Travel blog: is the I Amsterdam city card worth it?

City card gifted by Amsterdam and Partners.

This is the third time I’ve visited the wonderful city of Amsterdam. The first time was a blogger collaboration with Clink Hostels. The second being with my friend Becky on a little weekend away.

This time I went with my boyfriend and it was his first time in the city. With a strong itinerary in mind for this trip, I contacted I Amsterdam to see if they could help advise the best way to go about seeing all the sites!

amsterdam city card

They replied to my email not only with a brilliant rundown of what to see on which days, but also kindly gifted me an I Amsterdam card to enjoy the adventure with.

Tip: Whether you’re a blogger or not, it’s always worth contacting tourist boards or city card distributers to ask for advice for your trips. That’s what they’re there for and always happy to help!

How much is the I Amsterdam City Card?

You can buy three tiers of the card, depending on how long you’re in the city for.

From 24 hours at 60euros, through to 120 hours at 115euros. There’s a card to suit every budget and every duration of the adventure.

We were there for three days, so had the 72 hours card, which is priced at 95 euros.

amsterdam city card

What’s included in the I Amsterdam City Card?

You get free entry to a plethora of attractions, alongside 25% off a few more!

Everything on the list we were planning to see anyway, including Body Worlds, House of Bols and Moco Museum. Some of these were included in the card and some were 25% off.

“With the City Card, you get free access to over 70 museums and attractions. Get close to the master painters at the Rijksmuseum, meet monkeys and elephants at ARTIS Royal Zoo, and admire the impressive collection of plants in and around the greenhouses of the almost 400-year-old Hortus botanical garden.”

You also get free transport. Which was more than welcome when the weather was pretty rainy during the time we were there. This doesn’t include trains to and from Schipol Airport. But it does include all the trams connecting you to and from Centraal station and around the rest of the city.

house of bols

House of Bols Experience

One of our favourite activities during the trip was the House of Bols experience.

Not only do you get some ‘instaworthy’ shots in the colourful installations, but included in the price is a cocktail at the end. Using the I Amsterdam City Card you get 25% the entry price, setting you back just under £14 per person.

house of bols

Embark on an unforgettable interactive journey through the House of Bols and find out all about Lucas Bols, Amsterdam’s longest standing distilled spirit brand, established in 1575. Taste the complexities of the brand’s 42 liqueurs, including the traditional Dutch genever, which are mixed into delicious cocktails. The tour concludes with a visit to the Mirror Bar, where bartenders shake up your favourites and you can learn the art of mixology at the do-it-yourself bar.

house of bols

The price also includes a cocktail at the end of the experience. That’s after you’ve weaved your way around the immersive experience of scents and history. And if you like the cocktails, you can always order more in the bar for only 6 euros each! This is a bargain when it comes to Amsterdam cocktail prices. And there are some particularly boozy options on the menu.

A’Dam Tower

Another attraction that isn’t included for free in the city card, but gives you a discount when booking. The A’Dam Tower is the highest view of Amsterdam you can see, and also has the highest swing in Europe!

view from a'dam tower

Although the rooftop view was a little windy when we went up, you still get amazing panoramic views. Simply stay on the next floor down where the lookout cafe is!

Even as someone who’s a little nervous with heights, the breathtaking scenery distracts from the fact you’re so high up!

I think I’ll save the swing experience for another day mind…

view from a'dam tower

Canal Cruise

The card includes cruises from a number of companies operating across the canals. It’s advisable to do this on the first day so that you can pinpoint places you want to visit the rest of the time you’re there.

We went on one of the blue boat tours, as that was the closest to the hotel we were at.

Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t on our side. Despite learning a lot, we didn’t get many images due to the windows being covered in rain.

It was still a brilliant way to explore the city without getting tired out from all of the walking!

house of bols

With so many options included in the card and with discounts, it is worth investing in a card.

Even if you are there for longer and just have a 24hours card – it’s great to save a little bit of money in the long run.

Just make a list of potential places you’d like to go and map out how much it would cost. Then how much the card costs and how many things are included (plus the potential savings on things that aren’t).

Find out more about the I Amsterdam City Card here.


City card gifted by Amsterdam and Partners.