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I amsterdam City Card 2018

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I amsterdam City Card 2018 – 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 2018 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. NEW: from 1st of January 2018 is a visit to the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam included in the I amsterdam City Card. In 2017 and before the I amsterdam City Card only 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 2018

  • 24 hours: € 59,00
  • 48 hours: € 74,00
  • 72 hours: € 87,00
  • 96 hours: € 98,00

The I Amsterdam City Card 2018 will be activated automatically the first time you use it and remains valid for 24, 48, 72 or 96 hours. (Prices in 2018 are higher because of the Rijksmuseum entrance which is included in 2018)

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 2018

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
  • Some 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. New in 2018: Rijksmuseum is included.

Only discounts for most of the major attractions, restricted time frame, cheapest card (24 hours) is still expensive.



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  1. Does i Amsterdam card for museums allow you to skip the lines?

  2. My family will be spending 3 days in Amsterdam before leaving on a cruise. There are 5 of us, including a 2-1/2 year old toddler. We hope to use the canals to get around town and definitely will visit the VanGogh & the Rijksmuseum and want to visit the parks. Which pass would be best for us? Also, do we need to purchase a pass for the toddler?

  3. We will be arriving Sunday; seek advise as to ‘BEST’ card . We intend to see much of the city (4 days) as we can- especially the Van Gogh, Stedelijk, and Rijksmuseum In addition, canal trips, tram use, Vondelpark, various churches and/or houses, with plenty of dining & tasting….your recommended ‘CARD’ please.

  4. hello, i will be arriving in amsterdam 13 oct and staying for a week at the mr. jordaan hotel. in addition to museums (i have been known to do as many as 3 or 4 in a day!), i would like to visit Zaanse Schans and haarlem. which pass would you recommend? thank you!

  5. Hi,
    Can we buy the I Amsterdam city card online only and exchange the voucher, or buy it direclty in the Visitor Information Centre??
    Thanks for information!

  6. Hello! I Amsterdam Card include also the train from airport to Centraal Station? We’ll stay at Hyatt Place Hotel and we ll need daily to take the train to downtown! Thanks!

  7. Is the public transportation card included with the Amsterdam Holland Pass? or do I have to purchase it separately?What is the cost and how do I purchase? Can I order both online for delivery prior to my visit?

  8. Hi
    will be visiting Amsterdam next week and planing to buy the iamsterdam city card and the amsterdam region card from the offices there. is the delivery immediate or we have to wait for the cards to be issued ?

  9. Currently in the file for the van gogh museum this card isnt a cut file as written on the website ! not cool…

    • Hi Stephanie, sorry to hear that! Hope that you don’t stand in line too long. On our website there is no notification that the I amsterdam City card is also a “skip the line” card. Where did you find that?
      Kind Regards, Jan

  10. can I use the IAmsterdam card for free bus to Zaanse Shaans or is that bus not included in the free bus rides

  11. Hello Sir/Madame.
    Me and my wife will travel at Amsterdam from 10 to 12/4. We’re considering about the Amsterdam city card. I have one question about it. Is it possible to use City card to take the bus from Amsterdam city to Keukenhof garden bus station?? Or we have to buy seperate bus ticket to reach there.

  12. Me and my boyfriend are coming to Amsterdam on the 31st of may, we plan on visiting the van Gogh museum, the Heineken experience, the sex museum and Anne frank, what is the best pass to purchase?

  13. Hello. My girlfriend and I are coming in Amsterdam during Easter Weekend (arrival Thursday 13.04 before noon, departure on Sunday end of the afternoon). We would like to visit Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Allard Pierson Museum, Sexmuseum, Heineken Experience, Rembrandthuis and Anne Frank Huis. With perhaps canal tour and some churches (Oude Kerk). With free transport tickets and discount on bars and restaurants. What would be the better choice for a discount card. And with the discount card, is it possible to already book tickets on Internet I order to spare time or do we have just to use the fast entrance lane at the museum? Thanks for your answer.

  14. 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

  15. 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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