What’s up with the prices in Amsterdam? A beer on a nice terrace will cost no more than €3, but the price of a glass of wine is at least €5. And having some dinner and a bottle of wine in that same place will set you back some €50 per person.
Here’s a list of some of the going rates in Amsterdam. I added some cost of living in Amsterdam as well.
Prices of drinks 2013
Beer draught: € 2,50
Special beer from € 3,50
Beer pint: € 4,50
Glass of wine: € 3,50 – 5
Coke/pepsi: € 2,25
Coffee/tea: € 2,00 – 2,50
Service and tipping
In Holland, it doesn’t matter if you order the drinks at the bar or if you’re getting service at your table. Prices will still be the same.
It is common to tip the waiter in a café. For tipping the service, just round up the number. Don’t leave the tip on the table. Give it directly to the waiter, or tell him or her to ‘keep the change’.
Restaurants prices in Amsterdam 2013
Meals can be €10 (very cheap), €15 (cheap) to €25 (normal).
Expect to pay about €80 p.p. for a 3-course meal and drinks in a mid-range restaurant.
Bottle of wine: from €12
It is not common to have a set menu, like a French or Spanish ‘house menu’, that includes a starter and a desert. You just order off the list.
Some tourist restaurants however do offer the possibility of a fixed price for a combination menu.
Transportation, train & taxi 2013
If you plan to use the tram, bus or metro in Amsterdam (mind you, the centre of the city is walkable), you need a public transport chip card.
For a one time ride, you can buy a disposable chip card in the tram, in the bus and at the metro stations, valid for 2 hour for € 2,80.
A Day Card is valid for 24 hours and costs € 7,50. You can buy this also at the bus driver or tram conductor or at the machines in metro stations. Some hotels have them as well. More special GVB Cards prices 2013
If you plan to use the public transport in Amsterdam more often, you can choose to buy an anonymous travel card. The anonymous OV Chip Card costs € 7,50.
You can buy the public transport chip card at tobacco shops, supermarkets and at the Tickets & Info shops of the public transport company (GVB) at metro stations (like Central Station, Waterlooplein etcetera).
Using the Amsterdam Public Transport Chip Card
Before you can use the card, you need to charge it with money. Every time you get into the tram or bus and when you leave the tram or bus, you hold your card in front of the card reader. To use the metro, you ‘check in’ and ‘check out’ on the platform on the metro stop.
The OV chip card stays valid for 5 years, so don’t throw it away, give it to the next tourist.
Trains to and from Amsterdam Central Station
Trains from Schiphol Airport to Central Station take about 20 minutes and costs € 3,90 (prices 2013)
A train from Amsterdam to Utrecht (30 minutes), return ticket is € 14,00.
A train from Amsterdam to Haarlem (20 minutes), return tickets is € 7,80.
Trains from Amsterdam to most Dutch cities leave every 15- 30 minutes. Find your times and trains at NS Journey Planner.
Buying a train ticket in The Netherlands
Train tickets in The Netherlands can be bought at the vending machines at the train station. It’s not necessary to reserve a seat.
International train travelling
International train travels can be planned at the NS Hispeed website.
Taxi from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station
Taking a taxi from Schiphol International Airport to Amsterdam centre (15 minutes) costs € 30 – 50 per car, depending on the taxi company.
Airport transfer to Amsterdam
Several companies offer airport transfer service to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Shuttle by CityDiscovery costs $ 25, 72 per person.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Private Transfer costs $71, 43 per car. (prices 2013).
Taking a taxi in the Amsterdam centre costs around € 15 (for 3-5 km).
Car rental costs around € 30 per day.
Parking your car in the centre: € 5 per hour, 24 hours a day.
Amsterdam club prices 2013
Amsterdam club prices 2013 vary from € 5 to 10 on weekdays to 10 to 20 on weekends. Drinks can be much more expensive when you go clubbing in Amsterdam in more ‘trendy’ discotheques, such as Escape and Jimmi Woo.
To calculate the price of a mixed drink, you have to add up the two drinks: coke 3,00 + rum € 6= € 9. They even give you the drinks separate.
Wardrobe is generally obligated (€ 1) and to go to the toilet costs another € 1.
Amsterdam museum prices 2013
It is recommend to buy your tickets to museums online, to avoid long lines at the most popular museums (like Van Gogh or Anne Frank).
Hotels in Amsterdam are among the most expensive of Europe (together with Italy).
The average price of a hotel room in Amsterdam is € 115. It’s best to compare hotel prices or to book in advance to get a good deal.
Hostels are available from € 15, but to have a bunk bed in a shared room for that price, you have to reserve a bed months in advance.
Tobacco and cigarette prices 2013
Cigarettes (Marlboro) €6,00
Tobacco (Drum, 40 gram): €7,50
Cigarette vending machines are risky
You can buy tobacco and cigarettes at newspaper shops, gas stations and vending machines. The prices of the products are the same everywhere. Vending machines are in many restaurants and bars.
You need a special age coin for the cigarette vending machine to work. You can ask for the age coin at the bar.
The age coins were introduced to make sure only people over 16 can buy cigarettes.
Put in the age coin first, then choose the product, then put in the money. Generally, there is no change available.
Also, many vending machines are problematic and they refuse to give you your product after you paid.
This is very common. The bar doesn’t own the vending machine and cannot give you your money back. Getting cigarettes from a vending machine in the Netherlands is risky business.
Amsterdam weed prices 2013
The price of hash in a Amsterdam coffee shop ranges from €4 to €35 per gram. Normal price is about 8 Euro.
Prices of Amsterdam weed, marijuana, pot, range from €5 to €42 per gram.
Coffee shops in the centre will only sell you 2 grams of weed at once and charge you €25 for it.
Only buy weed and such at a coffee shop and NEVER in the street. That’s what coffee shops are there for.
The Dutch government wants to ban tourists from coffee shops by introducing a weed pass. It is not certain yet this will also happen in Amsterdam.
Read more about the ban in Amsterdam coffee shop post.
Amsterdam red light prices 2013
Expect to pay about € 50 for 15 minutes of oral sex and intercourse with a prostitute behind a window in the Amsterdam red light district.
Minimum cost of living per month in Amsterdam, 2013
The price of renting a 1 bedroom apartment in Amsterdam centre in the ‘free market’ is about € 1200. Expect to pay for an apartment outside the centre € 850. Double that for a 3-bedroom apartment.
Prices of electricity, gas, water plus local taxes: €150
Fast wifi internet & cable television: €40
Health insurance (obligated!) from €110
Iphone, always online: € 40 for a 2-year contract (includes the Apple iPhone).
More information about finding a flat in Amsterdam.