Amsterdam City Passes

Amsterdam passes give you easy and quick access to many museums.  A canal cruise, public transport tickets and discount to other attractions are also included. Some Amsterdam passes come with a map of Amsterdam, a magazine in English with up to date information about things to do in Amsterdam and surroundings and sometimes (I Amsterdam Card) even an app for your phone.

But which Amsterdam Pass is the best? There are five Amsterdam passes available. There is the ‘official’ and most expensive I Amsterdam City Card, the more complex Amsterdam Holland Pass, the simple Amsterdam City Pass and Amsterdam City Card Plus (formerly Museum Card) and the Amsterdam Sightseeing Pass.

An Amsterdam Pass can save you money when you use it wisely. Tips on how to best use these cards are included. When you buy the Amsterdam passes from this website, you are helping me!

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I Amsterdam City Card

Iamsterdam City Card

The I Amsterdam Card gives unlimited access to more than 70 museums and attractions in Amsterdam and free use of public transport for either 1, 2, 3 or 4 days. A canal cruise is included. The I Amsterdam City Card comes with a city map, an app and a nice magazine listing current things to do.

Price I Amsterdam Card 2019

Prices I Amsterdam Card:

  • € 60 – 24h City Card
  • € 76 – Two days (48h)
  • € 88 – Three days

Tips on how to use the I Amsterdam Card

The I Amsterdam Card comes with two passes: one car for public transport and one card for attractions. Both passes start counting down the amount of hours the moment you first use them.

•   Walk to the museums, the city center is small enough.

•   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.

•   Visit the Van Gogh Museum on Friday evening.

•   Use the Canal Cruise in the evening, when the museums are closed or in the early afternoon, when the museums are busiest.

•   Start using your Public 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.

Maritime Museum Amsterdam
The Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.

Conclusion

The I Amsterdam Card is the best choice if:

•   You buy a card for longer than 24 hours (2 – 4 days)
•   You plan to visit only Amsterdam and not its surroundings
•   Your hotel/accommodation is located outside the city center and you plan to use public transport a lot
•   You want to see at least three museums every day

Holland Pass

Amsterdam Holland Pass

The Holland Pass buys you entrances to a wide range of museums and attractions in all of The Netherlands. You can go whenever you like. You can use the discount pass to visit visit even more museums and attractions in Holland. The discount is variable, sometimes up to 50%, and valid for a month.

Prices Holland Pass 2019

Prices Holland Pass:

€ 45 – Small: 3 entrances (1 Gold)
€ 60 – Medium: 4 entrances (2 Gold)
€ 80 – Large: 6 entrances (3 Gold)

Tips to use the Holland Pass

•   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.

•   The discount is valid for a month. Use it for tours, canal cruises and museums in and outside Amsterdam.

•   You can do the canal cruise also in another city, like Leiden, Utrecht or Haarlem. The Holland Pass comes with a handy guidebook.

Amsterdam City Pass: Rijksmuseum
The RIjksmuseum.

Conclusion

The Holland Pass is your best option when:

•   You want to see more of Holland than just Amsterdam

•   You are interested in seeing museums as well as taking a guided tour by bike or foot and more ‘fun’ attractions, like the Heineken Experience

•   You don’t want rush to see many museums in one day

Amsterdam City Pass

Amsterdam City Pass

The Amsterdam City Pass buysadmission to the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum. Both museums are very popular. If you want to visit them, you’d best buy online tickets anyway. The card further includes an Airport Transfer (train ticket), a Canal Cruise and 20% discount on many other attractions and museums in Amsterdam.

Price Amsterdam City Pass 2019

The official Amsterdam City Pass costs € 50,50.

Tips for how to use the Amsterdam City Pass

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

•   To benefit financially, you need to use the 20% discount for other 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.

Conclusion

The Amsterdam City Card is the best Amsterdam city pass for you when:

  • •   You are certain you want to visit either Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh Museum and go on a canal cruise
  • •   You want to see some more museums or attractions, or take a guided tour with discount
  • •   You are worried about the ticket vending machine at the airport to get train tickets

City Pass Plus

The Amsterdam City Card Plus (formerly called Museum Card for Tourists) includes tickets to BOTH Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh,  a canal cruise and a two-way Airport Transfer by Train. You get 20% discount on other museums and attractions.

Price Amsterdam City Card Plus 2019

The Amsterdam City Card costs € 75,50.

Conclusion

The Amsterdam City Card Plus can make your visit easier. But you need to use all the benefits of the card to not loose money. A canal cruise costs about € 16. Both museums cost € 20 at the door. A two-way train ticket is about € 11. That means you need to use the discount for at least € 10 to financially benefit from this Amsterdam pass.

Amsterdam Sightseeing Pass

The Amsterdam Sightseeing Pass includes an open ticket for a canal cruise and 20% discount for your tickets for the Van Gogh Museum, Heineken Experience, Rijksmuseum and more. The Amsterdam Sightseeing Pass includes an Public Transport Card for Amsterdam. A bus from the airport is included, but you can upgrade with train tickets if you don’t want to take the bus into town.

Amsterdam Travel Ticket

All public transport in Amsterdam works with the OV-chipcard. It’s not an easy system for outsiders. With the Amsterdam Travel Card, you can hop in and out of all the public transport in Amsterdam (tram, bus, night bus, metro) for 1, 2 or 3 days.

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 & 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 end of March till half May. You need to select the date that you want to visit Keukenhof, but you can take the canal cruise when you like.

Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum & Canal Cruise

Combine a visit to the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and a canal cruise, skip the long lines and save money. For the Van Gogh Museum you need to select a date and a time slot for entrance.