Have you already heard about I amsterdam City Card? Well, what most people know is that it gives you free access to 40+ museums, the city’s top attractions and free public transport in Amsterdam. However there are still a few not widely known things that will help you benefit from I amsterdam City Card. Check out our review!
Important: Because of current COVID-19 regulations you are now required to book time slots before visiting City Card activities.
On I amsterdam official website you can check what’s included in I amsterdam city card. And we’ll focus on the card’s hints and hidden treasures, that will make I amsterdam City Card totally worth the money you play.
So, what is good to know to make I amsterdam City Card absolutely worth it?
You can use your card for one extra day
Though some people mistakenly think that I amsterdam City Card is valid for 1 – 5 days, it is valid exactly what the number of your card says: 24, 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours. So if you activate your card on your first day, let’s say, at 11:00, it will still be valid till 11:00 on the day after the last one. You can, for example, enter the Artis Royal Zoo at 10:30 and spend half of the day there.
The card’s transport and museum element are activated separately
The City Card contains two elements – one for the GVB public transport, the other one for museums, attractions and a canal cruise. They are both activated automatically: the transport element at the moment you first use tram, bus or metro. The museum element – the first time you visit museum, attraction or take a canal cruise.
Note: during the Amsterdam Light Festival you can use your I amsterdam City Card at all major canal cruise tour operators untill 15:00. After this time you can exclusively use your City Card at Lovers Canal Cruises, located at Prins Henddrikkade 25.
Keeping this in mind, you can plan your agenda correspondingly to get the best out of your 24 – 120 hours in museums and in public transport.
In general, I amsterdam City Card does NOT give you free travel by train or direct Amsterdam Airport Express bus (bus №397, which is operated by Connexxion company).
BUT here comes the trick: you can still travel to/from Schiphol with GVB transport. If you are travelling from Amsterdam to Schiphol, take a tram №2, which departs from Amsterdam Central station. Ride to Antwerpenbaan tram stop (it will take approx. 40 minutes). Here you need to switch to GVB bus №69, direction Schiphol Airport/Plaza, which will take you to the airport in 12 minutes.