amsterdam metro guide

Amsterdam Metro Map & Guide

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 Amstel, Bijlmer-ArenA, Sloterdijk and Zuidas.

The metro in Amsterdam is run by the municipal transport company GVB and is part of the R-NET network in North Holland. It currently has 4 lines (42.5km) with 52 stations, although the new North-South line will come onstream in July 2018.

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. There are 4 different types of train stock being used, the newest of which are the silver and red Alstom "Metropolis" metro trains which can carry nearly 1,000 passengers.

Amsterdam Metro Map

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

Amsterdam North-South Line 52

The North-South line has been under construction since 2002 and is finally set to open in July 2018. This major engineering project has encountered many challenges and has come in significantly over budget (more than €3 billion) and years late.

This 9.5km line will link Amsterdam Noord to Amsterdam Zuid stations, 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 significant pressure off the tram system.

In the coming years the line may be extended further to Amsterdam Schiphol airport.

Amsterdam Metro Tickets

The OV-chipkaart (OV-chip card) is the public transport smart card system for the Netherlands and is in use on the Amsterdam 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 (€3), the GVB 1-7 day tickets (€7.50 to €34.50) and children's day ticket (€3.75) - 2018 prices. These can be bought from the GVB ticket machines at all metro stations or GVB Tickets & Info desks at either Amsterdam Central, Amsterdam Bijlmer-ArenA, Amsterdam Zuid and Amsterdam Sloterdijk station.

Alternatively you can also purchase the GVB day tickets online here (valid on the Amsterdam metro, trams and GVB buses) and pick them up at a GVB ticket office.

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.

You need a minimum of €4 to check-in for a journey on the metro with an anonymous OV-chip card. The fare is calculated as a €0.90 flat boarding fee plus €0.155 per km travelled. The correct fare is automatically deducted from your card on checking out.

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