Amsterdam tram and bus drivers to stop selling tickets


Tram and bus drivers in Amsterdam are to stop selling loose tickets to passengers from June 20 to speed up services.

Instead, travellers will be able to buy a ticket from the conductor, use the app, or use a payment or credit card directly to check in and check out.

A spokeswoman for the Amsterdam public transport company GVB told Dutch News staff are well-prepared to answer questions and help passengers, especially tourists, who might find the change confusing.

Most trams have conductors and in the city centre many tram stops have ticket machines where you can pay for your journey in advance, she said. “There are very many alternatives.”

“This is a continuation of the process which started with phasing out the OV Chipkaart,” she said. “Amsterdam is the first place to do it, but it will be rolled out nationwide.”

Amsterdam switched to 100% cash-free public transport in March 2018.

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