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I Amsterdam Pass and Other Passes

Amsterdam has many attractions to offer and regardless of your interests, your budget and the length of your trip, there are several types of tourist passes that allow you to access its main points of interest at a reduced price

Vicky Del Moral

Vicky Del Moral

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I Amsterdam Pass and Other Passes

Typical Amsterdam leaning houses | ©Bernard Niess

There are different Amsterdam tourist passes, but they all have in common that they offer a flat rate that allows you to make the most of your trip by saving time waiting at the entrance of the main attractions and spending less money.

1. Amsterdam Pass

Rijksmuseum | ©Frans Ruiter
Rijksmuseum | ©Frans Ruiter

The Amsterdam Pass will give you access to more than 30 museums and attractions of the capital without queues and saving up to 50% on their individual tickets, as well as the possibility to move around the city in an unlimited way aboard one of its tourist buses or one of the pleasant cruises that run along its famous canals.

How to get it

You can customize this card and pay only for the days you want to use it (you can choose from 1 to 5 full days). It works for calendar days, so to get the most out of it, activate it first thing in the morning by visiting the first attraction you want and it will start counting the time of use. In addition, it is digital, that is, you purchase it, receive it and use it directly from your phone. It also includes transfer to and from the airport on a shuttle bus.

My recommendation

I recommend you to get the Amsterdam Pass if you are going to Amsterdam and any of its surroundings and if you are interested not only in the most cultural attractions of the city (like its main art gallery Rijksmuseum or the Rembrandt house museum) but also other leisure attractions, like the Amsterdam Tulip Museum, a comedy show at the Boom Chicago, the visit to the Johan Cruyff Arena or the Amsterdam Dungeon.

In addition, the Amsterdam Pass is the only tourist pass in the city that includes a visit to the famous A'dam Lookout, an observation deck with a unique panoramic view from the top of the A'dam Tower and the fun Heineken Experience, where you can learn about the brewery-museum of the most iconic beer of Holland and even make your own beer.

The only thing not included in the Amsterdam Pass is the essential Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House, whose visit, in any case, you must always arrange individually.

How it works

  • It works through a QR code that will be activated after the first use at an attraction.
  • Passes are valid once at each attraction and the tour is included only once; however, boat and tour bus rides are unlimited.
  • Adult passes are for over 12 years of age and children's passes are for children ages 4-12.

Attractions included

  • Attractions included in the Amsterdam Pass
  • 100 Highlights 1-hour cruise
  • A'dam Lookout
  • Muiderslot Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot
  • Amsterdam City Archives with the exhibition 'Rembrandt's Private World'.
  • Amsterdam Museum Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam Tulip Museum
  • Beurs van Berlage
  • Boom Chicago Boom
  • Keukenhof From Amsterdam, a 45-minute drive to take you to the most famous tulip park of the Netherlands
  • Cromhout House
  • Photography Museum Amsterdam Foam Photography Museum
  • Heineken Experience
  • Johan Cruyff Arena
  • Moco Museum
  • Tassenmuseum Amsterdam
  • Museum of the Canals
  • Van Loon Museum
  • Willet-Holthuysen Museum
  • Amsterdam Pipe Museum
  • Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
  • The Amsterdam Dungeon
  • Tony's Chocolonely
  • Rembrandt House Museum
  • Bus excursion to Volendam for 6 hours
  • Bus tour to the Zaanse Schans for 4 hours
  • Bus excursion to a cheese market in Alkmaar for 5 hours

Not included in the Amsterdam Pass

  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Anne Frank House Museum

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2. Holland Pass

Van Gogh Museum | ©Alan de la Cruz
Van Gogh Museum | ©Alan de la Cruz

The Holland Pass is very similar to the Amsterdam Pass in terms of benefits, with significant savings on queuing and up to 50% off the price of attraction tickets. However, as its name suggests, this card not only includes attractions in Amsterdam, but also in other cities in the country, such as Rotterdam, The Hague, Giethoorn, Volendam, Haarlem and Utrecht, with a total of 60 attractions.

So, if you not only want to visit the capital, but also take the opportunity to get to know the Netherlands through some of its most important cities, I would not think twice and buy the Holland Pass, which has a validity of 1 month from its first use.

How it works

The Holland Pass works by credits to be redeemed for "gold" and "silver" attractions, according to their importance. In addition to including a comprehensive guide to the Netherlands with maps, information and itineraries, the Holland Pass does not include access to the A'dam Lookout and the Heineken Experience, but allows entry to the indispensable Van Gogh Museum (for which I advise you to visit the redemption point as soon as possible to check availability) and the Keukenhof Gardens and Madame Tussauds.

Large Holland Pass. From $ 95

  • 3 museums or attractions in the gold category
  • 3 museums or attractions in the silver category

Holland Pass medium. From $ 71

  • 2 museums or attractions in the gold category
  • 2 museums or attractions in the silver category

Holland Pass small. From $ 50

  • 1 museum or attraction in the gold category
  • 2 museums or attractions in the silver category

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3. Day pass for canal cruises

Amsterdam Canal Cruise | ©Maria Eklind
Amsterdam Canal Cruise | ©Maria Eklind

That Amsterdam is popularly known as the 'Venice of the North' can help you visualize how a boat ride on some of its 160 canals spanned by more than 1,200 bridges is also a practical, fun and different way to tour the city. It's an experience you should experience at least one day of your trip, although you can choose up to a 48-hour voucher along its two differentiated routes, the Blue line and the Orange line.

Why I like this pass

With this cruise pass you'll be able to organize your Amsterdam sightseeing from the comfort of your seat aboard a boat while listening to an audio guide about the history of the city and the sights you'll see during your cruise. You can decide as you go along where you want to go on and off again to visit places such as the city's main art gallery, the Rijksmuseum, the Albert Cuyp Market, the A'dam Lookout, the Anne Frank House and the Heineken Factory.

If you are interested in more details about what the Heineken Experience is all about, I leave you here linked my article about Heineken Experience so you can read more about it.

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With guaranteed access to the city's (or country's) best attractions, all that's left for you to do now is enjoy it. A good way to do this is to walk the streets and neighborhoods with a specialized guide who will explain everything you see. I have written a guide about Amsterdam Tours.

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Frequently asked questions

  • How many city passes does Amsterdam offer?

    Amsterdam in general is quite a small city, so the city passes on offer tend to reflect this. There is the I amsterdam Card, the Holland Pass, along with a couple of specific use-case passes such as the Nightlife Ticket and the Museumkaart Card.

  • Which city pass should I get?

    For the best value, I like the I amsterdam Card as you have access to more than 50 museums and attractions (including all of the must-see sights), you're given a free map, free canal cruise and some other extras. That said, the Holland Pass really comes into its own if you intend to visit Amsterdam multiple times, as the pass lasts for an entire month after activation, it also offers a number of Skip the Line entrances.

  • Does the I amsterdam Card include public transport?

    The I amsterdam Card does indeed include public transport, with it you have unlimited use of the bus, tram, and metro.