Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Arriving in Amsterdam

Public transport

Due to the corona crisis measures by the Dutch government, we are unfortunately unable to provide a shuttle service to your AUAS housing. Here you will find more information about public transport in the Netherlands.

Arriving in Amsterdam: a step-by-step guide (video AUAS)

Wear a face mask

As of 1 June 2020, wearing a face mask is mandatory in all public transport in the Netherlands. Shawls and other mouth coverings are not allowed. Travelers are responsible for purchasing their own face masks.

Amsterdam has an extensive transport system including trams, buses, trains, metros and (free) ferries. Amsterdam can be reached easily from Schiphol Airport by train.

OV chipcards

It is wise to buy a public transport card at the train station at Schiphol. This card is called an OV-Chipkaart. You can top up this smart card with money and then use it for all public transport in the Netherlands. If you want to travel by train, the minimum credit on your card must be €20. For all other public transport, no minimum amount is required. Using the OV-chipkaart is cheaper than buying one way tickets.

You can buy an OV-chipkaart at the train ticket desk at Schiphol Plaza or at the yellow ticket machines. The ticket machines accept payment by debit and credit cards (V-Pay, Maestro, Mastercard, Visa and American Express) using pin and/or contactless. The machines do not accept banknotes.

ISIC public transport card with discount for international students

Unfortunately, international students do not receive any discount on public transport from the Dutch government. Choosing a suitable subscription is a complicated process, especially for international students. Therefore, ISIC created the ISIC Mobility card, a custom-made mobility card for international students with discount on national trains. With this card, you will also receive discounts on several companies and services in the Netherlands.

Reserve the ISIC Mobility card prior to your arrival in Amsterdam on the ISIC website and pick up the card later at the ISIC office in Amsterdam or have it sent to your Dutch address.

Plan your route

Most public transport in Amsterdam is operated by the GVB . The national railways are operated by NS . is a useful website and app which incorporates all public transport operators in the Netherlands. This website shows timetables, a map of the journey, costs of the journey and season tickets advise.

Other transportation options from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Taxis are expensive: the cost of a taxi ride from Schiphol to Amsterdam varies between €39 and €65 (July 2020). Or try Uber or Bolt .

Published by  Student Affairs 12 August 2020