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.
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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:
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.