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I amsterdam City Card 2017

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I amsterdam City Card 2017 – Your key to the City

The I amsterdam City Card is a pre-paid pass and discount card. Visit first-class museums, take a cruise over the fascinating canals and visit the best attractions. All for free or with a significant discount! It also gives you free access to use the public transport system in Amsterdam (GVB). The I amsterdam City Card 2016 is valid for 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours or 96 hours. A detailed city map is included.

Free Access to Amsterdam Museums

With the I amsterdam City Card you have free entrance to 40 of Amsterdam’s top museums & some of the attractions. Accept for the Rijksmuseum, but here the card gives you a € 2.50 discount on the entrance ticket. More detailed information about the museums and attractions included in the I amsterdam City Card, check the article about the Amsterdam Discount Cards and Tourist Passes

Discounted Admission to Attractions

Explore the Canal Belt; a free canal cruise is included in the I amsterdam City card. The pass also gives you free access to the Artis Royal Zoo. On other attractions in Amsterdam you will receive a 25% discount on the admission fee. If you are planning to visit both museums and attractions perhaps the Amsterdam Holland Pass is a better (and cheaper) way to explore the Amsterdam Highlights.

Public Transport

The card includes a pass for unlimited use of Amsterdam’s GVB public transport system. For the duration of 24, 48, 72 or 96 hours you can use trams, busses and metros. Please note: The pass is not valid on trains (NS – Dutch Railways) or on busses operated by Connexxion, EBS and RET.

Daytrips to Haarlem and the Zaanse Schans

The I amsterdam City Card offers free entry to 2 museums in Haarlem, 9 attractions in the ‘Zaanse Schans’ and 4 attractions in the small vilages Enkhuizen, Volendam & Marken.

Haarlem is a nearby town with beautiful historical churches, a cathedral, interesting museums and the famous Haarlem’s ‘hofjes’ (courtyards).

Some think that the ‘Zaanse Schans’ is an open-air museum with the traditional Dutch houses,  wooden shoe workshops,  cheese farm, windmills and more. But it still is a town actually.

Enkhuizen, Volendam & Marken are small and old old fisherman’s villages with lively harbours, terraces, cosy eateries and Dutch herring carts. And with a bit of luck you’ll bump into a resident wearing the traditional costume.

Prices 2017

  • I amsterdam City Card 24 hours: € 57,00
  • I amsterdam City Card 48 hours: € 67,00
  • I amsterdam City Card 72 hours: € 77,00
  • I amsterdam City Card 96 hours: € 87,00

The I Amsterdam City Card 2016 will be activated automatically the first time you use it and remains valid for 24, 48, 72 or 96 hours.

I amsterdam City Card for children

Maybe against all expectations, but Amsterdam is a real family-friendly city. No doubts to visit Amsterdam with kids. Many museums already offer free entrance or special discounts for children. The City Card would provide significant savings for children aged 10 or older.

Where to buy the I Amsterdam City Card 2017

The I Amsterdam Card is available at:

  • Amsterdam Tourist Offices (VVV): Amsterdam Tourist Office, Stationsplein 10 (opposite the main station entrance)
  • Schiphol Airport: Arrivals Hall 2 – Holland Tourist Information
  • Several shops and newsagents across Amsterdam
  • Most of the hotels.
  • You can also buy the card online.
Pros & Cons:

All-in-one discount card for museums, attractions, public transport. Within the chosen time limit (24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours or 96 hours) you have free access to almost all museums in Amsterdam. Best value for money is the I amsterdam City Card 72 hours and 96 hours.

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


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  1. Hello. Myself and my husband are due to visit amsterdam on other March for 4 nights. We want to visit the Anne Frank house, a few museums, the ice bar, ajax stadium and have public transport for the duration. We will be staying at the golden tulip amsterdam west so have been informed public transport is a must. We fly home early on the monday so won’t be planning anything for that day. What option would you say is the better one financially for these? I realise Anne Frank’s house will cost regardless amd we also plan on going on a canal cruise.
    Many thanks

  2. Can we buy a Amsterdam city card in the New West Inn Hotel or where is the nearest station or tourist office where we can buy it?
    Thanks for information!

    • Dear Peter,

      I don’t know if they sell the I amsterdam city card at the hotel. Some hotels do, but most of them don’t…

      If you are coming to Amsterdam by plane or train, the best thing to do is to buy the I Amsterdam city card online and exchange the voucher for your I Amsterdam City Card at:
      • the Visitor Information Centre, Amsterdam Central Station, Stationsplein 10.
      • the Visitor Information Centre at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Arrivals 2)
      You can buy the I Amsterdam city card with this link:

      Enjoy your stay and visit in Amsterdam!

      Kind Regards,


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