Available in 24-, 48-, or 72-hour versions, the I Amsterdam City Card is good for free travel on busses, trams, and the metro, as well as free admission to most of the city’s major cultural attractions and historic sites.
Created by the Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board, it’s a smart card and travel pass in one, and offers free prepaid admission to more than 50 destinations, as well as discounts at 60 more attractions, shops, and restaurants.
It comes with a pocket guidebook (in English, Dutch, French, Spanish, and German) and there are also free iPhone and Android apps. The apps are a great choice because they download all of the content locally, so you won’t be surprised with expensive international roaming charges while you use it. The guides include contact information for each attraction, along with tips from locals that will help you find off-the-beaten-path activities and suggestions for place to visit outside of the city.
The card includes one canal cruise, which is a great way to get oriented early in your journey. Highlights in the city center include Amsterdams Historisch Museum and Museum van Loon; the Netherlands’ oldest riding school, Hollandsche Manege, in the Oud-West neighborhood; and the Albert Cuypmarkt, an international bazaar full of delicious foods. The De Plantage section of the city has lots of family-friendly activities, including the Artis Royal Zoo, science center NEMO and TunFun.
Top Included Amsterdam Attractions
Van Gogh Museum
Unlimited public transport
FREE City Map
See the complete list of attractions and tours in the sidebar.
Unlike many other vacation smart cards, the I Amsterdam City Card is good for 24, 48, or 72 hours, not calendar days. That means that if you activate a 24-hour card at 5 pm on your first day in the city, it’s good until 5 pm on the following day.
There’s more variety and more tours available than with the Holland Pass.
What Could get better?
You don’t get to skip the queue, so there can be a lot of waiting.
Public transportation is unlimited, but you can only visit each attraction or use a discount once.
Get Your Money’s Worth
The card offers a 50% discount on parking at several P+R Amsterdam parking garages.
Your card doesn’t include transportation to or from the airport.
Special exhibitions at museums like the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum may require an additional surcharge.
Tulip season is from the end of March through the end of May and is a beautiful time to visit the city, especially combined with a stop at the Amsterdam Tulip Museum and Keukenhof Gardens (which aren’t open any other time of year).
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Where to Buy It
The card is available at many outlets. You can buy it at Expedia, Orbitz or Travelocity or you can buy it once you get to Amsterdam but these are not great options as you may pay more. The best place the buy the card is at the Viator website. Viator guarantees the lowest prices, no-fee cancelling, no-fee date changes, 24/7 customer care, and airline miles (with a minimum spend).