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.