I Amsterdam City Card – A cheaper way to enjoy an action-packed short stay in Amsterdam

I Amsterdam City Card – A cheaper way to enjoy an action-packed short stay in Amsterdam

Are you planning on a

busy short stay in Amsterdam filled with days full of excursions and travelling,

or even only visiting three main attractions? The I Amsterdam City Card is the

ideal way to enjoy all the things you want to do during your leisure or

business stay in Amsterdam but for less and with three validity periods: 24, 48

or 72 hours.

It may be a small city but there is a lot to do

in Amsterdam and before you arrive you may have already planned out your daily

outings. The I Amsterdam City Card is a cheaper way to visit those most popular

attractions, eat out at favourite restaurants or travel around the city on

public transport. Carrying this red card around in your wallet or hand bag will

allow for free admissions, discounts and special offers. If you are on a tight

budget then you could even devise an itinerary based around the freebies and

discounts that the card offers.

The benefits

Included with your card is unlimited use of

Amsterdam’s GVB public transport during the card validity period of 24 hours,

48 hours or 72 hours. The public transport includes the regular and a many

trams, metros and buses. The free detailed city map will help you navigate to

and from 38 of the city’s top museums and attractions that you will have free

entry to. The list includes: Van Gogh Museum, Artis Zoo, De Nieuwe Kerk, De

Oude Kerk, Hermitage Amsterdam, Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam Tulip

Museum, Stedelijk Museum and Hortus Botanicus.

If the entrance is not free then it is usually

discounted and you can enjoy 25% off at 16 locations, including the

Rijksmuseum, Ajax Experience, Amsterdam Dungeon, Heineken Experience, Madam

Tussauds and the XtraCold Icebar. If you enjoy theatre performances or concerts

then the card can get your 25% off at Concertgebouw, Boom Chicago, DeLaMar

Theatre, Her Muziektheatre Amsterdam and Muziekgebouw ann’t IJ.

You can’t visit Amsterdam without cruising its

famous and UNESCO listed canals and with the I Amsterdam City Card you can have

one free canal cruise to admire the city from a different angle. Eating out can

also be cheaper. Your apartment may be self-catering but sometimes you might

prefer someone else to do the preparing of food while you just sit back and

enjoy eating it. The card allows for 25% discount at 29 eateries on specific

meals, some drinks or the whole menu, and freebies and special gifts at 8 eateries.

Amsterdam can be navigated also on bike, on

boat, on a water taxi, a scooter (moped) or even a horse drawn coach. You can enjoy

these different modes of transport for 25% off the ticket price at select

businesses such as MacBike, Canal Bus and Scooter Experience. Amsterdam has

designated bike and scooter lanes so that it makes for a safer and efficient

way of navigating the city.

There are some great areas and activities just

outside of Amsterdam that you may want to explore during your short stay. The I

Amsterdam City Card allows for free entrance to 8 attractions and 5 discounts

at the Zaanse Schans which is an area north of Amsterdam that attracts about a

million visitors per year. Filled with traditional houses, windmills, warehouse

and workshops it offers a glimpse of what it was like to live in this area in

the 18th and 19th centuries. Another popular area just

outside of Amsterdam in Haarlem and the card gives free entrance to 3 museums and

discounts at 4 establishments.


(2013 rates)

You can purchase your I Amsterdam City Card

online through the I Amsterdam website before you even arrive in Amsterdam.

Otherwise once you are in Amsterdam you can buy it at one of the tourist

offices or at several shops and newsagents across the city.

24 hour card: € 42

48 hour card: € 52

72 hour card: € 62

Using your card

Once you use your card for the first time it is

automatically activated for the validity period you have bought it for. Just

present it at the counter of the participating establishments and you will

receive your freebies and discounts. For travelling on the GVB public transport

just check in with your card by swiping it over the card reader and do the same

on your way out. The travel pass will also be activated from the first time you

use it and then valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours.

To see all information about the card, the full

list of the 2013 offers and to purchase a card for your leisure or business short

stay in Amsterdam then visit www.iamsterdam.com 

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