The I Amsterdam City Card is the official tourist pass offering free or discounted admission to over 70 museums and attractions in the city, a canal cruise and unlimited use of all means of transport, such as bus, metro and tram, of the public transport company GVB. In addition, you can rent a bicycle free of charge for 24 hours, regardless of the duration of the chosen card.
The benefits of the card are not limited to the city centre, but are also valid in some areas around Amsterdam, for example in the villages of Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken.
Thanks to the I Amsterdam City Card, you can save money on entrance fees to attractions, travel freely on public transport, take a cruise on the city’s canals and enjoy a 25% discount at numerous restaurants, bars, concerts and theatre performances.
The I Amsterdam City Card is certainly the most convenient and practical way to experience the city as a tourist.
The I Amsterdam City Card includes free entry to almost all of the city’s major museums and discounts at many attractions. It also allows unlimited use of city transport for as long as the card is valid. In short, the I Amsterdam City Card includes:
There are more than 70 museums and attractions included in the I Amsterdam City Card, such as the famous Rijksmuseum, theARTIS Royal Zoo, the brand new Moco Museum, the NEMO Science and Technology Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, or Rembrandt’s House Museum: see the complete list below. Unfortunately, the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House are not included.
The Card also includes a season ticket for GVB public transport, recognisable by the blue logo, which includes buses (also night buses), trams, ferries and the underground throughout the city. Unlimited use of all means of transport is possible for the entire validity of the card.
To use GVB means of transport, scan your City Card every time you get on and off the bus, tram and metro.
In addition, if you prefer to get around the city by bicycle, with the I Amsterdam Card you can rent one free of charge for 24 hours, regardless of the duration of the chosen card.
Transport outside Amsterdam and travel on NS trains, trains and buses operated by Connexxion, Arriva and EBS are not included.
With the City Card you are entitled to a one-hour canal cruise using one of the following tour operators: Blue Boat, Stromma, Lovers Canal Cruises and Amsterdam Circle Line BV.
There is no need to book in advance, you can board the boat at your desired time as long as there is room.
The I Amsterdam City Card not only offers free access to all the attractions and public transport mentioned above, but also offers a 25% discount on many other places of interest and activities, including the Heineken Experience, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, the Amsterdam Dungeon and the Body Worlds museum.
Museums and Attractions
Restaurants and gastronomy
The I Amsterdam City Card gives you access to many attractions, however tickets to the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House are not included in the pass; in order to visit them, you will need to purchase tickets on their respective pages.
Although a public transport pass is included, the connection between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Station is not included. To cover this journey you will have to buy a separate ticket for the NS train or the Airport Express bus.
It should be noted that trains and buses outside Amsterdam are never included in the card, so transport to Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken is also not included in the I Amsterdam Card (but the ferry from Volendam to Marken is included).
You therefore need to buy individual tickets or take the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket, the pass that allows you to travel for 1 to 3 days in and around Amsterdam.
The I Amsterdam City Card can be valid for 24, 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours, depending on the duration, the price changes of course.
The I Amsterdam City Card does not offer discounts for children but has a one-off cost for everyone. Many museums offer discounts and free admission for children, but the card is already affordable for children over the age of 10, who are often excluded from special rates.
|24 hours||48 hours||72 hours||96 hours||120 hours|
|Adults and children 10+||60 Euro||85 Euro||100 Euro||115 Euro||125 Euro|
The I Amsterdam City Card can be purchased online and can be picked up at the I Amsterdam Store at Central Station, Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:00 and on Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00. It is activated the first time it is used, whether it is a journey on transport or entry to a museum.
The card is also available in digital format and works on smartphones via the I amsterdam City Card app, both for Android and iOS. After purchasing it online, download the app and register using the unique CC code. Remember to activate the card only when you are in Amsterdam and are ready to start using it.
The I Amsterdam City Card is not nominative and can only be passed on to others until it is activated. After the first activation, the card becomes personal and cannot be passed on to a third party.
The I Amsterdam City Card is the most widely used tourist pass for tourists visiting Amsterdam and there is no doubt that if you will be in the Dutch capital with the intention of visiting several museums, intend to move around by transport and don’t want to miss out on a canal cruise, this card is certainly a great way to save money.
However, let’s do a simulation, let’s assume you buy a 48-hour (2-day) pass for €85.
Let’s first consider the cost of public transport, without the card we would have to buy a 48-hour GVB ticket which costs €15.00. That leaves us with €70 to compensate for entering museums and many attractions and for taking a canal cruise at the very least. Assuming a fairly varied visit of museums, attractions and activities:
|GVB 48h ticket||15 Euro|
|Canal Cruise||19.9 Euro|
|Rembrandt House Museum||17.5 Euro|
|Moco Museum||22,95 Euro|
|This is Holland||26,00 Euro|
|Oude Kerk||13,50 Euro|
The total without the card would be at least 138.35 Euro, while with the 48-hour I Amsterdam City Card it is only 85 Euro, a saving of over 53 Euro.
Not to mention the additional discounts you would be entitled to for example when entering the Heineken Experience or Body Worlds, where you would save an additional €5 per ticket, or when hiring a bike.
Clearly, the I Amsterdam City Card is only worthwhile if you want to visit several attractions and take a canal cruise. In case you only want to see a few museums or are only interested in public transport, the best choice would be a GVB cumulative ticket and pay separately for the individual admissions.
In addition to the I Amsterdam City Card, there are other city cards that will allow you to save money on museums and attractions, or on transport; each has different features, so if you don’t want to buy the more popular I Amsterdam City Card, choose the one that suits you best.
TheAmsterdam Go City Explorer Pass takes a different approach: the pass allows you free entry to 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 of the city’s attractions from the list below.
Lasts for a maximum of 60 days and is activated on your first visit to a museum. It does not include transport, so it comes in handy if you plan to travel on foot and want to visit a few museums with plenty of time to spare.
Similar to the previous one, but in this case the duration is per day instead of per number of attractions. You can choose a duration of 1, 2, 3 or 5 days and it too does not include transport. The list of available attractions is the same as the Go City Explorer Pass.
Tiqets’ innovative Amsterdam Pass is actually a combination ticket: with one pass you can buy admission to the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, you can take part in a boat tour and you can download an app with an Amsterdam travel guide. In addition, you get a 10% discount on tickets to other attractions on the Tiqets website.
The card is the only one that includes the Van Gogh Museum, but it is convenient if you only intend to visit the attractions included in the Pass and nothing else! It does not include transport.
If you are not the museum type but still want to get around the city and optimise your travels, get a transport card. We have listed them on the Amsterdam Transport page, but we will summarise them briefly here as well.
The best-selling, allows unlimited travel on all GVB trams, buses, metros and ferries. It does not include travel on regional buses of the Connexxion, EBS and Syntus companies, nor NS trains. It also does not include travel to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on the NS regional train.
It can last from 1 to 7 days.
The Amsterdam Travel Ticket is more comprehensive than the previous one and allows, in addition to unlimited travel on trams, buses, night buses, metros and ferries operated by GVB, travel by train between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and any of the following Amsterdam train stations: Amstel, Bijlmer Arena, Central Station, Holendrecht, Lelylaan, Muiderpoort, RAI, Sciencepark, Sloterdijk, Zuid and Duivendrecht.
The ticket is also valid on the Amsterdam Airport Express and the Connexxion-operated buses 397 and Niteliner N97, which depart from the Schiphol Airport Bus Platform.
If you want to dedicate a day or more to discovering the surroundings of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket is the ticket for you: it includes unlimited travel on trains in the Amsterdam Region as well as all means of transport operated by the transport companies GVB, EBS and Connexxion, in the centre of Amsterdam and its region, including the Amsterdam Airport Express and the 397 and N97 buses from Schiphol Airport.
During the Keukenhof opening season this ticket is valid for buses 852, 858, 859 operated by Arriva and line 50 operated by Connexxion.