Accessibility of trams in Amsterdam

Updated: 06-05-2024

If people are not cycling in Amsterdam, they take the tram. The tram is a really convenient, fast and save transport method. From Amsterdam Central Station many trams depart to other parts of the city. The GVB (public transport company) is increasing its accessibility, for people with disabilities, people with less mobility, people with baby buggies and people with heavy bags. New buses and trams increasingly have entrances on street level and space for wheelchairs and baby buggies. Older trams are less accessible for people in a wheelchair and other users that need better access. The older trams that are accessible have a ITS symbol at the accessible entrance. ITS is the International Accessibility Symbol.

The older type trams

In Amsterdam you will notice different kind of trams. The older type trams are not all accessible. If they are accessible it has the pink ITS symbol at the accessible entrance. The non-accessible trams have high entrances with stairs and have narrow paths inside the tram. Some are also multileveled inside. The entrances and exits do not fit the platform level of the tram stops. The GVB developed maps and schedules which indicate the accessible stops and accessible tram routes. Currently the maps are only available online in Dutch but when you arrive in Amsterdam you can pick up an English version at the GVB service desk, which is situated opposite to the South side of the station.

The newer type trams

The new trams are increasingly accessible. The entrances are wider and low without stairs. The accessible entrance is situated in the middle of the tram and has a special spot for a wheelchair, walker or stroller. The spot is marked with a sign on the inside of the tram. Wheelchairs are prioritized over prams. Apart for a wheelchair accessible spot, the trams also have seats for people who are less mobile. The trams are on one level (not multileveled) and also offer accessibility service for people with hearing or sight impairments. The next tram stop is shown on the multiple displays in the tram and is broadcasted. The stop buttons have braille.


The network map is displayed in the tram and at the tram stops. It is available online and at the GVB Tickets and Info desk. The network map indicates which tram stops are accessible.


      • The tram stops that have accessible platforms on both sides of the tram track show a black dot;

      • The tram stops that have an accessible platform on one side of the tram track show a half black dot;

      • The tram stops that have no accessible platform show a white dot.

    Check the interactive map of Amsterdam’s tram network here.

    The time tables in the tram stops also show which platforms of that route are accessible. If a certain time on the time schedule shows a red A behind it, this means that an old tram is used for this route and it’s most probably not wheelchair accessible. This webpage on the GVB website explains about the regulations for bicycles, strollers and wheelchair users on public transport.

    Departure times

    The majority of trams go every 10 to 15 minutes. In the evenings the trams go less often and in the weekends the schedule is different. Most trams run from 07:00 AM until between 12:30 AM.


    How to purchase tickets

    While in Amsterdam

    When in Amsterdam, you can purchase your ticket at the GVB Ticket Desk at Amsterdam Central Station. You can also buy it in the tram with the conductor. The majority of hotels also sell GVB tickest.

    Purchase in advance

    If you stay for more than 3 days, it can be convenient and economic to buy the GVB ticket for multiple days in advance. You can purchase your GVB ticket on Tiqets. You will receive a digital voucher which you can swap for the actual GVB-card in the Connexxion bus at Schiphol Airport, at the GVB office at Amsterdam Central Station or stations Zuid, Noord or Bijlmer-Arena.


    If you plan on returning to Amsterdam more often, you can also decide to purchase an OV-Chipcard. This card allows you check-in and check-out in the trams, at the metro stations and train stations. It can take you anywhere in the country! You can charge this card with an amount and the actual amount of the journey will be taken of the card.


    The most recent model of trams are situated on a single level. The entrance is centrally positioned and its accessibility is denoted by a sticker featuring a wheelchair icon. This entry point is designed for use by individuals with wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and strollers alike. Inside the tram, there’s a designated seat accessible for wheelchair users, along with reserved seating for individuals with limited mobility. Additionally, there’s an auditory announcement system for stops, and the route is displayed in real-time on various monitors. GVB’s website outlines boarding priorities: wheelchair users are given precedence over those with scooters or strollers, while individuals with mobility scooters are prioritized over those with strollers.

    Older Generation Trams:

    Amsterdam still operates some older model trams, not all of which are accessible (those that are feature a pink ITS symbol). These older trams are built across multiple levels and have entrance steps.

    Check-in and check-out:

    Remember to always check-in and check-out with your transport card every time you travel, even for a simple change of vehicle. At the entrances and exits there is a digital reader on which you can pass your card. Entry: If successful, a green light will turn on and the digital reader will emit a beep. Exit: you will always have the green light but two beeps.

    Tram stop accessibility:

    Do you want to see if a stop is accessible? Consult the dedicated GVB page by clicking here.

    Mobility scooter:

    Electric scooters must have these maximum measurements: 120cm long, 70cm wide and 109cm high. Vehicles that exceed these dimensions will not be accepted inside the tram. Here on the left you can find images of allowed and non-admitted scooters, according to the GVB website.


    According to the advice of the transport company, the traveler is advised to park the wheelchair or mobility scooter with the backrest facing the direction of travel. In an emergency, this should be the safest way.

    Indications of the driver/conductor:

    Travelers should follow the directions of the driver and / or conductor. They reserve the right to refuse access to a traveler with a wheelchair, mobility scooter, bicycle or pushchair in order to safeguard the safety of travelers.

    Plan your trip:

    On the official GVB website you can plan your trip by entering the starting point and the arrival point. With the “additional option” you can select travel suggestions that take into account only accessible stops (by checking the “toegankelijk plannen” box).


    Almost all tram stops have a map showing the line’s connections within the city. A paper map can be requested at the GVB ticket offices and information desk. It is also possible to consult the digital map directly from the company’s website by clicking here

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