Amsterdam City Passes

Note

Due to COVID-19, the Amsterdam Pass is currently not available. The official I Amsterdam Card is still available. However, most attractions are closed (last updated: 01/2021).

What’s an Amsterdam City Pass?

Amsterdam city passes are sightseeing passes for the Dutch capital. With just one ticket, you get free admission to many top attractions, canal cruises and city tours or Hop-on Hop-off buses. Some city passes also include a public transport ticket. A city pass is also a discount card that you can use in restaurants, shops and some attractions.

Most Amsterdam city passes are limited in time. They are activated the first time you use them and they are valid for up to five days afterwards. The longer a city pass is valid, the more expensive it is. However, with a city pass that is valid for several days, you get the chance to visit a lot of top attractions in Amsterdam.

The price of a city pass depends largely on its duration, but also on the attractions included. The cheapest Amsterdam city pass costs about €50, but there is little you can do with it. The most expensive pass costs €145, but you can visit the city’s top attractions for up to five days.

You can buy some Amsterdam city passes in Amsterdam’s visitor centres, but all of them are available online. When you buy your city pass on the Internet, you either receive the pass digitally on your phone or you can use a voucher to pick up your physical card in Amsterdam. The city pass is then electronically validated at each attraction.

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When Is an Amsterdam City Pass Worthwhile?

  • When You’re in Amsterdam for the first time

    The Amsterdam City Passes contain most of the top attractions of the city: the important museums, canal cruises and city tours as well as some great experiences. These are all the things that someone who visitsAmsterdam for the first time would do. This is why city passes are ideal for first-time visitors.

  • When you’d like to do intensive sightseeing

    The I Amsterdam City Card offers more than 60 sights and the Amsterdam Pass offers more than 50 attractions. Both city passes are suitable for travellers who want to see and experience as much of Amsterdam as possible in a short time.

  • When you spend several days in Amsterdam

    The more time you spend in Amsterdam, the better suited a city pass is. The important city passes are valid for up to five days and the longer the duration, the cheaper the costs per day. Passes that are valid for three to five days are most worthwhile.

  • When You’re Interested in Museums

    Amsterdam abounds with high-class museums, some of which are so popular that you can’t get a ticket at the box office anymore: Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Hermitage Amsterdam or the Maritime Museum, to name but a few. With the I Amsterdam Card you can visit almost all important museums for free. The Amsterdam Pass does not have to hide behind it, it only lacks the Van Gogh Museum.

  • When You Enjoy Using Hop-on Hop-off Buses

    With the Amsterdam Pass, you can travel up to five days on the Hop-on Hop-off buses as well as the Hop-on Hop-off boats. This way you can explore Amsterdam’s major sites on the streets and the lovely canals. The I Amsterdam City Card, on the other hand, does not include Hop-on Hop-off buses, but at all public transport is included free of charge.

  • When You Know What You Want

    An Amsterdam city pass is most worthwhile if you know exactly what you want to see. You just need to compare your wishlist with the attractions included in the major city passes. This way you can calculate exactly how much money you would save with each pass. Maybe you find out that you don’t need a city pass in the first place – that’s also a valuable insight.

  • When you travel unprepared

    Even those who don’t like planning can benefit from an Amsterdam city pass, because even if you don’t know what you want, a city pass at least shows you what attractions the city has to offer and where to find them. With the pass on hand you simply visit any attraction without having to think about the ticket price.

  • When you don’t want to buy single tickets

    Some travellers buy city passes not to save money, but because they are a convenient solution. You only need to buy one ticket and then you don’t have to worry about buying tickets afterwards. You can use public transport or Hop-on Hop-off buses and follow the small travel guides that come with the purchase of the Amsterdam Pass and I Amsterdam City Card.

All Amsterdam City Passes at a glance

In the following section we briefly introduce the three most important tourist cards for Amsterdam.

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