Is the Amsterdam Pass 2019 worth it? We review value and prices here

Amsterdam is one of the world's great tourist cities and also one of the easiest to visit because nearly all of the top sights are within the compact central part of town. If this is your first visit and you want to see the top attractions while you also tour the city from a boat and a bus, the Amsterdam Pass can be a great way to save time and money.

The Amsterdam Pass isn't ideal for everyone and we will discuss that below. It omits a couple of popular attractions and it's important to be organized before you start your sightseeing if you do choose the card. In the article below we will discuss the good and the bad, and help you decide whether the Amsterdam Pass is right for your trip.

The short version on who should buy an Amsterdam Pass

The Amsterdam Pass covers the popular Heineken Experience (including 2 beers), the must-see Rijksmuseum, and it gives you access to a hop-on, hop-off bus tour AND a HOHO boat tour for the duration of your pass. If you are in Amsterdam for only one or two days the pass can help you get around quickly and see the top sights with less hassle. It also covers many more worthwhile museums and attractions, but it depends on how long you'll be in town as to how many you can fit in.

On the other hand, the Amsterdam Pass does NOT cover the (always crowded) Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum. The included Rijksmuseum is far more impressive and interesting than the Van Gogh Museum, but if you also really want to go to those attractions you'll have to allow the time and a bit more money. If you have 3 sightseeing days in Amsterdam you can get excellent value out of the Amsterdam Pass and still see those other things if you like.

What's included in the Amsterdam Pass

  • Free entry to over 30 of Amsterdams most popular and famous museums and attractions
  • Hop-on, hop-off boat AND bus tours for the duration of your pass

Unlike any other city pass anywhere, the Amsterdam Pass allows you to use boats and buses for transportation between attractions for the full duration of your pass. This alone makes visiting Amsterdam much easier and quicker to get around.

Prices of the 2019 Amsterdam Pass

  • 1-Day Adult Amsterdam Pass €64.00
  • 2-Day Adult Amsterdam Pass €84.00
  • 3-Day Adult Amsterdam Pass €104.00
  • 5-Day Adult Amsterdam Pass €134.00
  • 1-Day Child Amsterdam Pass €32.00
  • 2-Day Child Amsterdam Pass €42.00
  • 3-Day Child Amsterdam Pass €52.00
  • 5-Day Child Amsterdam Pass €67.00

Note: Amsterdam Pass prices usually go up in early February each year, but the pass is valid for 12 months from date of purchase so you can buy one before the price hike and use it afterward.

Where to buy the Amsterdam Pass

You can buy the Amsterdam Pass at the lowest available price. Discounts are often available.

Top sights and attractions included in the Amsterdam Pass

Hop-on-hop-off bus tour of Amsterdam – €26.00

This 7-stop tour with recorded commentary is a perfect way to get a fast orientation of this huge city all at once.

Hop-on-hop-off boat tour of Amsterdam – €26.00

This 6-stop tour shows you Amsterdam from its most central and famous canals, with better views than from the bus. The stops are all near included attractions so they work well together.

Heineken Experience – €21.00

Located in Heineken's original Amsterdam brewery, this multi-media experience is much more than a brewery tour, and it also includes 2 free glasses of beer at the end.

Rijksmuseum – €20.00

One of Europe's best and most famous museums, the Rijksmuseum (state museum) is THE place to see works including Rembrandt's Night Watch and Vermeer's The Milkmaid. The building itself is amazing and worth the visit alone.

A'DAM Lookout – €13.50

Open only since 2016, the A'DAM Lookout is an observation deck at the top of the Amsterdam Tower, just across the river from Centraal Station. It's the best place to see the city from above and there are thrilling extras you can do while you are there.

Johan Cruijff Stadium Tours – €16.50

Fans of Amsterdam Ajax football team will not want to miss this unique stadium tour. If you aren't a fan it's probably not worth the trip.

100 Highlights Cruise – €18.00

If you want to enjoy all of Amsterdam's best sights with commentary then this one-hour cruise is even better than the hop-on, hop-off boat.

Rembrandt House Museum – €14.00

This smaller museum is centrally located and the best quick introduction to the famous Dutch culture through the eyes of the famous painter.

Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot (incl. ferry) – €21.00

The most complete castle near Amsterdam is a bit outside the center, but the ferry ride there (11am daily) is included with the Amsterdam Pass, along with a tour once you arrive.

Fortress Island Pampus (incl. ferry) – €21.00

This small fortress island is just east of the city center, and the Pass also includes the ferry ride (11am daily) and a tour.

What is NOT included in the Amsterdam Pass

The Amsterdam Pass covers most of the top attractions and tours, with the exception of the two very crowded places below.

Anne Frank House: The included hop-on, hop-off boat stops at the Anne Frank House, but you'll have to buy an advance ticket in order to avoid the famously long queues.

Van Gogh Museum: This museum is also always crowded, and many people aren't big fans of his art once they get inside.

Is the Amsterdam Pass a good deal?

As with all of these city passes, the Amsterdam Pass is a good deal for those who are going to do enough of the included attractions within the set time. Honestly, ALL of the expensive and worthwhile attractions are mentioned directly above so it should be pretty easy for each person to see how many of them they want to do. The city is quite compact so it's easy to get around quickly, and doing 3 or 4 things per day is quite possible for those who plan ahead and move quickly.

It's important to note that the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum are NOT included, so if you want to visit those you'll have to allow enough time. That said, as long as you want to visit the Heineken Experience, Rijksmuseum, and also do the hop-on, hop-off boat and bus tours, it's pretty easy to get good value out of the Amsterdam Pass.

Important advice for getting the best value from a Amsterdam Pass

Amsterdam can feel a bit overwhelming when you first arrive and it's also very easy to get lost if you are on foot. If you buy an Amsterdam Pass it's important to get an early start to your sightseeing day and also plan ahead as much as you are able. If you don't leave your hotel until 11:00 and don't know where the attractions are, you'll feel behind schedule all day and it will be hard to get value out of the Pass.

It's also best if you do the attractions from your top choice down the list to your lower choices. As long as you hit the main things you came to see you will feel good about your visit when you leave. You don't want to get bogged down in second-choice attractions and risk missing out on the best ones.

Who the Amsterdam Pass is perfect for

  • First-time visitors who want to take a boat tour and visit the Rijksmuseum and Heineken Experience
  • Visitors who enjoy planning their days and can get around quickly
  • Those who can spend at least 2 sightseeing days and want to see the castle, Lookout, castle, or fortress

Who the Amsterdam Pass is not good for

  • Backpackers on the lowest budgets
  • Visitors who aren't too interested in enough of the included attractions
  • Visitors who only like to plan as they go and who aren't well organized

Where to buy the Amsterdam Pass

You can buy the Amsterdam Pass at the lowest available price. Discounts are often available.



2 Responses to “Is the Amsterdam Pass 2019 worth it? We review value and prices here”

SHANTANU says:

Need an expert advise and opinion for an Europe tour that me and my wife are planning in next year 2018 (between Jan till Sept)

The targets Countries/Cities that we would like to visit is mainly Switzerland/Paris/Rome over a period of 14 days.

Would really like your advise on how should we plan to utilize the limited Budget, however also relish to the optimum possibilities.

Should we go for “bed and Breakfast” kind of arrangement or should we go for hotels – we keep our flight only “From and To” India – within Europe we should keep it via Rail/Road – considering the Travel Time and Cost.

However would need your advise for us to plan further.

 

    Shantanu,

    Probably the best itinerary for what you have in mind is start in Paris for 3 or 4 days and then take a train to Interlaken for 3 days or so. Then take a train to Venice for one or two days and then a train to Florence for two or three days and then a train to Rome for three days. Trains in that area are quite nice and much more enjoyable than trying to drive yourself. The scenery in Switzerland and Italy is fantastic as well.

    As for “bed and breakfasts”, you won’t find too many traditional versions of those in those cities, but you will find plenty of small, family-run hotels with friendly service that includes a free breakfast. In fact, most hotels in Europe will include breakfast of some kind, except for the posh places and business hotels. You will get the best value at smaller, family-run hotels like the ones I mentioned, and they are mixed in with all of the other hotels in the main listings on websites like kayak.com. Hotel rooms in Europe tend to be quite small in general, even compared to hotels in India, and that’s true even of expensive places. So my advice is to try to find a room at a cheaper small hotel that has a great location (central) and gets solid guest reviews. I hope this helps get you started. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

     

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