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

Should you visit Amsterdam or Santiago?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Amsterdam or Santiago, 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 Santiago?

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.

Santiago

Santiago is the capital city of Chile. It is centrally located in the long and narrow country, making it a good jumping off point to explore everywhere else. It's convenient location means that you can go skiing in the Andes one day, and hang out at the beach the next.

Santiago has a cool semi-arid climate that is similar to Mediterranean climates. The summers, which are between November and March, are warm and dry. The temperatures climb to around 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The winters, between June and August, are humid with cold mornings. The daily highs are around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows stay a few degrees above freezing. Rain is more common in the winter months and the dry season is between December and March.

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


Which place is cheaper, Santiago 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 Santiago is €132. 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 Santiago in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Amsterdam 102
    Santiago 103
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Amsterdam 204
    Santiago 206
Compare Hotels in Amsterdam and Santiago

Looking for a hotel in Amsterdam or Santiago? 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 Santiago


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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 Santiago Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Amsterdam 20
    Santiago 5.07
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:

  • Train transfer From/To Zaandijk Zaanse Schans: $5.01
  • Train Transfer Schiphol Airport from/to Amsterdam: $6.29
  • Airport Express Bus Transfer to/from City Center: $6.93
  • 1-Way Train Transfer to/from Haarlem: $7.35
  • Train Transfer From/To Zandvoort in Amsterdam: $7.99
  • Train Transfer Amsterdam from/to Utrecht: $12
  • Train Transfer Amsterdam from/to Leiden: $13
  • Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days With Airport Transfer: $19
  • Train Transfer Amsterdam from/to Rotterdam: $21
  • Train Transfer Schiphol Airport from/to Eindhoven: $26
  • Eindhoven: Train Transfer Eindhoven from/to Amsterdam: $26
  • From Bus Transfer to Flower Fields Keukenhof: $27

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Santiago

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


  • Metro Ride
    1.06

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santiago

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Santiago:

  • Arrival Transfer - Santiago International Airport to Hotel in Santiago: $35
  • Arturo Merino Benítez Intl Airport: Shared Transfer: $24
  • Departure Private Transfers : Santiago to Santiago Airport SCL in Business Car: $67
  • Departure Private Transfers : Santiago to Santiago Airport SCL in Luxury Van: $84
  • Departure Transfer - Hotel in Santiago to Santiago International Airport: $35
  • From Farellones/Valle Nevado Roundtrip Transfer: $35
  • From Valle Nevado and Farellones with Transfer: $70
  • Pick up Santiago Visit Haras de Pirque Winery & Transfer Hotel: $300
  • Private Round Trip Transfer on Santiago Of Chile City: $55
  • Private Santiago Hotel or Airport Arrival Transfer to Viña del Mar or Valparaiso: $95
  • Private Transfer From Santiago airport to San Antonio Pier or Valparaiso Pier : $251
  • Private Transfer From The Hotel in Santiago City To the Airport: $29

Is it cheaper to fly into Amsterdam or Santiago?

Prices for flights to both Santiago 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
    Santiago 12
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.

  • 2 Hours Food Tour in Amsterdam (Tip Based): $5.44
  • Amsterdam Self-Guided Food Tour in De Pijp Neighbourhood : $8.16
  • Self-Guided Food Tour in De Jordaan Neighbourhood: $13
  • Self-Guided Food Tour in De Pijp Neighbourhood: $13
  • Self-Guided Food Tour of Amsterdam's De Jordaan District: $14
  • Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam with Set Lunch or Dinner: $31
  • Exclusive Burger Dinner Cruise through Amsterdam: $31
  • Pizza Cruise with Drinks: $40
  • Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket with A GOLD MENU Hard Rock Dinner: $43
  • Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise With Pizza and Drinks: $43
  • Food Tour Jordaan District: $51
  • Food Tour Amsterdam's Jordaan District Self-Guided: $52

Typical Food Prices in Santiago

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


  • Empanada
    1.77
  • Hamburger
    2.35
  • Dinner
    24

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Santiago

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

  • Sunset Winery Tour with Wine Tastings and Dinner: $45
  • Sunset at Alyan Family Wines Winery with Dinner: $92
  • Traditional Dinner Show in Santiago: $107
  • Dinner Show in Bali Hai: $109
  • Small-Group Tour: Night City Tour with Santa Lucia Hill and Dinner Show: $116
  • Private Market Tour and Traditional Chilean Cooking Class in a Local Home: $117
  • Small-Group Night City Tour: San Cristobal Hill and Dinner Show: $120
  • San Cristobal Hill Night Tour with Dinner Show: $129
  • Private Tour: Santiago at Night with Dinner and Show: $131
  • Private Night City Tour with San Cristobal Hill And Dinner Show: $131
  • 4-Hour Private Night Tour with Dinner and Show: $150
  • Private Dinner and Show with Transfers: $158

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Amsterdam 37
    Santiago 44
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: $1.07
  • Red Light District Haunted History Night Tour: $1.69
  • Two-hour walking tour of Amsterdam: $2.60
  • Rude Bastards Tour of Amsterdam: $3.20
  • Best of Amsterdam City Tour: $3.20
  • City Exploration Game and Walking Tour: $3.20
  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.20
  • The Anne Frank Tour (Tip Based) Amsterdam : $3.25
  • Dark History of the City Walking Tour: $3.41
  • Free walking tour of haunted Amsterdam: $4.26
  • Amsterdam West Specialty Coffee Spots: A Self-Guided Cycling Tour: $5.41
  • Private Walking Tour through the Streets of Amsterdam: $5.44

Tours and Activities in Santiago

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

  • Explore Santiago's Soul: Walking In-App Audio Tour: $5.00
  • Explore Santiago's Soul: Walking In-App Audio Tour: $5.00
  • Santiago Cathedral's Bell Tower Official Tour: $9.00
  • La Paz from the Heights: Down hill Walking tour & Cable Cars: $12
  • Cable Car Admission Ticket: $15
  • Cousiño Macul Official Winery Tour with Tasting: $23
  • "Tour Tradicional" Viña Cousiño Macul Oficial español: $23
  • Skip the Line: Concha y Toro Traditional Tour Ticket: $25
  • Walking tour through Santiago: $26
  • From Valle Nevado and Farellones Small Group Tour: $29
  • History Walking Tour in Chile: $29
  • Half Day tradicional city Tour: $30

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Amsterdam 24
    Santiago 7.88

Sample the Local Flavors in Amsterdam

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

  • Bar Crawl with Shots and Beer Maid Guide: $25
  • Central Pub Crawl and Nightlife Experience: $27
  • Red Light District Pub Crawl: $27
  • Central Pub Crawl and Nightlife Experience: $27
  • Original Pub Crawl Party with VIP Entrance: $29
  • Chateau Urban Wine Tasting and optional bites: $32
  • Self-guided Red Light District Pub Crawl Mystery: $37
  • Leidseplein and Red Light Pub Crawl: 2 Night Pass: $37
  • Kings Night Ultimate Party Pub Crawl: $37
  • Red Light District and Local Pub Tour: $39
  • Dutch Wine Tasting || Amsterdam City Centre: $48
  • Red-Light District Pub Crawl and Booze Boat Tour: $52

Sample the Local Flavors in Santiago

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

  • Premium Wine Tour in Viña Cousiño Macul Spanish official: $37
  • Undurraga Winery Tour with Entry and Wine Tasting: $50
  • Concha y Toro Ticket and Tour with Wine Tasting: $50
  • Undurraga Wine Tasting Tour from Santiago: $62
  • Undurraga Wine tour: $63
  • Half Day Trip to Undurraga Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $70
  • From Concha y Toro Marqués Half-Day Wine Tasting: $89
  • Private Tour: Undurraga Vineyard Experience with Premium Wine Tasting: $92
  • half day wine tour to concha y toro from Santiago seasonal offer: $95
  • From Maipo Valley Wine Tour: $99
  • Maipo Valley Wine Tour with 4 vineyards from Santiago.: $99
  • Private Tour: Viña del Mar and Valparaíso Tour with Wine Tasting in Casablanca Valley: $143


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Amsterdam and Santiago, we can see that Amsterdam is more expensive. And not only is Santiago much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Amsterdam is in Europe and Santiago 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 Santiago would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Santiago 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 Santiago.

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


Which is Bigger, Amsterdam or Santiago?

Santiago has a larger population, and is about 7 times larger than the population of Amsterdam. When comparing the sizes of Amsterdam and Santiago, 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 Santiago?

Even though both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, they experience these seasons at different times of the year. Santiago 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 Santiago in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Amsterdam and Santiago. Many travelers come to Amsterdam for the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

Amsterdam is cooler than Santiago in the summer. The daily temperature in Amsterdam averages around 17°C (62°F) in July, and Santiago fluctuates around 21°C (70°F)in January.

In July, Amsterdam usually receives more rain than Santiagoin January. Amsterdam gets 75 mm (3 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Amsterdam 17°C (62°F) 
    Santiago 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Amsterdam or Santiago in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Amsterdam as well as Santiago. Many visitors come to Amsterdam in the autumn for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Amsterdam is cooler than Santiago. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Amsterdam in October average around 11°C (51°F), and Santiago averages at about 15°C (59°F)in April.

Amsterdam usually gets more rain in October than Santiagoin April. Amsterdam gets 72 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Amsterdam 11°C (51°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Should I visit Amsterdam or Santiago in the Winter?

Both Santiago and Amsterdam are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Most visitors come to Amsterdam for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months.

Amsterdam can be very cold during winter. In January, Amsterdam is generally much colder than Santiagoin July. Daily temperatures in Amsterdam average around 2°C (36°F), and Santiago fluctuates around 9°C (48°F).

In January, Amsterdam usually receives less rain than Santiagoin July. Amsterdam gets 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Amsterdam 2°C (36°F) 
    Santiago 9°C (48°F)

Should I visit Amsterdam or Santiago in the Spring?

Both Santiago and Amsterdam during the spring are popular places to visit. The spring months attract visitors to Amsterdam because of the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

Amsterdam is much colder than Santiago in the spring. The daily temperature in Amsterdam averages around 8°C (46°F) in April, and Santiago fluctuates around 15°C (59°F)in October.

Amsterdam usually gets more rain in April than Santiagoin October. Amsterdam gets 52 mm (2 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Amsterdam 8°C (46°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Santiago and Amsterdam

Amsterdam Santiago
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 2°C (36°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 3°C (37°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Mar 5°C (41°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 18°C (64°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 8°C (46°F) 52 mm (2 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
May 12°C (54°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jun 15°C (59°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 9°C (48°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Jul 17°C (62°F) 75 mm (3 in) 9°C (48°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Aug 17°C (62°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 10°C (50°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Sep 14°C (57°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 12°C (54°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Oct 11°C (51°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Nov 6°C (43°F) 81 mm (3.2 in) 17°C (63°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Dec 3°C (38°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)