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

Should you visit Beirut or Amsterdam?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Beirut and Amsterdam. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Beirut or Amsterdam?

Beirut

Some travelers are seeking the hustle, bustle and posh atmosphere that only comes from a big city. Those travelers should have Beirut, Lebanon at the top of their list. The capital city is jam packed with 2.1 million people that are constantly on the go. As the commercial and financial hub of Lebanon, this city is fast-paced, fashion conscious and always ready for a night on the town.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours from Amsterdam, and The Best 2-Week Tours from Amsterdam.


Which place is cheaper, Amsterdam or Beirut?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Beirut is $2.26, while the average daily cost in Amsterdam is $190. 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 Beirut and Amsterdam in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Beirut $1.26
    Amsterdam $111
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Beirut $2.52
    Amsterdam $222
Compare Hotels in Beirut and Amsterdam

Looking for a hotel in Beirut or Amsterdam? 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 Beirut


Hotels in Amsterdam


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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: Beirut Hotel Prices and Amsterdam Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Beirut $0.44
    Amsterdam $22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Beirut

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

  • Airport Arrival Transfer to Your Beirut Hotel: $10
  • Airport Departure Transfer From Your Beirut Hotel: $10
  • BEY Airport to Hotel, Private Arrival Transfer: $10
  • Beirut Arrival Airport Transfer Pickup: $9.89
  • Departure Transfer:From Hotel To Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY): $10
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Beirut International Airport to Hotel: $18
  • Private Departure Transfer: From your hotel in Beirut to Airport: $10
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beirut International Airport: $18
  • Private Transfer from Beirut Hotels to the Beirut Airport: $10
  • Private Transfer from Beirut to Rafic Hariri (BEY) Airport: $47

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Amsterdam

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


  • Ride on Tram
    $3.48
  • Renting a Bike
    $16
  • One Hour Canal Cruise
    $11
  • Single Day Transit Pass
    $2.83
  • Transit Pass to Amsterdam Airport
    $3.70

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Amsterdam

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Amsterdam:

  • VIP Amsterdam Airport Departure Transfer: $71
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Amsterdam City - Amsterdam Airport (AMS): $58
  • Transfer Amsterdam - Schiphol Airport: $392
  • Taxi minibus Transfer cruise port Amsterdam to Hotel in Amsterdam: $123
  • Schiphol: Private Transfer to Amsterdam - Travel Like a VIP: $136
  • Schiphol airport to the cruise terminal IJmuiden. Private transfer. : $75
  • Schiphol Airport Private Transfer to Brussels: $297
  • Schiphol Airport Private Transfer to Antwerp: $248
  • Rotterdam: Private transfer to/from Schiphol Airport: $316
  • Rotterdam Cruise private Transfers: Hotel to Ship & Return: $147
  • Private transfer from Amsterdam to Felison Ijmuiden cruise port: $111
  • Private transfer between Rotterdam - Amsterdam (incl. Schiphol airport) : $178

Is it cheaper to fly into Beirut or Amsterdam?

Prices for flights to both Amsterdam and Beirut 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
    Beirut $0.71
    Amsterdam $47

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Beirut

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

  • Authentic Lebanese Virtual Cooking Class Live from Lebanon: $30
  • Traveling Spoon Lebanese Mezze Private Online Cooking Class : $40
  • Private Lebanese Home Cooking Class in Byblos with a Local Family: $86
  • Authentic Lebanese Cooking Lesson and Meal with Tania's Family in Beirut: $100

Typical Food Prices in Amsterdam

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


  • Afternoon Tea
    $6.53

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Amsterdam

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

  • Self-Guided Food Tour in De Jordaan Neighbourhood: $14
  • Self-Guided Food Tour in De Pijp Neighbourhood: $14
  • Pizza Cruise with Drinks: $26
  • Exclusive Burger Dinner Cruise: $31
  • Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam with Set Lunch or Dinner: $31
  • Pizza Cruise in Amsterdam Including Drinks and Ice Cream: $42
  • Evening Canal Cruise with Pizza and Drinks: $42
  • Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket with A GOLD MENU Hard Rock Dinner: $44
  • Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise With Pizza and Drinks: $44
  • Food Tour Jordaan District: $52
  • 3 Course Dinner in the Dark: $57
  • 3-course Dinner in the Dark Amsterdam: $58

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Beirut $0.26
    Amsterdam $41

Tours and Activities in Beirut

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

  • Small Group Tour to Jeita Grotto, Harisa & Byblos with Hotel pickup: $10
  • Discovering Lebanon: Jeita Grotto, Harissa, and Byblos Tour: $15
  • City Sightseeing Beirut Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $25
  • Beirut Walking Tour - Discover Beirut by foot: $25
  • New Cost Saver Small-Group Tour to Jeita Grotto, Harissa & Byblos: $27
  • Beirut : Private Custom Walking Tour With A Guide (Private tour): $34
  • Private Tour - Explore Anjar Lebanon: $35
  • Beirut Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $35
  • Downtown Beirut Walking Tour Including Lunch: $35
  • Lebanon's Treasures: Jeita Grotto and Harissa Private Tour: $35
  • Lebanon's Historic Gems: Private Tour of Jeita, Byblos & Harissa: $40
  • Small Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar & Ksara with Hotel pickup: $45

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
    $6.53
  • Entry for two to the Anne Frank House
    $19

Tours and Activities in Amsterdam

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

  • Amsterdam (Museum Quarter) Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Tour: $12
  • Anne Frank Story & Neighborhood Walk Tour in Amsterdam: $47
  • 1 hour Amsterdam City Tour in Pedicab: $145
  • 1-Hour Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise: $20
  • 19th Century Amsterdam Guided Private Bike Tour : $256
  • 2 Hour High-end Canal Boat Cruise w/ Dutch snacks & Onboard Bar: $48
  • 2 Hours Private Walking Tour of the Highlights of Amsterdam: $170
  • 2 hours Amsterdam City Tour in Pedicab: $223
  • 2-Hour Private Anne Frank Walking Tour with Drink: $147
  • 2-hour Red Light District and Old Town Walking Tour in Amsterdam: $50
  • 2.5-Hour Amsterdam Sightseeing Tour by Bike: $316
  • 2H Anne Frank Walking Tour PLease Let Me Be Myself: $27

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Beirut $0.23
    Amsterdam $26

Sample the Local Flavors in Beirut

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

  • Private Wine Tasting Day Tour from Beirut: $50
  • Bekaa Valley Wine Tour: Savour Lebanon's Finest: $50
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour: $56
  • Uncorking Splendor: A Journey Through Private Wine Tasting Tours: $60
  • Byblos & Chateau Musar: History and Wine Tour: $65
  • Wine Tasting and Culture : $69
  • Wine Tasting and Hiking in the Cedars forest : $69
  • Half-Day Private Chateau Musar and Ixsir Wine Tour from Beirut: $82
  • Fabulous Wine Tour in Central Bekaa Valley: $88
  • Lebanon Wine Tasting Tour From Beirut: $91
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour to Chateau Musar and Ixsir Winery: $100
  • Full-Day Private Bekaa Valley Wine Tour from Beirut: $104

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 Pub Quiz: $22
  • Amsterdam Private Self Guided Pub Crawl: $22
  • Breugem Meeting Point: Brewery tour and beer tasting: $23
  • Original Pub Crawl Party with VIP Entrance: $26
  • Bar Crawl with Shots and Beer Maid Guide: $27
  • Red Light District Pub Crawl: $27
  • Distillery Tour & Tasting at Spirited Union: $28
  • 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 Wine Tasting || Amsterdam City Centre: $49
  • Red-Light District Pub Crawl and Booze Boat Tour: $53


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

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


Which is Bigger, Beirut or Amsterdam?

Beirut has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Amsterdam. When comparing the sizes of Beirut and Amsterdam, 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 Beirut or Amsterdam?

Amsterdam has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Beirut experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Beirut or Amsterdam in the Summer?

Both Amsterdam and Beirut during the summer are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Beirut because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Furthermore, most visitors come to Amsterdam for the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

Beirut is much warmer than Amsterdam in the summer. The daily temperature in Beirut averages around 27°C (81°F) in July, and Amsterdam fluctuates around 17°C (62°F).

In Amsterdam, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Beirut. In the summer, Beirut often gets more sunshine than Amsterdam. Beirut gets 369 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Amsterdam receives 204 hours of full sun.

Beirut usually gets less rain in July than Amsterdam. Beirut gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 75 mm (3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Beirut 27°C (81°F) 
    Amsterdam 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Beirut or Amsterdam in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Beirut and Amsterdam. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Beirut year-round. Furthermore, the autumn months attract visitors to Amsterdam because of the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Beirut is much warmer than Amsterdam. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Beirut in October average around 25°C (77°F), and Amsterdam averages at about 11°C (51°F).

In Beirut, it's very sunny this time of the year. Beirut usually receives more sunshine than Amsterdam during autumn. Beirut gets 254 hours of sunny skies, while Amsterdam receives 99 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Beirut usually receives less rain than Amsterdam. Beirut gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 72 mm (2.8 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Beirut 25°C (77°F) 
    Amsterdam 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Beirut or Amsterdam in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Beirut as well as Amsterdam. Beirut attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. Additionally, the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Amsterdam this time of year.

It's quite cold in Amsterdam in the winter. In January, Beirut is generally much warmer than Amsterdam. Daily temperatures in Beirut average around 13°C (55°F), and Amsterdam fluctuates around 2°C (36°F).

In the winter, Beirut often gets more sunshine than Amsterdam. Beirut gets 149 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Amsterdam receives 46 hours of full sun.

Beirut receives a lot of rain in the winter. Beirut usually gets more rain in January than Amsterdam. Beirut gets 130 mm (5.1 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Beirut 13°C (55°F) 
    Amsterdam 2°C (36°F)

Should I visit Beirut or Amsterdam in the Spring?

Both Amsterdam and Beirut are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Beirut throughout the year. Also, many travelers come to Amsterdam for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

Beirut is much warmer than Amsterdam in the spring. The daily temperature in Beirut averages around 17°C (63°F) in April, and Amsterdam fluctuates around 8°C (46°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Beirut. Beirut usually receives more sunshine than Amsterdam during spring. Beirut gets 225 hours of sunny skies, while Amsterdam receives 166 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Beirut usually receives around the same amount of rain as Amsterdam. Beirut gets 50 mm (2 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 52 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Beirut 17°C (63°F) 
    Amsterdam 8°C (46°F)

Typical Weather for Amsterdam and Beirut

Beirut Amsterdam
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 13°C (55°F) 130 mm (5.1 in) 2°C (36°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 3°C (37°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Mar 15°C (59°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 5°C (41°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Apr 17°C (63°F) 50 mm (2 in) 8°C (46°F) 52 mm (2 in)
May 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Jun 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 17°C (62°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 17°C (62°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Oct 25°C (77°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 11°C (51°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 50 mm (2 in) 6°C (43°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 130 mm (5.1 in) 3°C (38°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)