Public transport system in Amsterdam

The OV-chipkaart (OV-chipcard) is the means of payment for the public transport system in The Netherlands. It is a credit card sized ticket which can be loaded with euros and is the only means of paying for travel on the bus and tram systems.

For foreign guests to our country: the disposable card is a practical choice. It can be bought at the (bus) station. After usage, the card cannot be reloaded and can be thrown away. The disposable card can be purchased in much the same way as you used to buy a train ticket before: per journey or combination journey, for example, 5 same-day return journeys or an OV day card.

For more information about the OV-chipkaart, see its website.

By Tram & Bus

If you arrive at Amsterdam Central Station (CS), you can take the express metro 51 (travelling time: 14 minutes, exit at the Amsterdam RAI station) or tram 4 (travelling time: 25 minutes, exit at the RAI Europaplein). If you are travelling by train to the Amstel station, you can take the express metro 51 (travelling time: 5 minutes) or the bus (route 65), which will bring you to the RAI within 7 minutes. In this case you should get off at RAI Europaplein. From Amsterdam Sloterdijk station, the best way to reach the RAI is with express metro 50.

By Train

NS-station Amsterdam RAI is 300 meters from the RAI and has regular connections to all parts of the Netherlands.

By Car/Motor

The RAI is ideally suited for visitors who come by car. It is situated alongside the Amsterdam’s A10 orbital motorway (exit S109) and has its own underground car parks. This means that the RAI is easily accessible for visitors coming from the Netherlands or abroad. All the main motorways can be reached without difficulty from the orbital motorway. Numerous signboards indicate repeatedly to the RAI. You have to navigate to: Europaplein 22, 1078 GZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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