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    iAmsterdam vs Museumkaart

    by tvor Written May 21, 2009

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    City Card

    by lina112 Written Mar 14, 2011

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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  • I Amsterdam Card -

    by alyfee Written Apr 18, 2010

    Favorite thing: 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.

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  • Great deal but...

    by duckytraveler Written Jun 6, 2011

    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Museumkaart

    by dila Written Apr 15, 2013

    Favorite thing: 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 Rijksmuseum
    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

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    Discount Card

    by Marvin_Large Written Mar 7, 2014
    Amsterdam Discount Card: Hosteldeal card

    Favorite thing: Amsterdam has many highlights and local hot spots and I love them all! Many of them are available with several discount cards, but the Hosteldeals card is by far the most attractive of all! For just 17,50 i've had access for reduced rates and incidentally some free stuff!

    Fondest memory: Had a blast!

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    Amsterdam Discount Card: Hosteldeal card

    by Marvin_Large Written Mar 7, 2014
    Amsterdam Discount Card: Hosteldeal card

    Favorite thing: I've Many of them are available with several discount cards, but the Hosteldeals card is by far the most attractive of all! For just 17,50 i've had access for reduced rates and incidentally some free stuff!

    Fondest memory: had a blast there!

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