While you may not think that this is possible, Amsterdam can really be enjoyed on a budget. There are plenty of freebies, so to call them, around the city, while other things are quite cheap and you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy them.
Of course, what’s expensive in Amsterdam is accommodation, but we’ll make sure to give you some tips on that as well. Nevertheless, a tourist can explore, discover, and enjoy Amsterdam on a backpacker’s budget!
Therefore, without any further ado, let’s see how you can enjoy Amsterdam on a budget – explore the streets, eat well, have fun, and get your fair share of culture.
Walking ToursWe all know the hassle that comes with walking tours – you have to get yourself on their list and then be there at the right time or you lose the chance to see the city and even some money in case you paid beforehand.
However, you don’t have to worry about that in Amsterdam - all you have to do is to be in the right place at the right time. This is because Amsterdam has two free walking tours that can help you discover the city.
One of them is the Original Amsterdam Alternative Tour, which starts every single day at 2pm. You just have to head to Spuistraat and enjoy it – remember that this tour does not limit itself to only known areas and might even take you to hidden graffiti or areas of street art squatter.
The Sandemans New Amsterdam has two tours of three hours each day. If you join this tour, you’ll get to see the Red Light District, the courtyard that leads to the Civic Guards Gallery, the Begijnhof Convent, and many more.
Cheap FoodOf course, cheap food is not always bad – and we have Amsterdam’s pannenkoeken to prove that. They are crepes that come in a package as big as a pizza’s and which can offer you most of your daily caloric intake.
If you want to try these, you can head to Pancakes Amsterdam, Pancake Bakery, or Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs. But if you really want to try anything regarding crepes, then tell your Amsterdam airport taxi driver to take you to Pancake Bakery, because here you can have crepes with Indonesian peanut sauce or even Thai red curry – we think your accommodation can wait a bit when it comes to such pancakes.
Accommodation – Hostel or HotelDepending on your company and your lifestyle, you can choose between a hostel and a hotel. For example, you could spend your nights in the ClinkNOORD hostel, which has dorm Rooms Starting at 18 euros, and double rooms starting at 76 euros.
However, ClinkNOORD is at a significant distance away from the historic centre. So, if you want to stay in there, you could check in at Ecomama’s, which has dorms starting at 23 euros, and double rooms at 84 euros.
Of course, there are plenty of places, one cheaper than the other, that are available throughout Amsterdam. Therefore, before calling the Amsterdam airport transfers company of your choice, you might want to do a bit of extra research in terms of accommodations.