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Amsterdam Discount Cards & City Passes 2015

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& City Passes 2015

Visiting Amsterdam in 2015 can be an expensive occasion. During high season, prices for a hostel bed or hotels in Amsterdam vary but can be quite high. In addition to this, you are most likely planning to visit some museums and attractions. The good news is there are several ways to save money during your stay in Amsterdam!

Popular by many tourists are the Amsterdam city cards, offering free or discounted entry to museums and attractions. Some city card systems also discount dining, transportation, and leisure activities such as theatre tickets. Below you can find the variety of Amsterdam discount cards you can purchase and may like to consider:

Icon Holland Pass geen ruimte Amsterdam Holland Pass

Icon Iamsterdam geen ruimte I amsterdam city card

Icon Combination Deal geen ruimte Combination Deal

Icon Museumkaart geen ruimte Museumkaart (Museum card)

Article update: February 1, 2015
New price Amsterdam Holland Pass
New price Iamstedam City Card
New price Museumkaart

Amsterdam Holland Pass Icon Holland Pass geen ruimte

Holland Pass Discount Amsterdam MuseumsAmsterdam Holland Pass is a pre-paid city pass and discount card allowing free access for many top museums, attractions, activities and city sightseeing in Amsterdam and other major cities in The Netherlands.

The Amsterdam Holland Pass is available in three packages: 2, 5 or 7 tickets. These tickets will give you free entry to museums and attractions and in addition 1 special city sightseeing ticket for a 24h City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off bus or for a 1h Canal Cruise in Amsterdam.

A guide for Amsterdam and the Netherlands is included in the price. The major museums as the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum are included. The city pass also gives fast-track entrance at several major attractions.

When you have used all your tickets you can still use the pass for discounted entry up to 50% at most of all the other museums and attractions.
Read more information about Amsterdam Holland Pass

Prices from EUR 39.50 (including Special ONLINE DISCOUNT)

Pros & Cons:

 Widely recognized, great coverage. Can be purchased with a wide variety of options and not limited for a certain time frame (pass is valid until March next year). Cheaper than the I amsterdam City Card. Discounts or free gifts/drinks at restaurants and shops.

 The pass has limited free entry tickets depending on the number of tickets (2, 5 or 7 package deal)

I amsterdam City Card Icon Iamsterdam geen ruimte

i amsterdam city card discountsThe I amsterdam City Card is the “official” city pass. It is a pre-paid pass and discount card allowing free access on many top museums. Furthermore it gives you discount on attractions and activities in Amsterdam. A separate free public transport ticket is included to use the public transport system in Amsterdam. The I amsterdam City Card is available in three package deals with discounts valid for 24 hours, 48 hours or 72 hours. Major museums as the Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum are included. The Rijksmuseum is left out, but the card gives you a discount of € 2, 50 on the ticket price. Read more information about the I amsterdam City Card.

Prices 2015 from EUR 49

Pros & Cons:

All-in-one discount card for museums, attractions, public transport. Within the chosen time limit (24 hours, 48 hours or 72 hours) you have free access to almost all museums in Amsterdam.

 No free entry to the Rijksmuseum, only discounts for most of the major attractions, restricted time frame, cheapest card (24 hours) is still expensive (+ EUR 5 compared to 2013)

Combination Deal Icon Combination Deal geen ruimte

Combi deal Amsterdam attractions disocuntsThis is a different type of discount. Combination Deal is not a city card or discount pass. It offers you a unique way to save money on many top museums and attractions in Amsterdam and even more throughout The Netherlands. So the more tickets you combine, the more money you save! Discounted tickets for the major museums as the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum are available as well as top attractions like the Heineken Experience and Canal Tours. Read more information about Combination Deal discounts.

Discounted tickets only

Pros & Cons:

 No card to carry. You only pay (discounted) entry fees for the museums and attractions of your choice. Great choice if you are only planning to visit a few museums or attractions.

 Limited discounts, no public transport included, no guide or map, no discounts at restaurants and shops.

Museumkaart Icon Museumkaart geen ruimte

museumkaart discountThe ‘Museumkaart’ is a personal museum pass, valid for one year in more than 350 museums in the Netherlands. The museum card offers unlimited free access to museums, but not to other attractions or activities (no discounts or free attractions, no free public transport, no discounts for other attractions, restaurants and shops). If you are planning to stay a bit longer in Amsterdam or (return to) the Netherlands and would like to visit museums only, this is a great deal. Read more infomation about the Museumkaart.

Price EUR 54,95 excl administration fee (EUR 4.95)

Pros & Cons:

 Unlimited access to almost all museums for one year, valid in several cities in The Netherlands.

 No free public transport or attractions, no discounts at shops or restaurants.

Quick links Amsterdam Discount Cards & City Passes

Amsterdam Public Transport Discount

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Amsterdam Discount Cards - Holland PassHol­land Pass
Icon Combination Deal geen ruimteCombi­nation Deal Icon Museumkaart geen ruimteMu­seum­kaart Icon Iamsterdam geen ruimteI ams­ter­dam City Card
PUBLIC TRANSPORT
SCHIPHOL AIRPORT EXPRESS (BUS)
HOP ON HOP OFF BUS
= FREE ADMISSION   = DISCOUNT   = NOT INCLUDED/AVAILABLE

Amsterdam Museums Discount

MUSEUMS Icon Holland Pass geen ruimteHol­land Pass Icon Combination Deal geen ruimteCombi­nation Deal Icon Museumkaart geen ruimteMu­seum­kaart Icon Iamsterdam geen ruimteI ams­ter­dam City Card
RIJKS­MUSEUM
VAN GOGH MUSEUM
STEDELIJK MUSEUM
HERMITAGE MUSEUM
ANNE FRANK HUIS
AMSTER­DAM MUSEUM
SCHEEP­VAART MU­SEUM
ALL­ARD PIER­SON MU­SEUM
GRACH­TEN­HUIS
FOAM
MUSEUM WILLET-­HOLTHUYSEN
TROPEN MUSEUM
AMSTERDAM TULIP MUSEUM
MUSEUM OF BAGS AND PURSES
BIBLICAL MUSEUM
DIAMOND MUSEUM
EYE FILM INSTITUTE
MUSEUM OUR LORD IN THE ATTIC
DE NIEUWE KERK AMSTERDAM
THE OLD CHURCH
THE REMBRANDT HOUSE MUSEUM
JEWISH HISTORICAL MUSEUM * *
PORTUGUESE SYNAGOGUE * *
HOUSEBOAT MUSEUM
MUSEUM GEELVINCK HINLOPEN HUIS
MUSEUM VAN LOON
MUSEUM OF MEDIEVAL TORTURE INSTRUMENTS
SLOTEN WINDMILL – COOPERY MUSEUM
DUTCH RESISTANCE MUSEUM
HOLLANDSE SCHOUWBURG * *
= FREE ADMISSION   = DISCOUNT   = NOT INCLUDED/AVAILABLE
* Admission 1 ticket for Jewish Cultural Quarter (incl. Jewish Historical Museum, Portuguese Synagogue, Hollandse Schouwburg & JHM Children Museum)

Amsterdam Attractions Discount

ATTRAC­TIONS Icon Holland Pass geen ruimteHol­land Pass Icon Combination Deal geen ruimteCombi­nation Deal Icon Museumkaart geen ruimteMu­seum­kaart Icon Iamsterdam geen ruimteI ams­ter­dam City Card
CANAL CRUISE
HEINEKEN EXPERIENCE
AMSTERDAM TOURIST BUS
MADAME TUSSAUDS
HOP ON HOP OFF BUS
XTRA COLD ICE BAR
ARTIS ROYAL ZOO
HOUSE OF BOLS
AMSTERDAM DUNGEON
CANAL BUS HOP ON HOP OFF
NEMO SCIENCE CENTRE
HORTUS BOTANICUS
AMSTERDAM ARENA: WORLD OF AJAX
PANCAKE BOAT AMSTERDAM
CHEESE TASTING ROOMS
HET KATTEN­KABINET
AMSTERDAM CASTLE MUIDERSLOT
OLYMPISCH STADION AMSTERDAM
HOLLAND CASINO
= FREE ADMISSION   = DISCOUNT   = NOT INCLUDED/AVAILABLE

Amsterdam Activities & Excursions Discount

ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS Amsterdam Discount Cards - Holland PassHol­land Pass
Icon Combination Deal geen ruimteCombi­nation Deal Icon Museumkaart geen ruimteMu­seum­kaart Icon Iamsterdam geen ruimteI ams­ter­dam City Card
PUBCRAWL
BAR GUIDE
BIKE RENTAL
CANAL BIKE
EXCURSION:
KEUKENHOF 2014
1)
EXCURSION:
BRUGES
1)
EXCURSION:
VOLENDAM, MARKEN & WINDMILLS
1)
EXCURSION:
GRAND HOLLAND TOUR
1)
= FREE ADMISSION   = DISCOUNT   = NOT INCLUDED/AVAILABLE  | 1) 20% discount on excursions at Tours & Tickets shops

Amsterdam Performances & Concerts Discount

PERFOR­MANCES & CONCERTS Amsterdam Discount Cards - Holland PassHol­land Pass
Icon Combination Deal geen ruimteCombi­nation Deal Icon Museumkaart geen ruimteMu­seum­kaart Icon Iamsterdam geen ruimteI ams­ter­dam City Card
BOOM CHICAGO
CONCERT­GEBOUW  1)
DELAMAR THEATER 1)
MUZIEK­THEATER AMSTER­DAM 2)
MUZIEK­­­GEBOUW
AAN ‘T IJ
2)
= FREE ADMISSION   = DISCOUNT   = NOT INCLUDED/AVAILABLE   = FREE GIFT/DRINK ONLY | 1) 25% discount on last minute tickets |  2) 25% discount on all tickets

Amsterdam Restaurants & Shops Discount

RESTAURANTS
& SHOPS
Amsterdam Discount Cards - Holland PassHol­land Pass
Icon Combination Deal geen ruimteCombi­nation Deal Icon Museumkaart geen ruimteMu­seum­kaart Icon Iamsterdam geen ruimteI ams­ter­dam City Card
RESTAURANTS    
SHOPS    
= FREE ADMISSION   = DISCOUNT   = NOT INCLUDED/AVAILABLE   = FREE GIFT/DRINK

 

 


30 Comments
  1. I’ll be visiting Rijkmuseum, Stedelijk and Van Gogh Museums in Amsterdam before visiting Boijmans van Beuningen, Kunsthal and Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, Mauritshuit, Gemmensemuseum and Escher museum in The Hague and the 3 museums in Den Bosch. I think museumkaart will be best but do the museums I mention outside Amsterdam accept the Museumkaart? What do you think?

  2. Hi,
    We are 2+1 (13 yrs completed) visiting Amsterdam from 18-21 Apr. Our interests are Keukenhof, Anne Frank House and a village visit (Cheese factory, Windmill, Wooden Houses) and whatever time permits after these.
    We’ll be in a hotel near the Central station.
    Can you please suggest a right pass for us? Will it be Holland Pass or IAmsterdam pass?
    Thanks for your time….

    • Dear DAS,

      I amsterdam city card does not give free access to Keukenhof and Anne Frank House neither a discount. It only offers free access to small villages near Amsterdam for your visit to the Wooden Houses, Windmills etc so called ‘Schaanse Schans’ (but without transportation).
      With the Amsterdam Holland Pass MEDIUM you get free access incl transportation to Keukenhof, free access incl transportations (Bus 391 – Connexxion) to Zaanse Schans and even have another free ticket for a canal tour in Amsterdam or the Hop On Hop Off bus.
      So I think you should go fior the Amsterdam Holland Pass. You can buy the Amsterdam Holland Pass with a EUR 2,50 online discount here: http://www.amsterdamtourist.info/go/amsterdam-holland-pass/
      Enjoy your visit to Amsterdam!
      Jan – AmsterdamTuurist.info

      • Hi,
        Thanks for your reply. I have more specific questions now.
        Q1) So, for Keukenhof, I use 1 Gold + 1 silver. For Zaanse Schans, 1 silver for transportation, since entry is free. That leaves me with 1 Gold- apart from the Hop on-Hop off OR canal cruise. Is that correct?
        Q2) In the Keukenhof website, I can see ‘Combi Ticket Adult Amsterdam’ is charged at €28.5. However, in the Holland pass leaflet, ‘Keukenhof excursion’ is €50,00. I am confused here.
        Thanks in advance.

  3. Hi, we are group of 9 peaples from Berlin planning a Amsterdam-visit in June. 3 have a incapacity (50-90%) do this people get reduced tickets for museums etc.and if so can we book this reduced tickets online in advance ??
    2nd question refers to the Holland Amsterdam Pass 5/middle : do we have free access to the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijkes Museum as well ??
    Thanks in advance and best regards
    Holger

  4. Hi,
    I will be in Amsterdam 22 April-26 April 2015. Planning to go to Keukenhoff and Zaanse Schans on different days, and take Blue Boat canal cruise. I notice Blue Boat canal cruise is not in the list of FREE canal cruise of Holland Pass.
    Is it better for me to buy Keukenhoff Combi-Ticket or Holland Pass?

    • Dear Kak Naan,

      I think the best way for you is to buy an Amsterdam Holland Pass.
      This discount card for Amsterdam & The Netherlands gives you a lot of opportunities and Keukenhof Garden, Zaanse Schans and a free canal tour is included.

      The operator of the canal tour is NOT Blue Boat but you can choose from 2 other good companies: “Lovers” or “See Amsterdam”. You only have to decide which Holland Pass (small/medium/large) you want to buy. With this link (http://www.amsterdamtourist.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Amsterdam-Holland-Pass-2015-all-discounts.pdf) you can find a detailed overview (pdf) with all the possibilities with the Amsterdam Holland Pass tickets.
      If you have other questions, please let me know. You can buy the Amsterdam Holland Pass with a special online offer though this link.

      Jan – AmsterdamTourist.info

  5. Hello,
    I will be visiting the Netherlands in late April. We will visit the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh, Museum, and the Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam. We will also visit museums in the Hague, Delft and maybe Haarlem. The 24, hour pass or even the two longer ones I think might expire before we can use them. Would you please make a suggestion as to which of the museum passes would be most economical for my husband and myself.
    Thank you for your help.
    S

    • Hello Sarah,
      The best way for saving money during your visit is The Amsterdam Holland Pass Discount Card with either 5 or 7 tickets (Medium or Large). The number of tickets 5/7 depends on how many museums and attractions you want to visit.
      I don’t recommend the I amsterdam City Card for your visit because the Rijksmuseum is not included and this discount card is only valid in Amsterdam.
      With the Amsterdam Holland Pass you have free entry to the Rijksmuseum and the tickets are also valid in other cities in The Netherlands.
      You can have a look on this page: http://www.amsterdamtourist.info/tips/amsterdamdiscount-cards/amsterdam-holland-pass/

      Best Regards,
      Jan – AmsterdamTourist.info

  6. Hai.

    We will be in amsterdam for 2 days (11-12 may).would like to go to volendam edam and Marken.will be staying near the dam square area.which discount card is the best for us.x plan to visit the muzium or canal cruise

    Tq

  7. Hi, me and two of my friends planning to visit Amsterdam in February for 7 days, please could you advice us witch card would be the best for us to buy….???Taking to consideration that we would like to visit few museums and take canal ride too ???

    Thanks !!!
    Simona UK

  8. I will be staying in holland and would like to visit both Amsterdam and other parts of netherlands. I am staying 5 days in amsterdam then 5 days in paris and back amsterdam for another 4 days. I cannt deide which card is better for me as i prefer to visit as many museums as possible

  9. Hi, I am visiting Amsterdam soon. Will it be possible to buy the Holland Pass from the Airport itself?

  10. We will be in Amsteram fom 8/17 (afternoon) flying out on 8/20 (morning). We would like to include a dinner canal tour, The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and a trip to Edam, Volendam and Marken. We will be staying in the Dam Square area. Thinking about the Holland Pass but is this the best option and if so at what level should we purchase.

    Also, how do we receive the pass as it also includes a travel guide and map?

    Regina Ranish, USA

  11. Are the museums and other sights open on Mondays?

  12. Hello,

    We will only visit Amsterdam for one day, and we definitely want to visit the Madam Tusseud WAX museum. I think the Holland pass is the best for us, but I don’t know whether the 2 or the 5 free entry version to buy. I don’t know how much time the visits will take? We will have time from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.. How much time we will need for the wax museum and lets say for example for the Van Gogh museum? I was able to find the tulip list, can you please tell me which list is valid for the windmill?

    Thanks.

    Manna and Roland

  13. hallo.
    we will be in amsterdam from 08-06-2014 till 11-06-2014 (2 persons). Can you recommend a discount card for this period. also what can you recommend for us to see in this period?

    thanks in advance

    George, manana

  14. Hello,

    Is Hollad pass personal or can tickets from pass be used by who ever?

    Waiting for your reply before friday morning..:)

    Br:
    HAnnu

    • Dear Hannu,

      The Holland Pass is valid per person. So you can’t buy 1 Holland Pass and use the tickets for 2 persons.
      Best Regards,
      Jan

  15. Hi Kelvin,
    We recommend the Amsterdam Holland Pass for your visit, but it depends on what you want to do during your visit to Amsterdam. If you would like to visit some museums (incl Rijksmuseum), attractions, take a canal tour and use the public transport, the Amsterdam Holland Pass is ideal and will save you a lot of money. You can have a look at http://www.amsterdamtourist.info/tips/amsterdamdiscount-cards/amsterdam-holland-pass/#examples for Amsterdam Holland Pass discount examples.
    For events in September you can have a look at http://www.amsterdamtourist.info/things-to-do-in-amsterdam/events-in-amsterdam/september-in-amsterdam/.
    Cheers!

  16. Hi, we will be in Amsterdam for 26th-28th September. Can you recommend a discount card for this period. We will be departing from the International Airpport 28/9. Also, are there any good shows on during this period.

    Thanks, Kelvin Davies New Zealand.

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