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

Should you visit Leiden or Amsterdam?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Leiden and Amsterdam can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Leiden or Amsterdam?

Leiden

Leiden is a city in the province of South Holland. It is south of the Netherlands capital, Amsterdam, and has a population of about 190,000. It is known for its university, museums, markets, and of course, canals. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands and is a sister school of Oxford, which is England's oldest university.

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.

Which place is cheaper, Amsterdam or Leiden?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Leiden is €133, while the average daily cost in Amsterdam is €175. 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 Leiden and Amsterdam in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Leiden 78
    Amsterdam 102
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Leiden 156
    Amsterdam 204
Compare Hotels in Leiden and Amsterdam

Looking for a hotel in Leiden 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 Leiden


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: Leiden Hotel Prices and Amsterdam Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Leiden 26
    Amsterdam 20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Leiden

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

  • Zero Emission Tesla Taxi Transfer from Leiden Area to the Airport: $93

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:

  • VIP Transfer from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam City or Back to the Airport : $93
  • VIP Amsterdam Airport Departure Transfer: $67
  • VIP Amsterdam Airport Arrival Transfer: $71
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Amsterdam City - Amsterdam Airport (AMS): $44
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Amsterdam City - Amsterdam Airport (AMS): $58
  • Taxi minibus Transfer cruise port Amsterdam to Hotel in Amsterdam: $121
  • Taxi minibus Transfer Amsterdam Hotel to cruise port Amsterdam: $121
  • Taxi Transfer from hotel in Amsterdam to cruise port terminal in Amsterdam: $67
  • Taxi Transfer from cruise port terminal in Amsterdam to hotel in Amsterdam: $69
  • Taxi Transfer from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam: $83
  • Schiphol airport to the cruise terminal IJmuiden. Private transfer. : $73
  • Schiphol Airport Private Transfer to Brussels: $292

Is it cheaper to fly into Leiden or Amsterdam?

Prices for flights to both Amsterdam and Leiden 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
    Leiden 39
    Amsterdam 43

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): $5.48
  • Amsterdam Self-Guided Food Tour in De Pijp Neighbourhood : $8.22
  • 3-course Jamaican dinner party at Ashs Plek: $11
  • 2-course Jamaican dinner party at Ashs Plek: $11
  • 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
  • Dinner Cruise with Fries Bitterballen and Drink from Amsterdam: $30
  • Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam with Set Lunch or Dinner: $31
  • Dinner Cruise with Fries, Bitterballen and Drink: $33
  • Food Tour Jordaan District: $35
  • Pizza Cruise with Drinks: $40

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Leiden 17
    Amsterdam 37

Tours and Activities in Leiden

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

  • Hortus Botanicus Entry Ticket: $9.70
  • Museum of World Cultures | Tickets -25%: $13
  • Guided City Canal Cruise: $13
  • The Hidden Stories of Leiden - Self-guided audio tour: $14
  • Self-Guided City Trail Kids Tour in Noordwijk (4-8 years): $21
  • Windmill cruise through Warmond: $21
  • Self-guided city trail - JOLA's Schnipseljagd Noordwijk Sea Tour: $26
  • 90 minutes Walking tour and Escape room in Leiden: $27
  • Discover Leiden with a self-guided Outside Escape city game tour!: $27
  • Self-guided city trail - JOLA's Schnipseljagd Leiden Tour: $32
  • Self-guided city trail - JOLA's Schnipseljagd Noordwijk Tour: $32
  • Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame: $32

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:

  • Amstagram Tour & Moco Experience: $54
  • Amsterdam (Museum Quarter) Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Tour: $12
  • Anne Frank Story & Neighborhood Walk Tour in Amsterdam: $47
  • Cheese, Wine with Unlimited Drinks in Amsterdam Luxury Cruise: $76
  • Keukenhof Tulips and Zaanse Schans Windmills Private Day Tour: $274
  • Private Tour With A Local Guide Amsterdam: $66
  • 1 Hour Canal Cruise in Amsterdam: $21
  • 1 Hour Private Amsterdam Rickshaw Tour : $110
  • 1 hour Luxury Canal Cruise in Amsterdam (Best Day Cruise Worldwide): $25
  • 1,5 hours Amsterdam Rickshaw Tour: $164
  • 1-Hour Canal Cruise in the Evening : $22
  • 19th Century Amsterdam Guided Private Bike Tour : $186

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Leiden 26
    Amsterdam 24

Sample the Local Flavors in Leiden

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Leiden:

  • Leiden Private Self Guided Pub Crawl: $18
  • Leiden Private Self-Guided Pub Crawl Pub Quiz: $22

Sample the Local Flavors in Amsterdam

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

  • Amsterdam Pub Trail: Pub crawl with interactive online game: $16
  • Amsterdam Private Self-Guided Pub Crawl Pub Quiz: $22
  • Amsterdam Private Self Guided Pub Crawl: $22
  • Pub Crawl with Beer Maid in Red Light District- Amsterdam (3h): $24
  • Private Pub Crawl with Beer Maid: $25
  • Original Pub Crawl Party with VIP Entrance: $26
  • Cheese and Wine tasting in Amsterdam: $27
  • Red Light District Pub Crawl: $27
  • Central Pub Crawl and Nightlife Experience: $27
  • Central Pub Crawl and Nightlife Experience: $27
  • Pub Crawl Tour with Beer Maid Guide - Red Light District (4h): $30
  • Leidseplein and Red Light Pub Crawl: 2 Night Pass: $31


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

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


Which is Bigger, Leiden or Amsterdam?

Amsterdam has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Leiden. When comparing the sizes of Leiden 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 Leiden or Amsterdam?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Leiden or Amsterdam in the Summer?

Both Amsterdam and Leiden during the summer are popular places to visit. Furthermore, many travelers come to Amsterdam for the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Leiden is generally around the same temperature as Amsterdam. Daily temperatures in Leiden average around 17°C (62°F), and Amsterdam fluctuates around 17°C (62°F).

In Amsterdam, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Leiden. In the summer, Leiden often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Amsterdam. Leiden gets 204 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Amsterdam receives 204 hours of full sun.

Leiden usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Amsterdam. Leiden gets 75 mm (3 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 75 mm (3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Leiden 17°C (62°F) 
    Amsterdam 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Leiden or Amsterdam in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Leiden and Amsterdam. Furthermore, 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.

Leiden is around the same temperature as Amsterdam in the autumn. The daily temperature in Leiden averages around 11°C (51°F) in October, and Amsterdam fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

Leiden usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Amsterdam during autumn. Leiden gets 99 hours of sunny skies, while Amsterdam receives 99 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Leiden usually receives around the same amount of rain as Amsterdam. Leiden gets 72 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 72 mm (2.8 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Leiden 11°C (51°F) 
    Amsterdam 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Leiden or Amsterdam in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Leiden as well as Amsterdam. Additionally, most visitors come to Amsterdam for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months.

Amsterdam can be very cold during winter. Leiden can get quite cold in the winter. In the winter, Leiden is around the same temperature as Amsterdam. Typically, the winter temperatures in Leiden in January average around 2°C (36°F), and Amsterdam averages at about 2°C (36°F).

In the winter, Leiden often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Amsterdam. Leiden gets 46 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Amsterdam receives 46 hours of full sun.

Leiden usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Amsterdam. Leiden gets 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Leiden 2°C (36°F) 
    Amsterdam 2°C (36°F)

Should I visit Leiden or Amsterdam in the Spring?

Both Amsterdam and Leiden are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Also, the spring months attract visitors to Amsterdam because of the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In April, Leiden is generally around the same temperature as Amsterdam. Daily temperatures in Leiden average around 8°C (46°F), and Amsterdam fluctuates around 8°C (46°F).

Leiden usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Amsterdam during spring. Leiden gets 166 hours of sunny skies, while Amsterdam receives 166 hours of full sun in the spring.

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


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Leiden 8°C (46°F) 
    Amsterdam 8°C (46°F)

Typical Weather for Amsterdam and Leiden

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