An invaluable resource for non-Dutch speakers visiting Amsterdam and the Netherlands, a door-to-door public transportation journey planner is now available in English at http://9292.nl/en.
The itinerary generator covers all methods of public transportation across the Netherlands, including train, metro, tram, bus and ferry. Your starting and ending points may be an address, a museum/attraction, an airport, a station, etc.
But I've found the results much more helpful when using a specific address for places like museums.
The planner doesn't just suggest the methods and routes for your journey, it also builds in the extra time it takes to walk to the nearest form of transportation.
Besides the website (and mobile site), 9292 also offers free apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry, plus a social media service. The apps have the same functionality as the site but are more customizable in conjunction with a "My 9292" profile. The service has a robust social media presence as well, and invites customers to contact them with public transit questions on Twitter (@9292) or on WhatsApp (at the number +31 (0)6 2892 9292) daily from 6 a.m. (7 a.m. on weekends) to 11:59 p.m.
Fun Facts About 9292
The website is part of a service, 9292, that's existed since 1991, when it was founded as a telephone hotline to help public transit users in the Netherlands get from point A to point B.
With the advent of the digital age, in 1998 the service was translated to the web; the website takes its name from the original phone number, 06 9292 (an older site name is 9292ov). The current phone number is 0900 9292, but the telephone service has seen a sharp decline in popularity, not least because it charges 70 euro cents a minute (up to a maximum of 14 euro) compared to the free website and apps.
Collectively, 9292 answers some 120 million travel advice queries each year.
Dutch Public Transit Resources
If you're looking for the low-down on public transit in Amsterdam and the wider Netherlands, we've got you covered. First and foremost, check out this beginner's guide to Amsterdam public transit:
We've also compiled some tips and suggestions for getting around Amsterdam to make your journey as seamless as possible. This covers not just public transit but also pedestrian navigation tips.
A majority of Amsterdam visitors will arrive in the city through the landmark Amsterdam Central Station (CS), one of the most beautiful station buildings in the country. Look up the history of Amsterdam CS and find out why it bears such a striking resemblance to another much-visited spot in the city, the Rijksmuseum.
Did you know you can get free or reduced-price fares with some of the tourist discount cards for Amsterdam and the Netherlands? Find out which card suits you depending on your travel style and transport needs. When it comes to intercity train travel, visitors can score up to 70% off Dutch train fares with special ticket deals announced throughout the year.
Airport Travel Directions
Need directions to a specific airport? Find them here on Amsterdam Travel. All directions assume a departure point of Amsterdam Central Station, so if you can make it there you're good to go.
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Edited by Kristen de Joseph.