City cards can offer you a great value by giving you free admission and public transportation… but are they worth it?

I’ve asked some other bloggers who have recently used city cards to tell me a little about them, and to rate the value of the card on a scale of 1 to 5. While many of these cards are based in Europe, and I’ve listed them in alphabetical order by city below.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

By Katie-Beth Gamblin of herlifeinruins.com:

Earlier this summer, I spent 4 days using the heck out of the iAmsterdam card. The iAmsterdam card allows free admission to nearly every museum in Amsterdam, public transportation, a canal tour, and even attractions around the Netherlands!

Cards are purchased by a set number of hours (we opted for 120 hours, as we were in Amsterdam for quite some time) and can be picked up at any of the iAmsterdam stores around Amsterdam, at the train station, or at the airport. The iAmsterdam card allows visitors to visit popular attractions like the Van Gogh Museum, as well as hidden gems around town. We adored visiting the various fashion museums and the nearby Muiderslot Castle with our iAmsterdam cards! They seriously are the best deal in town and I plan on using them again in the future.

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

Brussels, Belgium

By Helen of helenonherholidays.com:

When I visited Brussels, I was amazed by how useful my Brussels Card turned out to be. It was the first time I’d used a city card on a trip; whenever I’ve looked at buying one there have always seemed to be a lot of restrictions. Not so with the Brussels Card.

As well as offering free public transport, the Brussels Card also gives you free entry into 41 museums. And the list includes almost all of Brussels’ big-hitters; the Musical Instrument Museum, two chocolate museums, Autoworld, Trainworld, the Magritte Museum and even the Sewers Museum. The only attraction we paid to enter was the Atomium, and even there we got a discount.

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

Budapest, Hungary

By Angela Corrias of chasingtheunexpected.com:

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

My husband and I used the Budapest Card during our last trip. Since we stayed in the city for four days, we purchased Budapest Card 72H, but if you stay for a shorter period, there are the 24H and 48H. There is also the 72H Plus, which includes the airport transfer with the miniBUD shuttle bus and a Danube river cruise. We found it extremely useful when using public transport because everything was included and we didn’t have to look for tickets every time we needed a bus, a tram or the metro.

This card also gives you free entrance to several museums but not as many attractions as I would have expected given the price. Important museums like Hungarian National Museum, the two inside Buda Castle (Budapest History Museum and Hungarian National Gallery), along with Aquincum archaeological site, Memento Park, Budatower and the smaller Szamos Chocolate Museum are free of charge. Other major attractions are not, however, like the Hungarian Parliament, Matthew’s Church, the Terror House, the Great Synagogue and Fisherman’s Bastion.

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

Copenhagen, Denmark

By Hanna Thomas of solarpoweredblonde.com:

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

During a recent trip to Copenhagen, I used a 72-hour Copenhagen Card. There was a vast list of places that were free of charge with the card, such as the Copenhagen Contemporary art museum and the famous Tivoli Gardens. There was also a long list of places that were discounted with the Copenhagen Card. One of my favourite aspects was the free travel on buses with the card.

There is an app that you download with the card that easily breaks down all of the activities included into art and design, history, castles and family and fun. You can then see on a map what is around you to use the card at. Very easy to use and very helpful for a short first trip to Copenhagen to see as much as possible! The 72 hour card is 99 Euro for an adult.

You might like...  26 Safety Tips While Traveling, From A to Z

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

Florence, Italy

By Katy Clarke of untolditaly.com:

Valid for 72 hours from first entry, the Firenzecard gives you priority access to over 70 museums and galleries in Florence. This includes the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery (where Michelangelo’s David is housed) and the paid attractions at Santa Maria Novella, the Duomo. With the card you can save a considerable amount if you are in Florence to immerse yourself in art history.

Unfortunately there are confusing rules and caveats around using the card and some of them are highly problematic. Where previously card holders could simply visit their preferred attractions when they chose, starting in 2019 they are now required to make reservations in advance for the main sites – Uffizi, Accademia and to climb the Dome / Cupola of the Duomo. Tickets for these attractions sell out months in advance for the peak times so you may be disappointed if you bought the card on arrival in Florence.

That being said, if you are organized, purchase your card and make reservations in advance, the card is good value, especially for lovers of art and history.

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

Interlaken, Switzerland

By Michele Aaron of PursuingWanderlustBlog.com:

The Interlaken Visitor’s Pass is given to all visitors upon check-in at local hotels in Interlaken. It’s completely free and valid for the duration of your stay.

Considering it’s free, the pass has some great perks. It includes free bus transportation throughout Interlaken and the surrounding cities, a free guided village walk in Brienz, discounts on electric bike rentals, and even discounts for entry to Spiez and Thun castles and Harder Kulm.

The card is easy to use and because Interlaken is on the smaller side, the attractions included in the pass are easy to locate. What’s wonderful about the Interlaken Visitor’s Pass is that it includes so many activities to the surrounding areas, so it’s like you’re getting several city passes all in one.

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

Lisbon, Portugal

By Campbell and Alya of Stingy Nomads:
During our last trip to Portugal we had two days in Lisbon. Buying Lisboa Cards was our best option, since the Lisboa Card is a 3-in-1 card that offers free entrance to 26 city attractions, free unlimited public transport (bus, tram, metro, funiculars, and elevators) and discounts for several places and activities. There are 24-, 48- and 72-hour cards.

From the very beginning, it was good value for money, we got a 25% discount on the airport shuttle bus. We used the metro quite a lot and rode a couple of times on the famous yellow trams as well. In total with our Lisboa Cards, we saved about 30€ between two of us and a lot of time.

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

London, England

By Patrick Muntzinger of germanbackpacker.com:

London card phone pass

London card phone pass

During my last visit in London, I was gifted the London Pass for two days by the Leisure Pass Group. What I really liked about the pass is that it works completely electronically. Therefore, you don’t need to pick up the pass during your visit. All you have to do is downloading the official app and after entering your code, you get the QR code directly on your phone, which will get scanned when visiting the attractions. Further, the app is also a mini guidebook with interesting facts and details about the attractions.

Since London is an expensive city, the London Pass is not very cheap but especially if you’re planning to do sightseeing for more than only one day, you can easily save money by visiting 2-3 attractions each day. All major tourist highlights in London are included, however, the London Eye and Madame Tussauds are missing.

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

Lyon, France

By Alexei of travelexx.com:

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

Lyon’s enticing mix of history, culture and a thriving food scene make for a memorable city break. A great way to experience the city is with the Lyon City Card which provides free entry to over 20 museums and exhibitions, numerous activities and guided tours. It also offers unlimited travel on Lyon’s comprehensive public transport system. Owners get exclusive shopping discounts, too.

It comes packaged with a handy mini-guide which makes it easy to choose and find activities as well as a map for navigating your way around the city. It’s easy to use – simply show the card at each ticket office and validate it on public transport! Some places even have separate branded queues specifically for card owners.

You might like...  How to find the best AirBnB when you travel, from someone who's spent years in them

It’s valid between one and four days and it’s cheaper to buy online – even though it’s easy to purchase once in the city too!

Nuremberg, Germany

By Marta and Milosz of backpackerswro.com:

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

Nuremberg is the second-largest city of the German state of Bavaria and the unofficial capital of Franconia. You will be surprised by the number of tourist attractions and museums to explore there. The most significant advantage of the Nuremberg Card is that it guarantees free access to ALL points of interest in Nuremberg and Furth (the neighboring city).

Also, you have unlimited, free access to public transportation in zone A. The City Card is valid for two consecutive days (not 48 hours!) and costs 28€. We spent one day in Nuremberg and used the City Card at least ten times!

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

Porto, Portugal

By Wendy Werneth of thenomadicvegan.com:

The Porto Card is pretty inexpensive compared with most other city cards in Europe, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good value. In most cases, Porto Card holders are offered a discount rather than free admission at participating attractions. The main advantage is the free access to public transport, but Porto is small enough that you can reach almost all places of interest on foot.

The card comes with a pamphlet that lists all of the participating museums, tour companies and local businesses. This was certainly helpful for me, as I discovered lots of smaller museums in Porto that weren’t listed in my guidebook. However, many of these city-run museums offer free admission to everyone on Saturdays and Sundays anyway. This means that, if you’re visiting on a weekend, the card is unlikely to be worthwhile for you.

City Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cardsCity Cards: Which Ones Are Worth It? (August 2019) - Travel Tips, Reviews - city cards

Pin It on Pinterest