Do you want to travel around Amsterdam? But you are not aware of the transportation system there. Then keep on reading this article if you want to know about the Amsterdam tram map and its routes.
What is Amsterdam Tram?
Amsterdam tram is a transport system serving the city of Amsterdam (Netherlands) with the subway, the bus or the ferry. It was founded in 1875. Since 1943, the municipal public transport operator GVB manages this service, which also runs the Amsterdam metro and the city bus and ferry services.
The Amsterdam Tram is said to be the largest tram network in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe.
These trams on the network run on the standard gauge track. Since 1900, they have been operated by electricity, at 600 V DC. There is a turning loop at almost every tram route at the terminus station so that the route can be operated by unidirectional trams.
Beginning Of Amsterdam Tram
On 3 June 1875, Amsterdam’s first horse-drawn tramway was launched. Firstly, it linked Plantage with the Leidseplein and was managed by AOM (Amsterdamsche Omnibus Maatschappij), which had been founded in 1872.
In the last quarter of the 19th century, horse trams used to run through the main streets of Amsterdam. It linked all neighborhoods inside the Singel with Dam Square and were extended to newly constructed residential areas.
By the end of the century, about 15 tram routes led to or from the Vondelstraat, Overtoom, Willemsparkweg, Amsteldijk, Linnaeusstraat, Weesperzijde, Bilderdijkstraat and Ceintuurbaan.
The routes of the original horse tram lines can still clearly be seen in the present day such as tram routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10 and 13.
Amsterdam tram routes
Tram service is considered as the city’s most reliable and frequent service.
Many of the city’s trams stop at Amsterdam Central Station. The two tram ‘stations’ are present outside the front of Central Station. One on the east side, and other on the west side. They are just a small walk apart and from both areas.
Trams proceed towards the city center before transmitting outwards to different neighborhoods and districts. There is a handy guide to some of the main tram stops in the city center and their nearby attractions for the visitors.
Tram route colors
All tram routes are given a specific route number and a route color. The latter designator is a square logo next to the route number so that people who cannot read the route numbers can still recognize the route.
The tram stop signs also show about the route colors same as they show in the early twentieth-century horse tram routes. Route colors have also been used in other cities in the Netherlands like in The Hague, Rotterdam, and Utrecht. Outside the Amsterdam, the colors have been removed.
The Amsterdam route colors exist of combinations of one or two colors i.e. red, green, yellow, blue and white color. Not all color combinations are allowed, for example, green-blue and yellow-white cannot be used, due to the lack of contrast.
The belt routes 3, 7, 9 and 10 are given a route color of one color yellow, blue, green and red, respectively. The radial routes usually have route colors which are divided into two. Later, new route colors were divided into three fields by using a total of two colors. Routes 7 and 13 have different colors of combinations. The blue color is given to route 7 but to have a clear view two horizontal white stripes are added to it. Route 13 is of white color but has a pattern of blue squares. Route 22 is the only route using the color pink.
In the present time, there are 38 color combinations. Today, the route colors are still been used. They are placed next to the route number on the front of the trams and light rail vehicles.
Amsterdam Tram Map
Amsterdam tram is a transport system serving the city of Amsterdam (Netherlands) with the subway, the bus or the ferry.
The tram network consists of 15 lines and 500 stations forming a rail network of 50 miles (80,5 km).
Have a look at the Amsterdam tram map to know about the routes.
This network includes the following 15 lines:
• Line 1: Centraal Station ↔ Osdorp De Aker
• Line 2: Centraal Station ↔ Nieuw Sloten
• Line 3: Zoutkeetsgracht ↔ Muiderpoortstation
• Line 4: Centraal Station ↔ Station RAI
• Line 5: Centraal Station ↔ Amstelveen Binnenhof
• Line 7: Slotermeer ↔ Flevopark
• Line 9: Centraal Station ↔ Diemen Sniep
• Line 10: Westerpark ↔ Azartplein
• Line 12: Station Sloterdijk ↔ Amstelstation
• Line 13: Centraal Station ↔ Geuzenveld
• Line 14: Slotermeer ↔ Flevopark
• Line 16: Centraal Station ↔ VU Medisch Centrum
• Line 17: Centraal Station ↔ Osdorp Dijkgraafplein
• Line 24: Centraal Station ↔ VU Medisch Centrum
• Line 26: Centraal Station ↔ IJburg
Amsterdam Tram Tickets
After reading about the Amsterdam tram map you must be thinking about the tickets of these trams.
There are numerous types of tickets available to travel through trams. Choose the best one according to your trip.
Amsterdam Travel Ticket
Amsterdam travel ticket gives you the opportunity with unlimited travel throughout the Amsterdam on all GVB trams, (night) buses, metros, and ferries.
This is easy going and all-in-one travel ticket offers unlimited 2nd class rail travel.
A day or multi-day ticket
By using this ticket, you got unlimited travel throughout Amsterdam on all GVB trams, buses, and metros day and night.
There is the very cheap children’s day ticket for children having an age limit of 4 to 11 year. The validity of this day ticket is for 24 hours after you check in.