Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most visited country and a very popular destination among those in their twenties. Most of us are surviving on a tight budget at this age but still have wanderlust.
Here’s a few tips on how I traveled to Amsterdam with less than £150 (EUR 175).
Book well in advance. I paid £50 (around EUR 60) for a two-way ticket for Amsterdam from and back to London with Easy-jet. I could have paid less, it was around £40 a few days earlier but we were still not sure about the trip. Book your ticket at least two months before the trip to avoid paying more.
You will be spending most of your time out exploring the city, I advise you to not spend a fortune on accommodation. Traveling with another person or two helps to split the accommodation costs. A hotel room normally accommodate up to two or three people. We stayed at Ibis budget hotel Amsterdam Airport paying each £45 (EUR 52) for 3 nights which is a great deal. The hotel offered free shuttle to and from the airport. We also got some foodstuffs from the supermarket for breakfast instead of paying EUR 7 daily for breakfast.
Get a travel pass which will allow you to travel unlimited by bus, train, ferry or tram within Amsterdam. You have 1-day, 2-days or 3-days travel passes. This will save you a lot of money if you plan to use public transport otherwise you can also rent a bicycle to explore the city.
There are a lot of free stuffs to do in Amsterdam as well as paid attractions. We’ve skipped the canal cruise and instead walked around the city, along the canals which was more interesting and fun. We chose to just chill in a pub and have some nice beer accompanied by yummy pofferjies for EUR 10/£8 rather than paying for a Heineken experience which I would definitely recommend if you are not on a small budget.
A great cheap day trip from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans (Windmill) village is recommended. Train ticket price is minimal plus there’s no entrance fee to visit the village unless you want to visit a specific workshop for £2. Also try visit places like Vondelpark and the markets. My favorite ones are Bloemenmarkt and Albert Cuyp Market.
We visited almost all cheese stores in the city and filled our stomach with free pickles and cheese bites. The Albert Cuyp market is a great place for cheap Dutch food. Try their ‘Olijven’ which is like a chapatti with cheese and potato filling. I could eat this everyday.
We also tried kroket from the vending machine which was yummy. You have to try patata fritas while in Amsterdam, we tried the ‘Manneken Pis’ one. It is located just a few minutes’ walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station.
Around Eur 50 for food and attractions.
Next is to just book your ticket and head to Amsterdam !
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