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!
From 2018 entrance to the Rijksmuseum is also included in I amsterdam City Card. Please note that if you want to visit All the Rembrandts exhibition (from 15 February through 10 June 2019) you need to book a time slot at the museum’s official website.
For the Van Gogh museum you must book a time slot on I amsterdam official website. To book a time slot at the Van Gogh Museum you need to have your City Card on hand.
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, 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.
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.
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. It was good to have a coffee break!
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.