If you are on a budget and have limited time, here are some tips that will make traveling to Amsterdam a great experience.

1. Tickets to Anne Frank House

Amsterdam Anne Frank HouseThe lines to get to Anne Frank House can get quite long. We recommend two options, you can either book online at the available time and date, which needs to be done about two months in advance since they sell out quickly. The other option is to go after 8 PM, when the waiting line gets much shorter since the museum is open until 10 PM.

2. Free guiding or walking tours

The Dam square is also a meeting point for free guiding tours, you get 2-3 hours with a great guide. It’s one of the ways to see the city, especially if you like guided tours. The tour is free but appreciate the guide’s time and effort by giving a tip in the end.

3. Public transport

The public transport in Amsterdam is well organised. If you plan on using it during your stay for more than a day, it is probably best to buy a GBV card, a public transport card for multiple days which includes GBV trams, metro, buses and night buses. You can purchase a 1 or 2 day card on the tram/bus/metro, but if you need a 3 day or more day card you can only buy it in the GVB office next to the central station. Check if the Iamsterdam card better fits your needs a few chapters down.

4. Plan on visiting a lot of museums? Buy a museum card

Amsterdam Van Gogh MuseumWith the museum card, you get entrance to museums such as Amsterdam museum, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum, Rembrandt’s House, Anne Frank House, Oude kerk, De Nieuwe kerk and much more as well as some historical buildings in Amsterdam. The ticket costs around 60€ whereas a single ticket to only one of the museums can cost up to 20€. The Iamsterdam card also includes entries to some of the museums.

5. Iamsterdam card – includes public transport

Take into account which activities you plan to do. Maybe the best option for you iis to buy the Iamsterdam card. Your options are a 1, 2, 3 or 4 day card and includes free public transport, a lot of free entrances to museums, exhibitions, churches, viewing points, canal cruises, discounts to some restaurants and bars. The costs are:

  • 1 day card costs 55€
  • 2 day 65€
  • 3 day 75€ and
  • 4 day card 85€.

6. Other attractions – combining tickets

Some discounts are applied if you combine and buy specific tickets together. For example, buy a Boat cruise with a XtraCold ice bar and get a discount. We’ve done this in one of the tourist ticket offices, but you can also buy them online.

7. If you’re not an art lover per se

If you’re not an art enthusiast, but would like to get a glimpse of it and not spend a lot of money, then go to Civic Guards Gallery. It is an official part of the Amsterdam museum and it’s free.

Not enough for you? Check our must read article of 25 things you must experience in Amsterdam as well as our 5 minute video montage of our trip to Amsterdam.

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