A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Amsterdam vs. Rio de Janeiro for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Amsterdam or Rio de Janeiro?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Amsterdam or Rio de Janeiro, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Amsterdam or Rio de Janeiro?

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.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the most popular travel destination in Brazil. It is the second largest city in Brazil and the sixth largest in the Americas. A portion of the city has been designated a World Heritage Site. It's also famous for Carnival, it's gorgeous beaches, and world-famous landmarks. Rio's appeal as a travel destination is apparent year round due to the great weather and plenty of fun activities. The city has a wonderful natural harbor that is surrounded by Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado Peak, and the hills of Tijuca, creating an absolutely breathtaking and awe-inspiring setting.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours from Amsterdam, The Best 2-Week Tours from Amsterdam, The Best 10-Day Tours in Brazil, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Brazil.


Which place is cheaper, Rio de Janeiro or Amsterdam?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Amsterdam is €175, while the average daily cost in Rio de Janeiro is €98. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Amsterdam 102
    Rio de Janeiro 62
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Amsterdam 204
    Rio de Janeiro 124
Compare Hotels in Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro

Looking for a hotel in Amsterdam or Rio de Janeiro? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Amsterdam


Hotels in Rio de Janeiro


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Amsterdam Hotel Prices and Rio de Janeiro Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Amsterdam 20
    Rio de Janeiro 7.43
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Amsterdam

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


  • 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:

  • 1 - 15 persons Minibus Amsterdam City transfer: $121
  • 1-15 pers Taxi/Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to 's-Hertogenbosch: $291
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to Alkmaar: $157
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to Den Helder: $258
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to Dordrecht: $291
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to Harderwijk: $258
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to IJmuiden: $193
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to Leiden: $129
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to Utrecht: $248
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to Zaandam: $106
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam city to Airport: $110
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam in Amsterdam City: $105

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Rio de Janeiro

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Rio de Janeiro:


  • Taxi Ride
    2.73

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rio de Janeiro

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rio de Janeiro:

  • From GIG Airport to Hotels in Barra da Tijuca - private transfer: $40
  • 2025 Sambadrome Carnival Parade: Transfer Included Sector 5: $476
  • 2025: Rio Carnival Parade at Sapucaí with Transfer Sector 7: $476
  • A transfer with safety and comfort in Rio: $45
  • Airport Private Transfer - Premium Service: $65
  • Airport Transfer: Rio de Janeiro to Airport GIG by Luxury Van: $126
  • All-You-Can-Eat Brazilian Churrascaria in Rio de Janeiro with Transfer: $80
  • Angra dos Reis Shared Transfer From Rio de Janeiro: $53
  • Arraial do Cabo Private Transfer From Rio de Janeiro: $123
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Rio de Janeiro Airport GIG to Rio de Janeiro: $91
  • Bilingual Private Transfer- Angra, Búzios, Cabo Frio, Paraty, etc: $144
  • BioParque do Rio Guided Tour with Transfer: $60

Is it cheaper to fly into Amsterdam or Rio de Janeiro?

Prices for flights to both Rio de Janeiro and Amsterdam change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Amsterdam 43
    Rio de Janeiro 19
Typical Food Prices in Amsterdam

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Amsterdam:


  • 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.

  • Amsterdam Self-Guided Food Tour in De Pijp Neighbourhood : $8.28
  • Self-Guided Food Tour in De Jordaan Neighbourhood: $14
  • Self-Guided Food Tour in De Pijp Neighbourhood: $14
  • Evening Canal Cruise with Pizza and Drinks: $32
  • Exclusive Burger Dinner Cruise: $38
  • Pizza Cruise with Drinks: $41
  • Pizza Cruise in Amsterdam Including Drinks and Ice Cream: $41
  • Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket with A GOLD MENU Hard Rock Dinner: $43
  • Food Tour Jordaan District: $52
  • Food Tour Amsterdam's Jordaan District Self-Guided: $52
  • 3 Course Dinner in the Dark: $57
  • Private Cruise with Drinks & Pizza or Burger: $60

Typical Food Prices in Rio de Janeiro

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Rio de Janeiro:


  • Popcorn
    0.55
  • Corn on the Cob
    0.73
  • Hamburger
    0.91

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rio de Janeiro

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Waterfront Dinner & Live Music Experience: $46
  • Barra da Tijuca Food Tour with Drinks: $72
  • Feijoada Food Tour in Rio de Janeiro with Hotel pick-up and drop-off: $80
  • THE BEST FOOD TOUR: $80
  • 9-Recipe Boozy Brazilian Cooking Class: $85
  • Rio Scenarium Entrance, Dinner, and Open Bar: $105
  • Rio Bar Food Tour with a Local: $112
  • Brazilian Cooking Class: $129
  • Samba Show Admission & Transfer with Dinner Option: $130
  • Brazilian Cooking Class in Copacabana with Hotel Pickup: $140
  • Rio: Ginga Tropical Folkloric Show & Optional Dinner: $142
  • Brazilian Cooking Class in Rio de Janeiro: $200

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Amsterdam 37
    Rio de Janeiro 20
Typical Entertainment Prices in Amsterdam

Here are a few typical costs in Amsterdam for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


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

Tours and Activities in Amsterdam

Here are a few actual costs in Amsterdam for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Golden Age Canals Walking Tour: $1.09
  • Free walking tour of haunted Amsterdam: $1.09
  • Best of Amsterdam City Tour: $3.26
  • The Amsterdam Walking Tour 2 hours: $3.26
  • Rude Bastards Tour of Amsterdam: $3.26
  • City Exploration Game and Walking Tour: $3.26
  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.26
  • The Amsterdam Walking Tour 2 hours: $3.30
  • Private Audio Guided Walking Tour in Amsterdam: $3.30
  • Amsterdam Spanish Tour 2 Hours: $3.30
  • Rude Bastards Tour of Amsterdam (CYHIT): $3.31
  • The Anne Frank Tour (Tip Based) Amsterdam : $3.31

Tours and Activities in Rio de Janeiro

Here are a few actual costs in Rio de Janeiro for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - Santa Teresa: the staircase: $6.99
  • Rio de Janeiro (Urca) Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Tour: $7.70
  • Rio de Janeiro (Ipanema & Copacabana) Self-Guided Tour: $7.70
  • Salvador Sights Self Guided Tour (Pelourinho): $7.83
  • Rio de Janeiro(Ipanema-Copacabana)Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour: $7.83
  • Rio de Janeiro Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Hiking Experience to Pedra do Telégrafo: $9.98
  • A Self-Guided Black History Audio Tour of Rio de Janeiro’s Little Africa: $9.99
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour-Story of Bossanova: Rhythm and soul of Rio: $10
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - Imperial Rio: $10
  • Rio Night Experience: Caipirinha Workshop + Funk Class: $10
  • Favela tour in copacabana with local guide!: $10

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Amsterdam 24
    Rio de Janeiro 11

Sample the Local Flavors in Amsterdam

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

  • Amsterdam Private Self Guided Pub Crawl: $22
  • Bar Crawl with Shots and Beer Maid Guide: $25
  • Central Pub Crawl and Nightlife Experience: $27
  • Red Light District Pub Crawl: $27
  • Distillery Tour & Tasting at Spirited Union: $28
  • Original Pub Crawl Party with VIP Entrance: $29
  • Chateau Urban Wine Tasting and optional bites: $33
  • Original Amsterdam Pub Crawl: $33
  • Self-guided Red Light District Pub Crawl Mystery: $38
  • Leidseplein and Red Light Pub Crawl: 2 Night Pass: $38
  • Red Light District and Local Pub Tour: $40
  • Dutch Cheese and Wine Tasting: $43

Sample the Local Flavors in Rio de Janeiro

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Rio: Pub Crawl in Lapa with Cachaça Tasting and Live Samba: $30
  • Pub Crawl in Lapa: $35
  • Rio de Janeiro Pub Crawl (Lapa district): $35
  • Petropolis Bohemia: Historic tour and visit to the Bohemian Brewery: $60
  • Walking tour + Pub crawl + Samba in Lapa: $65
  • Petropolis City Tour + Bohemia Brewery + Lunch: $77
  • Petrópolis City and Brewery Bohemia Tour - Best of Rio's Mountains: $110
  • Brazilian Wine Tasting Evening: $110
  • Rio: Sitio Burle Marx and Cachaça Distillery Private Tour: $131


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro, we can see that Amsterdam is more expensive. And not only is Rio de Janeiro much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Amsterdam is in Europe and Rio de Janeiro is in South America, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Rio de Janeiro would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Rio de Janeiro 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 Rio de Janeiro.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Amsterdam Expensive? and Is Rio de Janeiro Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Amsterdam or Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro has a larger population, and is about 8 times larger than the population of Amsterdam. When comparing the sizes of Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Amsterdam or Rio de Janeiro?

Even though both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, they experience these seasons at different times of the year. Rio de Janeiro is in the southern hemisphere and summer is in January and winter is in July, but Amsterdam has summer in [NORTHERNSUMMERMONTH] and winter in [NORTHERNWINTERMONTH].

Should I visit Amsterdam or Rio de Janeiro in the Summer?

Both Rio de Janeiro and Amsterdam are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Amsterdam this time of year.

In the summer, Amsterdam is much colder than Rio de Janeiro. Typically, the summer temperatures in Amsterdam in July average around 17°C (62°F), and Rio de Janeiro averages at about 26°C (79°F)in January.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Rio de Janeiro. In July, Amsterdam usually receives less rain than Rio de Janeiroin January. Amsterdam gets 75 mm (3 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 114 mm (4.5 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Amsterdam 17°C (62°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Amsterdam or Rio de Janeiro in the Autumn?

Both Rio de Janeiro and Amsterdam during the autumn are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Amsterdam for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Amsterdam is generally much colder than Rio de Janeiroin April. Daily temperatures in Amsterdam average around 11°C (51°F), and Rio de Janeiro fluctuates around 25°C (77°F).

Rio de Janeiro gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Amsterdam usually gets less rain in October than Rio de Janeiroin April. Amsterdam gets 72 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Amsterdam 11°C (51°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Amsterdam or Rio de Janeiro in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro. Many visitors come to Amsterdam in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Amsterdam can get quite cold in the winter. Amsterdam is much colder than Rio de Janeiro in the winter. The daily temperature in Amsterdam averages around 2°C (36°F) in January, and Rio de Janeiro fluctuates around 21°C (70°F)in July.

In January, Amsterdam usually receives more rain than Rio de Janeiroin July. Amsterdam gets 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 56 mm (2.2 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Amsterdam 2°C (36°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Amsterdam or Rio de Janeiro in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Amsterdam as well as Rio de Janeiro. Most visitors come to Amsterdam for the activities around the city and the natural beauty during these months.

In the spring, Amsterdam is much colder than Rio de Janeiro. Typically, the spring temperatures in Amsterdam in April average around 8°C (46°F), and Rio de Janeiro averages at about 23°C (73°F)in October.

Amsterdam usually gets less rain in April than Rio de Janeiroin October. Amsterdam gets 52 mm (2 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 88 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Amsterdam 8°C (46°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 23°C (73°F)

Typical Weather for Rio de Janeiro and Amsterdam

Amsterdam Rio de Janeiro
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 2°C (36°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 26°C (79°F) 114 mm (4.5 in)
Feb 3°C (37°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 27°C (81°F) 105 mm (4.1 in)
Mar 5°C (41°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 26°C (79°F) 103 mm (4.1 in)
Apr 8°C (46°F) 52 mm (2 in) 25°C (77°F) 137 mm (5.4 in)
May 12°C (54°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 23°C (73°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Jun 15°C (59°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 22°C (72°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Jul 17°C (62°F) 75 mm (3 in) 21°C (70°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Aug 17°C (62°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 22°C (72°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Sep 14°C (57°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 22°C (72°F) 87 mm (3.4 in)
Oct 11°C (51°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 23°C (73°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Nov 6°C (43°F) 81 mm (3.2 in) 24°C (75°F) 96 mm (3.8 in)
Dec 3°C (38°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 25°C (77°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)