How to Stay in Amsterdam on a Budget

Although Amsterdam is not the cheapest place to live, for those staying only a short time it can easily be done on the cheap. Amsterdam is a gorgeous city full of history and charm, with plenty of opportunities for fun as well. Don’t skip the Dutch capital on your travels,  follow these tips and make your money last.

Best Budget Attractions

With plenty of green space, including the incredible Vondelpark, for travellers who love the outdoors Amsterdam is your playground. The canal ring is also a highlight with the 400 year old UNESCO World Heritage waterways meandering through the city, absolutely free to visit.

The Albert Cuypmarkt is an institution in Amsterdam, and one of the best places to pick up any cheese of other local products to take back home. There is no entry cost, and there are always plenty of free samples to go around. The Bloemenmarkt is also worth a stroll, as the largest floating flower market in the world you can purchase bulbs to ship back home or just gaze in amazement at the giant bonsai trees on display.

Best Views
Both the NEMO Science Museum and Amsterdam Library offer free access to their rooftop cafes to visitors, and don’t require you to purchase anything to enjoy the view. Grab some beers and enjoy the summer sunshine while overlooking the gorgeous Amsterdam cityscape.


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Best Budget Hotels

Hotels in Amsterdam range from backpacking hostels to luxurious five star properties, but regardless of your budget there are plenty of options to suit your needs.

The Flying Pig Downtown Hostel
If you are looking for a lively party hostel environment, Flying Pig is the place to go in Amsterdam. They also offer walking tours, organize day trips to other Dutch cities, and have the cheapest beer in Amsterdam at their on-site bar. Do note, if you plan on going to bed early, this is not the place for you.

Conscious Hotel Vondelpark
For those on a budget, but who prefer museum hopping over clubs, the Conscious Hotel Vondelpark is a great alternative property. The eco hotel is 100% sustainable, and everything from the recycled furniture to environmentally friendly cleaners make this a great choice for those who love their wallet as well as the earth.

Airbnb has amazing properties in Amsterdam, from canal boats to hipster flats, and most are much more affordable than staying in a hotel. As many of their properties include a kitchen as well, you can also save money by cooking some of your meals at home. To see what is available in Amsterdam, check out the current listings on their website.

Amsterdam Bike

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Best Budget Eats

You can’t visit Amsterdam without also visiting one of their famous snack shops late in the night. Choose from a selection of fast food treats in the vending machines, or order a piping hot cone filled to the brim with french fries (patat) smothered in mayo and curry sauce.


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If you have a sweet tooth, look out for the ‘poffertjes’ stands around Dam Square. A healthy portion of these tiny Dutch pancakes are not only delicious, but they are cheap as well.

Amsterdam can be as budget friendly or expensive as you want it to be, but with these tips you can enjoy the sights without overdrawing your bank account!