Why an Amsterdam Pass?

Oriane & Angel

There is so much to do in Amsterdam, that it’s worth thinking about buying a pass.

Choosing a pass for Amsterdam requires knowing:
  1. The length of one’s stay in Amsterdam, as there are 1-day to 5-day passes and unlimited passes
  2. The tours you want to do: museums, attractions
  3. Your transportation needs in Amsterdam: tram, subway, transfer from airport

Nothing complicated, but essential to afford great savings! Yes save money, because the price of the pass is far less than the sum of all admissions and transportation.

In addition, the pass brings you the advantage of reserving in advance your slots to visit museums that are most of the time full when you get there at the last moment. No unpleasant surprises, frustrations, or endless queues that tire you out and make you lose precious vacation time!

Solution 1: the Amsterdam Pass I Amsterdam Card which is ideal for visiting Amsterdam's most beautiful museums like the Rijksmuseum, and dozens of other museums, but also enjoy unlimited GVB public transportation!

If you want to visit a lot of museums in Amsterdam, in addition to the must-see Rijksmuseum , and you’re staying from 1 to 5 days and want to enjoy unlimited public transportation, this is the perfect pass: I Amsterdam City Card.
Indeed, with the I Amsterdam City Card you get:

  1. Free admission to the Rijksmuseum
  2. Free admission to over 40 other museums in Amsterdam
  3. A cruise on the Amsterdam canals
  4. Unlimited free public transportation (streetcar, metro, bus)
  5. The possibility of free bike rental
  6. Discounts of 25% on dozens of attractions
CONCLUSION:This I Amsterdam Card pass is extremely comprehensive and advantageous, its price is according to its duration, from 1 day up to 5 days as it includes public transport streetcar, bus metro.

(So it’s up to you to choose the right duration, this pass is very advantageous when you need public transport, otherwise it’s better to choose the SOLUTION 2 presented below.  Note that with this pass if you want to visit the Van Gogh Museum you will simply have to buy it in addition to the I Amsterdam Card pass via the link in this page).

List of museums with free admission with the City Card I Amsterdam

  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Rijksmuseum
  • EYE Filmmuseum
  • A’DAM Lookout (entrance with I Amsterdam City Card until 6:00 PM)
  • ARTIS Royal Zoo
  • Science Center NEMO
  • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
  • Rembrandt House Museum
  • Hermitage Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam ArenA Stadium Tours
  • Amsterdam Tulip Museum
  • Allard Pierson Museum
  • Amsterdam Diamond Factory and Museum
  • Amsterdam Museum
  • Amsterdam Pipe Museum
  • Cromhouthuis Biblical Museum
  • Cobra Museum Amstelveen
  • Foam – Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
  • Geelvinck Piano Museum
  • Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age – Hermitage
  • Outsider Art Museum – Hermitage
  • National Holocaust Memorial – Jewish Cultural Quarter
  • Hortus Botanicus – Botanical Garden
  • Huis Marseille – Museum for Photography
  • Klederdracht Museum – Dutch Costume Museum
  • ARTIS – Micropia
  • De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam
  • Oude Kerk
  • Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder – Our Lord in the Attic
  • Multatuli Huis – Multatuli Museum
  • Portuguese Synagogue – Jewish Cultural Quarter
  • Museum Het Rembrandthuis – Rembrandt House Museum
  • Het Scheepvaartmuseum – The National Maritime Museum
  • Museum Het Schip – Amsterdam School Arts and Architecture
  • Stadsarchief Amsterdam – City Archives
  • Tassenmuseum Hendrikje – Museum of Bags and Purses
  • Museum Tot Zover – Funeral Museumr
  • Tropenmuseum
  • Museum Van Loon
  • Verzetsmuseum – Dutch Resistance Museum
  • Museum Willet-Holthuysen
  • Het Grachtenhuis – Museum of the Canals
  • Molen van Sloten & Kuiperijmuseum
  • Woonbootmuseum – Houseboat Museum
  • and more

Free attractions with the City Card I Amsterdam

  • Amsterdam Dungeon
  • Amsterdam Icebar XtraCold (18+)
  • Holland International – Candlelight/Cheese Cruise with wine or cocktail
  • Heineken Experience (18+)
  • De Hollandsche Manege – museum of the Dutch Riding School
  • House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience (18+ years)
  • Ticket to Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
  • Museum of Prostitution – Secrets of the Red Light District
  • Museumphoto
  • Body Worlds
  • Moco Museum
  • Outsider Art Museum – Hermitage
  • Multi-stop bus: cheese, windmills and village


Your Amsterdam PASS is sent instantly and the pass on your mobile phone is enough to enter the museums.

However, if you wish, you can exchange your mobile ticket for your I amsterdam City Card at the I amsterdam shop at the north entrance to the Central Station (De Ruijterkade 28 B t / m D, 1012 AA Amsterdam). Open Monday – Friday 10.00 – 19.00 & Saturday – Sunday 9.00 – 18.00.

After making your reservation, please make sure to book a time slot on the website of the host establishment.

Select the free cancellation and cancel until 23:59 the day before your visit.

You can book this pass directly below and receive it immediately by email.

With this I Amsterdam City Card you will only miss the entrance to the Van Gogh Museum

Why buy a ticket for the Van Gogh museum?

The Van Gogh museum attracts more than one million visitors per year. On the spot the reservation is random, after waiting in line for more than 1 hour you may be told that you have to book on the internet. A limited number of tickets are available for each departure time, we advise you to book several weeks in advance.

Van Gogh Museum Museumplein 6, Amsterdam
Van Gogh Museum

Solution 2: the Amsterdam Digital Pass which has the advantage of including the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum and a Cruise, and not being limited in time!

If you want to visit the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum and don’t need public transportation, this is the perfect pass: Amsterdam Digital Pass.
Indeed, with the Amsterdam Digital Pass you get:

  1. Free line-cutting admission to the Rijksmuseum at a time slot you choose
  2. Free cut-line admission to the Van Gogh museum at a time slot you choose
  3. An Amsterdam canal cruise at a slot you’ll choose
  4. An audio tour guide app
CONCLUSION:This Amsterdam Digital Pass is advantageous if you don’t need public transportation, and want to visit the Van Gogh Museum.

(With this pass you don’t get free admission to other museums unlike Solution 1, but you get huge discounts on the youth pass).

You can book this pass directly below and receive it immediately by email.

Options to the first two cases: you may need to complete your pass by booking your A/R from Schiphol airport in advance

Option: the ticket from Schiphol airport to Amsterdam

If you arrive at Schiphol Airport, you may need tickets to go from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city centre.
With the Amsterdam Airport Express, you can enjoy a fast and convenient transfer between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the city centre.
The shuttle leaves every 8 minutes from platform B17. With this service you can go directly to Stadionplein, Emmastraat, Museumplein, Rijksmuseum or Leidseplein.

From there you can easily reach many Amsterdam hotels. If you are travelling at night, the same N97 bus runs twice an hour between 1:00 and 5:00 in both directions.

You can book this pass directly below and receive it immediately by email.

You can also buy museum tickets on our dedicated page!

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