The I Amsterdam Card is a discount card for tourists, issued by the Amsterdam Tourist Board.
It gives you:
- free public transport in Amsterdam
- free access (or with discount) to a lot of museums/attractions
- 1 free canal cruise
- many discounts on food, rentals, gifts etc.
The card has some interesting attractions included in villages/towns near Amsterdam, such as Enkhuizen, Muiden, Volendam, Zaanse Schans etc.
There are 4 cards: for 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours or 96 hours. It is for sale in tourist offices, shops, hotels and other locations.
All details are on the website listed on this page, but there are some things you should know:
Two of Amsterdam's top attractions unfortunately do not participate in the card:
- Rijksmuseum gives only a E 2.50 discount
- Anne Frank House is not included at all
(The Museumkaart does include these museums for free, saving you some E 24,-).
The pass is valid on all buses, trams and metros operated by GVB, the public transport company of Amsterdam. This probably suits most of your needs. But: regional bus companies that can transport you to places outside Amsterdam are not included.
Also, the card does not work on trains. Most importantly perhaps: the train ride from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam is not included.
Once you start using the card, the clock starts ticking. So, if you have a 3-day card, you can't use the discounts on e.g. Friday, Sunday and Tuesday - they must be used on 3 consecutive days.
Is it worth your while? Yes, if you plan carefully, you spend less. And there is the ease of use for public transport in Amsterdam.
A possible alternative is the Museumkaart, in combination with a GVB multiple day card.
The Museumkaart does include Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House. If you intend to visit many museums in Amsterdam, this combination might be a better deal, particularly if you stay longer than 3 days in Amsterdam. The Museumkaart also works in most museums outside Amsterdam.
Iamsterdam City Card