Big savings on cultural attractions and events in Amsterdam
With its abundance of museums, galleries, concert halls and unique events, Amsterdam has a lot to offer the culturally minded resident. However, costs can quickly mount if you pay full price to enjoy everything you want to see. But never fear, there are plenty of smart solutions to save you money on everything from museums to restaurants - helping you to get the most out of cultural life in Amsterdam without breaking the bank.
This Amsterdam-based initiative connects its members with the city’s museums, galleries, concert halls and cinemas by offering them at least 30 new cultural experiences a month free of charge, or at a heavily discounted rate. Guided by a group of independent cultural coordinators who know what’s going on in the city, We Are Public will plug you into Amsterdam’s cultural mainframe and keep you discovering new events, exhibitions and people. Membership is just €15 a month, but new residents to the city can sign up to a two month free trial of the service.
Fans of independent cinema can enjoy unlimited access to over 30 art house cinemas in the Netherlands for just €19 a month with the Cineville card. There’s a minimum subscription of four months, and the card can be purchased online.
If you’re more into big-screen blockbusters and popcorn, then the Pathé Unlimited cinema card will give you unlimited access to all Pathé cinemas in the Netherlands (there are three in Amsterdam) and discount on drinks and snacks, also for just €19 a month. There’s also a Gold version of the card, which includes free access to 3D and IMAX screenings, and bigger snack savings.
The I amsterdam City Card is a fantastic way to see some of the city’s biggest and best attractions within a 24hr, 48hr or 72hr time period. Great for both visitors and locals who want to spend a weekend seeing the sights, the card offers free entry to lots of Amsterdam’s top museums and attractions, free public transport for your chosen time period, a free canal cruise, and even discounts at many restaurants, theatres, concerts and more. Find out more about the I amsterdam City Card and purchase online.
Proving that the late bird can also get the worm, the Last Minute Ticket Shop offers half-price tickets for same-day events in Amsterdam. Every morning at 10am the website is updated with that day’s offers, allowing users to enjoy fantastic discounts on gigs, theatre performances, classical concerts and other cultural events. There are a limited number of tickets available on each day, so check in early.
This enormously popular museum card allows holders completely free entry to over 400 museums for just €54.95 a year (or €27.50 for under 18s). There are 32 participating museums in Amsterdam, including the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House, and you can visit them all as many times as you choose within the year. Most of the Netherlands’ major museums take part, so keep it in your wallet when you explore the rest of the country.
This culinary card allows diners to eat for free in over 500 restaurants for just €65 a year. That’s less than 20 cents per day! There are of course a few conditions; the card is only valid when at least two people dine together with one person paying full price, and the offer doesn’t include drinks. But for regular diners in Amsterdam there’s no question that the card will save you lots of money. Silver or Black card options are also available for €99 and €500 which include Michelin-starred restaurants and VIP service.
One of the most affordable and flexible culture passes in the Netherlands is the CKaart. Costing just €14.90 a year, the card offers discounts on exhibitions, theatre and cabaret, art books and art fairs, with new offers added on a fortnightly basis. What’s more, the card isn’t registered to one particular person so can be shared around friends and family.
This wide-ranging discount card for the under 30s costs just €17.50 per year and offers savings on everything from cinema, festivals, travel, clothes and services including insurance across the Netherlands. It’s part of a Europe-wide initiative to help young people enjoy culture, so the card works in some other European locations too – check the CJP website for details.
Helping those on low-incomes or state pensions to access more arts and culture in Amsterdam, the Stadspas (city pass) is a free card offering year-round discounts of free entry at more than 350 cultural locations, as well as monthly offers and vouchers for extra events and services. Anyone on a low income or state pension is eligible to apply for the free card, with discounts also applicable to the families of the cardholder in some instances. Find out more about the Stadspas and how to apply (website in Dutch).