If you plan on visiting quite a few of the Amsterdam Museums then the Amsterdam pass is a great value. It cost me approximately 35 euros or so for 2 days of access to most (but not all) of the museums, access to the trams and two canal boat tours.
It costs 26 euro for one day
36 for two
46 for 3
If you intend to visit more than 5 museums during your stay it is interesting to buy a Museum Kaart - Museum Card at 49,95 (new increased price on 1/07/2013) + 4,95 € administration cost only for the 1st year.
Reduced price of 22,50 till 18 yr. (prices checked for 2013).
The card is valid for 1 YEAR for 400 MUSEUMS all over the Netherlands.
All great museums are on the list of free entrance with this card.
In Amsterdam itself, 29 museums are included within the Museum Card:
Allard Pierson Museum / Archeologisch Museum Der Universiteit Van Amsterdam
Amsterdams Historisch Museum
De Burcht / Vakbondsmuseum
De Nieuwe Kerk
FOAM Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
Hermitage Amsterdam (Phase I)
Huis Marseille, Stichting voor Fotografie
Joods Historisch Museum
Museum Amstelkring, Ons' Lieve Heer Op Solder
Museum Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis
Museum Het Rembrandthuis
Museum Het Schip
Museum Van Loon
Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum CS
Theatermuseum / Theater Instituut Nederland
Van Gogh Museum
For Rotterdam: Boymans van Beuningen, etc.
Den Haag: Mauritshuis, etc.
Haarlem: Frans Hals, Teylers, etc.
The card avoids queues especially at the Van Gogh were there is a special fast lane.
At the Rijksmuseum everybody has to pass the same safety control so that the fast lane comes later.
At the other 400 museums there is most often no queue so that it is also better to buy the museum card at one of the less popular museums. The card is also sold at Uitburo (AUB) Leidseplein 26.
I love this card and buy a new one every year
( It doesnot include public tranport so you need to buy that yourself or walk bike .....)
go to www.museumkaart.nl
click on ZOEK (search)
type in IN DE BUURT VAN (in the area of Amsterdam or another city you like to visite
click TOON RESULTATEN (results)
and you see all museums you can visite in for example Amsterdam.
Sometimes you need to pay for an exhibition like the new church is for free but when there is an exhibition you need to pay for that.
in Amsterdam for free with Museumkaart
x Allard Pierson Museum
x Amsterdam Museum
x Anne Frank House
x Bijbels Museum - Bible Museum
x De Nieuwe Kerk - New Church
x Diamond Museum Amsterdam
x Film Museum - EYE Film Instituut Nederland
x FOAM Photography Amsterdam
x Hermitage Amsterdam
x Huis Marseille, Stichting voor Fotografie
x Joods Historisch Museum - Jewish Historical Museum
x Max Euwe Centrum - Chess Museum
x Museum Amstelkring - Our Lord in the Attic - ons lieve heer op solder
x Museum Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis
x Museum Het Schip/Amsterdam School of Architecture
x Museum Van Loon
x Museum Willet-Holthuysen
x Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst Montevideo/Time Based Arts
x NEMO Science center
x Oude Kerk - The Old Church
x Olympic Experience
x Koninklijk Paleis AmsterdamRoyal Palace Amsterdam
x Press Museum
x Scheepvaartmuseum - Maritime Museum
x Stedelijk Museum
x Tropenmuseum - Tropical Museum
? Van Gogh Museum ( cant see for sure as it is in the Hermitage now till april 25th)
x Verzetsmuseum - Resistance Museum
x Rembrandt's House
x Bijzondere collecties
x Theater Instituut Nederland
x Theo Thijssen Museum
x De Appel
x Multatuli Museum
x Portugese Synagoge
x Hollandsche Schouwburg
x Hortus Botanicus
and ofcourse more to see outside Amsterdam with this card
I like this option more then the Holland pass compare the sites.
i copy this from the site below
The IAmsterdam Pass is available for
I Amsterdam Card for 24 hours - € 42
I Amsterdam Card for 48 hours - € 52
I Amsterdam Card for 72 hours - € 62.
this includes public transport pass too ( you need to check in and out with this pass)
at the moment the plastic card is for museums and the paper one for public transport.
Purchase your City Card after arrival
You can also buy your I amsterdam City Card after you arrive in Amsterdam. It is available at a wide variety of sales outlets throughout the city, including:
Arrivals Hall 2: Holland Tourist Information
Amsterdam Tourist Office, Stationsplein 10 (opposite the main station entrance)
Ticketshop Leidseplein (TLP), Leidseplein 26 (in the Stadsschouwburg building)
Keytours, Paulus Potterstraat 8 (near Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum)
IF YOU WANT TO USE THE COUPON FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT YOU NEED TO GET IT WHEN YOU BUY THIS PASS AND NOT AT THE PUBLIC TRANPORT.
i DONT THINK THIS IS THE BEST OFFER IN CARDS SO CHECK IT YOURSELF.
Free use of public transport for 24 hours in Amsterdam.
Discount at 50 major museums and attractions.
Discount at many restaurants and shops.
Fast track entry at the major museums and attractions of Amsterdam.
Free guide book of Amsterdam.
Holland Pass - 2 Free Tickets €33
Holland Pass - 5 Free Tickets €48 kids €38
Holland Pass - 7 Free Tickets €68
Think this is all in 24 hour.
Mon - Fri: 07.00 - 21.00 h, Sat - Sun: 10.00 - 18.00 h
The GVB 24/48-hour ticket is available at GVB Ticket & Info, Stationsplein Amsterdam (opposite Amsterdam Central Station)
Some people found out to late and the office was closed
31 (0)20 419 32 20
My husband and I were first-time visitors to Amsterdam, and this pass gave us access to not only the "must see" spots (e.g., Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum) but also less well-known places (e.g., Museum of Bags and Purses) that we probably wouldn't have visited if we hadn't had the card. The public transport card also made it super easy to ride the tram: just hold your card to the reader and you're good to go, which was particularly useful in a city that we thought was strangely inaccessible to independent travelers. (For example, despite the ubiquity of English speakers and signs, we couldn't find information in English about how to use public transit, and it was next to impossible to find a good free map.)
Which leads me to the card's weaknesses. First, it says that it's good on all GVB trams and buses, but all the buses we saw in town are run by a different company--Connexxion--and, it turns out, the I Amsterdam card DOES NOT work on these. (We found out the hard way. The Connexxion transit police pulled us off the bus and questioned us. They let us go once they realized we had made an honest mistake, but it took a few stressful minutes for us to convince them.) I Amsterdam should make it clear in the little book that comes along with the card that Connexxion is a different company and that you can't use the card on those buses, but they say nothing about this.
The second problem is that the maps in the booklet are not great. There's a map in the front of the book that shows a general city map with boxes that show each of the four I Amsterdam zones. (These four zones have more detailed maps in each of the four sections of the booklet.) But this general city map is very vague, with no street names or anything, and gives only the most superficial impression of the city. It's also entirely unclear how one might travel between the four zones. The zone maps are moderately more helpful, but the number posts that indicate locations accessible with the card often overlap so that you can't actually see what the number is (and, thus, don't actually know which attraction it is). Further, the description of each individual attraction lacks a map coordinate (e.g., B3 or A2), so you have to scan the whole map until you find the number post. Not the end of the world, but annoying nonetheless. The individual maps also lack a public transportation overlay, so it's hard to see how exactly to get where you want to go. The description for each attraction helpfully says which tram line and stop will get you there, but how are you supposed to know where to pick up that tram line? The maps at the tram stops are great, but you obviously have to be at a tram stop to use it, which is not so helpful if you're trying to plan your next move from your hotel room or from a restaurant or whatever.
So, overall, the card is totally worth it if you plan to see lots of sights in the city. It's not as user-friendly as it could be, and they would do well to fix these oversights, but it's hard to beat the deal the card represents.
I amsterdam pass is the best choice for your visit to Amsterdam, there are pass for 24, 48 and 72hours. We bought the 72 hours pass, it cost 59 euros, brings a guide, 2 cards, the one for the visits and the GVB to use in public transport. At the end of the guide you´ll find voucher to use in restaurants, shops and museums where you can get a discount.
La tarjeta I amsterdam card es la mejor opción que escogimos en nuestra estancia en Amsterdam. Compramos la tarjeta de 72 horas, cuesta 59 euros viene con una guía de las atracciones que van incluidas en la tarjeta, la tarjeta GVB para usar transporte público y cupones de descuentro en establecimientos.
When in holland, we opted to buy the Holland Pass, and definitely did a good deal with it. There are different levels you can choose - mostly depending on how much time you have available. Once you buy the card you have free entrance included to a number of museums and attractions which you can choose from a list they give you. Over and above those, you also get discounts and skip the lines at various places, including shops and restaurtants. If you work things out well, you will save alot of money.
For example we got the XL edition @ €48 (You can get a 5% discount if you buy it online - http://www.hollandpass.com/en/) and used it for the following entrances:
A: Excursion: Windmills and Edam @ €32.00
B: Artis Zoo @ €18.50
C: Canal 100 Highlights Cruise @ €12.50
D: Museum Geelvnick @ €7.00
E: Gassan Diamonds - Free entrance - with champagne & special gift (wasn't worth it as it was just chocolates not a diamond!)
XL: Xtra Cold Ice Bar @ €19.50
All this already totals up to €89.50 - almost double what we paid for the Holland pass. Over and above that we also used it for discounts when buying souvenirs and cheese from certain shops as well as at restaurants.
We also found it handy because we hadn't planned anything for our trip, so this book gave us plenty of ideas of where to go, what to see and how to get there. Definitely a must have for your trip. You can also get discounts outside Amsterdam.
We bought our pass from the GVB Transport Station opposite Central Station when purchasing our 4 day unlimited travel pass - this is definitely useful to help you get around to see all these places! Check my tips for more info on this.
We visited Amsterdam in April 2010 and debated whether or not to buy an I Amsterdam Card.
It does sound like a really good deal, but when I searched further I found an All in One Travel ticket which only cost 68 euros for 3 of us for 72 hours, and included the train journey from Schipol to Amsterdam (I Amsterdam card is metro, tram and buses only).
As the I Amsterdam card plus train would have cost 198 euros for all of us we decided not to buy them.
In the event we visited the Van Gogh Museum, Musuem Van Loon, and Allard Pierson Museum. We also went to Anne Frank Huis but this is not included in the I Amsterdam Pass. We also went on a one hour canal boat tour - together with our travel passes this all came to 167.25 euros, perhaps not a huge saving but we did only go to the Allard Pierson museum as we happened to be passing.
I think if we had bought I Amsterdam cards we would have felt more obliged to go to places just to get the value out of the cards, or end up feeling miffed that we had spent money we didn't need to.
Amsterdam is a lovely city, and it was fantastic to explore and wander. Whilst you do need a couple of things to build your day around it was nice to feel free to wander as we chose.
If you are considering buying an I Amsterdam card, bear in mind that entrance fees for children are reduced or free depending on age. Our twelve year old got free entry into the Van Gogh Museum, and paid a reduced price on the canal tour and at Museum Van Loon.
In many of the tourist guides and brochures, you will see a lot of promotion for the "iAmsterdam" card which gives you a free pass to most of the major museums and some attractions in Amsterdam and includes a transport pass for the Metro and trams. You can purchase one that covers 24, 48 or 72 hours. The top cost at the moment is 58 euros for the three day card. You can also get a Museumkaart that is almost the same thing, allowing entry into most of the same major museums. The cost is, with fees, about 40 euro and it's good for a full year. There is no transport included.
What i find is that the short term cards find you rushing from museum to museum to attraction to fit everything in so that you can say you broke even or saved money. In up to three days, that's a lot of overload. You don't end up doing anything else aside from going in and out of museums, churches etc. The iAmsterdam card also gives you discounts on other things like canal cruises and some restaurants so that's also good but there are plenty of cheaper, less known places to eat or shop that will be cheaper anyway.
In my opinion, i think the museum card is the better deal because it's good for a year. There's no rush to see everything and the real advantage is that it's good at museums and sites all over The Netherlands so if you're doing day trips or traveling around, it'll save you a lot of money.
Of course, it depends on where you're going and for how long and what kinds of things you like to do and see. For me, getting the museum card and buying strippenkaart transport tickets, which are also good in many other Dutch cities, (or the new chip card) would be the way to go. If i was only going to be in Amsterdam and only for a few days, i'd assess what i *realistically* thought i'd be able to see and add up the costs of the entry fees. Chances are I wouldn't see enough to make the cost worth it, even if it does give me access to the "fast lane" and avoid the queues in the ticket lines. If you go early enough to the really popular places, you can usually avoid the worst of the lines. Another way to avoid those lines is buy the tickets online, quite often at a bit of a discount.
Fondest memory: For our first trip to Amsterdam, Because the Rembrandthuis was closed, we didn't get the card and we never did get to some of the other attractions on our list. We only ended up going to the Rijkesmuseum that needed paying an entrance fee and also to the open air museum in Arnhem. The museum card would have cost twice what those entrance fees did. You have to make your list, check the cost of individual entry fees, and make your decision. It's sometimes a crap shoot if you don't get to all the places you plan to.
Meeting New People and Seeing New Places
These tips are based on my last 8 weeks of traveling in Europe/Africa:
1. Buy/pre-order as many museum/attraction tickets online as you can.
2. Ask the taxi fare before taking off in a taxi, especially if it’s late at night or coming from an airport.
3. Charge your camera batteries every night.
4. If you have a Eurail pass and need to make reservation make them in Europe. It’s a lot less expensive.
5. If you’re climbing a few hundred steps up a tower, monument, etc. go only a clear, sunny day.
6. Learn at least Hello, Thank you, and Goodbye in the foreign language of the countries you are visiting.
7. Turn your cell phones off inside churches, museums, etc. If it rings and you must take the call, do it outside!
8. If there’s a running commentary (live or recorded), be polite and be quiet.
9. Dress appropriately and be respectful in churches.
10. If you’re traveling with children, don’t let them disrupt others around you. If they cry or throw a tantrum, take them outside.
11. If you have a complaint, do it reasonably without yelling and cursing.
12. Regarding pictures:
a. If there are signs saying “No pictures”, don’t take pictures! There’s a reason for the signs. Do you really, really need that picture of Mona Lisa to prove you’ve seen it?
b. Learn how to use your camera before the trip. If there are signs saying “No flash”, make sure you know how to use the camera without it.
c. If you see a couple or family with one person taking pictures of the other(s), offer to take a picture of both/all of them. Maybe they’ll reciprocate.
13. Check local holidays. Since many museums and stores will be closed, you’ll need to have other plans for the day. (Most stores throughout much of Europe are closed on Sunday.)
14. Don’t try to do too much. Leave some open time to just explore.
15. You’re on vacation so relax and have a good time!
Want to have general information about the city, events, shops, restaurants etc...
I suggest to go and check out the official Rovaniemi city web site, you can also download brochures, maps, etc...
Favorite thing: In order to avoid LONG LONG LONG lines buy your tickets in advance at the information/tourist office center infront of the Centraal Station, or at the tourist office in the Centraal Station itself on the second floor. TRUST ME, it's well worth it, you cut the line, if you have the ticket, why do you need to wait? The I AMsterdam cards are great if you plan ahead and use it fully, but you can't cut the lines with it.
The "I amsterdam card" is a product Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board. The card comprises a transportation ticket, a chip card (for free admission to the museums) and a book guide (a voucher booklet for discounts at restaurants and tourist attractions).
The "I amsterdam card" is available at all local tourist information offices.
The Amsterdam card is your entrance ticket to a long list of Amsterdam museums, city's attractions and all buses, trams and metro in Amsterdam. Please note, train tickets to and from the airport are not included in the product.
There are three different Amsterdam card types available, and starts to expire since the first use:
For more information visit the homepage:
If you are in the city for 24/ 48 / 72 hours as a first timer and want to do most of the things that tourists do - I think this package is neat and cheap. Check out the website it packs in quite a bit - you wont have the time to include in everything.