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24 hours in Amsterdam with the Explore Pass

Enjoy your day in Amsterdam to the fullest

Amsterdam is filled with amazing attractions, museums and other activities. When you are only in Amsterdam for 24 hours, you have to set priorities. You’ll want to see the absolute highlights and with Explore Pass you can do so at a great discount.

For 24 hours the Explore Pass with 50 Explorer Points can give you a great experience in Amsterdam. You can choose between 35 different attractions, museums and tours in the city to explore. Here is our recommended selection if you only have 24 hours in Amsterdam, which will use up all 50 of the Explorer Points.

An iconic canal cruise in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is famous for its canals and a cruise along these waterways is a must-do for any visitor to the city. Whether you choose the classic 1hr Canal Cruise or the Semi-Open Boat Cruise, is up to you. For warmer weather, such as in spring and summer we recommend the Semi-Open, while the classic Canal Cruise will give you a great experience on colder and wetter days.

Both cruises are operated by LOVERS Canal Cruises, who have been sailing through the Amsterdam canals since the 1950s. Both cruises take you along the iconic calls of Amsterdam, including the Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht. Though each cruise is unique to avoid congestion on the canals, you will see plenty of bridges, merchant houses and churches along the way.

The largest street art museum in the world

One of the newer museums in Amsterdam is the STRAAT Museum and it is quickly becoming a statement location for the city. The STRAAT Museum is the largest museum dedicated to street art and graffiti in the world. Set inside an old industrial shipyard, the art inside is as monumental, rough and radical as the building itself.

The art on display is constantly changing, with new pieces constantly added to the collection. The pieces on display were all created on location often during regular opening hours of the museum. The art inside the museum is as big as street art pieces are outside on the streets, only here you can learn more about the context within which the art was created.

Explore the city by bus

As you make your way through the city, you may want to give your feet a break between activities. A great to move between attractions and activities in Amsterdam is with the Hop-on Hop-off bus from City Sightseeing Amsterdam. With multiple stops around the city centre, you can make your way around Amsterdam.

You can hop-on and off as many times as you want over the course of 24 hours. You can start at Amsterdam Central Station and take the bus around the city centre to parks such as the Oosterpark and Vondelpark, or to neighbourhoods such as the Jordaan and the Pijp. With the free City Sightseeing Amsterdam app, you can see exactly when the next bus will arrive near you.

The Vondelpark is a favourite place for both locals and visitors of Amsterdam and the most famous park in the city. The streets of the Jordaan are lined with indie boutiques, cosy pubs and hip eateries. At the Pijp, you can try typical Dutch food and snack at the Albert Cuyp Market such as haring, stroopwafels and poffertjes.

The national museum of the Netherlands

For a true Dutch experience, a visit to the Rijksmuseum has to be on your must-do list. The national museum of the Netherlands is the largest art museum in the country and is home to a collection that tells the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history. The entire collection contains over one million pieces of which around 8000 are on display at the Rijksmuseum.

Amongst the pieces on display are world-famous works by Dutch masters including Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer. Not-to-miss artworks on display are Rembrandt’s Night Watch and Vermeer’s Milkmaid. And the building itself is a work of art as well, with stained glass windows and mosaic floors.

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What is the Explore Pass Amsterdam?

Explore Amsterdam with ease: this is the Explore Pass Amsterdam
If you are planning a trip to the capital of the Netherlands, and want to experience the top attractions, highlights and maybe even some quirky gems, without any hassle the Explore Pass is the city card for you. This fully digital pass gives you access to your choice to the best museums and attractions in Amsterdam. Let’s get acquainted.

What is the Explore Pass?

The Explore Pass is a fully digital city card available with 50, 75 or 100 points. Use these points for discounted tickets to the attractions in Amsterdam of your choosing.

Explore at your pace

The pass is valid for a year from the moment you activate it. This means you do not have to rush your trip, you can spend your Explore Points whenever you want. Do not tire yourself out by cramming all your visits in a few days! Plan your trip conveniently and with enough time to experience the city and its true culture.

You can get the pass in advance of your trip, and book tickets before you even arrive. This way when you get to Amsterdam, you are sure that you are already have your ticket on the day you want to visit. No let downs because of fully booked venues!

Fully digital

The Explore Pass makes it easy to discover Amsterdam. When you get the pass, you can start planning. Because it is all digital, you will always have it with you. All the tickets to the attractions are in your Explore wallet. Easy to find, hard to loose.

What is included in the pass?

Hop on Hop off Amsterdam

There are more than 35 attractions, tours and museums in and around

Amsterdam available with the pass. Pick your favorites!

Enjoy some sightseeing around the city by hopping on and off the famous City Sightseeing bus, included in your pass for free. Every Explore Pass is equipped with a 24 hour ticket for the bus, without spending any of your explore points. To make it as easy and convenient as possible to experience the most of Amsterdam.

Use the sightseeing bus to hop from one attraction to another. Rest your feet and enjoy the tour. Get to see the highlights of Amsterdam and hop out when you want to visit a cool attraction!

How to make the most of your Explore Pass

Open your explore pass in the web-app. In this live booking hub, select the attractions that tickle your fancy. Find the top things that you want to do and get your tickets to reserve your spot.

Check out the example itineraries to see how much money you can save!


There are three types of passes available, the 50, 75 or 100 Point pass.
50 Explorer Points – €50,- euros per pass
75 Explorer Points – €75,- euros per pass
100 Explorer Points – €100,- euros per pass

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Budget-Friendly things to do in Amsterdam

Are you looking for ways to enjoy Amsterdam without breaking the bank? We have gathered some tips for  and tricks to make your Amsterdam trip more affordable. Because even when you are on a budget, there is enough to do! From hanging out like the locals to finding good deals on museums, here are some free and budget friendly things to do in Amsterdam!

Is Amsterdam cheap or expensive to visit?

Well, is not the cheapest place. But you can make it as wild as you like. There are many ways to make it more affordable! Is it possible to have a cheap visit to Amsterdam? Yes it is. Here are the free and budget friendly things to do in Amsterdam.

Cheap and free Transportation

The first thing you can save money on while you are on your Amsterdam trip, is transport. The city is relatively small, so most highlights are walkable. Put on your good shoes and save money with every step you take instead of the public transport.

Known for being the most bike friendly places in the world, the preferred way of transport here is by hopping on a bicycle.Just bike your way back to the hotel. Rent a bike for 24 hours to explore the areas out of the city centre with ease.

Hot tip: if you are going out, bike to the club! This is how the Dutchies do it. No waiting on night buses or expensive Ubers.

Your Explore Pass comes with free 24 hour access to the Hop on Hop off buses that circle the city. The most convenient way to get acquainted with the city, but do not forget that this is a great option for transport between locations too!

Cruise the IJ-river for free

The only free public transport in Amsterdam are the ferries at the central station, you don’t need a ticket to board! Cross the IJ-river by hopping on one of the boats. The longest trip is about 15 minutes and takes you from Central Station to the super hip NDSM Wharf. Enjoy the views and the fresh breeze while you are off to explore a new part of the city.

Free Vondelpark open air theatre

Spend your weekends in June, July and August at the Vondelpark theatre! The open air theatre in the middle of Amsterdam’s favourite park offers free shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The nights have a standard routine: watch spectacular dance performances on Friday evenings. Laugh out loud on Saturday at the comedy shows. Dance and enjoy music on Saturday nights and Sundays.

You can always attend all these shows for free, and as often as you like! Enjoyed the show? Leave a little tip in the collection box, it doesn’t need to be much but it is nice to show your appreciation. If you want to be sure of a nice spot, you can reserve your place for €7,50 for the best views.

Explore the secret couryards of Amsterdam

Find the secret gardens in the centre of Amsterdam. ‘Hofjes’ were special living communities founded in the 17th century. Created for poor people, mostly women, to live and get the care they needed.

You can recognize a hofje when you see a set of small houses with a little courtyard. Take a stroll through the city and visit these historic and beautiful places, totally free!

Begin your journey at the Begijnhof, one of the oldest and most famous hofje (which is factually a hof, but a monastery). You will also find one of the oldest wooden house in Amsterdam here, which dates back to the 15th century.

Continue to Spui, to the Spuihofje. Walk to the Jordaan neighbourhood, where you will find most of the hofjes, like the Karthuizerhof and Rapenhofje. On the eastside of the Amstel river, you can find some more beautiful hofjes, like het Corvershofje, Van Brants Rushofje and the Occohofje.

Maybe you can find even more! There are 56 hofjes, 34 of which are still in use as a living hofje and 10 belong to churches.

Soaking in the Dutch culture

There is a Dutch verb for sitting on a terrace called ‘terrassen’. Order some drinks, maybe some Dutch snacks like bitterballen and enjoy hanging out outside. If you really want to feel the local culture, this is the way! When the sun is out, the Amsterdammers are outside. Therefore, it does get crowded and it might be hard to find a nice spot in the sun.

For cheaper people watching, grab a blanket and some snacks from the supermarket, and head to one of the parks!

You will also find people all along the canals hanging out with a drink in their hand, enjoying the views of boats passing by. There is no better way to soak in the Amsterdam culture, and it doesn’t cost you anything!

Discount on combination tickets Amsterdam

Some places are a must when you are doing a city trip, even when you are on a budget. When you are in Amsterdam you can not leave without visiting Rijksmuseum or van Gogh museum, as well as cruising the wonderful canals that make the city who she is.

These highlights are never on ‘sale’ or for free, but you cán find some nice combination ticket deals! If you know you want to do both activities, why not combine them and save some euros? Check out websites like Tours & Tickets, where they have a whole section of discounted combination tickets and see which combination is the right one for you!

Cheap sightseeing: Amsterdam city card

Of course, no city trip is complete without some museum visits or enjoying the unique attractions. And you can still do so even if you are trying to save money. For the budget traveler that wants to still enjoy Amsterdam and the best attractions in the city, a city card is the way to go.

The Explore Pass Amsterdam fits the budget of all savy tourists. Choose how much you want to spend, 50, 75 or 100 euros and pick the attractions that you do not want to miss on your Amsterdam city trip.

There is always a 24 hour ticket for the Citysightseeing Amsterdam hop on hop off bus included in your Explore Pass. One whole day of transport to some of the most important spots in the city. More euros saved!

In conclusion, try to keep a balance with some of the things you will spend more money on, and some of these free and budget friendly things to do in Amsterdam tips listed above. Have fun exploring!