I amsterdam City Card. Is it worth it?

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!

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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?

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.

I amsterdam City Card is available in five options: for 24, 48, 72, 96 or 120 Hours.

I amsterdam City Card prices in 2021
  • card valid for 24 hours – € 65
  • card valid for 48 hours – € 85
  • card valid for 72 hours – € 105
  • card valid for 96 hours – € 120
  • card valid for 120 hours – € 130

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I amsterdam City Card: how it works

1. Order you card online. Your card can be delivered to your hotel or home address. You can also pick it up at I amsterdam Visitor Centers at Schiphol airport or near Amsterdam Centraal train station (addresses and opening times).

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2. Activate your I amsterdam City Card. It works automatically, you don’t need to do anything extra. The card has two components:

  • public transport
  • museums and attractions.

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.

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket (ARTT) is valid for 1 – 3 days of unlimited travel by train, bus, tram and metro in Amsterdam and surrounding areas (including Volendam, Edam, Marken, Zaanse Schans, Haarlem, Zandvoort and Keukenhof. See the full list of included routes). Prices in 2021:

  • 1 day – € 19,50
  • 2 days – € 28,00
  • 3 days – € 36,50

The ticket is valid from the first time you check in until 04:00 hours after the last valid day. Order Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket online >>

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket

I amsterdam City Card tips

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.

I amsterdam City card, what is included and is it worth it?

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.

I amsterdam city card, price, what's included 2021, review

3. You can get free compliments and gifts

You can find a full list of free giveaways and discounts here. They include free walking tour guide in Volendam and Enkhuizen, free brochure in Haarlem tourist information office, free cup of coffee or tea in a museum cafe in Naarden (the list of gifts and free extras is subject to change).

I amsterdam city card, what is included

4. You can travel from Amsterdam to Schiphol with your I amsterdam City Card

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.

You can order your I amsterdam City Card online, pick it up in Schiphol or near Amsterdam Central station and start using it immediately.

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I amsterdam City Card pick-up locations

After completing the online booking process, you will get an e-mail confirmation. Please print it and collect your I amsterdam City Card at one of following locations:

  • Amsterdam Central Station: I amsterdam Store, on the North side of the station. Open Monday – Wednesday: 08:00 – 19:00, Thursday – Saturday: 8.00 – 20.00, Sunday: 10:00 – 16:00.
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: I amsterdam Visitor Information Centre Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Arrivals Hall 2: Holland Tourist Information. Open daily from 07:00 to 22:00.
  • Amsterdam Central Station: I amsterdam Visitor Information Centre at Stationsplein 10 (on the square opposite the main station entrance) Open Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – 18:00.

Opening times in pick-up locations may be subject to change. Please double-check it on I amsterdam official website.

Enjoy your visit to Amsterdam!


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