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!
So, what exactly is included into I amsterdam City Card?
I amsterdam City Card is available in 4 options: for 24-, 48-, 72-, or 96-Hours.
I amsterdam City Card prices in 2017
- card valid for 24 hours – €57
- card valid for 48 hours – €67
- card valid for 72 hours – €77
- card valid for 96 hours – €87
You can easily check a full list of I amsterdam City Card official benefits online, they are no secret. 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?
1. You can use your card for one extra day.
Though some people mistakenly think that I amsterdam City Card is valid for 1, 2, 3, 4 days, it is valid exactly what the number of your card says: 24, 48, 72 or 96 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 use this trick and for example, enter the Artis Royal Zoo at 10:30 and spend half of the day there.
2. The card’s transport and museum element are activated separately.
The City Card contains two elements – one for 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 tour. Keeping this in mind, you can plan your agenda correspondingly to get the best out of your 24-96 hours in museums and in public transport.
3. You can skip the line in the Van Gogh museum.
I amsterdam City Card and Museum Card holders take a separate line in the Van Gogh museum. It is usually a way shorter and faster than a normal line. It can save you hours, depending on the season.
4. You can get free compliments and gifts.
You will find a full list of free giveaways in the brochure that goes with I amsterdam City Card. They include free walking tour in Volendam, free walking tour brochure in Enkhuizen, free set of postcards (actually, two cards – they give you one and you can pick one more yourself) in Haarlem tourist information office. The most mysterious giveaway listed in the brochure is a gift in De Bijenkorf luxury shopping center. We’ve checked it – and the gift was a coupon for a free cup of coffee or tea in De Bijenkorf self-service restaurant. Well, it was good to have a coffee break!
5. You can travel from and to Schiphol with your I amsterdam City Card.
Now please read it carefully. I amsterdam City Card itself does NOT give you free travel by train or direct Amsterdam Airport Express bus (bus №197, 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.
You can order your I amsterdam city card online, pick it up in I amsterdam Visitor Centre at Schiphol or near Amsterdam Central station, and start using it immediately.
Enjoy your visit to Amsterdam!