Travel Budget for Amsterdam

Provincie Noord-Holland, Netherlands

How much does it cost to travel to Amsterdam?

How much money will you need for your trip to Amsterdam? You should plan to spend around €50 ($57) per day on your vacation in Amsterdam, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, €12 ($14) on meals for one day and €6.80 ($7.77) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Amsterdam for a couple is €58 ($66). So, a trip to Amsterdam for two people for one week costs on average €699 ($799). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Amsterdam for one week usually costs around €350 for one person. So, a trip to Amsterdam for two people costs around €699 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs €1,399 in Amsterdam. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Amsterdam can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Amsterdam?

How much does a trip to Amsterdam cost? Is Amsterdam expensive? The average Amsterdam trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Amsterdam prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Amsterdam can vary, the average cost of food in Amsterdam is €12 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Amsterdam should cost around €5 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Amsterdam is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Amsterdam is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €7 per person, per day, on local transportation in Amsterdam.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Jan 21, 2020
Flights to Amsterdam

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How much money do I need for Amsterdam?

Typical travel prices in Amsterdam are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Amsterdam. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Amsterdam can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

  • Ride on Tram
  • Two tickets to the Houseboat Museum
  • Entry for two to the Anne Frank House
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Renting a Bike
  • One Hour Canal Cruise
  • Single Day Transit Pass
  • Transit Pass to Amsterdam Airport
  • Dam Tour Boat Trip (for 2)
Typical tour prices for Amsterdam

How much do tours to Amsterdam cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    11 days
    $ 1405
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    11 days
    $ 2703
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    15 days
    $ 2195
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    6 days
    $ 940
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Amsterdam On a Budget
Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is the capital, and most popular tourist destination in the Netherlands. There are over one million residents in the metro area. Amsterdam is most famous for its canals that criss cross across the city, but it also has a rich history, interesting culture, and liberal vibe that appeal to all types of travelers. The architecture, bridges, and cycling culture help this metropolitan area maintain its small town vibe, despite being the largest city in the country as well as the financial center.

A visit to Amsterdam often includes at least one side trip into the countryside. A visit to a small town outside of the city will let travelers see the tulips (when in season), visit the windmills so popular in the Netherlands, and explore the local communities that are so friendly and welcoming. These small towns are a great where to see more of the Netherlands than just Amsterdam.
Visiting Amsterdam is all about the atmosphere, but there are also many famous sights that are worth checking out. These include the many bridges and canals. Make a point of just wandering around town and enjoying the unique feel. Magere Brug is the best example of the traditional white draw bridges of the area.

Also notable in Amsterdam is the many religious sights. The Esnoga is the most famous synagogue and there are many churches including Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Kerk Zuiderkerk, Noorderkerk, and Westerkerk. Popular museums include the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Nieuw Dakota. If you plan on visiting many of the city's museums, a museum card may be beneficial. This will allow you access to over 400 museums throughout the country. If you want to enjoy a picnic outside, head to the popular park, Vondelpark, in the southern area of the central city. Amsterdam's Red Light District is also a popular tourist sight.
Visitors to Amsterdam most often come to see the city's Old Centre. This medieval center has the most interesting and traditional architecture, the largest number of canals, plenty of shopping opportunities, and a good number of Amsterdam's infamous coffeeshops. The very center of this neighborhood is Dam Square, but other interesting parts are Nieuwmarkt, Spui, and, of course, the Red Light District.

Another interesting neighborhood is the wealthy Canal Ring. This neighborhood is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has several celebrity residents. This is also a neighborhood to visit if you're looking for good nightlife.

Other interesting, but less visited neighborhoods include Jordaan, where there are many local art galleries, restaurants, and boutiques, Plantage, where you'll find the highest concentration of museums, and in the South you'll find museums, the Albert Cuyp Market, and affordable accommodation.

Canal Cruises in Amsterdam are a popular tourist activity. There are a handful of companies that run cruises throughout the city center.

Popular festivals in town include King's Day, which is the national holiday on April 27th. The whole city shows up in orange and there are flea markets, bands, and vendors throughout the city. The Tulip festival in May is popular outside of town in Noordoostpolder and the Holland Festival is a performing arts festival in June that is world renowned. The Amsterdam Light Festival is a great way to celebrate the holidays in December.

See also: Amsterdam itinerary 3 days.
Food and Dining
Restaurants can be quite expensive in Amsterdam. If you're on a tight budget, the many Asian restaurants around town may be your best bet. In particular, Indonesian food is quite popular and very good. Most of the Asian restaurants are found in Nieuwmarkt at the Zeedijk, which has been called Amsterdam's Chinatown. Damstraat has many smaller and affordable ethnic restaurants that are usually Chinese or Middle Eastern.

In the touristy areas of the city center you will pay a premium for lower quality food, so these are best avoided. There are also many supermarkets around town where you can pick up local cheese, bread, fruits and meat and enjoy a picnic by the canals. Head to Albert Cuyp market, Dappermarket, or any of the local cheese shops for the best cheeses. Ossenworst is a popular sausage that is originally from Amsterdam. A herring sandwich is also a local favorite and can be bought at the fish stand near the Flower Market.

If you're exploring the city center, you can walk almost anywhere. It is very compact and incredibly flat. There is public transportation that is convenient and efficient if you are traveling outside of the city center. The tram is operated by the GVB and is available in the central part of the city. Buses travel to the further outskirts of town. A four line metro system is also available that serves the neighborhoods in the southeast. Amsterdam is also famous for its many cyclists. It's possible to rent a bike and explore town like the locals do. This is, perhaps, one of the most enjoyable ways to see Amsterdam.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Hotels or Hostels?

By wanderinggurl in Accommodation
If you're traveling with another person it's often the same price (or sometimes cheaper) to go ahead and get a double instead of staying in a hostel. Unless you're looking for the hostel atmosphere, you're likely to get more bang for your buck with a small, basic double room.

Pot is No Longer Legal for Foreigners

By backpackguru in Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps
Just a heads up that one draw for many tourists to Amsterdam is no more. It is know longer legal for foreigners to smoke pot, even in the bars you'll find around Amsterdam. While locals can still legally get high, foreigners are no longer allowed to. Keep this in mine when planning your trip. The new law is being taken seriously, so don't let any surprises ruin your vacation.

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