What’s up with the prices in Amsterdam? A beer on a nice terrace will cost no more than €2,70, but the price of a glass of wine is at least €4,50. And having dinner with a bottle of wine in that same place will set you back some €40 per person.
In this article you will find a list of prices of drinks and food in Amsterdam. I added some cost of living in Amsterdam as well. These are of course average prices. The price depends also on the location, style and quality of the food. The more centrical the location, the more expansive. The best and best value for money food and drinks in Amsterdam are not in the centre of the city, but in the other Amsterdam neighbourhoods.
For more budget prices, check out the article How to do Amsterdam on a budget.
Average prices in Amsterdam
Prices of drinks Amsterdam 2018
Pilsener tab/draft beer (25 cl) €2,50 – 3,00
Special beer tap or bottle € 3,50 – 5,50
Beer pint (0,5 l.): € 6,50
Glass of wine: € 4,75
Coke/sprite/mineral water: € 2,50
Espresso/Coffee/tea: € 2,20
Latte / cappuccino: € 2,50 – 2,75
Bottle of mineral water € 2,50
Breakfast and lunch prices
Fresh orange juice € 3,50
Apple pie € 4,75
Bread roll with cheese € 4,50
Bread roll ‘healthy’ (‘broodje gezond’, ham cheese, lettuce, tomato) € 5,00
Soup € 5,50
Pancake € 6,00
Pizza Margarita €9,00
Caesar Salade € 12,50
Need more comparison? Check out the Burger King prices in The Netherlands.
Restaurants prices in Amsterdam
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.
Do I need to tip the waiter in Amsterdam?
Do you need to tip the waiter in Amsterdam. It is not obligated to tip the waiter in Amsterdam. Everyone who works at the bar or restaurant earns a normal wages. But it is is common to tip in Holland, especially if the service was friendly and the food was good. Tips are shared with the entire staff (also kitchen staff). How much you tip in Amsterdam? It’s common to round up the number or give 5 – 10%. It’s best not to leave the tip at the table when you leave. Give it directly to the waiter, or tell him or her to ‘keep the change’.
Transportation, train & taxi 2017 and 2018
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 with in the bus and at the metro stations you can buy a ticket with the driver. This ticket is valid for 1 hour and costs € 3,00.
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. If you plan to use the public transport in Amsterdam more often, you can choose to buy an anonymous travel card.
Read more about the chip travel card: Public Transport in Amsterdam.
Read more about Amsterdam City Passes that give discounts on museums and public transport.
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 travel from Amsterdam
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
Car parking in Amsterdam is very expensive. The city is divided into different sections that have different fees. Everything inside the canal belt ring is the most expensive. You can pay up to pay €5 an hour for parking fee in Amsterdam city. It’s also very difficult to find a parking spaces in Amsterdam. The parking fees outside the canal belt go down from €4 to €3 an hour.
Parclick is a company that offers parking spaces for long-stay periods in car parks in many different European countries, among which The Netherlands. Parkclick often offers disused private parking spaces in the city center for a good price. You book online so you have your parking space ready when you arrive into the city.
Free parking in Amsterdam
Free parking in Amsterdam is harder to find every year. Most parts of Amsterdam North and outside the Ring A10 are still free to park in the street. Look at the official map of the Amsterdam parking fees to find free areas to park.
Park & Ride
Park & Ride are indoor parking lots located outside the city center. The parking fee is very cheap, but you have to travel by public transport to to and from the center (you need a ticket that shows you did!). Parking is €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 2018
Amsterdam club prices 2018 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. In many clubs you can get a stamp for a couple of euros by way of a pass that lets you visit the loo in Amsterdam all night.
Amsterdam museum prices 2018
Entrance fee to museums in Amsterdam ranges from € 9,00 for the Anne Frank Museum to € 17 for the Van Gogh Museum. It is recommend to buy your tickets to Amsterdam museums, to avoid long lines at the most popular museums (like Van Gogh or Anne Frank).
Amsterdam Hotel Prices
Hotels in Amsterdam are among the most expensive of Europe (together with Italy). The average price of a hotel room in Amsterdam is € 115. During the holidays (August, December are busy months), expect to pay over €300 for a hotel room, even in very bad hotels. It’s best to compare hotel prices or book in advance to get a good deal.
Hostels in Amsterdam 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 2018
Cigarettes (Marlboro) €6,70
Tobacco (Drum, 40 gram): €9,00
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 2018
The price of hash in a Amsterdam coffee shop ranges from €4 to €35 per gram. Normal price is about 8 Euro. Amsterdam prices 2018 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.
Prices Amsterdam 2018 Red Light
For prices in the Amsterdam Red Light area, in 2017, you can 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, 2018
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. More info on How to find a flat in Amsterdam.
Prices of electricity, gas, water plus local taxes: €150
Basic wifi internet & cable television: €40
Dutch health insurance (obligated!): €85 -140
iPhone or Samsung, always online: € 40 for a 2-year contract (includes the phone).
Official minimum income in The Netherlands for a person 23 and older: €9,04 per hour (when working 40 hours a week) or €1565 per month.