Testing the “I Amsterdam” card – is a purchase worth it?

What exactly is the “I Amsterdam” card? Will the purchase of the “I Amsterdam” card pay off for you?

We tested this offer for you and did the math. Here you will find the most important information and tips.

“I Amsterdam” card – what is it? How does it work?

The “I Amsterdam” card is the official sightseeing pass of the city of Amsterdam. It aims to assist visitors with the hodgepodge of public transport tariffs and admissions to attractions. The name is derived from the word play „I am Amsterdam“.

The “I Amsterdam” card is a combination card which offers the following benefits:

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“I Amsterdam” – only one ticket for public transport + free admission to attractions

1 free and unlimited use of the public transportation system operated by the GVB. This includes the Metro, city buses, and trams. Ferries are generally free of charge.

2 free admission to currently more than 50 attractions and museums, among them FAMED attractions such as the Van-Gogh-Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo, the NEMO science museum or the Amsterdam tulip museum … (more details below)

325% off the regular ticket price to many events (opera, ballet…), attractions, bike rental, and at participating restaurants

“I Amsterdam” card – is a purchase worth it for you?

We punched the numbers for this offer using a 72-hour card as an example. Let’s take a closer look at what the “I Amsterdam” card has to offer first.

The “I Amsterdam” card includes the free and unlimited use of public transportation. This is comparable to the single-day ticket offered by the GVB which is currently priced at €19 for a 72-hour time-frame (as of 2019).

The “I Amsterdam” card with a validity of 72h (3 days) costs €95. Compared to the 3-day-card of the GVB, for an additional €76 you will receive free or reduced admission to approximately 50 sightseeing highlights.

Example – 3 days Amsterdam:

We used classic attractions and museums for this example. We left some room in the itinerary and planned diverse activities such as a boat ride on the canals as well as a tour of the stadium of Ajax Amsterdam. Such a program is very realistic and doable in our experience.

Admissions alone would total €118.50 in our sample itinerary. It would only cost you €76 (€95 – €19 for the public transport ticket) when taking advantage of the “I Amsterdam” card. Thus, you would save €42.50 per person.

Our conclusion:

  Compared to the basic public transport ticket, the additional cost for the “I Amsterdam” card pays off quickly if you are planning on visiting some of the attractions that Amsterdam has to offer.

Should you only need a ticket for public transportation, then you are better off with a GVB single-day-ticket. Just like the “I Amsterdam” card, this single-day-ticket for public transport can be purchased online ahead of time and without having to pay a surcharge – click here – .

In case you want to visit only a few of the main sights, then you will fare better by purchasing a GVB single-day-ticket and paying for the admission at each of the attractions. -> More information: Sights and Skip the line tickets

tip: purchase the “I Amsterdam” card, GVB single-day-ticket or admissions online and without a surcharge

Insider tip: you can purchase the “I Amsterdam” card, the GVB day-ticket for public transport, as well as admission tickets to local attractions before your trip online. In some cases, you will even be able to book “skip the line” – tickets that allow you to bypass the queue. That avoids stress and makes trip planning much easier. Plus, you won’t have to figure out how to operate the ticketing machines after your long trip.

Pricing of the “I Amsterdam” card (as of 2018):

24 hours: €60
48 hours: €80
72 hours: €95
96 hours: €105

Period of validity:

The validity period for the “I Amsterdam” card is divided into two different parts, public transportation and attractions. The period of validity for public transport begins at the time of first use. When it is first used for sightseeing, such as a visit at a museum for example, then the start of the validity period for attractions is being triggered.

Upon first use, the ticket is valid for public transportation and attractions respectively, for either 24, 48, 72, or 96 hours.

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