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 dinner with a bottle of wine in that same place will set you back some €40 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 2016
Beer draught: € 2,80
Special beer from € 4,50
Beer pint: € 5,50
Glass of wine: € 4,50
Coke/sprite: € 2,50
Coffee/tea: € 2,00 – 2,50
Service and tipping in Amsterdam
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 bar in Amsterdam. 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 2016
A main course can be €10 (very cheap), €15 (cheap) to €25 (normal) or €30+ (high end).
Look at this article on cheap restaurants in Amsterdam.
Expect to pay about €30 per person for a 2-course menu without 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 2016
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.
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 anonymous 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).
The Amsterdam Public Transport (OV) Chip Card
With the anonymous OV Chip Card (like the London ‘Oyster’ System) you first add money on the OV Chip Card. Every time you ride the public transport, you check in and check out.
The cost of the public transport in Amsterdam is € 0,87 per trip added with € 0,148 per kilometre. Travelling with the OV Chip Card is much cheaper than buying tickets.
Buying a Day Card or the Chip Card?
If you plan to stay for more than 3 days and you want to visit other parts of Amsterdam than just the red light district, Dam Square, Leidseplein and Jordaan, I advise you to buy the anonymous OV Card and travel to different areas of Amsterdam. Simple and cheap.
The OV chip card stays valid for 5 years, so don’t throw it away, give it to the next tourist or keep it for your next visit.
Trains to and from Amsterdam Central Station
- Trains from Schiphol Airport to Central Station take about 20 minutes and costs € 3,90
- 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.
Warning! Go outside to the taxi stand to take a taxi. The people who offer taxis inside the airport are illegal taxi drivers and you end up paying a lot of money.
Taxi prices in Amsterdam
Taking a taxi in the Amsterdam centre costs around € 15 (for 3-5 km).
Renting a car in Amsterdam
Car rental costs around € 30 per day. It’s always cheaper to book online.
Parking fees in Amsterdam
Parking is very expensive in Amsterdam. The city is divided into different sections that have different fees. Everything inside the canal belt ring is the most expensive. You pay €5 an hour for parking fee in Amsterdam center of town, also at night.
The parking fees in Amsterdam outside the canal belt go down from €4 to €3 an hour.
Free parking in Amsterdam
Free parking in Amsterdam is harder to find every year. Most parts of Amsterdam North and outside the A10 are still free to park in the street. Look the official map of the Amsterdam parking fees to find free areas to park.
Park & Ride
It’s best to parking at a special Park & Ride parking in Amsterdam. The parking fee is very cheap, it’s €8 for the first 24 hours, added with €1 for every extra 24 hours. You also get a public transport ride to get to the center. More info in the article about Car parking in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam club prices 2016
Amsterdam club prices 2016 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 in Dutch clubs is generally obligated (€ 1) and to go to the toilet costs another € 1.
Amsterdam museum prices 2016
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.
Optionally you can stay at a local’s via AirBnB.
Tobacco and cigarette prices 2016
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 years of age 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 2016
The price of hash in a Amsterdam coffee shop ranges from €4 to €35 per gram. Normal price is about 8 Euro.
Amsterdam prices 2016 of 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.
Amsterdam red light prices 2016
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, 2016
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
Basic wifi internet & cable television: €40
Dutch health insurance (obligated!) from €85
iPhone or Samsung, always online: € 40 for a 2-year contract (includes the phone).