What’s the Amsterdam Pass?
The Amsterdam Pass is a comprehensive city pass for Amsterdam. With this pass you can visit more than 50 attractions for free. These include such important sights as the Rijksmuseum, Muiderslot Castle, Rembrandt House or a tour of the Johan Cruijff Stadium. Many of these attractions are expensive to buy individually, so the Amsterdam Pass pays for itself quickly.
The Amsterdam Pass is issued by Stromma, a company that operates Hop-on Hop-off buses and boats in Amsterdam and organises day tours to the surrounding area. That is why the pass includes these services in a generous way. For example, you can use the Hop-on Hop-off buses and boats for as long as your Amsterdam Pass is valid.
The duration of the pass is flexible: it is valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive calendar days. Depending on which option you choose. You can buy the pass online and download it to your smartphone or pick it up in Amsterdam. As soon as you use it at the first attraction, it will be activated and the time will start running out.
When you buy the pass, you will receive an Amsterdam travel guide that contains all the attractions available with the Amsterdam Pass.
Benefits of the Amsterdam Pass
- Free admission to over 50 attractions
- Hop-on hop-off buses and boats free of charge
- Airport transfer by bus free of charge
- Flexible duration: 1, 2, 3 or 5 days
- Including manual with information & maps
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How Much Does the Amsterdam Pass Cost?
The following table gives an overview of the prices:
What’s Included in the Amsterdam Pass?
The following table contains all attractions included in the Amsterdam Pass. The prices are online prices. Some attractions are cheaper if you buy the tickets online.
On the Amsterdam Pass website, box office prices are used for comparison, but we will evaluate the benefits of the pass based on the cheaper online prices.
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All attractions can be found in the official manual, which you can download for free before buying the pass.
Our Assessment of the Included Attractions
The Amsterdam Pass contains almost all the attractions that are of major importance in the city. In our opinion, the pass is more varied than the better known I Amsterdam Card, which contains almost only museums.
The Amsterdam Pass includes many important museums, as well as attractive experiences such as the Heineken Experience, the Holland Flight Simulator, the Ajax Amsterdam Stadium Tour or the Amsterdam Dungeon. In addition, with the Amsterdam Pass you can take part in several half-day and day tours that cost up to €50 when purchased individually.
However, the Amsterdam Pass does not include some of the attractions that are included in other city passes. Especially Amsterdam’s most popular museum – the Van Gogh Museum – stands out by its absence. If you want to visit it, you would have to buy a separate ticket. The Anne Frank House is also not included in the Amsterdam Pass. But this one is missing in all city passes.
Last but not least, the Amsterdam Pass does not include a ticket for public transport. This would be useful. However, there are comprehensive Hop-on Hop-off services with this pass.
Hop-on Hop-off Buses and Boats
The Amsterdam Pass is issued by Stromma, a company that operates Hop-on Hop-off buses and boats in Amsterdam. Thus the range of these means of transport with the Amsterdam Pass is comprehensive. You can use buses and boats for as long as your pass is valid (i.e. up to 5 days).
However, Stromma’s buses and boats are not viewed positively by all customers. On the Internet, customers mainly complain about irregular departure times, while competitors seem to be more reliable and frequent. Therefore, you should not depend on the buses and boats when you are in a hurry. But they are a good way to explore the city in a relaxed manner.
Restrictions on Airport Transfers
The Amsterdam Pass includes a free airport transfer by bus to the city. However, this transfer is tricky, because with the transfer you activate your Amsterdam Pass and the time starts to run out. Therefore, we recommend that you only use the airport transfer if you arrive at the airport in the early morning. If you arrive in the afternoon or evening, you will give away a whole day with your Amsterdam Pass. Time is a scarce commodity with city passes!
Validity of the Amsterdam Pass
After purchase, the Amsterdam Pass is valid for 12 months. Within this period you can activate the pass. Activation takes place as soon as you use it at the first attraction.
After that the Amsterdam Pass is valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive calendar days. It is therefore very flexible. However, you should start using it early in the morning to avoid wasting time.
Please note: The pass will be activated, when you use it on the airport bus. You should only use it if you arrive at the airport in the morning. It is not worthwhile using it in the afternoon, because you won’t be able to do much sightseeing that day.
You should keep in mind that some museums are closed on Mondays. Therefore, even with your Amsterdam Pass you cannot visit every attraction every day.
Is the Amsterdam Pass Worth it?
The Amsterdam Pass is worth more the longer it is valid, as the price per day drops significantly. A 1-day pass is a steep €66, while the 5-day pass is only €29 per day:
- 1 day: €66
- 2 days: €91 = €45.50 per day
- 3 days: €115 = €38.33 per day
- 5 days: €145 = €29.00 per day
Each variant of these passes can be worthwhile, but those who spend 5 days in Amsterdam and want to do some sightseeing every day will save money with the Amsterdam Pass in any case, as one only has to visit attractions worth at least €29. This is easily possible, as many sights are quite expensive:
- Rijksmuseum: €19
- Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot: €15.50
- Rembrandt House: €14
- Maritime Museum: €16
- Heineken Experience: €18
- Ajax Amsterdam Stadium: €15.50
If you visit at least two attractions per day, you will save money with the pass. This does not even take into account that you can use the Hop-on Hop-off buses and boats every day as often as you like. Other boat cruises and airport transfers are also included in the purchase price. Even with a single half day tour you will have recovered the price.
The Amsterdam Pass is also worthwhile for two or three days, but then you should plan your itinerary a bit better and think about how to get the most out of the pass in a short time. One option is to look for attractions that you can visit in the evening (e.g. Heineken Experience, A’DAM Lookout), while others close in the afternoon.
To make the Amsterdam Pass really worthwhile, you should be interested in the Hop-on Hop-off buses and boats, as they are an essential part of the attractions included.
When Isn’t the Amsterdam Pass Worth it?
The Amsterdam Pass is hardly worth it for just one day. Although it is possible to make a saving with this pass, it will not be very big. You have to plan your day well and do a lot of sightseeing in a short time. This can turn into stress.
The Amsterdam Pass is also worth less – or not at all – if you are not interested in the Hop-on-Hop-off offers. You can take the buses and boats as often as you like on any given day. But if you don’t want to, you will miss out on a significant part of the services included.
Some attractions cost less than €10 when purchased individually. It might not be worthwhile to visit these attractions with a time limited pass. If you are mainly interested in these, the pass is not worth it.
Where Can You Get the Amsterdam Pass?
You can buy the Amsterdam Pass on the official website amsterdampass.com. When you buy it, you decide whether you want to send the pass digitally to your phone or pick up a physical card as soon as you are in Amsterdam.
The digital version is suitable for travellers who are already in Amsterdam and want to start sightseeing immediately or who do not have time to pick up the pass in Amsterdam. The digital pass contains a QR code that is scanned at each attraction.
If you like, you can also pick up the Amsterdam Pass as a physical card. To do this, take your order confirmation with you as a printout or on your phone and contact any of the following locations:
- Stromma Central Station
- Stromma Shop at the I Amsterdam Visitor Centre
By the way, you can also buy the pass at the pick-up points.
FAQ About the Amsterdam Pass
Can I visit the attractions more than once?
No, each attraction can only be visited once with the Amsterdam Pass. Your ticket will be validated electronically upon entry.
Only the Hop-on Hop-off buses and boats can be used as often as you like.
How long is the Amsterdam Pass valid?
After you have purchased the Amsterdam Pass online, you have 12 months to activate it. Activation takes place as soon as you use the pass at the first attraction.
After that the pass is valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive calendar days. You should activate your pass early in the morning to get the most out of the first day.
Can I freely choose the visiting hours?
Basically, yes. However, you should note that many museums are closed on Mondays. In addition, many attractions close on Christmas Day and King’s Day (27 April).
Do I need a ticket for my children?
The Amsterdam Pass is also available for children between 4 and 12 years of age. They pay a reduced price. Older children must pay the regular price.
Whether your children need their own Amsterdam Pass or not cannot be determined in a general way. It depends on the age of your children and which attractions you want to visit. Especially in museums, children often enjoy free admission. However, the age limit is different everywhere.
Who can I contact if I have questions?
The Amsterdam Pass is issued by Stromma. You can contact customer service by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or during the week by phone on +31 20 217 05 99.
Alternatives to the Amsterdam Pass
I Amsterdam Card: This is the best city pass for Amsterdam. There is hardly a museum that you can not visit with this card. It also includes tickets for public transport and some exciting sights and experiences. Learn more about the I Amsterdam Card.
Amsterdam City Pass: This one is not a classic city pass, but three tickets for only three attractions. In addition, you get a 20% discount on countless sights and tours in Amsterdam. Details about the Amsterdam City Pass.
Holland Pass: A somewhat complicated pass for the whole of Holland. However, most of the attractions are located in Amsterdam. If you know exactly what you want, the Holland Pass will definitely save you money.
Single tickets: If you do not like any Amsterdam city pass, you can also buy single tickets for the most important attractions:
- Van Gogh Museum – Fast Track
- Heineken Experience
- Rijksmuseum – Fast Track
- Anne Frank Walking Tour
- Johann Cruijff ArenA Tour
- This is Holland: Virtual Flight
- Canal Cruise
- Hop-on-Hop-off Bus & Boat
Tip for the Van Gogh Museum: The museum is often fully booked one or two weeks in advance. If you are already late, you can also buy a combined ticket for the museum and canal cruise. This is available three to four days in advance.