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How to Get around Amsterdam

Learn how to get around Amsterdam in this Howcast travel video.


"As long as you stay in central Amsterdam, which isn’t very big, traveling by foot is easy. You can get to a lot of popular attractions fairly quickly this way, and you’ll get to soak up the historical city’s atmosphere as you go. But if you don’t feel like walking or want to go a little further, you won’t need a car–the GVB, Amsterdam’s public transportation system, offers a variety of options. There are 16 tram lines, most of which have a stop in Centraal Station, so you can always find your way back if you get lost. There are also 4 metro lines, which will take you further out, into the suburbs. Buses will take you pretty much anywhere the tram and metro won’t, though they’re a little slower. Trams, buses, and the metro can all be payed for with an OV-chipkaart, a chip card you can store value on and scan at the readers on platforms and on board trams and buses at the beginning and end of each trip. However you choose to get around, skip the cars; navigation and parking are too much of a hassle on Amsterdam’s streets, while taxis are expensive and a challenge to navigate.

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