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Amsterdam City Center Line Bus


The Amsterdam City Center Line was a small hopper bus service which ran in a circular route around the city centre.

Run by private company City Shuttle Services (CSS), it was discontinued in October 2012 after 1 year of operations due to the difficulty of maintaining a consistent service along the canal route. The company is reviewing whether the operation can be reinstated.

The City Center Line replaced the old "Stop/Go" €1 service which had been operated by city transport company GVB - but was pulled at the end of 2010.

The circular route was similar to the Stop/Go. Starting at Oosterdok at the OBA library it headed west via central station, then turned south and ran along the Prinsengracht canal. At Leidsegracht it made a quick detour up to Herengracht before rejoining Prinsengracht and continued all the way to the river Amstel. Here it turned north and stopped at Waterlooplein and then Nieuwmarkt before returning to Oosterdok.

Here is the bus on its inaugural day of service:

city center line bus amsterdam

Tickets for the bus cost €2 one-way or €6 for a day ticket. Passengers could hop-on and hop-off at any point along the route.

The hopper City Center Line bus and the previous Stop-Go provided a flexible and quite useful service around the tourist centre, particularly to areas not accessible by tram. Whether it is financially viable to restart the service we shall see.