A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Amsterdam vs. Barcelona

Should you visit Amsterdam or Barcelona?

Should I visit Amsterdam or Barcelona? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Amsterdam

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.

Barcelona

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain with a population of over 1.5 million people. It's also the capital of Catalonia and is located on the northeastern part of the Mediterranean coast. Barcelona is one of the country's most popular travel destinations because of its rich history, interesting architecture, and vibrant culture. Barcelona hosted the 1992 Summer Olympic games and that had a strong influence over tourism in the area. Many different neighborhoods were renovated and rebuilt. Modern design became the norm in many parts of the city, although there is still an old city feel and many efforts at preservation.

Which city is cheaper, Barcelona or Amsterdam?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Amsterdam is €127, while the average daily cost in Barcelona is €119. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Amsterdam and Barcelona in more detail.


Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €76. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Amsterdam the cost is €152 on average.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Barcelona is €148. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Amsterdam 76
    Barcelona 74
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Amsterdam 151
    Barcelona 148


Food

Food in Amsterdam costs travelers about €31 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.

While meal prices in Barcelona can vary, the average travelers spends about €25 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Barcelona should cost around €10 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Barcelona is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Amsterdam 31
    Barcelona 25
Typical Food prices in Amsterdam

Some typical examples of dining costs in Amsterdam are as follows:


  • Afternoon Tea
    6.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Amsterdam

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Amsterdam.

  • Live online cooking class from Classic European 2-course meal: $23
  • Three course lunch/dinner voucher: $42
  • Withlocals the 10 Tastings: Amsterdam's Favourite Private Food Tour with a Local: $50
  • Private Pizza Canal Cruise Amsterdam: $62
  • Dinner with an Amsterdam artist on the river: $62
  • Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket & VIP Dinner at Hard Rock CafĂ©: $63
  • Amsterdam Small Group Food Tour: $69
  • Food Tour in the Albert Cuyp Market Amsterdam: $73
  • Delicious Dutch Dinner in an Amsterdam Canalhouse: $75
  • The Pizzaboat Amsterdam Min. 8 pax: $75

Typical Food prices in Barcelona

Some typical examples of dining costs in Barcelona are as follows:


  • Hot Cocoa & Churro
    4.15
  • Sandwich
    1.70
  • Baguette & Horchata
    3.80
  • Tapas on the beach
    8.28
  • Gelatto
    2.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Barcelona

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Barcelona.

  • Bus and Walking Tour with Dinner: $58
  • Barcelona Gourmet Food Tour with a 3 Michelin Star Sommelier: $89
  • Private Cooking Class & Market Tour: $101
  • Market to Fork: Market Tour and Private Cooking Class: $143
  • Half-Day Spanish Cooking Class & Market Tour: $78
  • Flamenco Show and Optional Dinner at a Tablao: $52
  • Requesens Palace Dinner with Medieval Show: $85
  • Casa Batlló: Tapas Dinner, Live Concert, and Audio Tour: $151
  • New Year's Eve Dinner and Flamenco Show: $91
  • Old Barcelona Tour, Boqueria Market & Cooking Workshop: $101


Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Amsterdam is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €19 per person, per day, on local transportation in Amsterdam.

The cost of a taxi ride in Barcelona is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €15 per person, per day, on local transportation in Barcelona.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Amsterdam 19
    Barcelona 15
Typical Local Transportation prices in Amsterdam

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Amsterdam are as follows:


  • Ride on Tram
    3.20
  • Renting a Bike
    15
  • One Hour Canal Cruise
    10
  • Single Day Transit Pass
    2.60
  • Transit Pass to Amsterdam Airport
    3.40

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Amsterdam

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Amsterdam:

  • Private Transfer from Schiphol Airport (AMS): $50
  • Ultra - Amsterdam Private Transfer from City Centre to Amsterdam Cruise Port: $9.55
  • Ultra - Amsterdam Private Transfer from Cruise Port to Amsterdam City Centre: $9.55
  • Private Transfer from Cruise Port to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: $9.55
  • Private Departure Transfer from Amsterdam City Center to Airport Schiphol (AMS): $32
  • Private Airport Transfer from Amsterdam to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS): $32
  • Private Transfer from PTA Cruise Terminal to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS): $32
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Amsterdam City to Airport: $34
  • Premium Private Transfer from Amsterdam Hotels to Airport: $35
  • Private Amsterdam Airport departure Transfer: $38

Typical Local Transportation prices in Barcelona

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Barcelona are as follows:


  • 10 Trip Metro Ticket
    7.80
  • Airport Bus
    5.00
  • Metro
    2.10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Barcelona

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Barcelona:

  • Barcelona Private Transfer Between Sants Station & City: $85
  • From Luxury Transfers to La Roca Village: $24
  • Barcelona Airport to Cruise Port: Private Transfers: $67
  • Barcelona Airport Private Transfer to/from City Center: $67
  • Barcelona Airport Private 1-Way or Round-Trip Transfer: $62
  • Barcelona Private 1-Way Transfer Between Airport & City: $88
  • Barcelona Airport to City Center Private Transfer: $48
  • Barcelona City to Cruise Terminal Private Transfers: $51
  • Barcelona Private Arrival Transfer: $89
  • Barcelona-El Prat Airport: Transfer to Barcelona City: $66


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Amsterdam typically cost an average of €16 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Entertainment and activities in Barcelona typically cost an average of €23 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Amsterdam 16
    Barcelona 23
Typical Entertainment prices in Amsterdam

Below are a few samples prices from actual travelers for Amsterdam's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Two tickets to the Houseboat Museum
    6.00
  • Entry for two to the Anne Frank House
    17

Tours and Activities in Amsterdam

For Amsterdam, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • From Private Giethoorn Tour by Car: $108
  • Amsterdam 3-Hour Bike Tour: Backstreets and Hidden Gems: $41
  • Giethoorn & Volendam Tour and 1-Hour Amsterdam Canal Cruise: $108
  • Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam & Marken Spanish Tour: $41
  • Giethoorn & the New Polders: Small Group Tour from Amsterdam: $97
  • Amsterdam Combo: Madame Tussauds and Canal Cruise: $37
  • Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken Full-Day Tour: $37
  • Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket: $22
  • From Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Full-Day Tour: $101
  • Skip The Line: Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam: $29

Typical Entertainment prices in Barcelona

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Barcelona are as follows:


  • Picasso Walking Tour and Museum Pass
    42
  • Souvenir Gaudi Book
    8.55
  • Admission to Museo Picasso
    6.00

Tours and Activities in Barcelona

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Barcelona are as follows:

  • Free Bike Tour: $0.00
  • 90 Minutes Kickstart Private Tour: $13
  • Barcelona Half-Day Modernist Walking Tour: $19
  • La Roca Shopping Village Express Tour from Barcelona: $24
  • Barcelona 3-h Bike Tour and optional lunch at Hard Rock Cafe: $26
  • Barcelona Private Bike Tour: $29
  • Art Nouveau & Gaudí Tour in German: $30
  • Ciutadella Park Segway Tour: $35
  • Barcelona 60 Minute Segway Tour: $35
  • 60-minutes Segway Tour: $35


Alcohol

The average person spends about €13 on alcoholic beverages in Amsterdam per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about €11 on alcoholic beverages in Barcelona per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Amsterdam 13
    Barcelona 11

Sample the Local Flavors in Amsterdam

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Amsterdam:

  • Distillery Tour & Tasting: $22
  • Amsterdam Bar Crawl: $27
  • Amsterdam Shared Bar Crawl: $31
  • Private Amsterdam Red Light District and pub tour: $61
  • 4 hour Amsterdam Brewery Tour: $81
  • High Class Culinary Lunch in Amsterdam - Self-Guided Food & Wine Tour: $102
  • Drew's 3-Hour Amsterdam Brewery and Bar Tour to Top Rated Bars: $106
  • Discover 3 gastronomic restaurants in Amsterdam - self-guided food & wine tour: $129
  • Experience 4 Culinary Restaurants in Amsterdam Self-Guided Food & Wine Tour: $152
  • Amsterdam Bachelor Party Bar Crawl: $488

Sample the Local Flavors in Barcelona

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Barcelona:

  • Wine Tasting & Tapas: $60
  • 4x4 Winery Tour with Tapas & Wine Tasting from Barcelona: $88
  • Barcelona Wine Tasting: Catalan and Spanish Wines: $21
  • Alta Alella Wine Tour by Electric Bike from Barcelona: $88
  • Montserrat, Sitges and Torres Wine Tour from Barcelona: $106
  • Estrella Damm Brewery Guided Tour with Tasting: $9.54
  • Backpacker Pub Crawl: $18
  • Columbus Monument with Optional Wine Tasting: $7.16
  • Barcelona Wine Tasting: $85
  • The Original Barcelona Pub Crawl: $18



When comparing the travel costs between Amsterdam and Barcelona, we can see that Amsterdam is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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