The municipality of Amstelveen has a well established, intricate public transport system. Virtually all the housing in Amstelveen can be reached by public transport.
Main public transport directions exists between:
- Amstelveen and the city of Amsterdam by tram and bus (tram line 5 or 25, bus line 347/357/174)
- Amstelveen and Schiphol Airport (fast and frequent bus connection with bus line 300).
Amstelveen’s bus station, situated to the west of the city centre, is the central hub for most public transport bus lines. There are tram stops and the express tram to the east of the city centre. For more information about any public transport in the Amstelveen area visit the website of GVB (in English).
You can use the OV-chip card at the public transport. When getting on or off a bus or tram you need to check in or out at the card readers. At the end of the ride the fare will be automatically deducted from your OV-chip card. At tram line 25 you need to check in and out at the platform or entries of the stations.
Where to buy the OV-chip card
In Amstelveen you can buy disposable or anonymous cards from a machine at four stops: Van Boshuizenstraat, Uilenstede, Kronenburg, Ouderkerkerlaan. These machines also allow you to top-up your OV-chip card. Using credit cards is not possible. You can pay by PIN or cash. At the Amstelveen Bus station (in the corner) there is a selling point with counter and automat, called ‘Breaxx’. At Breaxx you can also order a personal card. Another counter which provides all chip card facilities is to be found in the railway station ‘Amsterdam Zuid’. This counter is called ‘GVB Tickets and info’. Some tobacco shops or supermarkets in Amstelveen also have simple automats to add credit to your OV-chip card, but here it is only possible to pay with ‘PIN’ (no credit cards or cash).
The nearest train stations are WTC, Amsterdam Bijlmer/ArenA and Schiphol. The three stations provide excellent national and international train connections. Tickets can be bought from the desk at the station or from a machine where you can pay with coins or a credit card.
Unlike the situation in some other countries, taxis cannot be hailed in the streets. A taxi must be booked by telephone or you can catch one at a taxi stand.