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!
From 26 January 2022 museums and attractions in Amsterdam are open again. Because of current COVID-19 regulations you are required to book time slots before visiting City Card activities.
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.