Netherlands travel costs in popular travel destinations

When you think about the Netherlands, you imagine windmills on fields covered in tulips, bridges over canals, and bicycles. Many people also think the Netherlands are Amsterdam, but there are many other places worth a visit. Among them are Delft, Leiden, and Rotterdam.

The Netherlands is in Northwestern Europe, and only from that, you can tell that we’re not covering a cheap travel destination on this blog page. However, budget travel in Holland is possible, with a bit of planning. To properly assess your travel budget, check out Netherlands travel costs in top Dutch cities below.



Amsterdam canal in Netherlands, Western Europe

Amsterdam

The party capital of Europe, Amsterdam is yet another popular European destination that can make some damage to your travel budget. Though much smaller, Amsterdam has accommodation and food costs pretty similar to those in London and Paris. Therefore, if you’re on a tight budget, you should limit your visit to Amsterdam to a small number of days.


How much does it cost to visit Amsterdam?

A budget traveler should expect spending about € 49 per day, without taking accommodation costs into account. For more detailed information on Amsterdam travel costs, please check below.


Amsterdam accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 28 – 200
Typical double room€ 56 – 401

Amsterdam food & drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 12 – 20
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 25 – 35
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 3 – 5.50
Water (0.33 liter, bottle) *€ 1 – 2.50

* Tap water is safe to drink in Amsterdam.


Amsterdam fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticket€ 3.20
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 2.17 – 3
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.53 – 1.80

Amsterdam visiting costs

Top attractions in Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum€ 20
Van Gogh Museum€ 19
Anne Frank House€ 10
VondelparkFree
The Jordaan neighborhoodFree
City pass *
24h I amsterdam City Card€ 60
48h I amsterdam City Card€ 80

* The I amsterdam City Card offers free access to over 70 museums and attractions. It also includes unlimited access to public transport and a free cruise.




Delft in Netherlands, Western Europe

Delft

Delft is a traditional Dutch town, famous for its white and blue ceramics. However, it has a lot of modern aspects too, to entertain all the university students living here.

Delft is quite close to Amsterdam, so you could easily turn it into a day trip if you don’t wish to stay there for several days.


How much does it cost to visit Delft?

When you try to stay low on Netherlands travel costs, Delft is only slightly more budget-friendly than Amsterdam. In one day of visiting Delft, you will spend around € 42, without accommodation.

For more details about the average cost to travel Netherlands in Delft, look below:


Delft accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 26 – 120
Typical double room€ 53 – 241

Delft food & drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 9 – 18
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 20 – 30
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 3 – 5
Water (0.33 liter, bottle) *€ 1 – 2.50

* Tap water is safe to drink in Delft.


Delft fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticket€ 2
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 2.08 – 2.55
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.48 – 1.70

Delft visiting costs

Top attractions in Delft
Royal Delft – Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles€ 14
Nieuwe Kerk (and tower)€ 8.50
BeestenmarktFree
MarktFree
Vermeer Centrum Delft€ 9



Leiden windmill, in Netherlands, Western Europe

Leiden

Another Dutch university town with tradition, Leiden is full of entertainment opportunities. By day, you can visit its historical and anthropological museums. By night, you can take discover Leiden’s animated nightlife.


How much does it cost to visit Leiden?

A budget traveler should expect to spend around € 47 per day in Leiden, without including accommodation. For more detailed information about Netherlands travel expenses in Leiden, look below.


Leiden accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 27 – 118
Typical double room€ 54 – 237

Leiden food & drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 10 – 15
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 20 – 35
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 3.50 – 5
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)€ 1 – 2.50

Leiden fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticket€ 2.20
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 1 – 2.22
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.55 – 1.70

Leiden visiting costs

Top attractions in Leiden
National Museum of Antiquities€ 12.50
Museum Volkenkunde€ 15
Botanical Gardens€ 8
Molenmuseum de Valk€ 5
Rijksmuseum Boerhaave€ 13



Rotterdam skyline in Netherlands, Western Europe

Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a Dutch port town with unique architecture and a modern city center. It has a rich cultural life, with many free festivals and concerts available mostly in summer. If you’re visiting Netherlands on a budget, you should definitely go to Rotterdam!


How much does it cost to visit Rotterdam?

A budget traveler will spend around € 41 per day while visiting Rotterdam. That is without taking accommodation into account. Check below for detailed travel expenses for visiting Rotterdam.


Rotterdam accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 21 – 93
Typical double room€ 42 – 187

Rotterdam food & drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 8 – 15
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 20 – 33
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 3 – 5.50
Water (0.33 liter, bottle) *€ 1 – 2.50

* Tap water is safe to drink in Rotterdam.


Rotterdam fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticket€ 3.50
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 2 – 2.20
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.58 – 1.70

Rotterdam visiting costs

Top attractions in Rotterdam
MarkthalFree
Rotterdam Zoo€ 24.50
Euromast Tower€ 10.25
Erasmus BridgeFree
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen€ 17.50
City pass
Rotterdam Pass *€ 12.50

* The Rotterdam Pass provides free access to nearly all of Rotterdam’s museums plus its top attractions. It also offers free access to the amusement park Duinrell and Tikibath, Museon and 3D cinema Omniversum in The Hague.



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Netherlands travel costs sources

  • Accommodation costs via Budgetyourtrip.com
  • Food, drinks, and transportation costs via Numbeo.com
  • Tap water safety researched separately via Google answers for each city in Belgium. Tap water seems to be safe to drink all over Belgium, though.
  • Top attractions selected using TripAdvisor. Each attraction name is a link to the official website page of that attraction, if available.
  • Ticket costs / free access information via the official websites of the attractions. I mentioned the cost of a regular adult ticket, for permanent exhibitions. Discounts and temporary exhibition prices are available on their official websites.
  • City pass information about prices and what each includes is from the official website for each travel pass. A link is available for each pass in order to easily find more information and/or to purchase a pass.