We have recently come back from our first trip to Amsterdam and wow, what a fabulous place. I was quick to see why this continues to be the up and coming European destination. While the main focus of our trip was to attend the video conference event VidCon we had some time to explore the city.
It therefore seemed only fitting that we put together our guide of how to visit Amsterdam on a budget;
Travel Insurance – £10
Before you go anywhere you’re going to need travel insurance. Travel insurance covers you for small things such as loss of baggage or larger things such as illness of death abroad.
Whilst it isn’t compulsory I personally wouldn’t go anywhere outside of the UK without it. I have travel insurance as part of a service with my bank. If you don’t have travel insurance already then I recommend using a comparison service such as Go Compare to find the cheapest / most suitable insurance policy for your needs.
For the purposes of this study let’s say that you don’t have travel insurance but you manage to pick up an annual worldwide travel insurance policy for £10.
Airport Parking – £7.50
The cost of airport parking, or any parking for that matter usually frustrates me. However, our three nights of parking at Manchester Airport that we booked through APH parking didn’t seem that bad at all. In fact it came in at just £15.00 – which made it £7.50 each for the two of us.
If you’re a solo traveller looking for a budget alternative to airport parking – or if you can’t drive. Then you could look at getting a coach service. Both Megabus and National Express offer coach services from across the UK to the majority of major airports for affordable prices.
Alternatively, many UK airports are accessible by public transport including trains and local buses (often from the city centre to the local airport) for more information you’ll need to check the details of the airport you are flying from.
Flight – £85.48
We was rather specific as to when we wanted to visit Amsterdam, due to the reason in which we was travelling – VidCon. Which meant that despite booking four months in advance, the cost of travel was still rather high at £85.48 return each.
If you’re more flexible as to when you visit then return flights can be purchased for more than half that price.
Internal Travel – €26 / £22.04
We purchased this ticket from the rail ticketing desk inside the airport that gave us three days of unlimited travel on all trams, buses, metros and ferries within a vast number of stations within the city.
This cost €26 euro per person, and we certainly got our money’s worth. The public transport in Amsterdam is second-to-none and by far the easiest, cheapest, and best way to get around the city.
If however you’re looking for an more convenient and luxurious alternative. Then consider using the service Hoppa to look at getting a transfer direct from the airport to the hotel.
Hotel – €220.82 / £187.20
We splashed out on accommodation in Amsterdam. Being our first trip and us both doing different things, we wanted to be sure that we both benefited from easy access to the places which we would be visiting.
While the hotel was fantastic, it’s unlikely we’d stay somewhere quite so pricy in the future.
Attractions – €73.15 / £70.90 (Includes Transport!)
Purchasing an I Amsterdam card provides you with all of the following. This also covers your public transport which means you only need one or the other…
At the time of writing the card currently costs the following;
This, in my opinion, is an absolute steal, just be sure the free museums that are on offer are the ones you actually want to visit. Otherwise, maybe it’s not so much of a steal…
Food – £50
Despite shopping at the supermarket for the majority of the time Amsterdam certainly wasn’t the cheapest place to eat. There are plenty of places to eat from the hole in the walls selling the popular Pommes Frites to sit down cafes and restaurants. Prices can vary, for a medium portion of Pommes Frites and mayonnaise in a side street cafe was €3.
Souvenirs – £0
As always we opt not to purchase souvenirs. Our trip to Amsterdam on a budget was no different. As with all of our budget trips we instead put the money we would have spent on another trip, and the chance to make even more memories.
An so, there we have it, my complete guide to how to visit Amsterdam on a budget. If you are planning a trip to Amsterdam, or have recently come back then be sure to let me know in the comments where you stayed, what you did, and if you feel comfortable enough, how much it cost you.