It's great way to save money for a first time visitor who plans to visit something besides coffeeshop. Pass gives you unlimited use of public transport and free entrance to numerous museums (including Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum). You’ll also get a free map (a very good one with street index) and a guidebook, which gives a brief review of all the museums.
Passes area available for 24, 48 and 72 hours/ price 26, 36, 46 eur. Read more about the Pass on Internet - http://www.visitamsterdam.nl/gb/
My personal experience is that 48-hour pass is not enough. There is only limited amount of culture one can enjoy in a day. The price might seem a bit too much at first but just by visiting 2 museums, taking two boat trips on the canals and use the tram - you have won already.
I think I read from somewhere that you don’t have to queue - but this isn’t true. Just by showing the plastic card to the security wont allow you the entrance. You will still have to stand in line so they can pull your card through and give you the ticket.
You can see here in the picture where you can bye the pass but let me mention the places here too:
VVV Tourist Office: Stationsplein 10 opposite the Central RW Station, at your left hand side
IN the Central Station on platform 2 (VVV)
VVV in the Leidsestraat 1 (in the city)
Holland Tourist Information AMSTERDAM AIRPORT SCHIPHOL at ARRIVAL HALL 2
VVV KOESTRAAT 9 PURMEREND (out of Amsterdam)
VVV Gedempte gracht 76 ZAANDAM (out of Amsterdam)
Fondest memory: In the picture you can also see WHICH restaurants and WHICH attractions give you the 25% discount.......not all do.
Think before you buy: when e.g. you buy a 3 day PASS you have to make use of all is has to offer DURING THE 3 DAYS you have the card.....You buy one and the first time you use it e.g. to go by Tram to your hostel or hotel the 3 days start!
Pay attention to weekends and Dutch National holidays etc. and special events you want to visit!
Perhaps also nice to use the card to travel (15 min) to Haarlem or Rotterdam......
BUT you will save some 100 Euros during 3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS.......
You can also rent a bike for 3 consec. days.....
read the brochure before deciding....
Discover Amsterdam with the Amsterdam PASS,
In addition to public transport and a free round trip of the Canals, almost all the Amsterdam museums can be visited free of charge with the PASS.
You will receive a 25% discount at restaurants and tourist attractions...and a whole lot more.
In total, the PASS could save you more than a 100 Euros.
Fondest memory: The Amsterdam PASS can be bought for one, two of three days and consists of a chip card, a public transport ticket and the full-color AMSTERDAM PASS GUIDE.
The discounts on tourist attractions, as well as the free admission to Holland Casino and the free guided tour of Amsterdam Diamond Group, are valid upon presentation of your AMSTERDAM PASS.
Get day passes to ride to the trams, buses, and metro if your stay is three days or more.
Day and week passes and strippencards are valid on all trams, buses and metros, and also on trains within the city limits ( an exception is Schiphol airport: you have to buy a train ticket ). You must stamp a day or week pass the first time you use it only.
The trams run until just after midnight ( the last trams leave Centraal Station at 12.15 ). After that there is an hourly service of night buses from Centraal Station.
Fondest memory: Riding the trams can be quite an adventure itself so if you are planning to use them a lot to get around town purchase a day(s) pass from the GVB tourist office outside Central Station, next to the VVV. They range in price according to amount of days you want, 3, 5, 7 or 9 day passes are available. Pictured are 3 day passes for 10,70 Euro and the 9 day passes are 23 Euro.
**There is also a free map of all tram and bus routes available from VVV tourist offices or the GVB office.
Favorite thing: If you're a first time tourist, an Amsterdam Pass is a good idea. They're sold at the Tourist info and costs EUR 26 for 1 day (36 for two, 46 for three). It gives free entrance to the major museums and many others, a free roundtrip on the canals, a citymap, a kroket-sandwich, a liquor and a coffee. It also includes all travel on bus, tram and metro and gives a discount on some restaurants and attractions like Madam Tussaud, Artis and bike rental at Mc Bike.