Getting off at rush hour...
Since 1897 the Municipality of Amsterdam Ferry Service (GV) provides a service between Amsterdam Central Station and the Northern part of Amsterdam (Tolhuis). During the 20th century, this service expanded with services to Adelaarsweg and between Distelweg and Tasmanstraat.
With the construction of several bridges and tunnels, the role of the ferries has been reduced dramatically. However, for pedestrians and cyclists they still play an important role in the everyday urban life; and not only because the services are free of charge. Since the construction of the Eastern Docklands and the northern banks of the IJ-embankment new ferry links had been put in services.
The Municipal Transport Company of Amsterdam (GVB) has eleven vessels. Of these, eight are needed for a full service during peak hours and five at the off-peak. In the late evening, on Sunday morning and at night only one is in service.