Amsterdam City Pass comparison

Would you like to compare the various attraction passes in Amsterdam and find out which Amsterdam Card is the best for you? Then you’ve come to the right place in my detailed Amsterdam Card comparison!

In my comparison of the I amsterdam City Card, the Explorer and All-Inclusive Pass by Go City and the Amsterdam Pass from Tiqets, you can see at a glance which sights and tours are included and how much they cost.

In addition, you will find my personal recommendation and I will answer the most frequently asked questions about the Amsterdam City Passes.

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My recommendations

Which Amsterdam Card to buy?

Amsterdam City Pass comparisonRarely has there been such a clear winner: the I amsterdam City Card (also known as the “I amsterdam Card”) is by far the best sightseeing pass. Why?

All the main sights, canal cruises, bike hire and tours of all kinds are included – and you can also use public transport.

Last but not least: while the other passes always charge for whole days and there are no “partial” days, you can also use it over several days thanks to its 24, 48, 72, 96 and 120-hour validity.

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Compare Amsterdam Cards

In my Amsterdam Cards comparison table you can see all attraction passes at a glance and compare which of the many Amsterdam City Cards is the best for you 👇

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Attractions to choose from

Attractions to choose from

70+

40+

40+

6

Of which you can visit these

Of which you can visit these

all
3 to 7
all
all

Valid for

Valid for

1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days

60 days

2, 3 or 5 days

365 days

Cancellable?
Cancellable?

Public Transportation?

Public Transportation?

HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS

A'DAM LOOKOUT

A'DAM LOOKOUT

City Canal Cruise

City Canal Cruise

Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

Anne Frank House

Anne Frank House

Rembrandt House Museum

Rembrandt House Museum

Heineken Experience

Heineken Experience

ATTRACTIONS

ATTRACTIONS

Amsterdam Castle

Amsterdam Castle

Keukenhof (saisonal)

Keukenhof (saisonal)

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds

Moco Museum

Moco Museum

Royal Experience

Royal Experience

Stedelijk Museum

Stedelijk Museum

Anne Frank-Tour

Anne Frank-Tour

WALKING TOURS

WALKING TOURS

BIKE RENTAL

BIKE RENTAL

All Attractions

All Attractions

PRICE
PRICE

from 65 EUR

from 69 EUR

from 114 EUR

from 70 EUR

Important tips about the Amsterdam Cards

  • The Anne Frank House is not included in any of the passes. These are only available on the official website of the Anne Frank House. However, there is a guided tour that focuses on the life of Anne Frank in Amsterdam. You can find this tour in my table above!
  • Reservations for attractions: For some attractions, you need a separate reservation in addition to the correct City Pass. You can find out what these are on a daily basis on the websites I have linked here!

How do the attraction passes for Amsterdam work?

Regardless of whether you opt for the I Amsterdam City Card, the Amsterdam Pass or the Amsterdam All-Inclusive Pass – the functionality is the same for all city passes for Amsterdam.

#1 Buy in advance, activate and use in Amsterdam

Sightseeing passes are a great way to save on your travel budget. If you have decided in favour of an Amsterdam Pass, these are the next steps:

  • Step 1: You will receive the booking confirmation by email
  • Step 2: Print it out (it is already your pass) or download it directly as an electronic version in the free app of the respective Amsterdam Pass provider
  • Step 3: When you arrive in Amsterdam, show it at the ticket counter of the attraction (ATTENTION: some will ask for your ID card or passport for verification the very first time you use it)
  • Step 4: You will receive your admission ticket or your Amsterdam Pass will be scanned and you’re ready to go!

#2 You save on the important sights and tours in Amsterdam

All Amsterdam City Cards work like a collective ticket, like 1 ticket for many attractions at the same time. The fact that you don’t just buy a single ticket, but several in the form of City Passes, makes it cheaper for you to visit the sights of Amsterdam.

Savings of over 20% are always possible, but savings of 35-50% are more likely!

#3 Easy to use

They are comparable to prepaid phone cards: once purchased, you can use them for as many attractions or days as you have “topped them up”. For example, if you have bought the I Amsterdam Card for 48 hours, you can use it as an admission ticket for exactly 48 hours; with the Amsterdam All-Inclusive Pass for 3 days, you can visit as many attractions as you want or can manage – but only for 3 days.

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Which Amsterdam City Pass is the best?

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There are several worthwhile combination tickets and City Cards for Amsterdam that might be of interest to you.

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Travel plan for Amsterdam

Not sure which attractions to include in your Amsterdam itinerary? Here are some ideas on how I would plan my trip to Amsterdam with the attraction passes:

My Amsterdam itinerary in 2 days

For many, Amsterdam is a destination for an (extended) weekend – you can see these attractions and still have enough time to sit in one of the many cafés along the canals and enjoy the city. And you’ll easily save 30%:

Attractions

Costs without I amsterdam Card

Ticket for public transport for 2 days

15 EUR

DAY 1

DAY 1

Rijksmuseum

23 EUR

Moco Museum

23 EUR

A'DAM LOOKOUT

19 EUR

DAY 2

DAY 2

City Canal Cruise

23 EUR

Stedelijk Museum

23 EUR

Heineken Experience (25% discount)

5 EUR

Cost of individual tickets

131 EUR

COSTS I AMSTERDAM CARD 48h

85 EUR

SAVINGS

46 EUR, corresponds to 35%

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My travel plan for Amsterdam in 1 day

The clever thing about the I Amsterdam City Card is that it is hour-based. This means that if you use it for the first time at 16:00 on day 1, it is also valid until 15:59 on day 2.

Therefore, this travel plan (which was my last travel plan in Amsterdam) is really relaxing and you save almost 40%:

Attractions

Costs without I amsterdam Card

Ticket for public transport for 1 day
9 EUR

DAY 1

DAY 1

City Canal Cruise

23 EUR

A'DAM LOOKOUT

19 EUR

Rijksmuseum

23 EUR

Stedelijk Museum

23 EUR

Costs of individual tickets

97 EUR

Costs I amsterdam Card 24h

60 EUR

SAVINGS

37 EUR, corresponds to 38%

» Buy I Amsterdam Card

Which Amsterdam Card is the best?

Usually this is a difficult question because the answer depends on what you want to see in how many days and who you are in Amsterdam with. But for Amsterdam, the answer is quite clear – the I Amsterdam City Card is by far the best sightseeing pass because it includes everything, even public transport tickets.

#1 The best Amsterdam Card for first-time visitors

If you want to see the full package of attractions, the day-based attraction passes are the best choice for you. Why? For a fixed price, you can visit as many attractions as you want or can manage. With the I Amsterdam City Card for 72 hours or the Amsterdam All-Inclusive Pass for 3 days, you can choose freely from the sights, walking tours, boat tours and hop-on hop-off bus tours included in the respective programme for 3 days. The price doesn’t change – regardless of whether you visit 10 or 20 of them! Great, isn’t it?

My top tip for first-time visitors is the aforementioned I Amsterdam City Card. Here you can buy the I Amsterdam Card.

#2 The best Amsterdam City Card for families

Do the kids want to do something else during the day than you originally planned? With the I Amsterdam Card you have a huge choice. The only disadvantage? There are no discounts for children – everyone pays the same price. That’s why the Amsterdam All-Inclusive Pass can be an option – you can compare them in the table above (but there are significantly fewer sights to choose from).

Here you can buy the I Amsterdam Card.

#3 The best Amsterdam Card if you’ve been to Amsterdam before

Are you an Amsterdam repeat offender? That’s great! Then you’ll have a much more relaxed experience of the city because you’ll certainly have already visited a lot of the well-known sights on your first holiday.

The I Amsterdam Card is the best way to cover the attractions you’re still missing, as it offers over 70 of them.

Here you can buy the I Amsterdam Card.

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Which Amsterdam City Pass is the best?

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There are several worthwhile combination tickets and City Cards for Amsterdam that might be of interest to you.

But how do you find the best pass for you quickly and easily? My free savings calculator can find out for you in just a few seconds!

» TEST IT HERE FOR FREE

The Amsterdam Cards in detail

Short and sweet – you can choose from these attraction passes for Amsterdam:

#1 I Amsterdam City Card – My recommendation

  • Includes over 70 TOP attractions including canal cruises, the A’DAM LOOKOUT, the Rijksmuseum and the Heineken Experience
  • Tickets for public transport included
  • 5 variants: bookable for 24, 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours
  • You save up to 60%
  • best price-performance ratio
  • perfect for first-time visitors
  • you can visit as many attractions as you want or can manage for a fixed price
  • simply collect on site or download to your mobile phone

» Buy I AMSTERDAM CARD

Here you can find more details about the I Amsterdam City Card.


#2 Amsterdam All-Inclusive Pass from Go City

  • Includes over 40 attractions including canal cruises, the A’DAM LOOKOUT, Rijksmuseum, the Heineken Experience or a visit to the Keukenhof (seasonal)
  • 3 variants: bookable for 2, 3 or 5 days
  • You save up to 40%
  • good value for money if you want to see 2 to 3 attractions per day
  • perfect for first-time visitors
  • you can visit as many attractions as you want or can manage for a fixed price
  • simply download to your mobile phone

» Buy Amsterdam All-Inclusive Pass

Here you can find more details about the Amsterdam All-Inclusive Pass.


#3 Amsterdam Explorer Pass

  • includes over 40 attractions including the canal cruises, the A’DAM LOOKOUT, Rijksmuseum and Heineken Experience
  • bookable for 2 to 7 days
  • you save up to 40%
  • good value for money if you want to see 2 to 3 attractions per day
  • perfect for first-time visitors
  • you can visit as many attractions as you want or can manage for a fixed price
  • simply download to your mobile phone

» BUY AMSTERDAM Explorer PASS

Here you can find more details about the Amsterdam Explorer Pass.


#4 Amsterdam Pass from Tiqets

  • Officially includes 6 attractions, but only the canal cruise, the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum are among the top sights
  • incl. train ticket from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam
  • 1 variant
  • simply print out or download to your mobile
  • BUT: no savings possible because the other spots are only audio guides

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My tip: Definitely better than the Amsterdam Pass from Tiqets is the I Amsterdam City Card. In my table you can compare them and see why. And here you can find my article on the Tiqets Amsterdam Pass.

FAQ

Can I use public transport with the Amsterdam Attractions Pass?

It all depends on the pass: The Amsterdam Pass and the Amsterdam All-Inclusive Pass only include tourist attractions, but not tickets for local public transport.

Only the I amsterdam City Card includes the tram, metro, ferry and buses.

What Amsterdam City Pass discounts are available?

Currently these are the discount codes we have for the Amsterdam Passes:

  • Amsterdam All-Inclusive Pass von GoCity: Code GO5LOVING
  • Amsterdam Explorer Pass von GoCity: GO5LOVING

Do the Amsterdam Passes activate on purchase?

No, it is only activated when you use it at your first attraction on site.

Can I visit attractions more than once with the Attractions Passes for Amsterdam?

No – you can visit each attraction exactly once.

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I'm Steffen and over the years I've been able to help over 100,000 travelers easily save money on vacation. You can find the best tips for the most beautiful cities and regions worldwide here on this page. Whenever you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

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