I Amsterdam City Card or Amsterdam Pass, are they worth it?

Are you thinking of buying the I Amsterdam City Card or the Amsterdam Pass but don’t know if they are worth it? Continue reading because in this post we hope to clear all the doubts about Ámstedam’s tourist cards!

In Amsterdam there are several tourist cards, not only are the I Amsterdam City Card and the Amsterdam Pass, although they are the best known.

In this post we tell you all the differences and what each one includes, depending on your trip you will be more interested in one or the other, or maybe none at all!

We already told you that for a first trip to Amsterdam of two or three days in which you would like to know the city well, in our opinion the I Amsterdam City Card or the Amsterdam Pass are the most suitable.

In this post we try to solve all the doubts so that you enjoy to the maximum of Amsterdam and above all you have the sensation of having spent your money in the best way.

Comparison of Amsterdam tourist cards – Index:

Amsterdam Tourist Cards

If you’re looking for a quick summary of the I Amsterdam City Card, Amsterdam Pass, Holland Pass, Museumkaart, Amsterdam City Pass and Amsterdam Museum Pass, read on!

In the following section we compare them in more detail and explain the pros and cons of each but here we leave a brief summary:

The Amsterdam City Card is more museum-focused, it also gives us access to Amsterdam’s public transport network including the train to/from the airport and a canal cruise in Amsterdam. More info.

The Amsterdam Pass tourist card is more focused on attractions but is similar to the previous one, it allows us to access a large number of attractions and some museums on certain days. They have some differences that in the table below you will see quickly. More info.

The Holland Pass tourist card is more focused to visit the whole province of Holland, the main cities in which we can use it are: Amsterdam, Volendam, Haarlem and Rotterdam (not to be confused with the Netherlands which is the whole country), although it can also be used only in Amsterdam and may even be a good option. More info.

The Tourist Card Museumkaart, gives access to more than 400 museums throughout the country, is designed for residents, if you know Dutch and have planned to spend a season in the country, you may be interested, you must activate the card on its website and is only in Dutch. More info.

The Amsterdam City Pass includes access to one of the two most important museums, the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum, as well as a canal cruise, the train to and from the airport and discounts on Amsterdam attractions, but the high price of the card makes it (at least in 2019) unprofitable.

The Amsterdam Museum Pass allows us access to the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum as well as a cruise and train transport from/to the airport, in addition to some discounts on Amsterdam attractions, the high price of the card makes it (at least in 2019) unprofitable.

Amsterdam Sightseeing Passes Comparison

I Amsterdam City Card, Amsterdam Pass and Holland Pass – Comparison

To make it more visual and to make it clear which card we are most interested in, we have prepared this table to compare with what we believe are the three main tourist cards in Amsterdam: the I Amsterdam City Card, the Amsterdam Pass and the Holland Pass.

Also the price of all the activities if we bought the tickets for free.

*In the Holland Pass we also indicate the type of access required if it is GOLD or SILVER.

We have not included the Amsterdam City Pass or the Amsterdam Museum Pass, because this 2019 we have verified that its price is higher than buying tickets for free.

Neither is the Museumkaart card because we believe that very few travellers can benefit from its advantages, it is more thought for residents.

We advise you, first of all, to make a list of all the places you plan to visit, the post of 40 things to see and do in Amsterdam can help you with this topic and you can also see many photos.

Once you are clear about what you are planning to visit, the following table will help you quickly find out if you are interested in buying a tourist card in Amsterdam.

Comparison I Amsterdam, Amsterdam Pass and Holland Pass

ATTRACTION
I Amsterdam
Amsterdam Pass
Holland Pass
For Free
Anne Frank House Museum

10,5€
Rijksmuseum

GOLD Without tails
20€
Van Gogh Museum

2 x SILVER
19€
Access to Amsterdam subway / tram / bus

Hop-On Hop-Off Tourist Bus

26€
Transportation Airport to the Center
Train
Bus

10€
A’DAM Viewpoint
25% discount

13,5€
Channel Cruise
1 hour
Different tours
SILVER
18€
Stedelijk Museum

GOLD
18,5€
Museum house of Rembrandt

SILVER
14€
NEMO Science Museum

GOLD
14€
Muiderslot Castle

+ Ferry
GOLD
15,5€
Botanical Garden

SILVER
8,5€
Heineken Experience
25% discount

GOLD
18€
Oude Kerk

SILVER
12€
Madame Tussauds
25% discount
10% discount
GOLD Without tails
21€

Web of Reservations
Web of Reservations
Web of Reservations

Tourist Card I Amsterdam City Card

The most popular card to visit Amsterdam is the I Amsterdam City Card, with it you have access to most of the city’s museums, including the Van Gogh and the Rijksmuseum, plus discounts on some attractions.

It is bought by the day and is ideal for a getaway to Amsterdam where we can squeeze the card and save a lot of money on tickets.

In addition the I Amsterdam City Card includes the train from the airport to Amsterdam city centre and all public transport in the city.

We can buy it in Spanish online here and pick it up at the airport, or buy it on arrival in Amsterdam.

The cards work by the hour, if we buy the 48 hour card and start using it at 15:00 on Monday we will use it until 14:59 on Wednesday.

Types of modalities of the I Amsterdam Card:

1 day (24 hours) 60€
2 days (48 hours) 80€
3 days (72 hours) 95€.
4 days (96 hours) 105€
5 days (120 hours) € 115

See prices of the I Amsterdam City Card updated and more info.

PROS:

Access to public transport in Amsterdam.
The train to and from the airport is included.
Discount on other activities that are not included, such as renting bikes or the A’DAM viewpoint.

CONTRAS:

It must be picked up physically, although you can pick it up as soon as you arrive at the airport or at Amsterdam Central Station.
Entrance to Anne Frank’s museum house is not included (although none).

Amsterdam Pass Tourist Card

It is the main competitor of the I Amsterdam City Card, the two operate on a daily basis but differ in the type of activities they include.

The Amsterdam Pass tourist card is more focused on tourist attractions, such as the A’Dam lookout or the Heineken Experience, but also includes the city’s most important museum, the Rijksmuseum.

As they are not the same attractions it is interesting that you look at the table above in which we have compared the two cards, and see which one interests you more in your next trip to Amsterdam.

Types of modalities of the Amsterdam Pass:

1 day (24 hours) 66.00€
2 days (48 hours) 81.90€
3 days (72 hours) 100,8€
5 days (120 hours) € 113.5

See Amsterdam Pass prices updated and more info. The prices change and often they put offers, we recommend you to look at their web to assure the price.

PROS:

Everything is managed 100% online
It is the only one that has included the Mirador A’Dam and the Heineken Experience.
Transfer from and to the airport, but by bus.
Bus and tourist boats hop on – hop off, but does not include public transport.

CONTRAS:

Includes different tours and excursions that are not in Spanish and we may not get all the performance.
It does not include access to the Anne Frank House Museum or the Van Gogh Museum.

Holland Pass Tourist Card

The Holland Pass tourist card can be used in Amsterdam, Volendam, Haarlem and Rotterdam.

It has three modalities that give access to different activities, to each activity they give a value, there are some that are GOLD and others SILVER.

In the table above you can see the main activities that are GOLD and which SILVER, and on the Civitatis website you can see the complete list.

Types of Holland Pass modalities:

Small modality 45€.
1 GOLD activity entry
2 SILVER activities input

Medium modality 60€.
2 GOLD activity entry
2 SILVER activities input

Large mode 80€
3 GOLD activity entry
3 SILVER activities input

See updated Holland Pass prices and more info.

All types of cards also include discounts of between 10% and 25% on most activities in Amsterdam and the provinces of the Netherlands.

If we plan to visit only the Rijksmuseum (1xORO) and the Van Gogh Museum (2xPLATA), with the small modality (45€), the sum of the two free tickets will be cheaper (39€), it would not be interesting.

On the other hand, if we want to see the Rijksmuseum (1xORO), Rembrandt Museum House (1xPLATA) and the Hop On Hop off boat (1xPLATA), we save 16€ as opposed to buying them for free.

PROS:

There are good combinations of attractions/museums where we can save a lot.
In some of them like Madame Tussauds and the Rijksmuseum we also jumped the queue.

CONTRAS:

It can be purchased online but must be picked up physically at the information and tourism office at the airport or Central Station.
Does not include access to Anne Frank’s house museum
Public transport from Amsterdam is not included.

Free activity tickets in Amsterdam

If after reading the post you think you are not interested in buying a tourist card you can buy tickets online to save time:

Anne Frank’s House-Museum. Reserve entry. Rijksmuseum. Reserve entry. Heineken Experience. Reserve entry. Van Gogh Museum. Book a ticket or a joint ticket with a tour of the canals. Mirador A’Dam. Reserve entry. Rembrandt’s house-museum. Reserve entry. Madame Tussauds. Reserve entry.

So much for our post on the Amsterdam tourist cards!

As we said at the beginning, there is no better card than another, you have to find the one that best suits your trip, what you want to visit and the way you travel.

The best thing to do is to list the attractions you would like to visit in Amsterdam, the table above can help you, see how much it would cost to visit them separately and how much you would save with each card.

Happy travels!

Other articles from our trip to Amsterdam:

40 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN AMSTERDAM AMSTERDAM IN 3 DAYS, DAILY ROUTE + TIPS ON WHERE TO STAY IN AMSTERDAM, BEST AREAS AND HOTELS HOW TO GET FROM AMSTERDAM AIRPORT TO THE CITY CENTRE

Click here to see all AMSTERDAM posts

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