Most European cities have different discount cards available, and that is true in Amsterdam. With the Amsterdam Card you can enjoy great discounts throughout the city of Amsterdam.
The official name of the Amsterdam Card is “I Amsterdam City Card.” This fantastic card gives access to more than 70 museums, free canal cruises, public transportation, bike rental, and much more. If you want to buy such a card with all its benefits, it is available in all options from 1 to 5 days.
I Amsterdam City Card prices
- 1 day: 60 euro
- 2 days: 80 euro
- 3 days: 95 euro
- 4 days: 108 euro
- 5 days: 116 euro
When you purchase a card you can activate it in the Amsterdam City Card application, and immediately it is available for use. You can also pick it up and buy it in dedicated stores in Amsterdam. You can also order it online and activate it in the application later.
Before you purchase the Amsterdam City Card, you probably have some questions. Here we will try to answer all of them.
What’s included in the Amsterdam City Card?
The Amsterdam City Card gives free entrance to many museums in Amsterdam and discounted entrance to many others.
Activities 100% free with the Amsterdam City Card.
- Stedelijk Museum
- Moco Museum
- Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot
- This Is Holland (5D experience)
- Eye Filmmuseum
- Nemo Science Museum
- Tropen Museum
- Artis Zoo
- Fort Pampus
- Museum of the Canals
- Botanical Garden
- Museum of the Mind
- Zaanse Schans
- Museum het Rembrandhuis
- Museum van Loon
- Amsterdam Tulip Museum
- Moco Museum
- Resistance Museum
- National Maritime Museum
- Oude Kerk
- Diamant Museum
- Hermitage Museum Amsterdam
- Jewish Museum
- De Nieuwe Kerk
- Luther Museum
- Frans Hals Museum
- Mulatuli Museum
- and many others…
The Van Gogh Museum was a part of the Amsterdam Card but was removed in 2023. As a result, you need to pay full price to enter the Van Gogh museum whether or not you have an Amsterdam Card or not.
Programs where you get a discount with the Amsterdam City Card.
- The Heineken Experience
- The Pancake Bakery
- The Upside Down Amsterdam
- Johan Cruijff Arena
- Nxt Museum
- Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
- Rembrandts Amsterdam Experience
- The Amsterdam Dungeon
- and several others.
Free public transportation.
It is worth remembering that you can travel for free with public transportation in Amsterdam if you have a valid Amsterdam Pass. As a result, you can use the trams, buses, and metros in Amsterdam without worrying about validating tickets. You can read more about public transportation in Amsterdam here.
If you try to calculate whether it is worth buying the Amsterdam Pass or not, it is worth knowing that a day pass for the public transportation costs 9 euros.
Free river cruises and bicycle rental.
Other benefits with the Amsterdam Pass are free river cruises and bike rentals in Amsterdam. These are fantastic activities anyone should experience and enjoy while in Amsterdam. To see Amsterdam on a canal cruise is a very different experience than walking up and down the streets yourself, and as many of these trips have audio guides, you can learn even more about the city.
The Netherlands is heaven for those who love bicycling. So what better way to discover Amsterdam than on a bicycle? You can borrow a bike for free 24 hours with the Amsterdam pass!
Is the Amsterdam Pass worth the money?
That is the question we all ask ourselves! If your only goal is to get free public transportation, the answer is no. But let us create an imaginary itinerary for 48 hours in Amsterdam and see whether it is worth it or not.
48-hour itinerary in Amsterdam
- Use some public transportation (16 euro)
- Visit the Rijksmuseum (23 euro)
- A canal cruise (10 euro)
- NEMO Science Museum (20 euro)
- This is Holland 5D experience (26 euro)
- Artis Zoo (27 euro)
- A few hours of bicycling (14 euro)
This is a tough program for 48 hours, but it can easily be done if you want to see as much as possible in Amsterdam in 48 hours. Now let us do the math.
If we add up, the above activities’ price is 136 euro.
What is the price of a 48-hour IAmsterdam Pass?
What is the conclusion? If you plan on doing quite a lot of activities in museums and activities that you get for free with the Amsterdam Pass, it is worth it. If you mainly plan on visiting activities with which you get a 25% discount (like the Heineken Experience), it will be harder to save a lot with the Amsterdam Pass.
You now have some basic knowledge about the Amsterdam Pass. We hope we have made it easier for you to decide whether or not you want to buy the Amsterdam Pass.