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The best way to see Amsterdam is still by foot. A city walk will bring you to the best places in the old city center. Of course there is the red light district, but don't forget the old harbor, city towers, hidden churches, canals and museum.

Public Transport

Public transport, especially if you stick to the center, is excellent in Amsterdam. Trams have many routes and tend to be as frequency as 5 to 10 times an hour. Buses tend to deal with less accessable destinations of the way places in the city. At night (after 01:00 Am), night buses take over so you can always get around but they are not as freguent as the trams. There is even a subway or metro but this is only of much use to people who live in the suburbs of the city.

Do you plan on seeing the sights in Amsterdam for a couple of days? The easiest way to get around is with a 24-, 48-, 72- or 96- hour GVB transport ticket. It is the ticket for unlimited travel throughout Amsterdam day and night by bus, tram and metro. Tickets are available at all GVB Ticket and Info locations, ticket vending machines at all metro stations, VVV Amsterdam Tourist Offices, AKO bookstores and various hotels. The 24-hour ticket may also be purchased in trams and buses. For more information about public transport in Amsterdam check www.gvb.nl

By Bike

Amsterdam is a compact city; most distances can be walked, if they can't be walked they can be biked. Bikes are therefore the most effective way of getting around Amsterdam. If you walk through the city, you see as many as 700,000 bikes, all seem to be worn down, half broken and protected with enough locks to guard Fort Knox. Nevertheless, about 100,000 bikes are stolen each year in this city. If you stay longer than a week in the city, you might consider buying your own bike. A good second hand bike should cost you about 70 Euros. People in the street will approach you sometimes offering bikes for sale from around 4,5 Euros. One of those 100,000. bikes. Get yourself at least two good locks and make sure it's tied to something secure.

If you're staying for a shorter time, there are numerous places to hire bikes from. Some recommended include: Damstraat rent-a-bike, Damstraat 20-22, near Dam square. Tel. 020-6255029, 7 euro a day, 31 per week. Locks included. www.bikes.nl, Stationsplein 5,next to Central Station, Weteringschans 2, near Leidseplein, Mr.Visserplein 2, near Waterlooplein. Tel. 020-6200985, from 8.50 euro for the first 24 hrs, going down to 4,25 euro after a week or so. www.macbike.nl

Travelling around Amsterdam by Taxi.

Taxis are rather expensive in Amsterdam and you're not supposed to hail them down, but find a taxi stand and call from there. They are not very cheap and sometimes they take you the long way to a destination so it cost you even more money, if nessecary avoid taking taxis. Late at the night the Taxi queues can be very long and you can be waiting for up to 30-40 mins for a cab. For taxis, TCA Tel. 6777777 is the old monopolist. Taxi Direct is the new competitor and slightly cheaper: 0900-0724


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