What kind of passes are available for Amsterdam? The I Amsterdam Card is the Dutch capital’s official city pass, but is there an interisting alternative to consider? In the following overview we will compare Amsterdam’s main city passes to help you make the right choice: prices, activities included, validity period, including or excluding public transport, etc…
We’ll also give you some advice on whether the Amsterdam city pass is suitable for the type of trip you are planning.
Amsterdam city pass recap
Before getting into the details about Amsterdam’s landmarks, here are some important things to know.
This city pass grants you free admission to over 70 museums and other attractions. This visitor's card also gives you free access to public transportation throughout the city!
Visits and main activities
- Hermitage Amsterdam
- Pipe Museum
- Artis Amsterdam Zoo
- Canal cruise
Prices depend on the selected length of your stay. The longer you use the I Amsterdam City Card, the higher the price.
- 24 hrs : 60 €
- 48 hrs : 85 €
- 72 hrs : 100 €
- 96 hrs : 115 €
This Amsterdam pass includes the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, along with a boat ride on the canals. The package contains fast-pass tickets, sent by email. It also gives you a 10% discount on other visits in Amsterdam.
Visits and main activities
- Van Gogh Museum
- Canal cruise
Prices only depends on the age of the person using it.
- Amsterdam Pass : 62 €
I Amsterdam City Card: pricing, visits included & how it works
Let’s take the time to go over the advantages of this sightseeing pass to understand how it works and how to visit Amsterdam.
Price of an I Amsterdam city card
The cost of this pass depends on the number of days you choose to use it. There is no difference in price depending on age. The Amsterdam Card actually provides 24-hour, 48-hour, 72-hour, 96-hour or 120-hour coverage. You will be asked to choose at the time of purchase.
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|0 - 99||60 €||85 €||100 €||115 €|
How it works
The Amsterdam city pass offers a number of benefits such as:
- access to more than 70 museums and must-see attractions in the city
- enjoy the city’ s various public transportation options: subway, ferry, streetcar, bus, and bike rental
You can access these services during the entire period your card is valid. All you have to do is show your City Card, which you will receive directly at home or have to pick up after your purchase (we will list the different pick-up points later in this article). This card also allows you to avoid waiting in line at ticket counters in most places.
The I Amsterdam City Card is valid starting from the first activity you chose to do, whether it be transportation or a visit. Its validity does not start the date you purchase it. Once you have the card in hand, you can enjoy everything it gives you access to without having to worry about prices. However, remember to reserve a time slot in advance for each activity.
Visits and activities included
- Hermitage Amsterdam
- Pipe Museum
- Diamond Museum
- A’Dam Lookout: a high altitude experience
- NEMO Science Museum
- Muiderslot Castle
- Moco Museum
- Allard Pierson Museum
- ARTIS-Micropia: science museum
- Amsterdam Tulip Museum
- Cobra Museum
- Hortus Botanicus: Amsterdam Botanical Garden
- Jewish Cultural Quarter
- Old Amsterdam Church
- New Amsterdam Church
- Singer Museum
- And many other museums!
- Access to the city’s public transportation: metro, tramway, bus and ferry
How long it lasts
The I Amsterdam Card has a validity period that is counted in hours. The options are 24h, 48hrs, 72hrs, 96hrs and 120hrs, i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 full days.
In other words, if you choose the 24-hour version of the I Amsterdam City Card and activate it at 4pm, it will end the next day at 3:59pm. It is also possible to start a first visit and activate your pass in the afternoon without losing a whole day. This is a real advantage compared to other city passes that are counted in days and not hours.
Where do I get the I Amsterdam City Pass?
The Amsterdam city pass is a printed card that has to be picked up on-site after ordering it online. Simply go to the I Amsterdam Store, located at the north entrance of the central station, with your reservation voucher.
Amsterdam Pass: prices, included visits & policy
This Amsterdam city pass is very easy to use because it is exclusively electronic. You can arrange everything from the comfort of your own home, from purchasing to choosing the dates you would like to visit.
Amsterdam Pass pricing
Unlike other passes in other major cities, the pricing system here is very easy to understand. As the pass is a package of tickets and other benefits received in advance, there is only a one-time price it and it only depends on the age of the person using it.
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How it works
The pass can only be purchased online. You simply select the number of participants, their age range, and the dates and times for the various activities included. You will then receive all the tickets by email.
You will then need to present these tickets on site once in Amsterdam, whether directly through your smartphone or if you prefer, by printing them out in advance.
When you receive your tickets by email, you will also receive a 10% discount code that enables you to benefit from a reduced price on a set of complementary activities to do in Amsterdam (numerous museums, XtraCold Icebar, ARTIS Royal Zoo, Royal Palace, etc.). You can also book them online.
Visits and activities included with this city pass
This city pass includes the must-see attractions for a first trip to Amsterdam:
- Musée Van Gogh
- Croisière sur les canaux
- Access to an audio guide application of Amsterdam
- 10% discount on other activities in Amsterdam
There is no expiry date for this tourist card. As it is an online Amsterdam pass, see it as a set of activities booked in advance. The good thing is that you can spread out your visits as you wish, without having to force yourself to group them all together within the same given time frame.
In addition, you should know that a 10% discount on other bookings is valid beyond the dates you booked for your included attractions. This means that you can take advantage of the Amsterdam city pass for your entire stay.
Where to get your Amsterdam Pass?
This city pass can only be found online, in the form of mobile applications and electronic tickets, so there is nothing you’ll need to pick-up once in Amsterdam.
You will receive all your tickets by email, as well as the links to download the audio-guide applications, right after your purchase. As for the tickets, you will only have to present them once you get there, and the same applies for the mobile apps that can be used anywhere and anytime.
Which must-see attractions are included in Amsterdam City Passes?
Depending on which one you choose, you can enjoy either all or only part of the main activities in Amsterdam. Among the many attractions available, here are the must-sees:
Visit the village of Zaanse Schans
Discover the charming village of Zaanse Schans, famous for its countless windmills. The pass includes a visit to some of these mills such as De Kat, De Bonte Hen or De Schoolmeester. The ferry to the village is also included in the city pass. It leaves from the city's central station.
The Anne Frank House is not included with the I Amsterdam City Card nor the Pass Amsterdam. There are no other city passes for it so you will have to book a separate ticket for this attraction.
Concusion: is the I Amsterdam City Pass best for my trip?
Do I need it for my stay? Why should I choose this pass? Below are some tips to help you decide if it’s right for your trip.
Short 24-hour stay: is the pass worth it?
Are you going to spend a few days in Amsterdam but just want to stick to the main attractions and take nice little strolls around the city to discover it on your own?
If that’ s the case, the Amsterdam Pass is the most relevant. You’ll be able to enjoy the must-see museums: the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum, a boat ride on the canals, and the mobile apps to discover Amsterdam on your own.
And if you want to do an extra activity (or more), you can always take advantage of the pass’s 10% discount.
I Amsterdam Card, for a full visit
The city pass provides access to numerous museums in the city, but that’s not all! It also includes other useful extras for a two-day or longer stay. It lets you:
- use the city’s public transportation for free
- discover Amsterdam through a canal cruise
- climb to the roof top of the Adam Lookout
- take the ferry to Zaanse Schans and visit its several windmills
As you can see, the city pass is ideal for enjoying the city’ s various attractions even if you don’t want to spend your stay in museums. You can also save a lot of money compared to buying single tickets. This is good to remember in Amsterdam because most of the visits cost 15 to 20 euros!