The iamsterdam card consists of a smartcard, a public transport ticket, a pocket guide and provides over 50 free and 60 discounted offers. It is intended to be a tourist’s introduction to the city of Amsterdam, offering free admission to most of the city’s top museums, free access to mass transit, a free canal cruise and discounts on attractions like Artis Zoo, bike rentals and the Amsterdam dungeon. The card can be purchased for 1-3 days (at a cost of €39, €49 or €59 respectively).
This is an offering from the VVV, Amsterdam’s “official” tourist information bureau. The card is basically a combination ticket for public transport, discounts at museums, parking garages and participating hotels and restaurants.
The card has a companion online guide located here that explains where the card can be used. The company that markets the card, European City Cards, has recently released the companion guide as iPhone and Andriod applications, available for download with your purchase. If you are visiting Amsterdam for a few days to see the major sights, the card can be a value, and is comparable to similar offerings in other major European cities.
Why should you choose the I amsterdam card?
If you’re only in the city for a few days and are looking for a whirlwind tour of everything the city has to offer, this is a great opportunity to sample it all in a short time. Admissions and expenses can add up quickly, and this affords you an opportunity to take it all in very quickly (Note that one of the most popular attractions in Amsterdam, the Anne Frank House, is currently NOT covered by the I amsterdam card.
Where can you purchase an I amsterdam card?
The I amsterdam card is available online here (http://www.traveldna.net/ibe-uat/tdnadistributor.dll/default), or at a wide variety of locations throughout the city, including:
Schiphol Airport – at the Holland Tourist Information office in Arrivals Hall 2
Central Station – at the Tourist Office at Stationsplein 10
Leidseplein -in the Uitburo Ticket Shop on Leidseplein 26
Museumplein – Keytours, Paulus Potterstraat 8