I have been to Amsterdam a few times to catch up with friends, but never actually visit the city like a typical tourist would do. On my recent visit, I managed to convince my local Dutch friends to show me around the city and get to know more of what the city has to offer. I must say that I have a few tourist attractions that I would love to visit in the city, plus I’m also looking forward to seeing the other pleasant surprise that Amsterdam has to offer.
I’m going to share with you here my honest IAmsterdam review and experience as a tourist who is going around to see various Amsterdam attractions.
Is it worth buying an IAmsterdam card?
Based on my first-hand experience using the 72-hours IAmsterdam card, I can honestly say that IAmsterdam card is worth it to maximise your visit to the city and the nearby towns.
The convenience of using the IAmsterdam card is really well designed for tourists. Having a great variety, offers and perks to various city attractions, it definitely covers a wide spectrum of different interests of travellers. The IAmsterdam card is handy most especially to the first-time visitor of the city.
I am really pleased with my overall experience using the IAmsterdam card.
How does IAmsterdam card work?
IAmsterdam card is a tourist city card that will enable the visitor cardholder to unlimited use public transport around the city, free canal cruise, also provides free entries to different museums and special discounts on attractions and restaurants.
There are a few available options in terms of time duration that you can purchase. The IAmsterdam card is available for 24, 48, 72, 96 and 120 hours depending on your travel needs. The IAmsterdam card time duration will begin from the first time you will use the card. You can purchase your IAmsterdam card here.
You have to show, tap your IAmsterdam card or even pre-book your visit most especially to the highly visited museums like the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. To pre-book your museum visit, you can register your IAmsterdam card and pick your preferred time slot here.
IAmsterdam card also has a mobile app that you can download here.
The app has all the suggested attractions based on your interests and profile. You can also bookmark your top Amsterdam destinations for easy travel planning
What is included in the IAmsterdam Card?
IAmsterdam card includes free entries to over 70 museums and attractions within the main Amsterdam districts and nearby towns. You can also enjoy freebies and great discounts on different restaurants and shops in Amsterdam. The unlimited use of public transportations including the bus, train, and tram within Amsterdam is also included in your IAmsterdam card. You can also get a free canal cruise and enjoy the scenic view of the city.
The trains to and from Schipol airport is not included in your IAmsterdam card.
Museums within Amsterdam area included or discounted in IAmsterdam card:
- Allard Pierson Museum
- Amsterdam Museum
- Amsterdam Pipe Museum
- Amsterdam Tulip Museum
- ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo
- ARTIS – Micropia
- Cobra Museum of Modern Art
- Cromhouthis – Biblical Museum
- Diamond Museum Amsterdam
- EYE Film Museum
- FOAM – Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
- Geelvinck Pianola Museum
- Hermitage Amsterdam
- Hermitage – Outsider Art Museum
- Hermitage – Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age
- Het Grachtenhuis – Museum of the Canals
- Hortus Botanicus – Botanical Garden
- Huis Marseille – Museum for Photography
- Jewish Cultural Quarter
- Johan Cruijff Arena
- Klederdracht Museum – Dutch Costume Museum
- Moco Museum – 25% discount
- Molen Van Sloten & Kuiperijmuseum
- Multatuli Museum
- Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder – Our Lord in the Attic
- Museum Het Rembrandthuis
- Museum Het Schip
- Museum Tot Zover – Funeral Museum
- Museum Van Loon
- Museum Willet – Holthuysen
- NEMO Science museum
- De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam
- Oude Kerk
- Het Scheepvaartmuseum – National Maritime Museum
- Stadsarchief Amsterdam – City Archives
- Modern Art & Designs
- Museum of Bags and Purses
- Van Gogh Museum – Time Slot required
- Dutch Resistance Museum
- Houseboat Museum
Canal Cruises companies included in IAmsterdam card:
- Amsterdam Circle Line B.V
- Blue Boat company
- Lovers Canal Cruises
- Canal tours Amsterdam part of Stromma
Museums outside Amsterdam included or discounted in IAmsterdam card:
- Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot
- Czaar Peterhuisje
- Dolhuys | Musuem of the Mind
- Dutch Fortress Museum
- Flessenscheepjes Museum – 25% discount
- Frans Hals Museum
- Singer Laren Museum and Sculpture Garden
- Teylers Museum
- Volendams Museum
- Zaan Time Museum
- Zaans Museum
- Zaanse Schans
- Zuiderzee museum
Cruises outside Amsterdam included in IAmsterdam card:
- Smidtje Canal Cruises Haarlem
- Windmill Cruises Zaanse Schans
For the museums that would require a pre-booked timeslot. I highly suggested pre-booking your museum visit to avoid any disappointment most especially in Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum.
How to book Van Gogh Museum with IAmsterdam card?
Since Van Gogh museum is one of the busiest and top attractions in the city, you can get a free entry to the museum using your IAmsterdam card. However, you have to book your visit ahead of time. You can book your visit using the IAmsterdam Card Time Slot or using the Van Gogh Museum website.
You can see the list of the different shops and restaurants that have freebies and discounts for IAmsterdam cardholder. You can download the latest booklet here.
Where to buy and pick up IAmsterdam card?
You can buy IAmsterdam card online, at Schipol Airport or in any of the IAmsterdam Visitor Centres.
If you wish to order your IAmsterdam card in advance, you can order it here. You can also purchase and pick up an IAmsterdam card in any of these IAmsterdam Visitor centres:
IAmsterdam Visitor centre
Amsterdam Airport Schipol, Arrivals Hall 2
IAmsterdam Visitor Centre
Amsterdam Central Station, Stationsplein
(located in front of the Amsterdam Centraal Station towards the city, near the canal cruises shops.)
Amsterdam Central Station, IJ-hal
(located at the back of the Centraal Station facing the water area near the ferry stations)
I hope that this IAmsterdam card review has helped you to decide whether this tourist card is for you! It is absolutely worth having on your visit to Amsterdam.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ryazan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hotel Management. She also has more than 10 years of work experience gained from working in the hotel and travel sectors in Asia and Europe. Her work has been featured and published on Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Discovery Channel, World Travel Guide, MSN, CNBC, GMA , Lonely Planet and many more. She is currently living in the UK as a dual citizen (British – Filipina). Join her on travelling around the globe with a mission to share the best of the world.