Have you already heard about I amsterdam City Card? Well, what most people know is that it gives a free access to 70+ 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. And here they go!
Important: Because of current COVID-19 regulations you are now required to book time slots before visiting City Card activities.
What is included in I amsterdam City Card?
free admission to 70 museums and attractions in Amsterdam, including the Van Gogh museum and the Rijksmuseum (check the full list here >>)
free canal cruise in Amsterdam, as well as in Haarlem, Zaanse Schans and Volendam
Each component is activated separately at the moment of first use (the first time you check-in at public transport or enter a museum or attraction).
3. Use your I amsterdam City Card.
for traveling by public transport with the City Card you just need to scan your card when entering and leaving a bus, tram or metro (do check-in and check-out). Learn more about using public transport in Amsterdam.
Because of current COVID-19 safety measures you are required to book time slots before visiting most of museums and attractions. Find out how to book your time slots.
Which canal cruises are free with I amsterdam City Card?
Here is an official full list of participating cruise companies in Amsterdam. You can also take a free cruise in Haarlem, Zaanse Schans and Volendam. Please check pages 38 – 40 and page 42 of the official I amsterdam brochure for more information.
I amsterdam City Card and travelling by train
Train service is not included in the City Card. If you are planning to explore the Netherlands, we recommend to buy a public transport Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket.
On I amsterdam official website you can find out what’s included in I amsterdam city card. And here are the card’s hints and hidden treasures, that will make I amsterdam City Card totally worth the money you pay.
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 – 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.
2. The card’s transport and museum components 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 a museum, attraction or take a canal cruise.
Keeping this in mind, you can plan your itenenary 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 line 397, which is operated by Connexxion company).
BUT here is the trick: you can still travel to/from Schiphol with the GVB transport. If you are travelling from Amsterdam to Schiphol, take a tram line 2, which departs from Amsterdam Central station. Ride to Antwerpenbaan tram stop (it will take 40 minutes). Here you need to switch to the GVB bus line 69, direction Schiphol Airport/Plaza, which will take you to the airport in 12 minutes.