Just like every big city has a card for tourists, Amsterdam also has a card called I Amsterdam City Card. If you are in Amsterdam for a touristic visit and want to visit every part of the city, this is a card you should get without thinking.
What is the I Amsterdam City Card?
The I Amsterdam City Card is a sightseeing card that gives you free entry to museums and attractions, as well as free public transportation. The card can be purchased online, at museums and attractions, with options for several days. This card is the best way to save money and make the most of your time in Amsterdam.
What are the advantages of the I Amsterdam City Card?
The I Amsterdam City Card is a card that gives free or discounted access to the city’s top attractions, museums and public transportation. Cardholders also benefit from special deals in restaurants, shops and entertainment venues.
With the I Amsterdam City Card, you can take advantage of public transportation within the city. You can use your card unlimitedly in all areas of city transportation such as buses and trams, without the hassle of buying tickets or giving money. Anyway, the transportation is very punctual and you can easily get everywhere.
If you want to visit many places in a short time, you need to take advantage of the beauties of transportation. There is something I encountered for the first time in Amsterdam about transportation. Normally, you have to scan your card or ticket while boarding. In Amsterdam, you also have to scan your boarding pass when you get off. This is called check-in and check-out.
Is the Amsterdam City Card really necessary?
When buying an Amsterdam City Card, first know how many days you want to buy it for. You can get a 24 hour card for €55, a 48 hour card for €65, a 72 hour card for €75 and a 96 hour card for €85. Depending on how long you plan to stay in the city, choose the card that best suits your needs. It more than pays for itself.
If you consider that the total entrance fee for Artis Zoo, Van Gogh Museum, Tropenmuseum and Micropia is 66€, and if you add that you have free entrance to dozens of museums and free transportation, you can easily understand the convenience of the card.
Where to buy an I Amsterdam City Card?
If you want to buy an I Amsterdam City Card, there are a few different places you can go. There are many points where you can buy an Amsterdam City Card, including Schiphol Airport, Centraal Station, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and many more. We bought it from Zeeburg Camping campground where we stayed.
Buying the card does not mean that the card starts to expire. The card expires when you enter a museum or when you scan it in the transportation system and is calculated by the hour.
Tips for using the city card
If you have a lot of time, visiting the places that are not covered by the Amsterdam Card first will allow you to benefit from the card for longer. For example, Anne Frank House Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Sex Museum and Amsterdam Body Worlds are among the paid museums you can visit in advance.
The Amsterdam Card, which comes with a nice booklet and a free tourist map of the city, is not limited to these. You also get a €2.50 discount at the Rijksmuseum in Museum Square. You can also enter the Houseboat Museum in Amsterdam and take a free €16 tour of the Amsterdam Arena stadium of Dutch team Ajax.
Take advantage of discounts. In addition to free entry to many attractions, the I Amsterdam City Card also offers discounts at some restaurants and shops. Be sure to ask about available discounts when using the card.
Free canal tour in Amsterdam
It is free with the Amsterdam Card to visit the canals that make Amsterdam what it is and add natural beauty to the city. To join the €16 Amsterdam Canal Tours, I recommend you to use the boat tours near Amsterdam Centraal train station. You will definitely see the Amsterdam Card sign at the entrance, you can board for free.
I Amsterdam City Card is a great way to see the city, whether you’re a tourist or a local. It gives you free access to many of the city’s attractions and public transportation, and it’s easy to use. I would recommend this card to anyone visiting Amsterdam.