The metro in Amsterdam is a light rail network which can be useful for those needing to reach some of the outer suburbs of Amsterdam.
It is very popular with commuters as the metro passes through all the main business and office districts of the city - such as Zuidas, Bijlmer and Sloterdijk.
The metro in Amsterdam is run by the municipal transport company GVB and currently has 4 lines (42.5km) with 52 stations - most of the lines run overground except for underground sections in the city centre. The metro is fast and efficient - from Central Station it is generally the quickest way to get around if you want to go to say Waterlooplein, or some of Amsterdam's main stations such as Amstel, RAI, Zuid or Bijlmer-ArenA.
The Amsterdam metro first opened back in 1977. Some of the older metro train stock (still in use today) is in a pretty shabby state and this does not reflect too well on the city. However from 2014 many of the older trains are set to be replaced by larger Alstom metro sets.
Amsterdam metro Tickets: The OV-chipkaart (OV-chip card) is the public transport smart card system for Netherlands and is in use on the Amsterdam metro. Metro passengers are required to "check-in" and "check-out" of their journeys using the card readers either on the platforms or at the gate barriers.
There are a number of different public transport ticket options available for Amsterdam. Disposable tickets include the GVB 1 hour fare (€2.80) or a GVB 24 hour ticket (€7.50) - 2013 prices. These can be bought from the GVB ticket machines or sales desk at the stations.
You can also buy an "empty" anonymous OV-chip card for €7.50 which lasts 4-5 years. On top of this you need to load some credit onto the e-purse - this can then be used for travel. The basis is €0.86 flat fee for boarding plus €0.145 per km travelled. The correct fare is automatically deducted on checking out.
North-South Line 52 : Currently under construction (started in 2002) this 9.7km line will link Amsterdam Noord to Amsterdam Zuid station, passing through Central station, Rokin, Vijzelgracht, De Pijp and Europaplein. When completed it will speed up journeys running through the north-south artery and take pressure off the tram system.
Below is our exclusive map of the Amsterdam Metro network which also highlights NS train lines. Note that Schiphol airport is accessible by train and not the metro. For reference, also see our Amsterdam Rail Network Map