Posted 07 February 2012 - 11:52 AM
The old Strippenkaart has been replaced by something like London's Oyster Card, which is a right pain, to be frank. You either buy an OV-chipkaart for around €7, not refundable, and load money onto it, or you pay €2.60 instead of €1 for each trip. And you have to touch your card, or single ticket, on leaving the tram as well as on entry.
The best thing about A'dam is that it really isn't very big, so where you're staying isn't all important. Pretty much everything is walkable, as I discovered when I went on the day of the public transport strike and had to walk from Amstel Station. It looks miles away on a map, and people act as though it's far too far for any normal person to walk, but it's half an hour's walk to Centraal Station. Admittedly, it's the dullest walk in the city or possibly the world, but even so.