The Amsterdam Tourist Office offers an new almost all-in-one card for visitors of Amsterdam. The so-called City Card offers you a combination of free entry to a host of museums, free public transport within Amsterdam and discounts in restaurants, theaters and the like. Seems like a great deal!
The things you get with the City Card
- Free entry to Amsterdam’s best museums and attractions
- A canal cruise for free: a beautiful way to see the city’s historic centre
- Free, unlimited use of the GVB public transport in Amsterdam (bus, tram & metro)
- Discounts and special offers throughout Amsterdam and its surrounding area
- A free, detailed city map
- Free giveaways & discounts on concerts, theatre, rentals, restaurants and more
City Cards are available for 24 hours (€57) up to 96 hours (€87). A pretty good deal, but with the shorter time frame cards might make your trip a race against the clock. Especially the 72 and 96 hours cards seems to be the best deals.
Is the City Card a good deal?
Is the City Card a good deal for you? It is a balance between convenience and value for money. If you are mobile, like to walk and are staying just one or two days in the city, this card might be too much. If you like to explore the city in 3 or more days than this card is a perfect deal. Especially when you depend on public transport to get around a city, this card is great even for the shorter stays.
Many of the big museums of Amsterdam and surrounding cities are included, but not the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank house. That might be a bit disappointing, but on the other hand it list of participating museums might seduce you to visit lesser known gems.
Ordering the City Card and first time use
You can order the card online at the I Amsterdam website. You can have it delivered at home by post or you can pick it up on arrival at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam Central Station or the I Amsterdam visitors information centre. The card is activated the first time you use it in a museum or in public transport.