Cost of Traveling Amsterdam

Oh Amsterdam.... home to the Famous Red Light District, Anne Frank House, and those "Coffee Shops" that we all cannot wait to get into.  It is a staple in the European travel circuit... but what will it ACTUALLY cost to travel there?  We take a look at the accommodation, must-see attractions, and the food in Amsterdam - and let you know what YOU should plan on spending in Amsterdam.  Vrolijke Reizen (Happy Travels)!



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Country:  Netherlands

Currency:  Euros

Language:  Dutch


Amsterdam Accommodation

ClinkNOORD hostel in Amsterdam.  Photo source:  Hostel World


Dorm Rooms in Amsterdam range in price from $7-$30 USD per bed.  Private rooms in Hostels will cost you between $30-$50 USD.  For a good location, plan on spending about $20 USD for a dorm bed or $45 USD for a private room.  Check out options and book here. 


The price range for Private Rooms or Hotel Rooms in Amsterdam ranges between $60-$150 USD.  The average price for a nice room in a good location is around $95 USD.  The cost to rent an entire home runs a little higher at an average of between $120 - $200 USD per night, the average in a good location running around $150 USD.  Check out Hotel options here and Private Room/Home Rentals here.


Amsterdam Food

A Stroopwafel - image courtesy of "15 Dutch Foods to try in Amsterdam" -

Budget Breakfast Average Cost:  $5 USD 

Budget Lunch Average Cost:  $7 USD

Budget Dinner Average Cost:  $9 USD

For a list of Amsterdam's best restaurants - check here! 

Getting Around

Getting Around Amsterdam

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A Taxi is quite pricey - running you about $3 USD per KM.  A much better option is purchasing a Public Transportation ticket  which will cost you $8 USD per day and will be valid on trams, metros and buses.  Another awesome option is the Amsterdam City Card which you can purchase for 1-4 days (4 days will cost you $93 USD) but includes entrance to numerous attractions, a free canal cruise and unlimited public transportation.  It also includes a detailed city map - which will be much needed! 


Anne Frank House - Amsterdam

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1. Anne Frank House

Ages 0-9:  Free                          Ages 10-17: $4.80 USD                Adults:  $9.60 USD

2. Cannabis Coffee Shops

If you care to check out the famous Cannabis Coffee Shops in Amsterdam - Cannabis can cost you anywhere from $5 - $30 USD per gram.  Make sure to do your research and make sure you are not being overcharged.  Normal price should be around $10 USD per gram. 

3. Red Light District

World famous and worth a visit is the Red Light District.   Partaking will cost $55 USD (for 15 minutes) and while most sex shops tantalize with Red Lights - watch for the blue!  Blue lights indicate a Transsexual Prostitute.  There is plenty more to the Red Light District than just sex shops though.  Instead indulge in great food or a cup of coffee from the many restaurants and coffee shops, or have a cocktail and shimmy-shake at one of the nightclubs! 

4. Van Gogh Museum

Ages 0-17:  Free                   Adults:  $18.50 USD

5. Heineken Experience

An Adult tour ticket for the Heineken Experience will cost you $17 USD, while a VIP tour (which includes beer & cheese tasting and highly recommended) will cost $53 USD.  

Total Cost


The bare minimum you can spend for a week in Amsterdam is $300 USD per person.  A more realistic cost that would include a private room, $40 USD/day in food cost, an Amsterdam City Card, and $200 USD for attractions and shopping will run you closer to $1200 USD/person.  

This does not include flight costs - which you can find easily here!

Not from the US?  See how much this vacation will cost in your currency here!

I hope you find this helpful - and I hope you have a wonderful stay in Amsterdam! 

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