I Amsterdam Card

On this page you will find all the important information about the I Amsterdam Card: What services does the City Card offer and who is it suitable for? How long is it valid and where can you buy it?

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I Amsterdam City Card
  • 70+ free attractions
  • Free public transport in Amsterdam
  • Canal tour and hire bike included
  • Validity from 24 to 120 hours
  • Digital City Card in the free I Amsterdam Card app
  • Save money in Amsterdam with the City Card!

How the I Amsterdam Card works

The Amsterdam Card is the official City Card of Amsterdam. It offers you numerous benefits during your visit to the city. We have summarised some of these benefits for you here:

  • Free or discounted admission to over 70 museums and attractions
  • Free use of public transport throughout Amsterdam
  • Canal tour and bike hire included
  • Free I Amsterdam app for digital use of the City Card

The City Card is available with a validity period of 24, 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours. You can buy the card online and choose between a digital and a physical version. We recommend the digital version, as it is much easier to use and you don't have to collect the physical card on site.

To use the digital card, you need the free I Amsterdam Card app.

The physical card is activated the first time it is used at an attraction or on public transport. The use of discounts does not lead to activation. This only takes place for free offers. You can activate the digital City Card directly in the app.

Who is the I Amsterdam Card suitable for?

If you decide to stay in Amsterdam for several days, enjoy visiting museums and want to explore the city and its surroundings in depth, the I Amsterdam Card is the perfect choice. The free use of public transport also makes the City Card an attractive offer.

How much does the I Amsterdam Card cost?

The price of the I Amsterdam Card depends on its period of validity.

  • 24 hours: 60,00 €
  • 48 hours: 85,00 €
  • 72 hours: 100,00 €
  • 96 hours: 115,00 €
  • 120 hours: 125,00 €

The price applies to adults aged 18 and over. Unfortunately, there is no discounted ticket for children and young people. However, children generally receive free or discounted admission to many attractions. Whether it is worth buying an I Amsterdam Card for children depends on the age of the child and the attractions you want to visit with them.

Discounts with the I Amsterdam Card

With the I Amsterdam Card you can take advantage of many free and discounted offers. You can find an overview of all discounts here: Overview of services I Amsterdam Card

This brochure also provides a good overview of all the services included: Flyer I Amsterdam Card

Free museums, sights and activities

Some museums and activities are available to you free of charge with the City Card.

  • Rijksmuseum
  • Moco Museum
  • ARTIS Zoo
  • H'ART Museum
  • Flight simulator This is Holland
  • Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot
  • Hello Amsterdam Walking Tour
  • Canal cruise (one free tour)
  • Rembrandt House
  • NEMO Science Museum

Tip: The I Amsterdam Card does not entitle you to preferential admission. We therefore recommend that you check before your visit whether a reservation is required for the desired attraction. You can easily do this in the I Amsterdam Card app.

Unfortunately, the Van Gogh Museum is not included in the I Amsterdam Card. However, you can buy a ticket for the museum and the City Card as a favourable combination package: Combination ticket I Amsterdam Card + Van Gogh Museum

Public transport with the I Amsterdam Card

The I Amsterdam Card is also valid as a ticket for public transport. It allows you to use all buses, underground trains and trams operated by the GVB transport company in Amsterdam free of charge.

Journeys to the airport are not possible with the card.

Tram in Amsterdam
Fons Heijnsbroek

Please make sure you hold your card up to the check-in sensor when boarding and disembarking. If you have purchased a digital ticket, simply hold the QR code on your mobile phone up to the scanner.

Is the I Amsterdam Card worth it?

The Amsterdam Card offers numerous discounts for museums and sights. As many attractions in Amsterdam are quite expensive, the City Card is worthwhile from just a few days' stay in the city. It is particularly worth buying the card if you also want to use public transport.

In our example, we assume that you are staying in Amsterdam for three days and buy an I Amsterdam Card with a validity of 72 hours.

AttractionWithout I Amsterdam CardWith I Amsterdam Card
I Amsterdam Card: 72h100,00 €
Public transport: 72h21,00 €0,00 €
Rijksmusem22,50 €0,00 €
This is Holland23,00 €0,00 €
Moco Museum21,00 €0,00 €
ARTIS Zoo25,00 €0,00 €
Muiderslot17,50 €0,00 €
Canal cruise16,00 €0,00 €
Zaanse Schans windmills 29,50 €0,00 €
Zaans Museum and Verkade Experience12,50 €0,00 €
Total188,00 €100,00 €

The I Amsterdam Card is relatively expensive. But so are the admissions to the city. In three days you can visit several museums, enjoy a canal cruise, perhaps hire a bike and visit Muiderslot or Zaanse Schans by public transport. So the I Amsterdam Card pays for itself after just a few days.

The more often you use the I Amsterdam Card, the more it pays off!

Buy & collect I Amsterdam Card

You can buy the I Amsterdam Card online. You can choose between a physical and a digital card.

We recommend the digital card because of its ease of use. However, we present both methods here.

Digital City Card

If you have decided in favour of the digital City Card, first download the I Amsterdam City Card app download. Then follow the instructions in the app to add the card. As soon as you arrive in Amsterdam, you can activate your card directly in the app.

Physical card

If you have chosen a physical card when booking, you will first receive a voucher. You can print this out or save it on your mobile phone. Once you are in Amsterdam, you must exchange your voucher for a physical card. You can do this at the I Amsterdam Store (De Ruijterkade 28 B t/m D, 1012 AA Amsterdam). The I Amsterdam Store is open on weekdays from 10 am to 7 pm and on weekends from 9 am to 6 pm.

I Amsterdam City Card

Advantages & Disadvantages

Advantages of the I Amsterdam Card

  • You can use GVB public transport free of charge.
  • The card allows free entry to many museums and sights.
  • The City Card also includes a free canal cruise.
  • There is also a digital version of the I Amsterdam Card so that it does not have to be collected separately.
  • The validity is counted in 24-hour units instead of calendar days. This allows you to decide individually when you want to start sightseeing.

Disadvantages of the I Amsterdam Card

  • Famous sights such as the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House are unfortunately not included in the scope of services.
  • The airport cannot be reached free of charge by public transport.
  • There is no discounted pass for children.
  • For popular attractions, you must make your own reservation.

More offers in Amsterdam

If you do not opt for the I Amsterdam Card, you can also book individual tickets for many sights and tours. We would like to introduce you to some of them here:

Unfortunately, the Van Gogh Museum is not included in the I Amsterdam Card. However, there is an attractive combined ticket that you can use as an alternative:

FAQ about the I Amsterdam Card

How does the I Amsterdam Card work?

You buy the I Amsterdam Card online and can use it as a digital or physical card. With a physical card, you have to collect it in Amsterdam. The digital card is available directly on your mobile phone via a free app. The card entitles you to numerous discounts and free use of GVB public transport.

Can I use public transport with the I Amsterdam Card?

Yes, with the I Amsterdam Card you can use all GVB public transport in Amsterdam free of charge. This applies to all means of transport such as metro, bus and tram. Airport transfers are not included.

How is the I Amsterdam Card activated?

To use the digital card, you need the free I Amsterdam Card app. You can activate the digital card directly in the app. The physical card is activated the first time you use it at a tourist attraction or on public transport. When using the card at attractions, it is important that it is free of charge. Discounts do not lead to activation.

Is the I Amsterdam Card worthwhile for families?

There is no I Amsterdam Card specifically for children and young people. Depending on how old your child is and what activities you are planning, it may be worth buying a separate card. However, it is usually cheaper not to buy a separate City Card for children, as in most cases they receive reduced admission anyway.

Author: Patrick

Here writes: Patrick

Patrick has visited various metropolises such as Amsterdam, London, Paris and Barcelona. Here he writes about the most important City Cards. His aim is to present detailed and up-to-date information for the official tourist maps of popular cities.

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