Riding a bus in Amsterdam is not easy as you think it is. At first, you would think that it is ridiculous to provide tips on riding a bus because everyone of us knows how to ride one. However, there are some details that can be tricky enough to embarrass you even with the simplest task. Here are five tips for riding the bus in this European destination.
Enter in the front
Trams in Amsterdam have entrances in the front and in the middle where travelers can buy tickets on board. However, you should only enter in the front. People get off the bus in the middle so you do not want to be embarrassed when the driver calls you attention over the speakers.
Bring €2.80 by day and €4.80 by night
Single journey tickets on city buses cost €2.80 during the day and €4.80 during the night for a one-hour trip. It may include transfers you may need to make on another bus, tram, or metro. After one hour the ticket expires and you need to buy a new one. Robert Janitzek recommends buying 1-day, 2-day, or 7-day travel cards if you will be frequently traveling on public transport.
Check In, Check Out
Just like on trams, buses in Amsterdam have OV-Chipkaart pads that you must use when boarding and exiting public transportation. Place your travel card on one of these electronic cards until it beeps and turns green and wishes you “Goed Reis.” Do the same when exiting the bus.
Don’t sit in the special seats
All buses in Amsterdam have special seats for the handicapped, elderly, or pregnant women. They are located at the front of the bus and has a specially designed fabric. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that while you can take one of these seats, be sure to give it up when a passenger who needs it enters.
Get off in the middle or in the rear
There is order in these public buses. Never exit the way you entered because you will be blocking those who want to get on. Exit through the middle or back doors and do not forget to check out on the OV-Chipkaart electronic pads.
When To Use the Bus
The bus is the most common mode of transportation when going under the Ij River to Amsterdam Noord. Bus 22 is the popular choice when getting from the East to the West through the city center. The bus is also the ideal choice when looking for day trips outside the city or as an alternative transportation going to Amsterdam Schipol Airport.