Amsterdam Card 2024

Are you interested in the official Amsterdam Card?

On this website we present the Amsterdam Card in detail. We explain what the product offers, how it works and where you can buy the City Card. For every product sold, we receive a commission.

Amsterdam Card: Quick overview

The official Amsterdam City Card offers:

  • Free entry to approx. 60 museums & attractions
  • incl. canal tour & walking tour
  • Discount for some top attractions
  • Public transport (metro, tram, bus)
  • Valid for 24 - 120 hours
  • Digital City Card for your mobile phone

Some top attractions: Moco Museum, Rijksmuseum, This is Holland, Zaanse Schans, H'ART Museum, A'DAM Lookout etc.

Price: from 60 € to 125 € - depending on the period of validity

Alternative: Buy on official website


How does the Amsterdam Card work?

The Amsterdam Card is the official tourist card of the Amsterdam Tourist Office. With this card you can visit many sights and museums for free. For some attractions you get a discount on the entrance fee.

You can also use public transport without having to buy a ticket.

Key benefits include:

  • Free entry to around 60 museums & attractions
  • Top attractions: This is Holland, Zaanse Schans, ARTIS Zoo, A'DAM Lookout
  • Top museums: Rijksmuseum, Moco Museum, H'ART Museum, Stedelijk Museum
  • Canal cruise and guided city walk
  • Public transport within Amsterdam

Any number of services can be used within 24, 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours. The only restriction is the period of validity.

The more sights you visit, the more the Amsterdam Card pays off.

After purchase, you will receive all the information and the card itself by email. You do not need to pick up any tickets, as the Amsterdam Card is a purely digital product.

Unfortunately, you cannot skip queues with the Amsterdam Card. However, some sights and museums require a reservation, which reduces the waiting time.


What attractions are included?

The Amsterdam City Card includes around 60 attractions that you can visit without having to buy extra tickets. These include a few popular sights, numerous museums, a canal tour, a guided walking tour of the city and public transport.

Amsterdam Card: Rijksmuseum
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Museums with the Amsterdam Card

With the Amsterdam City Card you can visit many popular museums:

  • Moco Museum
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Stedelijk Museum
  • H'ART Museum
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Grachtenhuis
  • Rembrandt House
  • ….

In addition, you can visit other museums (Show all museums). You can visit most museums at any time during the period of validity of the Amsterdam Card. Some museums require a reservation in advance.

The popular Van Gogh Museum is unfortunately not included! We recommend the combination ticket: Amsterdam Card + Van Gogh Museum.

Attractions with the Amsterdam Card

You can visit the following attractions with the City Card:

  • This is Holland
  • A'DAM Lookout
  • Zaanse Schans
  • Muiderslot
  • ARTIS Zoo
  • Jewish Cultural Quarter
  • Heineken Experience (25% Discount)
  • Madame Tussauds (25% Discount)
  • Johan Cruijff ArenA (25% Discount)
  • … (Show all attractions)

You can visit most attractions at any time during the period of validity of the Amsterdam Card. However, some attractions require a reservation.

Boat trips & tours

But that's not all. The Amsterdam City Card contains some interesting tourist offers that allow you to explore Amsterdam in a comfortable way:

Amsterdam Card incl. canal trip
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What the Amsterdam Card does not include

The Amsterdam Card covers numerous museums, attractions and other tourist offers. However, there are some services that are not covered by the City Card:

Some attractions are included in the Amsterdam Card, but you only get a small discount. This applies, for example, to the Heineken Experience, Madame Tussauds and the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Reservations with the Amsterdam Card

In principle, you can visit most sights at any time with the Amsterdam Card. However, some museums and attractions require a reservation. Reservations are usually made via the official websites of the participating attractions. Some popular attractions that you need to reserve:

  • Moco Museum
  • This is Holland
  • Rijksmuseum
  • ARTIS Zoo

Unfortunately, there is no overview of all sights for which a reservation is required. We recommend downloading the free I Amsterdam App, which is required to use the Amsterdam Card anyway. In the app, some attractions are marked with the word "Timeslot".

Alternatively, you can visit the official website IAmsterdam.com to find the attractions you want to visit. There you will also find information about the reservation procedure (official website).

Public transport with the Amsterdam Card

With the Amsterdam Card you can use public transport in Amsterdam for free. This includes buses, trams and metros operated by the transport company GVB.

Please note that transport from other companies is not included in the Amsterdam Card.

Amsterdam Card with local transport
© Quincy Soudain / Unsplash

Please note that the card cannot be used to travel from the airport to the city as the GVB does not cover this route. However, for the journey from the airport to the city, you can buy a ticket online for the Airport Express Bus.

Please note that in Amsterdam, the card must be held up to the scanner when entering and exiting the bus in order for the journey to be recorded correctly.


Is the Amsterdam Card worth it?

If you want to visit many museums and take advantage of some tourist offers, there are good reasons for the Amsterdam Card. But is it also worth it financially?

This question is answered in this section.

How much does the Amsterdam Card cost?

The price of the Amsterdam Card depends on the period of validity. The longer the City Card is valid, the more expensive it becomes. However, the value for money improves the longer it is valid.

  • 24 hours: 60 €
  • 48 hours: 85 € = 42,50 € per day
  • 72 hours: 100 €
  • 96 hours: 115 €
  • 120 hours: 125 € = 25 € per day

These prices apply to adults. There is no discount for children. For them, the Amsterdam Card is not worthwhile.

Example: Amsterdam Card for 72 hours

In general, the longer the Amsterdam Card is valid, the cheaper it is per day. The most popular variant is the one with a validity period of three days. Each additional day makes the product only slightly more expensive. Using the 3-day card as an example, we show you how much you can save.

AttractionPrice with Amsterdam CardPrice without Amsterdam Card
Amsterdam Card: 72 hrs.100,00 €
Rijksmuseum0,- €22,50 €
Moco Museum0,- €21,95 €
This is Holland0,- €23,50 €
Canal cruise0,- €20,00 €
Guided city walk0,- €25,00 €
Heineken Experience17,25 €23,00 €
Public transport (72 hrs.)0,- €21,00 €
Total117,25 €156,95 €

With the Amsterdam Card, you can save a lot of money if you visit two expensive attractions every day and also use public transport. You should be particularly interested in museums to make the Amsterdam Card worthwhile.

Conclusion: Big savings are possible if the Amsterdam Card is valid for at least three days and you use several expensive services every day.


Purchase, Download & Activation

The Amsterdam Card is an official product of the Tourist Information I Amsterdam. You can get the card at the official website.

You can also buy the City Card through independent ticket platforms such as Tiqets.com and GetYourGuide.

After purchase, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to download the Amsterdam Card. For digital use you need the free I Amsterdam City Card App.

The City Card can be inserted into the app, which contains information about all the offers included.

The Amsterdam Card is activated the first time it is used at an attraction or on public transport.

If you have not yet used your Amsterdam Card, you can cancel your booking free of charge up to 30 days after purchase (applies to purchases on the official website IAmsterdam.com). A purchase via Tiqets.com or GetYourGuide can be cancelled free of charge up to one day before departure.


Arguments against the Amsterdam Card

The official Amsterdam Card is a very good product. However, there are also arguments against the City Card:

No fast track: With the Amsterdam Card, you do not have fast-track access. You have to queue at the ticket office to get your free ticket. Some museums require a reservation, which reduces the waiting time.

Missing attractions: Although the Amsterdam Card covers around 60 sights and museums, some popular attractions are missing: Hop-on/Hop-off bus, Van Gogh Museum and A'DAM Lookout. Some attractions only offer discounts, not free entry.

Not suitable for families: Unfortunately, the Amsterdam Card is not a family card, as there are no reductions for children and young people. However, young visitors have free or reduced admission to many museums anyway. To travel together as a family, you need separate public transport tickets for your children.

Only worth it if you do a lot of sightseeing: This product is only suitable if you are willing to do a lot of sightseeing in a few days and use expensive services to do so. You should mainly be interested in museums. Then a good saving is possible.

Reservations required: Reservations are required for some museums and attractions. It is not possible to visit without a reservation. Check the I Amsterdam App for the museums that require a reservation.


Conclusion: Who is the Amsterdam Card suitable for?

In the following circumstances, the Amsterdam Card may be suitable for your trip to Amsterdam:

  • Would you like to visit some of Amsterdam's most beautiful museums? With the City Card you have free entry to the Rijksmuseum, Moco Museum, Stedelijk Museum, H'ART Museum and many more.
  • You want to use public transport in Amsterdam for several days.
  • You would like to take a canal tour and/or join a guided city tour.
  • You want to visit popular and expensive attractions: e.g. This is Holland, Amsterdam Zoo or Zaanse Schans.
  • You want to explore Amsterdam extensively: You should visit about two museums or attractions a day to make the Amsterdam Card really worthwhile. Then you can really save money.
  • You don't want to decide before each visit whether it's worth buying a ticket.
  • You want to get all tickets from one source. You use the Amsterdam Card conveniently on your mobile phone.

Questions & Answers

Does the Amsterdam Card grant fast entry?

No, the Amsterdam Card does not generally grant preferential admission. At most sights and museums you have to go to the box office to get your ticket. In some cases, a reservation is required to reduce the waiting time. Check the I Amsterdam App to find out which museums require a reservation.

Can the purchase be cancelled free of charge?

The cancellation conditions depend on which website you bought the Amsterdam Card from. If you buy the card through the official website iamsterdam.com, you have a right of cancellation for 30 days. On ticket platforms like Tiqets.com and GetYourGuide, you can cancel the purchase free of charge until shortly before departure.

Is the Amsterdam Card suitable for families?

In our view, the Amsterdam Card is not suitable for families with children, as there is no reduced City Card for children. Admission to many museums and attractions is free or greatly reduced for young visitors anyway.

Of course it is possible to buy the Amsterdam Card for the parents only. However, you will then need a public transport ticket for the children.

Are there also good City Cards for other cities?

Yes, for example for Copenhagen, Stockholm or Dublin. Here you can find out everything about the official Copenhagen Card, information on the Stockholm Pass and everything about Dublin Pass.

In addition, Amsterdam also has the Amsterdam Pass.

About the author

Patrick has been involved with city breaks in Europe since 2018. Here he writes about the Amsterdam Card, a popular product for the Dutch capital. His goal is to always keep the information up to date.

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