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Amsterdam Business Travel Guide - - AMSTERDAM -

In an oth­er­wise mod­er­ately ex­pen­sive city, trav­el­ling by pub­lic trans­port in Am­s­ter­dam is a fairly af­ford­able and ef­fec­tive way to get around. The city’s com­pre­hen­sive trans­port net­work com­pris­ing tram, bus and metro is sup­ported by a se­ries of value-add dis­count travel cards; some of which in­clude free ac­cess to fa­mous sights and mu­se­ums.

The I Am­s­ter­dam City Card is the most con­ve­nient and af­ford­able way to ex­pe­ri­ence Am­s­ter­dam; of­fer­ing un­lim­ited ac­cess to pub­lic trans­port for up to four days with free en­try to the Mu­se­ums in Am­s­ter­dam and other se­lected Dutch mu­se­ums, as well as a canal cruise, thrown-in for the price.

The gen­eral rule of thumb for travel ad­vice is to plan the at­trac­tions you want to visit over a pe­riod of how many days and de­cide if this op­tion is for you. If you are lucky enough to have more than four days to ded­i­cate to sight­see­ing, then the GVB Card is a good start­ing point which pro­vides un­lim­ited travel in the city cen­tre for €7.50 a day. You can get them from driv­ers and con­duc­tors on buses and trams and ticket ma­chines around the city.

Of course, for those who wish to take on the city by bike and join the 63 per­cent of Am­s­ter­dammers who opt for this en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly al­ter­na­tive to trans­porta­tion by car (not only is trav­el­ling by car usu­ally slower than by pub­lic trans­porta­tion or by bike, it’s also much more ex­pen­sive), prices range from around €12 a day. More­over, you can take ad­van­tage of the many guided bi­cy­cle tours that pro­vide a great over­view of the city and a lit­tle taste of the typ­i­cal Dutch lifestyle.

For an au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ence, Am­s­ter­dam is best seen from the wa­ter. While there are canal cruises avail­able for tourists, they don’t of­fer the free­dom to do your own ex­plor­ing. Many other travel guides en­cour­age try­ing to bond with lo­cal boat own­ers; oth­er­wise your op­tions are lim­ited to the pedal-pow­ered canal bike or ped­alo.

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