traffic lights or signs so you don’t get into any accidents or get a ticket.<ref>https://www.iamexpat.nl/lifestyle/lifestyle-news/things-will-get-you-fine-when-cycling-netherlands</ref>[[Image:Get Around Amsterdam on the Cheap Step 3.jpg|center]]
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#*If cycling side by side slows down traffic, then you need to ride in a single file line.
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#*Cyclists are allowed to make right turns at red lights.
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#*If you plan on riding the bike at night, then you need to get lights on the front and back of the bike.
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#Park the bike in a guarded facility for up to 24 hours for free. Unfortunately, many people steal bikes in Amsterdam, so it can be unsafe leaving them unattended and unlocked. IF you need to leave your bike and you don’t have locks, then search for a bike parking facility that offers free parking. Keep your bike in the facility for up to 24 hours without a charge, or pay a fee if you want to store it for longer.<ref>https://ift.tt/2ltxtrv>
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#*There are multiple parking facilities throughout the city so you’re able to store your bike without walking too far away.
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#Lock the bike with 2 locks whenever you leave it unattended. Since bikes are often stolen by other people, it’s important to lock them properly when you aren’t able to keep them in a guarded facility. Place the first lock so it goes through the front wheel of your bike and wraps around the object you’re locking it to. USe the second lock to secure the frame to the wheel and object you’re locking it to so thieves can’t steal it.<ref>https://ift.tt/2mYnniF>
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#*If you only lock the front tire, other people can easily detach it from the frame.
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==Tips==
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*Avoid taking taxis in Amsterdam since they are usually overpriced and have multiple charges depending on the amount of traffic.<ref>https://ift.tt/2nEYyss>
 
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