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Rotterdam, Provincie Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

How much does it cost to travel to Rotterdam?

You should plan to spend around $163 (€152) per day on your vacation in Rotterdam. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $58 (€54) on meals
  • $28 (€26) on local transportation
  • $165 (€154) on hotels

A one week trip to Rotterdam for two people costs, on average, $2,282 (€2,122). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Rotterdam cost?

A one week trip to Rotterdam usually costs around $1,141 (€1,061) for one person and $2,282 (€2,122) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Rotterdam on average costs around $2,282 (€2,122) for one person and $4,564 (€4,243) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Rotterdam will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Rotterdam on average costs around $4,890 (€4,546) for one person and $9,780 (€9,092) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Rotterdam has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Rotterdam expensive to visit?

Prices in Rotterdam are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Rotterdam is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Oxford or Newcastle upon Tyne.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Rotterdam Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Rotterdam?

The average Rotterdam trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Rotterdam travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 154 ($165)
Local Transportation 1 26 ($28)
Food 2 54 ($58)
Entertainment 1 32 ($34)
Alcohol 2 10 - 29 ($10 - 31)
Accommodation Budget in Rotterdam
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Rotterdam is $83 (€77). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Rotterdam is $165 (€154). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Rotterdam

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Rotterdam based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $96. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Rotterdam
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Rotterdam is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $28 (€26) per person, per day, on local transportation in Rotterdam.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Rotterdam
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Rotterdam can vary, the average cost of food in Rotterdam is $58 (€54) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Rotterdam should cost around $23 (€21) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Rotterdam is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Rotterdam
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Rotterdam typically cost an average of $34 (€32) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Rotterdam
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $20 (€19) on alcoholic beverages in Rotterdam per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Expert Advice from Local Travelers

We're asking our community members and registered users to contribute their experiences about Rotterdam.

Why would you recommend Rotterdam to budget travelers? Or, why not?

I'd only recommend you spend one night in Rotterdam. It's definitely cheaper than places like Amsterdam, but there's much less to do as well.

Mar 27 2024

What makes Rotterdam a budget-friendly destination? Or not?

We visited Rotterdam as a day trip from Amsterdam and ate at one of the food halls. Great international food, but the city feels more modern than most of the country.

Mar 29 2024

We found the food here to be fairly expensive, but I guess that's normal for Holland. Also museum entrance fees started to add up. But the public transit is really cheap, and we also rented some bikes for just a few Euros to get around, so we were able to save money there.

Sep 4 2023

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Rotterdam on a Budget
Rotterdam Rotterdam, Netherlands
Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and has the largest port in Europe. It's famously known as a city of architecture. In a few square kilometers of the city center you can get a complete overview of twentieth century architecture within Rotterdam.

Rotterdam is a very diverse, international, and hard working city. Nearly half of the city's population is not native to the Netherlands or have at least one parent from outside the country. Muslim's make up a significant portion of the population. Other area's represented include Cape Verde and the Dutch Antilles.

There's an air of optimism that permeates the entire city. There are frequent events, festivals and performances, making Rotterdam an enjoyable place to spend some time. Water is also an integral part of the city design.
Museums in Rotterdam are quite impressive and many are worth a visit. Be sure and check out the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Kunsthal, Nederlands Fotomuseum, and the Maritime Museum. Also make sure you visit the Windmills De Ster and De Lelie, a fun sight for visitors of all ages. These are the only windmills open to visitors on a regular basis. In all, there are only seven windmills left in the city. The others are open to the public when the windmill is turning or there is a blue flag flying.

Other impressive buildings in the city are the City Hall, Grote of Sint Laurenskerk, and Pilgrimfathers' church.

The Rotterdam Zoo was opened in 1857 and is a popular place to visit. It's only a 20 minute walk from the Central Train Station. It is divided into sections that represent different parts of the world and you can see many interesting animals in their natural habitat.
The city center of Rotterdam has the most impressive architecture and many different sights and attractions. Kralingen is about fifteen minutes away from the center and has a young and international vibe. Kop van Zuid is a popular area for young expats. It's a trendy area with a fun atmosphere. Hillegersberg is a suburb to the northeast of the city. It still has an old village vibe and is well connected by buses and trams.

There are many interesting activities you can do around Rotterdam. An interesting option is to try skydiving with Skydive Rotterdam. You can try a tandem skydive or take an entire course.

There's a beach about half an hour outside of town at Hook of Holland. It can be accessed by train and its a good option if you're interested in swimming or relaxing. The atmosphere at Scheveningen is more like a beach party. There you will find many beachside bars, restaurants and clubs. It can be very crowded though, particularly during the peak season. You can reach Scheveningen by taking a train to Den Haag HS station and then catching tram 1. Alternatively, you can take the train to Den Haag Centraal and take tram 9.

Popular events and festivals around town include the International Film Festival, Art Rotterdam, the World Tennis Tournament, Poetry International and World Port Days.
Food and Dining
The restaurant scene in Rotterdam continues to grow and thrive. You'll find new restaurants opening regularly to meet the needs of the locals and tourists alike. The area around metrostation Blaak known as Oude Haven or Old Harbour is a great place to find a good pub or restaurant, although there is little else to see there. Many restaurants in the area are mid range or high end, but the food is quite good and is often Dutch or French in style.

There are pubs around town and many are surprisingly diverse. Consider what style you're looking for and then select a neighborhood and you're likely to find a bar that you'll enjoy. Nightlife is generally vibrant and many bars are open late into the night.

Like elsewhere in the Netherlands, Rotterdam is easy to navigate on bike and you will find many of the locals traveling around on bicycle. Even so, there is an excellent public transportation system that integrates a metro, bus, and tram system to ensure that it is efficient and comprehensive.

The metro has five lines and trains are generally frequent and efficient. There are ten tram lines and all of them, with the exception of line 2, stop at Rotterdam Centraal. You'll find a map of the system at each of the tram stops. Trams run every ten minutes, more often during rush hour. There are several different bus companies around town. They share some bus stops but each has its own route number. RET is the largest operator.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.