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How to save in amsterdam

Hi!

My family (me,husband and 10 month old baby) will be travelling to Amsterdam on April 24-27. Here’s our tentative itinerary:

April 24 - late in the evening arrival at Schipol Airport
April 25 - Go to Keukenhof Garden
April 26 - visit museums (Anne Frank,Van Gogh,Rijksmuseum) canal cruise, red light district
April 27 - off to Paris

Questions:
1. How can we save money on this trip? Should we buy Holland Pass? I Amsterdam or Museumkaart?
2. Will it really take while day for keukenhof garden? Or we can have the canal cruise by night?
We will stay at Ramada Apollo if that helps.
3. Also I want to try the hop on hop off :)

I will greatly appreciate your suggestions.

Thanks

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I assume you mean the hop on hop off boat? If you do this, you may not feel the need for a canal cruise by night.
You do know you will need to get ticket to Anne Frank far in advance and they are currently only sold online? I think they accept the Museumkaart but not the Amsterdam card so check their website first. And whichever card they take, your entrance time must be booked in advance on the Anne Frank House website.

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You can save a lot get a lot more space to breathe and not miss anything
by staying by the airport or in Harlem both 15 minutes away to Amsterdam Central by train.

Going to Keukenoff you will know when you are ready to leave. I was there about 3hours.

I can picture a boat tour but not picture a hop on hop off in Amsterdam. There are a number of trams that run through it from Central that you can take. The charms is in that It is primarily a walking city with a lot of narrow streets and canals

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Hi Cala,

Thank you for the info. Will check on their website.
Will it save us if we wil just buy ticket per ride or per museum entrance?

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Only you will be able to figure out if the passes will save you money. Figure out which things you want to do and add up the entrance fees and compare that to the cost of the pass and what it covers. If the pass covers things you are not interested in visiting or do not have time to see, it may not be worthwhile. I would try to move some of your activities from April 26 to the afternoon of April 25 to balance your time.

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With the three museums you mention, at EUR 59,95 the Museumkaart won't be a money saver. You might consider the 48-hour I Amsterdam card. It costs EUR 74, but gives you free city transport, including to and from Schiphol airport (also the starting point for the bus to the Keukenhof), the Van Gogh museum and the Rijksmuseum, and a canal tour. If that one is not attractive, look into the multi-day city transport card. At EUR 17,50 it gives you three days travel in the city, including Schiphol. Even if it is not a money saver, it saves you the trouble to buy separate tickets for bus and tram, especially as they don't accept cash money anymore.

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Hi Jazz+Travels,

Thanks for your thoughts... we already booked a hotel within city Centre.
Do you suggest a canal cruise/tour than the hop on hop off bus tour?
If I will purchase the i Amsterdam card, will it cover our transpo from hotel to keukenhof or is it better to get the package they offer online? Which is more practical way to save?

Thanks!

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Hi JenC,

Only you will be able to figure out if the passes will save you money. Figure out which things you want to do and add up the entrance fees and compare that to the cost of the pass and what it covers. If the pass covers things you are not interested in visiting or do not have time to see, it may not be worthwhile. I would try to move some of your activities from April 26 to the afternoon of April 25 to balance your time.

Will do the math. Thanks for your advice.
Moving some activities to April 25, that’s what I thought so at first but I’m not quite sure Howe long does the keukenhof garden takes. If we still have enough time we will surely stroll around the city :)

Thanks!

PS
Sad to say I can no longer find a slot for the Anne Frank :(

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Hi tonfromleiden

Thank for this very detailed information. Will definitely consider the options you mentioned.
Will there be a difference if I will buy the tickets early than buying it from Amsterdam?
On those “pass/ticket” you mentioned going to keukenhof does not include?
Sad to say there’s no more slot for us on either April 25 or 26 at Anne Frank’s museum :(

Thank for your thoughts!

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As far as I can see none of those passes include the Keukenhof. For that it is best to go to their website and buy a so-called Combi Ticket: entrance and transport to and from Schiphol.
At second thoughts I think it is best only to buy the public transport card, and buy separate tickets for the Van Gogh museum and the Rijksmuseum. They are both available online and for the Van Gogh museum you must make a reservation anyway.
I understand you should not give up trying the Anne Frank Huis: there is a possibility places come available at your desired day.
And by the way: I hope you already have your train tickets for Paris. Advance-bought they are so much cheaper than bought on the spot.

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Hi tomfromlaiden,

Do you mean public transport card than I amsterdam card?
Thanks for letting me know that we need a reservation, I thought walk in visit is okay. Also for the Anne Frank I’m still trying my luck :) tickets for Paris is already booked :)

Thank you!

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Hi,

Will I be able to save more if I will purchase the card (I amsterdam or multi city) in advance than buying them on the spot?
Thanks!

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I would just pay at each museum (actually, you can buy tickets at the TIs and skip the "buy" line). Reason being, with a 10 month old, your plans may change suddenly and you end up not going to the museum. Since AMS is so expensive, the potential to save on museum tickets represents a very tiny portion of your total expense anyway.

My last visit in February, my wife and sister-in-law came with me and did the hop-on hop-off bus. Their review: "meh". Grab passage on one of the other boat tours at night--they are a good value.

Sorry about missing Anne Frank--you've got to plan a couple months in advance, unfortunately. It was a very powerful experience.

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Hi jack,

Thanks for that! Will just buy the multi city pass. What’s TIs? Hahaha! Sorry ✌🏼
Maybe If I can find a ticket with the canal cruise and one museum that would be great :)

Thanks!

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What’s TIs?

Tourist Information Offices.

Known in the Netherlands by their Dutch abbreviation, VVV.

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Hi Nigel,

Thanks for that. Would you know any agent selling museum entrance with canal cruise? Or can you recommend any agent?

Thanks!