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Amsterdam — By Marianne on October 2, 2009 at 7:00 am

Iamsterdam Card

The Iamsterdam Card provides free use of city public transport and offers discounts to several (tourist) attractions at a fixed price, but no child or pensioners reductions. The card can be bought online or at one of the VVV tourist information offices. It is accompanied by a free booklet in English, Dutch, French Spanish and Italian with information about the free and discounted attractions.

These are the three options:
24 hours – €38
48 hours – €48
72 hours – €58


What are the benefits and drawbacks of this card?

The Iamsterdam card gives free entrance to 27 museums including Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Tropenmuseum, Rembrandthuis, Nieuwe Kerk and other major museums.
On the downside Anne Frankhuis is not included and a surcharge has to be paid for special exhibition at the ‘free’ museums.

Free Canal Boat trips when booked at the Blue Boat Company or Holland International Rondvaart.

25% discount for 22 attractions including Amsterdam ArenA, Canal Bus, Heineken Experience, House of Bols, and Cheese Gift Shop Magna Plaza

25% discount in several restaurants among them: Cafe Restaurant in de Waag, the Pancake Bakery, Restaurant IJ-kantine and 19 other places.
The drawback is that you tend to go to places that offer this discount and ending up seeing lots of other tourists. You will also have to travel everywhere on public transport and visit more than one museum per day to play even.

What are the alternatives?

Amsterdam is a compact city and you can walk to all attractions. Should you need public transport buy a strippenkaart for the tram. A canal boat tour set you back only €12, children half price.

If you stay in Amsterdam for 4 days or more and you intend to visit many museums The Museumkaart, museum card, is better value for money than the Iamsterdam card. The museumkaart costs €35 is valid for 12 months and allows free entry to 400 museums throughout the Netherlands.


If your stay is three days or less and you want the convenience of an all-in-one transport and museum pass with a few discounts thrown in then consider the Iamsterdam card.

If you stay longer, the Iamsterdam card is not the ideal card for you. You will find better value by organising your own itinerary.

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