Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities in Europe. It has loads of history, amazing canals, 1000+ beautiful little bridges, really tall Dutch people, and a few other highlights. However, it’s not a cheap destination. But since most travelers only spend a few days here, it shouldn’t tax your budget too terribly.
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Average Daily Cost For Visiting Amsterdam
These prices are based on what you’ll need to visit the city comfortably — they don’t include things like big nights out at the bar/pub, club entry fees, souvenir/clothing shopping, tours, random purchases etc. Don’t forget to budget extra for those “non-essentials.”
Daily Cost of Budget Travel in Amsterdam: €70 (Approx. $83)
- Attractions: €15 (one paid attraction + any free sites)
- Food: €23.50
- Breakfast: €5
- Lunch: €5
- Dinner: €10
- Treat (dessert/beer/wine): €3.50
- Transportation: €5.60
- Accommodation (hostel): €26/night
Daily Cost of Frugal Travel in Amsterdam: €40 (Approx. $49)
- Attractions: €5 (free walking tour + visit one of the free sites)
- Food: €10
- Breakfast: €0 (free hostel breakfast)
- Lunch: €5 (ethnic street food or takeaway shop fare)
- Dinner: €4 (make your own meal in the hostel)
- Beer: €1 (chill out at the park and have a cold one)
- Transportation: €2.80
- Accommodation (cheap hostel bed): €22/night
Amsterdam Attraction and Museum Prices
Many of Amsterdam’s museums are on the pricey side, so it isn’t the most budget-friendly city. However, the city is beautiful, so I enjoy simply walking around the canals and hanging out in one of the many parks. You can also stop into a coffee shop and take a whole different kind of trip — just be sure to take it easy because you don’t want your budget to go up in smoke.
- Anne Frank House: €9
- Van Gogh Museum: €15
- The Resistance Museum: €8
- Heineken Experience: €18
- The Rijksmuseum (National Museum): €17.50
- Canal Cruise: €15.50
- Walking Tours: Free (but you should tip the guides) — €20 (for paid tours)
Amsterdam Food Prices
Amsterdam isn’t exactly known for its cuisine, but finding tasty food won’t be a problem — if you know where to look and avoid the tourist traps.
Budget Breakfast: Free-€5
- Many hostels will offer a free, simple breakfast that normally consists of cereal, bread/croissant, and maybe milk, coffee, tea, or juice.
- You can also find plenty of budget-friendly options at the bakery or grocery store. Pastries start around €1 and coffee will cost around €2-€4.
Budget Lunch: €5-€10
- Super budget travelers can make a super cheap lunch of bread, cheese, and fruit from any grocery store for a few euros.
- Takeaway meals (like kebabs with fries) or similar dishes from a takeaway shop will cost about €5.
- A cheap pizza will cost about €5.
- A combo meal at McDonalds will cost about €7.
Budget Dinner: €8-€20
- Budget travelers will want to look for one of the many ethnic restaurants in Amsterdam — expect to pay €8-€16.
- Amsterdam has a strange fast food restaurant called FEBO and they sell a range of (mostly fried) food from vending machines. It’s a bit kooky, but they’re a big hit with stoned/drunk/cheap travelers. You can get a burger for about €3.
- Many of the options from the Budget Lunch section above also apply for dinner.
Drinks, Alcohol, & Weed
- A pint of standard beer out: €3.50-€6.50
- Pint of beer from a grocery store: €1
- Bottle of (drinkable) wine from grocery store: €6
- Pre-rolled joint: €3.50-€5
- Marijuana: €5 to €40/gram (depending on quality)
Amsterdam Transportation Prices
Amsterdam is a fairly compact city, so most things are within walking distance. Furthermore, the city is gorgeous, so walking is a pleasure and you may never have to take public transport. The tickets for the bus and tram are the same.
Single Ticket (valid for 1 hour): €2.80
- 24 hours (1 day) € 7.50
- 48 hours (2 days) € 12.00
- 72 hours (3 days) € 16.50
- 96 hours (4 days) € 21.00
- 120 hours (5 days) € 26.00
- 144 hours (6 days) € 29.50
- 168 hours (7 days) € 32.00
OV Chipkaart (reloadable travel card): €7.50 (for the card) + €1.50 per ride
Bike Rental: €3-€10/day
Train Between Airport and City Center: €5
Taxi Between Airport and City Center: €45
Amsterdam Hostel/Hotel Accommodation Prices
Hostels and hotels in Amsterdam tend to be priced on the higher side. Cheaper hostels and hotels are generally located a bit outside the city center, but public transport is great so it isn’t much of an issue. Note that it’s best to book as far in advance as possible because rates shoot up if booked last minute.
Hostels: €20-€30 (bed in a shared dorm room)
Plan on budgeting about €25/night per person for a good hostel, although many hostels raise their prices on the weekend. Remember, these prices are for a bed in a shared dorm room. If you want a private room, expect to pay €50-€80. We book our hostels through Hostel World.
Budget Hotels: €85-€120
At the low end you can expect basic accommodation, but once you get around €100/night, the hotels get a bit better — but you still might be outside the city center.
Rental Apartment: €75-€135
From my experience, rental apartments (via Airbnb ) tend to be much bigger and much nicer than similarly priced hotel rooms. Plus, you’ll get a kitchen so you can save more money by cooking your own meals — click here to get $30 off your first stay.
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