Amsterdam City Passes

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Amsterdam city passes can save money and time. But free passes and discount cards are also expensive. To get your money worth, you need to visit a lot of museums and attractions in Amsterdam within a short amount of time. It helps to plan your trip to Amsterdam when you want to make the best use of a city pass.

There are 4 discount Amsterdam city passes: I Amsterdam City Card, Amsterdam Holland Pass, Amsterdam City Pass and Amsterdam City Pass Plus (formerly Museum Card).

The I Amsterdam City Card is interesting when you want to visit many museums in Amsterdam within a short period of time. The Holland Pass gives you more time and a bigger choice of museums and attractions in entire Holland. The Amsterdam City Pass and Amsterdam City Pass Plus are more straight forward and easier to use. These Amsterdam city passes give 1 or 2 free admissions and discounts all others attractions.

I Amsterdam City Card

Iamsterdam City Card

The I Amsterdam Card gives unlimited access to almost 44 museums in Amsterdam and free use of public transport for 1, 2, 3 or 4 days. It also gives a canal cruise for free. The I Amsterdam City Card comes with a city map and a very nice magazine listing current things to do. 

 

Price I Amsterdam Card 2018

The I Amsterdam Card is not cheap. A 1-day card (24h City Card) is € 60, a 2-day card (48h) is € 76, a 3-day pass is €88.

 

How to use the I Amsterdam City Card

The I Amsterdam Card comes with 2 separate passes: a transportation pass and a free ‘entrance and discount’ pass. Both Amsterdam passes start counting down the amount of hours the moment you first use them.

Use your 24 hours wisely!

Use your time wisely. Get into 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. You can visit the Van Gogh Museum on friday evening!

Free canal cruise

A canal cruise is included. Use it in the evening, when the museums are closed.

Free public transport

Most museums are located in the centre within walking distance. Start using your transport card when you want to visit a neighbourhood or museum outside the city centre. For ideas check Amsterdam neighbourhoods and A week in Amsterdam.

What’s good?

This Amsterdam pass gives free admission to almost all museums in Amsterdam. If you are into art and history and you love visiting as many museums as possible in a short period of time, the I Amsterdam City Card is perfect for you.

Maritime Museum Amsterdam
The Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.

What’s bad?

You need to run to see at least 3 museums in one day to get your money’s worth.  Also, popular attractions like ADAM Lookout and Heineken Experience are only discounted. The discount only works within the time your card is valid so you will probably don’t have time use them. You need to exchange the voucher you get online at the station or the airport.

Not suited for kids

There is no special price for children. Ask yourself how many museums and attractions your child can visit in a short amount of time.

Holland Pass

Amsterdam Holland Pass

The Holland Pass offers 2 to 6 free entrances to a wide range of museums and attractions in Holland. Visit others with a discount that is valid for a month. Also included is a 1-hour canal cruise in the city of your choice. The Holland  Pass comes with a good guidebook.

 

Price Holland Pass 2018

The Holland Pass is available in 3 ‘sizes’. Small, €40, buys you 3 free entrances (1 gold), Medium, €55 for 4 free entrances (2 gold). Large, €75 gives you 6 free entrances (3 gold).

 

How to use the Holland Pass

Think carefully about the museums you would like to visit before you choose this card. The admissions for museums and attractions, but also guided tours, are divided into categories: the gold and silver category. The categories have to do with the entrance prices.

Most popular museums are ‘gold’

The most popular museums and attractions are in the gold category, so if you want to visit the Heineken Brewery, the Rijksmuseum, enjoy a guided tour and see 3 more museums or attractions, then the Large Holland Pass is a good choice.

Free canal cruise

A free canal cruise or a 24-hour City Sightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off Bus tour is included. Always choose the canal cruise.

Amsterdam City Pass: Rijksmuseum
The RIjksmuseum.

What’s good?

The Holland Pass offers free admissions and discount to a huge choice of attractions, tours, canal cruises and museums in and outside Amsterdam. The discount is valid for a month.

Visit a museum outside Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Holland Pass is pretty interesting when you are staying for a longer period of time and you also want to see the sights outside Amsterdam. For example, take a canal cruise in Giethoorn, visit the great Frans Hals museum in Haarlem, or take a side trip to The Hague.

 

What’s bad?

You need to choose on forehand the museums and attractions you want to visit, print the voucher sent to you after your online purchase and hand it in together with ID at a collection point in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam City Pass

Amsterdam City Pass

The Amsterdam City Pass buys admission to the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum, an airport transfer by train, a canal cruise and 20% discount on many other attractions and museums in Amsterdam.

 

Price Amsterdam City Pass 2018

The official Amsterdam City Pass costs € 42,50. This means that if you visit the museum, use the free transfer and take the canal cruise, your life will be easier and you save a few euros. After that, you can use the discount card as much as you like.

 

How to use the Amsterdam City Pass

The Amsterdam City Pass is really easy to use. Just choose (book) the museum of your choice.

What’s good?

You can use the 20% discount on a wide variety of things to do: museums and attractions, bike tours, but also excursions and organised side trips. No date or time limit! Kids can get this Amsterdam city pass with special discount.

What’s bad?

You need give all your travel details and preferred times to visit the museum online.

City Pass Plus

The Amsterdam City Card Plus (formerly called Museum Card for Tourists) is the same as the Amsterdam City Card, but it offers skip-the-line entrance to the Van Gogh Museum as well as the Rijksmuseum.

 

Price Museum Card 2018

The Museum Card for tourists costs € 63,50.

What’s good?

No date and time limit. Also no need to exchange vouchers.

 

What’s bad?

Like the Amsterdam City Pass, you must give your travel details and preferred times to visit the museums online.

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

Amsterdam Travel Ticket

All public transport in Amsterdam works with the OV-chipcard. It’s not an easy system for outsiders. The Amsterdam Travel Ticket offers free public transport in Amsterdam. You can use trams, buses, night buses and the metro. Included is the airport transfer to any station in Amsterdam by train or express bus. Prices are: 1 day = €16, 2 days = €21, 3 days = €26.

Combination Deals

Combination deals are a good choice when you want to visit only a small number of museums. You can skip the line at the museum and get an interesting discount at the same time. They are also a lot easier to understand than the Amsterdam city passes! Below you find special offers for popular combination deals.

Rijksmuseum & Canal Cruise

Combine an hour-long cruise with a visit to the Rijksmuseum. The highlights of the Dutch Golden Age are shown in the Rijksmuseum.

Van Gogh Museum & Canal Cruise

Combine a visit to the Van Gogh Museum with a Canal Cruise. For the Van Gogh Museum you need to select the date and time you want to visit.

Heineken Experience & Canal Cruise

Combine an hour-long cruise with a visit to the former Heineken beer brewery. You need to select the date and the time you want to visit the Heineken Experience.

Stedelijk Museum & Canal Cruise

Combine a visit to the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam Modern Art Museum) with a canal cruise. Tickets are valid for one year, you can choose when and what time to go (cruise leaves every 30 minutes).

Keukenhof & Canal Cruise

Combine a visit to the spring garden Keukenhof with a canal cruise. Keukenhof is open from 22 March to 13 May in 2018. You need to select the date that you want to visit Keukenhof, but you can take the canal cruise when you like.

Van Gogh Museum & Rijksmuseum & Canal Cruise

Combine a visit to the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and a canal cruise and  save some money. For the Van Gogh Museum you need to select a date and a timeslot for entrance.