Amsterdam Metro

There are four coloured metro lines in Amsterdam. Three of the lines run from Centraal station to Gaasperplas, Gein and Westwijk. The fourth line runs from Gein to Isolatorweg.

  • Line 50 (GREEN): Gein – Duivendrecht – Station Zuid/WTC – Lelylaan – Sloterdijk – Contactweg
  • Line 51 (ORANGE): Centraal Station – Amstelstation – Station Zuid/WTC – Amstelveen Centrum – Middelhoven
  • Line 53 (RED): Centraal Station – Amstelstation – Diemen Zuid – Gaasperplas
  • Line 54 (YELLOW): Centraal Station – Amstelstation – Bijlmer – Holendrecht – Gein

Traveling by Amsterdam Metro

Metro in Amsterdam consisting of five lines and 52 stations is a fast way (max speed 43 mph – 70 km/h) of getting to the new areas of the city distant from the center as Amsterdam South East (Dutch: Zuid Oost, with Amsterdam Ajax ArenA stadium, Amsterdam ArenA Boulevard and Ikea), districts Reigerbos and Gein, Sloterdijk, Gaasperplas, Amsterdam New South (Dutch: Nieuw Zuid with Amstelveen, Buitenveldert, RAI Conference Center, Amsterdam WTC) and Westwijk. Several stations as Amstel station, Sloterdijk and Amsterdam Zuid – WTC share the station with trains and may further connect you with Amsterdam Schiphol Airport as well as the whole of the Netherlands.GVB (Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf) is the public transport company of the city. Provides the service with buses, trams, subway and ferry boats if we move away from the center point of the city (Amsterdam North).The metro is mainly recommended to move to peripheral areas or quick access to the main terminal stations

More details about Amsterdam Metro Lines:

  • Line 50-Green, it is a circular line, which offers a quick connection between the South and West of the city without the need to pass through the center, a much larger journey. It is the most used subway line, and also the longest metro line in Amsterdam with 20.1 km of tracks and 20 stations. Runs from Isolatorweg to Gein with traffic of 100,000 passengers per day.
  • Line 51-Orange, it was opened in 1991 and connects downtown with the south Amstelveen. This line is a hybrid between subway and light rail and runs from Centraal Station to Westwijk station. It is the line that has the largest number of stations.
  • Linea 52-Blue, (under construction), in 2002 began the construction of this line that goes from north to south, but due to the difficulties that have arisen in construction, is not expected to be fully built until 2017. Now are the surface trams that are performing the route from Buikslotermeerplein to Zuid with only 8 stations
  • Line 53-Red, in 1970 began construction of this line, which became operational in 1977, these were known as “the east lines”, line 53 and 54, and connect the city center with areas east and southeast of Amsterdam. Line 53 is the shortest metro line, with only 11.3 kms and 14 stations. Its route goes from Centraal Station to Gaasperplas.
  • Line 54-Yellow, also opened in 1977 has a route from Centraal Station to Gein.

Major stations: Amsterdam Centraal is the central station of Amsterdam metro system. From here start the lines 51, 53 and 54.

Metro Opening Hours: Metros, trams and buses run from 06:00 a.m to 00:30 am.

Frecuency Step: Every 10 minutes.

Fares and Tickets options for GVB services:

  • One hour disposable cards (GVB one-hour card is a single ticket for a journey on public transport within the next hour at the time of purchase and within the zone. Price is 2.70 €)
  • One hour disposable cards with a bicycle transportation (Price is 2.70 €)
  • Day tickets for one to seven days (Price goes from: 7.50€ for 24 hours, 12€ for 48 hours to 31€ for 7 days. They can be purchased at vending stations and VVV offices. The one day can be purchased from the driver)
  • OV-chipkaart: a travel card that charges per trip or per kilometer (the one trip chip card is valid only for one hour and it is the least economical solution, as it costs € 2.80).
  • The I amsterdam City Card is very helpful to visit the city (Allows unlimited use for 1 or 3 days in all of the GVB transport, trams, buses day and night, and metro)
  • Children under the age of 4 travel for free.
  • Children aged 4 to 11 year and people over the age of 65 are entitled to discounted travel.
  • Reduced fare tickets must be purchased in advance.
  • There are many other tickets and travel passes that can be purchased depending on the passenger’s travel needs; for further information: Click here

All tickets are available at ticket offices. Certain tickets can also be purchased from machines in metro stations or in advance from post offices, Albert Jeijn supermarkets and tobacconists. Passengers can also purchase tickets on board trams and buses from the driver or conductor.

Bicycles are allowed on the metro and IJ tram 26 outside of rush hour. Passengers with bikes must purchasea bicycle travel card.

Night buses (Nacht-bussen)Amsterdam tram, bus and metro services run from 06:00-00:30.

Connections to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

At Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) the trains depart from platforms located underneath the Schiphol Plaza and can be reached by either escalators or lifts. As well as a fast and efficient train schedule into Amsterdam Central Station, there are also direct trains from the airport to other parts of the country. The International trains, including the Thalys, south to Brussels and Paris also stop at Schiphol station. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is about 20 minutes from downtown by train.

Train service and Netherlands Railways NS (Nederlandse Spoorwagen), provides an excellent connection therewith. Communication between the airport and the city (Centraal Station) by train is, without doubt, the most recommended because just outside the arrivals area to Amsterdam (terminals 1 and 2), you will find many electronic machines to buy ticket train to the center of the city.

The departure times of trains (every fifteen minutes during the day and every hour after midnight) are quite extensive, the trip is cheap and takes less than 30 minutes.

For more details about tickets and routes Contact:

Customer service phone:
0900 – 80 11
(2.65 ct per/min – max. 9.4 ct + your normal call rates)
can be reached Monday through Friday, 09:00 – 19:00.
Postbus 2131, 1000 CC

For a customized travel advice, information on fares and the latest updates please consult our travel advisors at 0900 9292
(€ 0,70 p/m, max. € 14)
Head office Catharijnesingel 39
3511 GC Utrecht, The Netherlands
Phone: 0031088-076 06 00

  • Free admission to 38 museums
  • Use of public transport system (GVB trams, buses and underground)
  • One Amsterdam canal cruise
  • 25% discount on admission to Amsterdam’s most popular attractions
  • 25% discount at participating restaurants and shops
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