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Apps for getting around Amsterdam: the best to download

  • Business Mobility
  • January 5, 2024
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With its breathtaking canals, timeless charm and cultural venues, Amsterdam is a city that offers visitors an unforgettable experience. To get the most out of the city, Amsterdam mobility apps are useful tools to have at hand. 

In this guide, we will show you the best apps to download to get around Amsterdam and make your mobility easier. Whether you’re in Amsterdam for business or pleasure, here are the apps you should have on your smartphone to plan your tram, bus, metro and car with a driver journeys.

Apps for getting around Amsterdam

If you need to plan a city tour in Amsterdam, an airport transfer or a sightseeing tour, you will certainly benefit from the Amsterdam transport apps.

There are several apps you can download to explore the city to the fullest. Here are some of the more interesting ones:

  • Google Maps
  • GVB
  • LimoLane
  • CityMapper
  • 9292 OV
  • Bike Citizen
  • NS

Let’s look at them together in detail.

1 – Google Maps

One of the most popular apps for visiting Amsterdam is certainly Google Maps. This free app offers many features: you can find the quickest route to any destination in the city, whether you are walking, cycling, using public transport or driving. 

One of the most interesting features of Google Maps (and what makes it different from a simple “map”) is its ability to give you real-time directions and traffic updates. It is also very useful for finding restaurants, bars, shops and local attractions. For each activity, you can also view user reviews and ratings, so you can quickly find the place that best suits your needs.

2 – GVB

Another interesting app for getting around Amsterdam is GVB, the official app for Amsterdam’s public transport.With this app you can plan all your journeys on the city’s public transport network: trams, (night) buses, metro and ferries. 

As well as showing you timetables and routes, the app also allows you to buy digital tickets, saving you the hassle of carrying paper tickets or looking for ticket machines.

3 – LimoLane

If you want to experience Amsterdam away from the hustle and bustle of public transport, with an unparalleled level of comfort and safety, LimoLane’s Chauffeur Rental is the perfect solution. 

By downloading LimoLane’s free app, you can rent a chauffeur-driven car in Amsterdam to visit the most interesting sights, attend a conference or business meeting, or travel to and from the airport. 

With LimoLane you can count on:

  • Several vehicles at your disposal. Choose from a range of Business Class, Luxury or Green cars, depending on your personal preferences. You can also plan the date and time of the service to suit your needs, up to an hour before the service;
  • Transparent payments. With LimoLane, payments are made conveniently through the app, with a clear and transparent pricing policy. This allows you to know the cost of the service in advance, avoiding any nasty surprises;
  • Professional drivers. You can choose a driver who speaks your language. The service also includes airport pick-up for transfers into the city, guaranteeing a stress-free arrival;
  • Additional services. LimoLane adapts to your specific needs, offering you the possibility to request special equipment such as child seats or transport for people with disabilities, ensuring a comfortable journey for the whole family.

Download the free LimoLane app to move around the city without limits.

4 – CityMapper

CityMapper is definitely one of the best apps for getting around Amsterdam. CityMapper suggests the quickest and most convenient routes, while also giving you accurate travel time estimates, real-time updates on traffic conditions and information on public transport departures.

The features for personalizing the travel experience are also very interesting. In fact, the app allows you to save frequent locations such as “home” and “work”, making it even faster to plan your daily routes. 

5 – 9292 OV

Another very popular app in the Netherlands is 9292 OV. This is an app that gives you access to real-time and detailed information on all means of public transport, from trams to trains, buses to ferries, making it easy to get around Amsterdam.

9292 OV can also calculate your route: enter your destination and the app will calculate the fastest and most convenient route, taking into account any delays or service changes.

6 – Bike Citizens

If you want to get around Amsterdam by bike, you should definitely try Bike Citizens.

Amsterdam is a city known for its cycling culture. With this app, you can discover the city on two wheels in a safe and enjoyable way, through routes with bike lanes to follow.

One of the most popular features of Bike Citizens is the interactive map, which not only shows the cycle routes, but also points out places of interest such as bars, bike shops and cultural attractions. 

In this way, the app becomes a kind of “travel guide” for those who need to cover short distances in the city and want to do so on a traditional or electric bike.

7 – NS

If you need to get around Amsterdam by train, you can rely on the NS app. The NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) app is a very useful resource for getting around the Dutch railway system. 

You will find a comprehensive platform for planning and managing your train journeys throughout the country. You can easily search for and book train tickets, view departure and arrival times and receive alerts in case of delays or service changes.

Plan your trip to Amsterdam

Whether you are planning a business trip to Amsterdam or a sightseeing tour, travel in comfort with LimoLane. 

With LimoLane, you can have a private chauffeur drive you to the city’s most beautiful attractions, or to your scheduled meetings if you are in town on business. 

Contact us now to find out more.