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Which Amsterdam Tourist Pass or Card is Best?

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This post compares all of the Amsterdam discount tourist cards available.

We include an analysis of reviews, prices, what is included in each card/pass, and the pros and cons of each pass.

The passes included in this post have exclusive savings and easy access to many of the most popular destinations in Amsterdam.


BEFORE YOU BUY

There are a variety of different passes to choose from, so it will be important to pick a tourist pass that best fits your plans while in Amsterdam. 

An all-inclusive tourist pass will typically provide admission to a lot of different locations for free, as well as several tours and transportation around the city.

Amsterdam City Passes

Usually, these types of passes can save you the most money (up to 55% off), but it is also usually the most expensive option.

build-your-own-pass will allow you to pick a specific number of attractions to see for one low price.

If you don’t feel like paying for a bunch of activities that you might not have time for, this may be a great way to select only the places you want to experience.

You can also choose a preset-package which includes access to a few specific locations.

These attractions are usually some of the most popular places to visit, but an all-inclusive pass may be a better option if you want to see more while in Amsterdam.

Finally, there is also a museum pass which focuses primarily on museums. If you’re more interested in the art and culture of Amsterdam, this is going to be your best bet.

That being said, this pass offers far less than the others and it is very limited in scope. 

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ALL-INCLUSIVE PASSES

There are two passes which can be described as all-inclusive. This option will allow you to visit several different locations in Amsterdam without paying admission. 


I AMSTERDAM CITY CARD

If you are planning to visit a lot of different locations in this city, the I Amsterdam City Card may be the best option for you.

Included with this card is access to over 44 museums and attractions.

You also get unlimited rides on the GVB buses, trams, and metros for the period of time you purchased. However, the card does NOT include train travel.

You’ll also enjoy discounted rates to a host of restaurants and cafés in the city + a free canal cruise – arguably the best way to see Amsterdam.

The attraction pass also comes with a downloadable map detailing savings at each attraction.

The biggest difference you will notice between this card and other all-inclusive passes is the price tag.

The I Amsterdam City Card is much more affordable than the other option on our list, and it may be a better value for some travelers.

That being said, there are services available with the Amsterdam Pass which are not included with this card such as the hop-on/hop-off bus, Amsterdam boat tour, the Heineken Experience, and Madame Tussauds.


Prices

  • 24-hours: €65
  • 48-hours: €85
  • 72-hours: €105
  • 96-hours: €120
  • 120-hours: €130

Purchase an I Amsterdam City Card


What’s Included


Additional Information

After you purchase your card online, you will receive an email confirmation.

You can choose to have the card delivered to your home for an additional shipping cost or you can pick up your card in Amsterdam at either the Amsterdam Central Station or Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

There is no discounted price for children, but many of the attractions offered are very kid-friendly, so it may still be worth the price.

It is recommended to plan ahead with the purchase of this card.

The downloadable map includes the hours of operations at each destination, so it is best to gauge how long you intend to spend at each location and group together activities in the same area.


Reviews for I Amsterdam City Card

The I Amsterdam City Card comes highly recommended by both the TripAdvisor and GetYourGuide community.

Reviews are extremely positive, with many declaring the card simplifies the hassle of waits for attractions and transport around the city.

Users agree the card is well worth the price, so don’t be deterred from the initial sticker shock.

An overwhelming majority suggest the card makes traveling the city much more affordable and stress-free.


Go Amsterdam Pass

This is a new all-inclusive pass that offers free admission to more than 30 different attractions in Amsterdam.

Go City Pass on a Smartphone. Image Source: GoCity.com.

In addition to all of the different activities you can enjoy, you will also receive a hop-on-hop-off boat tour.

The Go Amsterdam Pass is valid for 12 months after your initial purchase, so you can buy it ahead of time and still enjoy it many months later when you go on vacation.

Each pass comes with a digital guidebook to help you find your way around the city. The main difference between the Go Amsterdam Pass and the I Amsterdam City Card is the price tag and the attractions included.

Although the Go Amsterdam Pass is more expensive, it also comes with multiple excursions to areas outside of the city, making this an excellent option for day trips. 

In addition to a bus excursion to Zaanse Schans, this service also includes the Zaanse Schans Card, which provides access to Zaanse Museum, Zaanse Time Museum, Weaver's House and Cooperage.

These two benefits alone would cost you just as much as a 1 day pass, so anything else you'd use the pass to do would essentially be free!


Prices 

The prices below are the full retail price.  The Amsterdam Pass often runs discounts, so be sure to take a look on their website.

  • 1 Day €66 - Adult | €33 - Child (age 4-12)
  • 2 Days €91 - Adult | €46 - Child (age 4-12)
    • Price per day: €45.50 - Adult | €23 - Child (age 4-12)
  • 3 Days €112 - Adult | €57 - Child (age 4-12)
    • Price per day: €37.33 - Adult | €19 - Child (age 4-12)
  • 5 Days €145 - Adult | €74 - Child (age 4-12)
    • Price per day: €29 - Adult | €14.80 - Child (age 4-12)

More information or to purchase


What’s Included

  • Free Admission to 30+ Attractions such as:
    • Moco Museum
    • House of Bols
    • Johan Cruijff Stadium Tour
    • Volendam, Edam & Windmills Bus Excursion
    • Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Tour
    • Keukenhof Bus Excursion
    • Zaanse Schans Bus Excursion
    • Zaanse Schans Card
    • Pedal Boat Rental
    • THIS IS HOLLAND
    • Macbike Bike Rental
    • And More!

PRESET PACKAGE PASS

These tourist passes include only a specific selection of attractions for free.

In addition to the preset package they provide, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy discounts at several additional locations.

For more details on this type of pass, read our before you buy section. 


AMSTERDAM CITY PASS

Amsterdam-City-Pass

This pass is a bare-bones discount card that includes a few attractions that you are very likely to visit while in Amsterdam.

By bundling these items into a pass, you will save some money on admission to specific locations and receive 20% discounts at many other attractions.

This option is best for people who are only planning to visit a few attractions and prefer the convenience of having your pass before you even arrive in Amsterdam.

Once you have completed booking your pass, you will receive your tickets by e-mail as well as the 20% discount code for your additional attractions.

You can use your smartphone as your ticket, so there is no need to carry a paper pass or a card around.

One thing to note is that the 10% discounts on other attractions require you to book tickets for those attractions here.


What's Included

  • One-way trip Airport train transfer (Normal price €9.50)
  • Skip-the-line ticket for the Rijksmuseum (Normal price €20)
  • Skip-the-line ticket for the Van Gogh Museum (Normal price €19)
  • Ticket for a 1-hour Canal Cruise (Normal price €19)
  • Audio Tour of Dam Square (Normal price €5.50)
  • Audio Tour of Amsterdam City (Normal price €9)
  • 10% discount on a dozen museums, including:
    • The Stedelijk Museum
    • Moco Museum
    • Amsterdam Museum
    • NEMO Science center
    • FOAM and more
  • 10% discount on attractions and activities including:
  • 10% off out of town trips including:
    • Den Haag
    • Rotterdam
    • Brussels
    • Bruges

Prices 

  • Adults (19+) | € 71
  • Adults (18) | €45
  • Teens (14-17) | €19
  • Children (4-13) | €15
  • All ticket prices above include a ticket processing fee of €1,75.

Click here to purchase the Amsterdam City Pass.


MUSEUM PASSES

Unlike the other options, this tourist pass only provides free admission to museums.

The Museum Pass does not include transportation of any kind or discounts on any additional attractions.

That being said, it does give you free admission to museums that are not included with any other pass. 


MUSEUMKAART

The Museumkaart (National Museum Card) is a unique opportunity for museum lovers visiting the Netherlands.

This card provides free access to 33 museums spread across the Netherlands, including the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House.

While this card does not include any other discounted rates for attractions throughout Amsterdam, it is ideal for travelers who plan to spend much of their time in museums.

The card is valid for one year! Unlike other passes, this card is unique in that you can visit the same museums an unlimited amount of times.

Because you have an entire year, you might want to take advantage of that opportunity.

The card can only be purchased once you are in Amsterdam. The Museumkaart is available at museums listed below.

It is easy to purchase; you only have to fill out a form, bring your passport with you and your card will be created.


Museums Included (and where you can purchase the card):

  • Amsterdam Museum
  • Anne Frank House
  • Hermitage Amsterdam
  • Joods Historisch Museum (JHM) (Jewish Historical Museum)
  • Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)
  • Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House)
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam (Maritime Museum)
  • Stedelijk Museum
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Verzetsmuseum (Dutch Resistance Museum)
  • And over 20 more!

Prices 

  • Adults: €64.90
  • Youth (13-18): €32.45
  • Children (12 and younger): €32.45
  • Each pass includes a €4.95 administration fee

Get more information or to purchase.


Reviews for Museumkaart Card

The biggest difference in reviews for the Museumkaart and its competitors is whether or not buyers intend to visit many of the museums while on their stay in the Netherlands.

Many of the reviews from the TripAdvisor community suggest that this is the best option with that in mind.

Some users express frustrations that the card does not include similar discounts into other attractions like the I Am Amsterdam or Holland Pass does.

Therefore it is not recommended for tourists looking for discounts beyond the scope of museums. 


AMSTERDAM NIGHTLIFE TICKET

If you're a fan of clubs and late nights, then the Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket is for you.

With this ticket, you get two days of unlimited access to over 30 clubs plus more nightlife experiences and drink deals.

This pass is very specifically targeted and perfect if you prefer to stay up until dawn, or even if you just want to make the most of your early evenings.

Some other interesting perks of this card include €10 Uber ride and €10 Uber eats credit for first-time use of those services, a free make-up makeover, and late-night games. 


Some Clubs and Experiences Include:

  • Melkweg
  • Chicago Social Club
  • Air Amsterdam
  • Club Escape
  • Blue Ivy Nightclub
  • Claire
  • Club John Doe
  • Radion
  • Club Panama
  • Holland Casino
    • Free Drink Included
  • Hard Rock Cafe
    • 2 for 1 Cocktails
  • Powerzone Bowling Deals
  • 2 for 1 Laser Tag and Mini Golf

Prices

  • €10 for 1 Day
  • €12 for 2 Days
  • €20 for 7 Days
  • There is a €1 fee per ticket purchased.
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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: November 9th, 2021

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