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5 Reasons Why You Should Get An iAmsterdam City Card

Wondering what you can do with an iAmsterdam city card? When visiting Amsterdam you should definitely consider purchasing the City Card. Not only will the card make travelling around the city easier and stress-free, you’ll also gain access to countless museums and attractions for free or at a discounted price. As a backpacker you’ll save a load of money during your trip whether you need a pass for 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours, 96 hours or even 120 hours. Factor you card into your travel budget for you Amsterdam trip and you won’t regret it.

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1) Free access to over 40 museums in Amsterdam

If you’re planning on getting quite a lot of sightseeing and museum-hopping done during your trip to Amsterdam, then the iAmsterdam City Card should be a no brainer purchase. With the card you can gain FREE access to over 70 museums in and around Amsterdam with 40 of these being in the local Amsterdam area. You culture vultures are pretty much sorted for your trip to the Dutch capital.

Some of the big museums and attractions included in the price of the iAmsterdam City Card include the Van Gogh Museum (you just need to book your time slot), the Rijksmuseum, the Botanical Garden, The Jewish Historical Museum, the Hermitage Museum, the Royal Zoo, the EYE Film Museum, the Molen Van Sloten windmill, Stedelijk Museum, the Nemo Science Museum and much much more. All participating museums can be visited once.

2) Cruise the canals for free

You can’t come to Amsterdam and not go on a canal cruise. Experience Amsterdam’s famous canals with the free canal cruise that’s included with the iAmsterdam City Card. You can choose from one of the departure points in either Amsterdam, Haarlem or Zaanse Schans and enjoy beautiful views of the Netherlands from the water.

To embark on a canal cruise in Amsterdam stop off at a ticket office first which is located near your chosen departure point (and don’t forget to take your iAmsterdam City Card). Canal cruises run from 10am to 6pm every day at 30 minute intervals. Most cruises last for about an hour and a half.

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3) Use public transportation with no stress

One of the most daunting things about travelling to a new city is mastering the public transport system. In Amsterdam you’ll probably use the city’s transport quite a lot to get around. The iAmsterdam card makes travelling around so much easier because you get unlimited free transportation throughout the whole city. This means you don’t have to worry about buying one off tickets at the station or keeping coins on you to purchase tickets. You can hop on a bus, tram or metro for free using your card as long as you’re in the city limits. Enjoy the city with minimal stress. The dream.

4) Free giveaways and discounts at selected restaurants, attractions and theatres

What’s better than a free drink at a restaurant or a discount of some of the city’s more unusual attractions? With the iAmsterdam city guide there are SO many places in the city where you can benefit from some freebies or discounts just by showing your card. Whether it’s 25% off your meal price or getting into an attraction or museum for cheaper, there are so many things you can save money on. For example, you can sip on a free glass of Dutch gin at the city’s oldest tasting house, get 20% off tickets to the national opera and ballet, 25% of the Heineken Experience, 25% on pancakes at the Pancake House and way way more where that came from.

5) Discounts on bike hire and boat rentals

If you fancy doing like the locals and getting on two wheels while you’re in Amsterdam, get a cheaper bike rental rate with the iAmsterdam City Guide. You can get a 25% discount on three different bike hire companies in the city (MacBike, A-Bike or Yellow Bike).

You can also get a discounted rate on pedalo hire if you want to take a self-pedal boat on the water.

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Article by__ Shereen Sagoo __

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