When we first arrived at Amsterdam Centraal Train Station we were aware that their public transport system had recently phased out paper tickets and required users to buy a OV-chipkaart. Similar to Sydney’s Opal card and Londons Oyster Card.
We proceed to buy two cards at the train station ticket machine. Note that their are two types of machines, one to check balance of the cards and one to purchase new ones and add credit. The machine you will need is one with the rail logo on the top of it.
We found out by trial and error that you need to have a minimum of €20 on the card to make any train journeys and a minimum of €3 to make any tram journeys.
You can get a refund for any unused credit on the card at the end of your stay.
Our hotel was located in Sloterdijk which is only one train stop away from Centraal which was really handy and easy to get into the centre. We would highly recommend Mecure Hotel Sloterdijk Station as it was close to the city centre, clean and modern and very friendly service. To get from our hotel it is a very short walk to the station, you can actually see the hotel once you get out of the station it is that close. It cost us €2.20 for the train ticket each way from Sloterdijk to Centraal and vice versa. Most of the tram journeys around Amsterdam were around €1.50 or less depending on the journey.
Moving around through Amsterdams city centre we found it was best to use the tram service as they travel frequently and there are lots of stops close by tourist key areas. From Sloterdijk to Amsterdam Centraal it is quickest to go via Train but it is more expensive.