Taxis in Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands are generally quite expensive but can be useful to take on occasion – such as getting to the airport for early flights, taking luggage to and from the train station or during the night when public transport services are more limited.
Although it is allowed, taxis in Amsterdam are not normally hailed on the street. This is because stopping is prohibited on some roads in the city centre. In Amsterdam you generally either call a taxi company to come and pick you up or you can go to one of the many official taxi ranks around the city centre.
Sneleentaxi is a very reliable taxi firm offering rides anywhere in the Netherlands – including around Amsterdam and to/from airports. It offers competitive fixed fares.
You can book with Sneleentaxi here
There are taxi ranks (taxisstandplatsen) in the inner city centre including: De Ruiterkade (Central Station – IJ waterfront side), Prins Hendrikkade, Amstelstraat, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, Nieuwmarkt, Piet Heinkade, Spuistraat, Stadhouderskade (Leidseplein), Vijzelstraat, Waterlooplein and Westermarkt.
Taxi ranks further out of the city centre:
Amstel Station, Apollolaan, Ceintuurbaan (Sarphatipark), Concertgebouwplein, Elandsgracht, Eerste Van der Helststraat, Frederiksplein, Haarlemerplein, Linnaeusstraat, ‘s Gravesandeplein (Oosterpark) and Victorieplein.
You can also find a few taxis waiting outside major hotels. See the official Amsterdam taxi-rank map here
Licensed taxis always have a blue number plate and are usually black or metallic coloured saloon/station wagon cars. They should also have a roof light with the official Amsterdam “TaXXXi” logo and the company name and taxi number.
Taxi Rates in Amsterdam 2023
The cost of a taxi in Amsterdam depends on 3 elements – a starting tariff, a cost per km and a cost per minute which is all calculated by the compulsory meter in the vehicle.
The maximum allowable taxi rates in the Netherlands for 2023 are as follows:
|Starting tariff||cost per km||cost per minute|
|TAXI car (up to 4 people)||€3.60||€2.65||€0.44|
|TAXI van/bus (5-8 people)||€7.33||€3.34||€0.49|
The maximum waiting rate is €49.64 per hour.
What this means is that journeys in the rush hour/heavy traffic will cost more than travelling in light traffic due to the time fare component.
A short ride in town will cost around €10-15. A trip from central station to the Amsterdam RAI convention centre should cost €15-25. A ride between Schiphol airport and the city centre should cost €45-€60.
Amsterdam public transport tickets will certainly be cheaper than taking a taxi.
Small ’rounding up’ tips are appreciated but not necessary. Note that longer journeys can sometimes be negotiated by a fixed fee rather than a metered fare (though the meter always runs and you should then pay the lower of either fare).
A minority of taxi drivers in Amsterdam have given the industry a bad name over the years. Clashes between rival firms have occasionally led to confrontations at taxi ranks. Problems for visitors have included drivers refusing to take passengers on short trips or overcharging on fares.
The authorities have taken action to clean up the business – all drivers must be registered with an approved taxi organisation and have the permit on display. All journeys are tracked by GPS.
By the way, if you think you have been treated unfairly by an Amsterdam taxi then make sure you get a receipt (ritbewijs), take down your taxi’s number plate (or take a photo) and fill in the complaint form on taxiklacht.nl
Amsterdam Taxi Companies
The most reliable taxi company in the city is probably TCA (tcataxi.nl) with 1,250 taxis and 1,500 drivers. Call them at +31(0)20 7777777 or use the TCA iPhone/Android app.
Its taxis have red and black roof lights marked “TCA TAXI 7X7”. TCA also has VIP cars available (top of the range Mercedes, BMW and Audis) and electric vehicles.
All TCA drivers have passed exams and are entitled to drive on tram and bus lanes in Amsterdam. TCA taxis can accept credit and debit cards for payment.
Amsterdam taxis can be booked online with Sneleentaxi which uses reliable local firms.
Other official taxi firms: Cabbie (app only); Staxi (+31(0)20 705 8888); Taxi Direct Amsterdam (+31(0)88 7777 777); Taxistad (+31(0)20 208 0000); TCS/SchipholTaxi (+31(0)20 303 7200); Travel Electric (+31(0)88 100 4444).
Uber in Amsterdam
Uber, the international taxi app service (uber.com) is available for rides in Amsterdam.
Uber has different fare structures including Black (original service with VIP taxi sedans), Comfort (newer cars with extra legroom) or UberX (lower cost ‘everyday rides’). There is also Green (electric) and Van (up to 5 people).
Users can order a car through the phone app and payment is automatically handled.
Here are some typical Uber fares (2023) in Amsterdam:
|Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central||€38||€48||€61|
|Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam RAI||€28||€35||€44|
|Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Zuid||€29||€36||€46|
|Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Bijlmer-Arena||€34||€42||€54|
|RAI Amsterdam to Amsterdam Central||€17||€21||€26|
|RAI Amsterdam to Leidseplein||€11||€13||€17|
|Amsterdam Central to Amsterdam Bijlmer-Arena||€23||€29||€37|
Note, see here for other Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam transport options
Last update 11 February 2023, first published in 2010.