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

Should you visit Amsterdam or Paris?

Should I visit Amsterdam or Paris? 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.

Paris

Paris is a dream destination for many people. It's location on the river Seine contributes to its stunning beauty and you can spend many days wandering through its wonderfully diverse neighborhoods. It's known as a city of culture, fashion, food and fun. There is never a shortage of entertainment and activities around town and a highlight of many people's trips to Paris is to explore the city at night, when it truly comes to life. It is not hard to see why this city has received the nickname as the "City of Lights."

Which city is cheaper, Paris 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 Paris is €0.00. 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 Paris 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.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around €0.00 in Paris For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Amsterdam 76
    Paris 0.00
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Amsterdam 151
    Paris 0.00


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.

In Paris travelers spend around €0.00 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Amsterdam 31
    Paris 0.00
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 Paris

For Paris, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Ice Cream
    8.00
  • Breakfast
    7.00
  • Breakfast for 2
    30
  • Dinner on River Cruise
    86
  • Dinner
    57
  • Cheese
    13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Paris

For Paris, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • 3-Hour Aligre Market Walking Food Tour & Tasting: $81
  • Walking Food Tour: $89
  • The Gourmet Gastronomy of 2.5-Hour Food Tour: $111
  • Walking Food Tour in Saint Germain des Prés: $116
  • Dinner and Theater in Versailles: $121
  • Paris 2.5-Hour Unique Macaron Cooking Class: $123
  • 2-Hour French Pastry Cooking Class in Paris: $123
  • Champagne Master Class and Gourmet Food Tour: $125
  • Gourmet French Dinner with Local Parisian Hosts: $129
  • Dessert & Chocolate Cooking Class with a Parisian Chef: $139


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.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Paris than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €0.00 on transportation in Paris on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Amsterdam 19
    Paris 0.00
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 Paris

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Paris:


  • Metro
    6.40
  • Train from Airport
    9.00
  • Metro tickets
    6.80
  • Train
    20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Paris

Also for Paris, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Beauvais Airport to Disneyland Paris Shared Transfer: $41
  • Private Transfer between Paris & CDG Airport: $73
  • Private Transfer to Paris Orly Airport (ORY): $87
  • Private Transfer From Paris Airport CDG to Paris City Center: $99
  • Disneyland Private Transfer with Flight Tracking: $112
  • CDG Airport to Disneyland Paris Private Transfer: $127
  • From Full-Day Ticket and Transfer to Asterix Park: $128
  • Disneyland Private Transfer from/for Orly: $101
  • VIP Private Transfer from/to Orly: $89
  • Disneyland Private Transfer from or to CDG Airport: $93


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.

Sightseeing expenses in Paris, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €0.00 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Amsterdam 16
    Paris 0.00
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 Paris

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


  • Louvre Entry for Two
    18
  • Admission to Pantheon
    5.00
  • Catacombs (2)
    23

Tours and Activities in Paris

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

  • Fragonard Perfume Museum: Guided Tour with Soap Souvenir: $8.69
  • The Paris of the Revolution: Storming the Bastille Tour: $15
  • 1.5-Hour Shopping Arcades Tour: $15
  • Guided Tour of Napoleon's Tomb and the Army Museum: $18
  • In-Depth Guided Tour of La Seine Musicale: $19
  • Latin Quarter Guided Walking Tour in German: $23
  • Montmartre: Tour in a group: $25
  • Eiffel Tower Pictures & River Cruise: $31
  • Latin Quarter & Ile de la Cite Movie Location Walking Tour: $31
  • Hidden Passages Guided Walking 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 €0.00 on alcoholic beverages in Paris 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
    Paris 0.00

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

Typical Alcohol prices in Paris

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Paris from other travelers:


  • Wine
    14

Sample the Local Flavors in Paris

Also in Paris, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • French Wine Tasting Class with Sommelier: $69
  • Introductory French Cheese and Wine Tasting: $29
  • Heart of Notre-Dame, île de la Cité & Wine Tasting: $160
  • Paris Pub Crawl with Free Club Entry and Free Shots: $18
  • 2.5-Hour Guided Vintage Car Tour and Wine Tasting: $69
  • French Wine Experience with Wine Tasting: $37
  • Parisian Deluxe Wine Tasting Experience: $176
  • New Pub Crawl: $19
  • Wine Tasting with Professional Sommelier: $29
  • Small-Group Cheese and Wine Tasting in Le Marais: $105



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Amsterdam and Paris, we can see that Amsterdam is more expensive. And not only is Paris much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Paris would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Paris and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Amsterdam would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Amsterdam than you might in Paris.

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