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Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

1. Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

Travel easily in Amsterdam and the surrounding area by purchasing an Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket (ARTT).  You can use the ARTT for unlimited travel by train (2nd class) between any of the following stations in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region: Amsterdam Amstel, Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA, Amsterdam Central station, Amsterdam Holendrecht, Amsterdam Lelylaan, Amsterdam Muiderpoort, Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam Sciencepark, Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Amsterdam Zuid, Duivendrecht, Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, Halfweg-Zwanenburg, Haarlem, Haarlem Spaarnwoude, Overveen, Zandvoort aan Zee, Zaandam, Zaandam Kogerveld, Purmerend Weidevenne, Purmerend, Purmerend Overwhere, Koog aan de Zaan, Zaandijk Zaanse Schans, Hoofddorp, Diemen, Weesp, Almere Poort, Almere Centrum, Almere Muziekwijk, Almere Parkwijk, Almere Buiten, Almere Oostvaarders, Lelystad Centrum, Diemen Zuid, Naarden-Bussum, Hilversum, Hilversum Mediapark, Hilversum Sportpark, Bloemendaal, Santpoort Zuid, Santpoort Noord, Driehuis, Uitgeest and Beverwijk. The ticket is also valid on all trams, buses, night buses, metros and ferries run by the Amsterdam Transport company GVB, EBS and Connexxion in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region including the Amsterdam Airport Express Bus 397 and N97 (operated by Connexxion). During Keukenhof Season this ticket is valid: From Amsterdam (Europaplein) to Keukenhof on bus route 852 operated by Arriva From Schiphol Airport to Keukenhof on bus route 858 operated by Arriva From Hoofddorp station to Keukenhof on bus route 859 operated by Arriva From Haarlem station to Keukenhof on bus route 50 operated by Connexxion

Amsterdam: City Card with Free Entrance & Public Transport

2. Amsterdam: City Card with Free Entrance & Public Transport

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam with an I amsterdam City Card, and enjoy free entrance to many of the city's top museums and attractions, including the Rijksmuseum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Moco Museum, and Rembrandt House Museum. Benefit from discounted entry to other attractions, such as Heineken Experience, Johan Cruijff Arena, and Amsterdam Dungeon. Valid for 24, 48, 72, 96, or 120 hours from first use, unlimited access to the city's public transportation system for the duration of your card allows you to get around quickly. Enjoy one free canal cruise from several canal cruise companies at many locations in Amsterdam and 24-hour free bicycle rental. Complete listing offers included in the I amsterdam City Card Free admission to the following museums/attractions (timeslot booking may be required): • Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam • Amsterdam Museum • Amsterdam Pipe Museum • Amsterdam Tulip Museum • Architectuur Centrum Amsterdam • ARTIS Royal Zoo • ARTIS Micropia • ARTIS Groote Museum • Cobra Museum Amstelveen • Diamond Factories and the Diamond Museum • Do-It-Yourself Foodie Tour • Embassy of the Free Mind • EYE Filmmuseum • Fashion for Good • Foam - Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam • Fun Forest • Gassan Diamonds • Geelvinck Pianola Museum • Het Grachtenhuis - Museum of the Canals • Hermitage Amsterdam • Hermitage - Museum of the Mind • Hortus Botanicus - Botanical Garden • Huis Marseille - Museum for Photography • Jewish Cultural Quarter - Portuguese Synagogue • Jewish Museum - Jewish Cultural Quarter • Luther Museum • Moco Museum • Molen van Sloten & Kuiperijmuseum • Multatuli Museum • Museum de Dageraad • Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder - Our Lord in the Attic • Museum Het Rembrandthuis - Rembrandt House Museum • Museum Het Schip - Amsterdam School Arts and Architecture • Museum Tot Zover - Funeral Museum • Museum Van Loon • Museum Willet-Holthuysen • De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam • Outsider Art Museum – Hermitage • Oude Kerk • Rijksmuseum • Het Scheepvaartmuseum - The National Maritime Museum • Science Center NEMO • The Studio NEMO • Stadsarchief Amsterdam - City Archives • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam • THIS IS HOLLAND • Tropenmuseum • Verzetsmuseum - Dutch Resistance Museum • Woonbootmuseum - Houseboat Museum In Haarlem: • Frans Hals Museum • Teylers Museum • Verwey Museum • Free Canal Cruise In Volendam/Marken: • Rederij Volendam Marken (ferry) • Volendams Museum In Enkhuizen: • Zuiderzee Museum In Zaanse Schans: • Zaans Museum & Verkade Experience • Kuiperij Tiemstra (Coopery) • Wevershuis- The Weaver’s House • Tsar Peter House, Zaandam • Mill Museum • Zaan Time Museum • De Bonte Hen (Oil Mill) • De Kat (Chalk Mill) • De Schoolmeester (Paper Mill) • Het Jonge Schaap (Sawmill) In Muiden: • Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot • Amsterdam Fortress Island Pampus In Naarden: • Amsterdam Fortress Museum Naarden-Vesting In Laren: • Singer Laren Freebies: • De Drie Fleschjes - Free shot of genever (18+) • Holland Casino Amsterdam - Free entrance (18+) • Haarlem Tourist Office Free canal cruise in Amsterdam: • Blue Boat Company • Stromma Canal Cruise • Lovers Canal Cruises • Amsterdam Circle Line B.V. Free 24h Bike Rental 25% Discount: Music & Stage • Bimhuis – Jazz • Boom Chicago - English improvisation comedy theatre • Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ - Contemporary music & classical music • Nationale Opera & Ballet - Dutch National Opera & Ballet 25% Discount: Attractions • The Amsterdam Dungeon • Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium Tours • Body Worlds • Dutch Cheese & Wine Cruise or Cocktail Cruise • Fabrique des Lumieres • Heineken experience • House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience (18+) • Het Kattenkabinet - The Cat Cabinet • Madame Tussauds Amsterdam • NXT Museum • Our House • Rembrandts Amsterdam • STRAAT museum Upside Down Amsterdam • 25% discount - Transport & Rentals • Pedal boat • Bicycle rental & Bike Tours • – Rental boats to drive yourself 25% Discount: Food & Drink • Blue Amsterdam • Pancakes Amsterdam • The Pancake Bakery • Restaurant de Hoop op d'Swarte Walvis • Restaurant Wagamama - Asian restaurant • Taverne de Visscher • Zuiderzee Museum

Haarlem: 50-Minute Sightseeing Canal Cruise

3. Haarlem: 50-Minute Sightseeing Canal Cruise

Explore and uncover the enchanting historic city center of Haarlem from a distinctive vantage point during a 50-minute canal cruise through the old town. Embark on your journey after meeting your skilled skipper and boarding the boat in the city center. Immerse yourself in the discovery of Haarlem's unique architecture, charming buildings, and idyllic canals. While on board, take in the sights of landmarks such as windmill "de Adriaan", Teylers court, Frans Hals Museum, and the Jopen church. Sail with a crew boasting extensive experience navigating the waters of Haarlem. The boat is equipped with heating for your utmost comfort during the cruise.

From Leiden Central: Keukenhof Ticket & Public Bus Transfer

4. From Leiden Central: Keukenhof Ticket & Public Bus Transfer

Take advantage of a Keukenhof express entrance ticket and a round-trip transfer from Leiden Central Station (bus 854) and get the most out of the world's largest flower garden. Depart from the Leiden Central Station by convenient bus transfer that takes you directly to Keukenhof at your chosen timeslot. The bus will drop you off at the main entrance of Keukenhof. Choose your own return time with the last bus (bus 854) leaving to Leiden Central Station at 8:00 PM. Take your time admiring its breathtaking flower displays. Escape the stress of every day life as you walk past dazzling rows of tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, and many more plants. Enjoy up to 15 kilometers of footpaths in the 32-acre site. Gaze in awe at the vibrant colors, and breathe in the fragrance of more than 7 million flowers. Discover the ever-changing floral displays in 30 pavilions and plant shows. Learn about the latest trends in gardening, and get new ideas from 7 inspirational garden areas. When arriving a bit too early or too late, you can still enter the park. You just might need to wait a bit longer in line.

Haarlem: Open-Boat Canal Tour in the Historical City Center

5. Haarlem: Open-Boat Canal Tour in the Historical City Center

Join this guided boat trip along the Spaarne River and see the sights from Haarlem’s oldest open canal. Immerse yourself in the stunning views of Teylers Museum, St. Elisabeth Gasthuis, St. Bavo Church, and many more famous buildings. Meet your guide and fellow travelers at the pier to begin your tour. Jump aboard, take a seat and enjoy the scenery from the open boat.  Cruise along the magnificent Spaarne to the Nieuwe Gracht. Admire the Wildemansbrug, Begijnebrug, and Korte Jansbrug bridges. Glide along the river and listen as your guide tells you about Haarlem’s history as you glide along the river. Make sure you take photos of iconic sights and monuments, such as the former hospital De Egelantier, de Nieuwe Kerk, the new church, and the city theater. See iconic sights such as the Kathedraal Sint Bavo, club Patronaat, Barnaart residence, the medieval horse stables, Adrian’s Windmill, Teylers Museum, and the St. Bavo Church.

Haarlem: Sightseeing Boat Tour with Snacks and Drinks

6. Haarlem: Sightseeing Boat Tour with Snacks and Drinks

⛵ Stap aan boord van de XXX10 naast het Teyler Museum voor een onvergetelijke tocht door de grachten van Haarlem! Onze gezellige antieke sloep uit 1954 biedt comfort, zelfs bij regen 🌧️, dankzij onze overdekte boten. 🥂 Geniet van gekoelde drankjes, lekkere snacks en heerlijke kazen terwijl je langs iconische bezienswaardigheden zoals Molen de Adriaan en het Teyler Museum vaart. 📜 Ontdek de geschiedenis en cultuur van Haarlem met interessante verhalen van onze ervaren bemanning. 🛥️ Na een ontspannende en informatieve tour laten we je weer veilig achter bij het Teyler Museum, met prachtige herinneringen aan een betoverende reis door de grachten! ⛵ Step aboard the XXX10 next to the Teyler Museum for an unforgettable journey through the canals of Haarlem! Our cozy antique sloop from 1954 offers comfort, even in the rain 🌧️, thanks to our covered boats. 🥂 Enjoy chilled drinks, tasty snacks, and delicious cheeses as you cruise past iconic landmarks like Molen de Adriaan and the Teyler Museum. 📜 Discover the history and culture of Haarlem with intriguing stories from our experienced crew. 🛥️ After a relaxing and informative tour, we'll safely drop you back at the Teyler Museum, leaving you with wonderful memories of a magical canal adventure!

Haarlem: Dutch Windmill & Spaarne River Sightseeing Cruise

7. Haarlem: Dutch Windmill & Spaarne River Sightseeing Cruise

Immerse yourself in the lesser-explored beauty of the city of Haarlem with our enchanting Mill to Mill boat trip. Sail along the serene Spaarne river. This experience is tailored for those seeking to delve deeper into Haarlem's captivating essence beyond its bustling city centre. Picture yourself leisurely cruising past iconic landmarks like the historic Mill the Adriaan, the impressive Weighing House, and the culturally rich Teylers Museum. Our experienced crew, seasoned in navigating Haarlem's waterways for years, guides this memorable excursion. Suitable for all ages, our cruise invites both adults and children to marvel at the captivating sights and immerse themselves in Haarlem's rich history.

Haarlem: Windmill De Adriaan Guided Tour

8. Haarlem: Windmill De Adriaan Guided Tour

Molen de Adriaan is a working windmill including a museum. The museumpart shows you the development of various types of mills, such as polder mills, flour mills, oil mills and sawmills. The invention of the sawmill in 1600 made building thousands of ships possible with which the VOC traded with the whole world. Molen de Adriaan started to function in 1778 as trasmolen (cement for Roman mortar), during Napoleontic occupation in 1802 it was sold to be used as tobacco snuff mill. In 1865 it was converted in to a grainmill, with wind- and steam power. The introduction of electrical power meant the end of most Dutch windmills. In 1932 the Adriaan burnt down and it took 70 years before it was rebuilt as a working wheat mill. The Adriaan is a landmark at the river Spaarne very near the centre of Haarlem. In the milling loft below the top you can see the millstones with which wheat can be grounded into flour. The flour loft below the stone floor is where the flour is put into bags. Outside on the balcony you are close to the wings and can enjoy the beautiful view of Haarlem at 12 meters height. When a miller is in De Adriaan and with enough wind you will enjoy the turning sails. The span of the wings is 26 meters. Please be aware, that the tour is in English and Dutch. Other languages will be provided with a handout to read while being on the tour. For safety reasons, you can only go upstairs accompanied by a tour guide.

Amsterdam: Anne Frank Walking Tour & House Entry

9. Amsterdam: Anne Frank Walking Tour & House Entry

Take an immersive and deeply moving journey of one of history's most poignant stories on this Anne Frank Walking Tour. Begin by meandering through Amsterdam's picturesque streets as a knowledgeable guide shares insights into the Frank family's life and the escalating dangers they faced. Listen to stories from Anne's diary woven into the narrative, offering a deeply personal perspective on the events of the time. See lesser-known sites related to the Holocaust and the resistance in Amsterdam, illustrating the broader context of the Jewish experience during the war. End the tour as an entry into the Anne Frank House, the secret annex where Anne and her family hid for more than two years. Inside the museum, encounter the actual diary, along with various exhibits that bring Anne's story and the broader history of the Holocaust to life. See the rooms of the annex, preserved and restored, which offer a profound sense of the day-to-day reality Anne and her companions faced. Throughout the tour, listen to themes of tolerance, abuse of human rights, and the importance of historical memory are emphasized. Hear an impactful exploration of a young girl's courage and a lasting reminder of the need for empathy and understanding in our world. Experience not just an educational but also an emotional journey that resonates deeply with all who participate.

Haarlem: Teylers Museum Entry Ticket

10. Haarlem: Teylers Museum Entry Ticket

Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon, Einstein, and so many others with this admission ticket to the first museum in the Netherlands, The Teylers Museum. Walk through the stunning antique interiors and gain access to the temporary and permanent exhibitions of art and collectibles within. Exchange your admission ticket at the front office and enter a world dedicated to art and science. Be in awe of the preservation of the space as you stroll through one of the most beautiful 18th century interiors in the world. Visit the various exhibitions on display showcasing valuable artefacts of art, coins, metals, instruments, books, fossils, and minerals. Receive access to the Pieter Teyler House, an additional wing of the museum that is included in this admission ticket. Be in awe of some of the best-preserved historical interiors from the 18th-century Netherlands. Teylers Museum will be in a summer festival spirit, from 8 July to 3 September 2023. Take our highlights tour and discover within 30 minutes all there is to know about the oldest museum in the Netherlands, join in with one of the many activities or lean back at the lemonade bar in the museum café: with Enjoy the Summer at Teylers, there is something to do for everyone. For more information see website

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It was a total success to get the Amsterdam City Card, we paid €120 (2 people for 1 day) and it is activated the moment you use it for the first time and ends just 24 hours after the first use. We had free access to the metro, bus and tram; We also took a one-hour canal cruise with the company Stromma, we visited the Rijksmuseum, the Moco Museum, the NEMO Museum, This is Holland... If we had done those activities on our own, it would have been more expensive. An important thing to keep in mind is that in some places you have to book through their websites in advance, so as not to be left without a ticket.

More economical travel thanks to the city card. Over 3 days I spent €60 less than if I had not had the card, given the visits, outings and public transport that I took

Value for money and very easy to change for a chipcard at Schiphol airport train ticket office. It was the best ticket we found and valid on everything!

Amsterdam transport is great and with 3 or 4 season tickets you can get around the whole city

Scarlet was great and adapted it to the size and age of the group. We both really enjoyed it