Amsterdam City Passes

Amsterdam City Passes for discounted museums & attractions

Amsterdam city passes can be fast way to save money. The problem is that these cards are rather expensive to buy. You have to visit many museums and attend attractions to save money. Also, when you buy your souvenirs and eat at the places in Amsterdam where you Amsterdam city pass is accepted.


There are 3 discount Amsterdam city passes: the I Amsterdam City Card, the Amsterdam Holland Pass and the Amsterdam City Pass. The I Amsterdam Card is the most famous because it’s the official discount card. It is also the most unpractical card. You will have to visit all of the museums in a short period of time. That can make a relaxing holiday feel hurried and stressful. The Amsterdam Holland Pass gives you more time to see museums, but again, planning is essential. The Amsterdam City Pass just gives you one museum from a choice of 2, but it comes with a free airport transfer. Below these 3 options, there are many combination deals available. Recommended if you already know what you wanna do and just want to save some money.

I Amsterdam City Card

Iamsterdam City Card

The I Amsterdam Card you can get unlimited access to 44 museums and attractions in Amsterdam and free use of buses, trams and metro for as long as 1, 2, 3 or 4 days.  Furthermore, you can a canal cruise for free. The I Amsterdam City Card comes with a city map and a magazine.


Price I Amsterdam Card 2016

The I Amsterdam Card is not cheap. 1 day card (24h City Card) is € 55, 2 day card (48h) is 65, 3-day pass is 75 and 5 day card (96h) is 85.


How to use I Amsterdam City Card

The best way to use this Amsterdam pass is to do a lot of planning. When you buy the I Amsterdam Card, you get 2 separate passes: the transportation pass for Amsterdam and the free entrance and discount pass. Both Amsterdam passes start counting down the amount of hours when you first use them. So can use one card to visit museums and attractions all day long.


Use your 24 hours wisely!

It’s smart to start the first museum after 10 am. That way, you still go to a museum the next morning as the card is valid for 24 hours. Also, check the opening times of museums so you do the ones they stay open late in the evening.


Canal Cruise

A cruise down the Amsterdam canals is included in the package deal. Use it in the evening, when other museums are closed.

Free public transport

Both discount passes can be used separately.. Start using the free public transport when you want to visit an area, museum or attraction, outside of the city centre. For ideas, check this website, for example spending A week in Amsterdam.


What’s good?

It’s pretty good that this Amsterdam pass gives free admission to 44 museums and attractions in Amsterdam. If you plan it right, you see a lot of museums in one day. Also, a canal cruise and free public transport ticket are both included. With the Holland pass, you have to choose between those.

Maritime Museum Amsterdam

What’s bad?

You need to run to see at least 3 museums in one day to get your money’s worth. You only get 25% discount at Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam’s most popular attractions like Heineken Experience, Madame Tussauds, the Cat Cabinet and the Amsterdam Dungeon. Anne Frank House is not included.

Amsterdam Holland Pass

Amsterdam city pass

The Skip-the-Line Holland Pass: Amsterdam & Holland is pretty interesting as it offers 2 to 6  free entrances to Holland’s most interesting museums and attractions. The Holland Pass is valid for 1 month. Also included is the Transport Ticket, which can be exchanged for a 24h public transport card or a 1-hour canal cruise in the city of your choice.


Price Skip the Line Holland Pass 2016

The Holland Pass  is available in 4 ‘sizes’ : the Small pass, €40, buys you 2 free entrances; Medium: €65, 4 free entrances, Large: €85, 6 free entrances. The admissions are divided into categories: the gold and silver category. The categories have to do with the entrance prices, but in both categories there are very good museums. Still, it is advised to study this in advance.


Transport Ticket

ll sizes come with a Transport Ticket. This can be used for 24h free public transport in Amsterdam or a 1 hour free canal cruise. Also, there is a guide book.

Amsterdam City Pass: Rijksmuseum
RIjksmuseum is for free with the Amstedam City Pass and only discounted with the I Amsterdam Card.

How to use the Holland Pass

The Holland Pass is mostly interesting when you plan to visit not just Amsterdam and you have more time than just a couple of days.



What’s good?

It’s pretty good if you want to visit to Keukenhof in the springtime (free transport +entrance, value is €49 ). You can take the 1-hour canal cruise in either Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Delft, Utrecht or even Giethoorn.


Visit a museum outside Amsterdam

There are many great museums outside Amsterdam included: Kröller Möller, Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, Boymans van Beuningen in Rotterdam and many more.


Extra discount

When you have used all your free entrances, you still get discount for all other museums and attractions in Amsterdam for a month!


What’s bad?

If you are only 2 or 3 days in Amsterdam and you are not planning to see other sights in Holland, this card is a little expensive. You have to choose between a canal cruise and one day free public transport.

Amsterdam City Pass

Amsterdam City Pass

The Amsterdam City Pass is not very complicated. There is not date or time limit.

The Amsterdam City Pass buys you:-

– free access to either Van Gogh Museum OR Rijksmuseum (normal price € 17,50)

– free airport transfer by train (normal price is 2x single ticket of € 5,20 = €11,40)-

– 1-hour canal cruise by Lover Canal Cruises (normal price €16)

– 20% discount on many other attractions and museums in Amsterdam.

Average price of museums

To compare buying a card or not buying a card,you need to know the normal entrance prices of Amsterdam museums.

Normal prices of Amsterdam museums vary from 9 (Museum Van Loon, Our Lord in the Attic) to 17,50 (Hermitage, Rijksmuseum, Madame Tussauds, Heineken Experience).

There are also a lot of quirky museums in Amsterdam that in many cases that have not joined the Amsterdam city passes. Examples are Hasj & Hemp museum, Torture Museum and Sex Museum. Entrance in those museums is around 8 euros.

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

Average price of public transport

Buses, trams and metro all use the same system as long as you want to travel within the city limits.

One hour of travel inside Amsterdam has a standard price of €2,90. You can buy a one way ticket at the driver. For the metro  (which you probably don’t need) you can buy a ticket from the machine.

A 24 hour free pass costs €7,50 (children 2,5). 2 days is €12,50, 3 days is €17,50.

Combination deals

If you know exactly what you want to do during your Amsterdam visit, it’s best to check the combination deals below to get a good discount.

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