Tourist cards and discounts

While you’re in the Netherlands, don’t miss the opportunity to check out the rich collection of art and history in the country. Here’s a range of special discount cards that can help you do so without burning a hole in your pocket.

Want to discover every nook and cranny of Delft while you’re here? The Delftpas is a good place to start. The original cost of the card is €60, but students get a hefty discount and can buy it for €20. The card gets you into most museums in Delft. You also get a discount on membership at the city library DOK, Theatre de Veste and the Filmhuis. The pass includes access to a swimming pool and a lot more. It is also valid at a number of places in Rotterdam, including the Euromast. You get a 50% discount on the entry fee at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and free entry at the Escher Museum.

For more information: www.delft.nl/inwoners/Cultuur_sport_en_vrije_tijd/Delftpas

Museumpas
Are you a museum buff? Then invest in a Museumkaart. The card gives you access to 400 museums across the Netherlands for a year. For €49.95, you can visit the best museums in the country and the quirkiest ones. The House of Anne Frank, the Hermitage museum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam are included. Individual tickets to these alone would cost you more than the pass. Besides entry, several partner museums also offer card holders discounts on their gift shops and, sometimes, a free gift. For instance, the Municipal Museum Amsterdam offers card holders a Malevich canvas bag.

For more information: www.museumkaart.nl/

NS cards 
If you’re going to be travelling outside Delft often, take a look at the various discount options that the NS has to offer. The Dal Voordeel (Advantage) card gets you 40% on off-peak time travels for €50 a year, while the Altijd Voordeel card gets you discount at any hour of the day for €20 per month. Other cards include the Dal Vrij and the Weekend Vrij with other discounts that may be of use to you. If you travel to eight different places every single day, try the Always Free pass, which costs a small fortune at €309 per month.

For more information: www.ns.nl/reizigers/producten

Shopping cards
It might be worth your while to get in on memberships at the shops you frequent. The discounts are often worth it. Albert Heijn, for instance, has something called a Bonus Card. Each day different products in local stores have bonus stickers and cardholders can buy them for a discount. Ikea has a Family Card which gets you discount on certain products and a free coffee in the restaurant. Even the local Gall&Gall has membership cards that can get you up to 10% off on your favourite wine.

For more information: Check with individual shops

Other City Passes
Like the Delftpas, other cities in the Netherlands have their own discount cards. Most of the venues in the Delftpas overlap with those of the Rotterdam Pass. The IAmsterdam card opens doors to most museums in Amsterdam and gets you unlimited travel on the local trams, one free canal cruise and other discounts. You can buy a 24, 48, or 72 hour card for €42, €52 or €62. There are smaller passes such at the Hofvijver pass in Den Haag for €12.50 which gets you into a collection of city museums and the Combiticket available in Delft for €16.50, which gets you into the churches, museums and Vermeer Centrum. So you could consider these options if you have guests visiting for a short while.

For more information: Check with local tourist information points.

First published in TU Delta, the student magazine of TU Delft on December 16, 2013.

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