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Amsterdam City Passes

With an Amsterdam City passes you can enter many museum easily and quickly. A canal cruise, public transport tickets and discount to other attractions are usually included. Most cards also come with a handy 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.

Though Amsterdam passes do not necessarily save you much money, most visitors are very positive about their Amsterdam card. It made their visit to Amsterdam stress free, because there was no need to buy tickets for trains, trams and the busy museums. They could skip those long waiting lines in front of the popular museums.

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

To make a decision, you need to know which museums you want to see. The Anne Frank House is never included in any passes. Also take into account that Amsterdam is not Paris or London. The amount of worthwhile museums and attractions is limited in Amsterdam.

RECOMMENDED READ: Amsterdam Exhibitions Calendar 2018 – 2019

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

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, even small, 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?

Popular attractions like the Amsterdam Dungeon, Heineken Experience and ADAM Lookout are only discounted (25%). The discount only works within the time your card is valid.  So if you have the card only for one or two days, you probably don’t have time to use the discount.

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 2 to 6 skip-the-line entrances to a wide range of museums and attractions in all of Holland. You can visit other museums and attractions with a discount. The discount is variable, sometimes up to 50%, and valid for a month. Also included is a canal cruise. You can do the canal cruise also in another city, like Leiden, Utrecht or Haarlem. The Holland Pass comes with a handy guidebook.

Price Holland Pass 2019

The Holland Pass is available in 3 ‘sizes’. Small, €45, buys you 3 free entrances (1 gold). The Medium Holland Pass costs €60 and buys you 4 free entrances (2 gold). Large costs €80 and gives you 6 free entrances (3 gold).

How to use the Holland Pass

When you order the Holland Pass, you need to enter what museums you want to visit for ‘free’. 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. 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.

Amsterdam City Pass: Rijksmuseum
The RIjksmuseum.

What’s good?

The discount is valid for a month and you can use it for a huge choice of attractions, tours, canal cruises and museums in and outside Amsterdam.

What’s bad?

For the full entrances 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.

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

Amsterdam City Pass

Amsterdam City Pass

The Amsterdam City Pass buys skip-the-line admission to the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum. Both are busy museums so if you want to visit them, you’d best buy online tickets in advance anyway. The card further includes an airport transfer by train, 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. This means that if you visit the museum, use the free airport transfer and take the canal cruise, your life will be easier. 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.

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) is about same as the Amsterdam City Card. One difference: you can visit BOTH Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh. The card includes 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.

The Van Gogh Museum. Photo by Jan Kees Steenman

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 3 days.

Amsterdam Sightseeing Pass

The Amsterdam travel pass comes with the Amsterdam Sightseeing Pass. This includes an open ticket for a canal cruise and  20% discount for your tickets for the Van Gogh Museum, Heineken Experience, Rijksmuseum and more are includes. The Amsterdam Sightseeing Pass including the Amsteedam Travel Card costs € 44. You can upgrade the ticket with train tickets from the airport if you don’t want to take the bus.

Booking online: vouchers

When you book online, you will receive vouchers for the the Amsterdam Travel Card and the canal cruise. With the vouchers you can pick up your travel card at the airport or at Amsterdam Central Station. In your email you will receive a discount code and instructions to book tickets for museums and attractions with the 20% discount.

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.