BACKPACKER INDEX: US$93.01
Amsterdam hotel prices
Singles from €55, doubles from €60
Hotel Tamera is a great choice for private rooms on a budget. It's close to the train station and has its own lively pub.
Beds from €30/night
This world-famous hostel deserves the hype, with a great location and staff, plus a friendly and cheap bar downstairs.
Beds from €24/night
Hostel The Globe is the best of the cheaper hostels in the Red Light District near the train station. It's a smoke-friendly party place.
Peak season is July, August, and winter holidays
High season is from March through November, excluding July and August
Off season is December through February, except for holiday period.
Hotel prices don’t change much through the year in Amsterdam, with the only bargain time during winter. Outside of winter it’s hard to find last-minute bargains, so the best advice is to book as early as possible, since prices will tend to keep rising as the date approaches.
Finding a room in person once you arrive is almost always possible, but all the better and cheaper places will be filled up so this is a city where reservations are strongly advised.
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Amsterdam is a relative bargain among Europe’s great cities in some ways, but hotel and hostel prices still make it hard to do on the cheap. The tourist district in the city center contains everything that you’ll want to see, and it’s small enough to walk from one end to the other in about 40 minutes so you might not need any transportation once you are situated.
There are hundreds of hotels and hostels within this area, and they almost all come with a filling breakfast, with tax included in the price, so keep that in mind when comparing prices. Standards are fairly high, but be warned that 2-star and below hotels often have incredibly steep staircases that have been known to give some people a bit of trouble. Choose from our recommended Amsterdam hotels and hostels for great locations and value at highly-rated properties.
Amsterdam isn’t known as a food destination, but still the selection of restaurants and cuisines is amazing. Bargains can be found easily, and plenty of more upscale gourmet options are easy to find as well.
If you are a museum type then this city is world class, and you might also consider one of the iAmsterdam card passes, which include admissions to most of the major sites (not including Anne Frank House) as well as a tram/bus pass for each day. See more information and listings on our main Amsterdam attraction prices page.
Amsterdam attraction prices
|Anne Frank House||The most popular attraction in Amsterdam has the longest lines in town. Buy tickets online to avoid the main queue.||adults||12.33|
|Rijksmuseum||The largest and best museum in the country is still undergoing a decade-old renovation, but the important works are still on display.||adults||19.18|
|Van Gogh Museum||This famous museum is great, as long as you actually like Van Gogh's art.||adults||19.18|
|Heineken Experience||Greatly expanded, it's now much more than a brewery tour. Save €2 by buying tickets online.||adults||24.66|
|Rembrandt House||A compact and well done museum and gallery dedicated to the master.||adults||12.33|
|Hermitage in Amsterdam||Classical art from the folks in St. Petersburg.||adults||23.97|
|Madame Tussauds||Very popular wax museum that's more impressive than many realize. Buy tickets online and save €2 each.||adults||28.77|
|Sex Museum||Far better than the nearby Erotic Museum, and actually well worth a visit.||adults||5.48|
|One-hour canal cruise||Take one of these cruises as a perfect orientation when you get to Amsterdam. Some companies charge much more for the same thing.||adults||10.27|
Amsterdam Transportation prices
|Train from airport to city center||5.21|
|Taxi from airport to city center||47.95 - 68.49|
|One-hour canal cruise||10.27 - 16.44|
|3km taxi ride in Amsterdam||13.29|
|1-hour tram, bus, metro ride||3.84|
|24-hour tram/bus pass||10.27|
|48-hour tram/bus pass||16.44|
|72-hour tram/bus pass||21.92|
Amsterdam food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Almost all hotels include breakfast so very few restaurants serve in the morning. Some cheap options are available if you look around.||4.11 - 8.22|
|Budget lunch||Falafels or other fast food can be found for under €5, and sit-down options start at €5 and up.||4.11 - 10.96|
|Budget dinner||Personal pizzas start around €5 and plenty of other options for just a bit more.||6.85 - 13.70|
|.5 liter beer||Locals always order in .25L size and those are half the price. Happy hour deals can be found for less if you look around.||4.11 - 6.85|
|McDonald's Big Mac||The local McKroket is only €1.75||4.11|
|Coffee (cup)||Coffee, espresso, cappucino in a "coffee shop" or a cafe||2.05 - 4.11|
Amsterdam Miscellaneous costs
|Cannabis (1 gram)||Marijuana or hash is usually sold by the gram in the coffeeshops in Amsterdam.||9.59 - 17.81|
|Cannabis (1 joint)||Pre-rolled joints usually also contain tobacco, but some places have pure joints and those usually cost more||5.48 - 9.59|
|Sex in the Red Light District||The standard encounter in the RLD is for 15 to 20 minutes and doesn't include anything more than the basics||54.79 - 68.49|
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Amsterdam’s weather can fairly be described as mild almost all of the year, as it rarely snows and never gets blazing hot. It can, however, be gray and drizzly much of the year, and winds can make winter days feel colder than they really are.
Pouring rain is also rare so you probably won’t need an umbrella. As with so many places, bringing layers is the key here.
Summers have the nicest weather in Amsterdam, but they are also insanely crowded so spring and fall are a great choice if you don’t want to feel like you are in an amusement park at all hours.
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