I AMSTERDAM CITY CARD
Amsterdam may not be the most expensive tourist destination in Europe but it stands not so far behind the likes of London and Paris. If you are on this page, then you must be one of those people that make all the necessary preparations in advance to ensure that all aspects of a trip have been taken into consideration.
Like any other major capital or city, Amsterdam has its own City Card. If you are unfamiliar with this particular type of product, it usually grants access to all the major landmarks, museums, and tourist attractions, in addition to other perks for a fixed price that goes way below the money you would have to pay if you visited each place without a card.
The I Amsterdam City Card in particular costs €65 for 24-hours. What it includes will be discussed below. Before we get to that, however, we have to announce that soon, the I Amsterdam City Card will be available for purchase through us at a significantly discounted price – €50.
Since the very, beginning, our mission has been to make the tourist life in Amsterdam as affordable and memorable as possible. Now, the discounted I Amsterdam City Card will become the latest addition to our many services. If €15 does not sound like much, think about it as an extra meal that you can later consume or a couple of lovely cocktails at one of the great clubs at night.
When you take that the Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket which gives you free access to the majority of the best clubs and venues for two days costs just €10, you can now get both and still have an extra €5 that you would otherwise have paid for the I Amsterdam City Card.
We will also discuss the GVB day ticket which is the cheapest alternative if all you need is public transport but you can read about this at the end of this article.
I Amsterdam City Card: What is it exactly and what does it include?
The I Amsterdam City Card will allow you to visit world-class museums, stroll through the city’s charming canals with a one-hour cruise, and even sample local delicacies without paying additional fees.
All this can be made possible now with our even larger discount for just €50. As well as serving as an entrance ticket for the hottest attractions in Amsterdam, the map also gives you unlimited access to the city’s transport network, which is no small feat, especially in big cities such as the Dutch capital.
In short, the entry fee of most museums in Amsterdam starts from 5 to 10 euros, and in the larger –well-known locations, it reaches up to 20 euros. With the I Amsterdam City Card, you can visit over 70 museums in the city without paying a single entry fee, and also benefit from discounts at many restaurants, as well as at some other attractions.
The Validity of the I Amsterdam City Card
The I Amsterdam City Card is available for different periods – from 24 hours to 120 hours (5 days). The card is valid for one person and can be purchased locally at various points of sale or at a discounted price from us online.
No matter when you purchased your card, it is inactive until you start using it. The best part about the card is that its validity is divided into two parts – validity with the attractions included in the list and validity with respect to the use of urban transport.
This means that when you buy a card for 24 hours, for example, it will only be activated at the time of your first visit to a museum or other attraction. At the same time, the validity related to public transportation is activated from the moment you first use this service.
All in all, make sure you keep track of your first use of whatever service included in the I Amsterdam City Card to escape any possible unpleasant situations.
Most Important Locations to visit with your I Amsterdam City Card
As already mentioned, the city card gives you the opportunity to visit over 70 of the most significant museums and attractions in Amsterdam. Having that the regular entry fees go somewhere between €5 and €20 and as a tourist, you would normally visit many more than just two or three locations, you can understand the opportunities of purchasing the ticket for €50.
To mention all museums and attractions would take a while, therefore, we have selected three of the most significant museums in Amsterdam and following them, a couple of the most unusual ones out of the hundreds of museums. You may not know this but no other city in the world has such an abundance of weird and untraditional locations which is another reason why Amsterdam is so popular among people of all ages.
Rijksmuseum, otherwise known as the National Museum, is a real-life treasure house that has one of the largest art collections in the world. It is a mandatory place to visit for any tourist interested in Dutch and European history.
Undoubtedly, you have heard and seen the incredible “Night Watch” painting by Rembrandt. It is the focal point of the museum but there are thousands of other incredible pieces that you can now see for free with the city card.
It is good to know that Rijksmuseum was only included in the I Amsterdam City Card in 2018. Before that, you would have had to pay to enter.
Van Gogh Museum
Does any tourist ever miss the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam? It is one of the most visited locations in the city as it houses the largest collection of works and drawings by the legendary artist – over 200 paintings and more than 500 drawings.
In addition, the second floor of the incredible building houses works by other significant artists such as Gauguin and Monet. The regular entry fee is €17.50 but now you will, of course, enter for free with your I Amsterdam City Card.
Nemo Science Museum
The Nemo Science Museum is one of the few museums of science in the world and definitely one of the more impressive ones. Any lover of science and experiments should definitely pay it a visit for more than one reason.
Besides the countless scientific and technical inventions that you can see in the museum, tourists also visit this location for the opportunity to get a 360° view of Amsterdam from the terrace on the roof of the museum. Not so many places in the city offer such a possibility and most of them will cost you extra. Once again, you will save more than €15 of entry fees with your city card!
At Micropia, you can see and learn about different microorganisms. It is one of the newer museums in Amsterdam and definitely one of the most innovative and up to date with technology.
You can even choose to have a body scan. This way, you will learn which types of germs live within you and how many. While this may not be the nicest thought in the world, one visit at Micropia can easily change your entire perception of the world around you.
Amsterdam Pipe Museum
Pipe smoking is definitely a rarity nowadays and most common among representatives of the older generations. Nevertheless, a couple of centuries ago, pipe smoking was a symbol of wealth and status, it used to show that you are an independent and successful man in a difficult world.
Needless to say, there is a lot of curious history behind pipe smoking and the Netherlands has had a significant mark in it. If you have a spare hour or so, definitely pay this small museum a visit. The location is pretty historic as well – 17th-century townhouse with interior that perfectly fits the feeling.
Last but not least, this may be the only pipe museum or museum at all in the world where you may actually smoke pipe and explore this ancient type of smoking. Even if pipes have never before been your interest, the place deserves a visit. After all, we should try something new every day!
And when you finish up with the last cultural location for the day, there is nothing more refreshing to complete the day in Amsterdam than a good party at one of the incredible local clubs. Since partying does come at a certain relatively high price here, the cheapest way to visit as many clubs as you like is with the Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket.
Instead of paying €5, €10, or more money for every single club, you can enter more than 30 of the best ones for just €10 for two days with your Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket. Party head or not, the Nightlife of Amsterdam is not to be missed!
What is the GVB Day Ticket?
The I Amsterdam City Card is an absolutely amazing opportunity but you may also choose to simply get a public transport all-day ticket instead. And this is exactly what GVB stands for. With a regular price of €8, it allows you to use all types of transport operated by GVB for 24 hours. These transports, of course, include the metro, bus, and tram.
From now on, you will be able to get the GVB Day Ticket from us at a discounted price for €7.50. It would be useful to know that the GVB day ticket is definitely the most useful public transport ticket you can purchase as it includes the night buses. You are probably unfamiliar with this but regular public transport works between 06:00 and 00:30 and in the hours in between, there is a night shift which is operated by GVB.
Therefore, without this ticket, you would still have to pay a regular fee for using public transport at night which definitely stands far from being cheap. Furthermore, are you sure you want to walk on foot after a wild night at the clubs?
How to Experience Amsterdam to the fullest in the cheapest way?
We are sure that you now understand that Amsterdam may be one of the most expensive capitals in Europe but there are simple ways to make your stay significantly more affordable no matter if it is one day or a whole week.
The best way to experience Amsterdam to the fullest is to catch all the unique museums, art galleries, and tourist attractions during the day, and dive into the unimaginable nightlife when it becomes dark.
All of this becomes possible in the cheapest way with two simple purchases – the I Amsterdam City Card at a discounted price for €50 and the Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket that gives you free access to the best party locations in town for two entire days for only €10.
Spend the day learning and enriching yourself with knowledge about culture and history, and then lose yourself in the crazy parties in some of the most popular clubs in Amsterdam and the Netherlands such as Paradiso, Club Panama, The Box, and many others.
The Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket gives you the opportunity to experience the wild nightlife of Amsterdam without depriving yourself of trying different locations that have large entrance fees but it also comes with a bunch of other extras and discounts at city locations during the day.