Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most visited country and a very popular destination among those in their 20s.
Most of us are surviving on a tight budget at this age but still have wanderlust.
Here’s a few tips on how to travel 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 made the mistake of not booking for the ticket when it was less than £40 because I was still not sure about the trip. If you have already made travelling plans, book your ticket at least two months in advance to avoid being charged an exorbitant price.
2. Accommodation & breakfast
You will be spending most of your time out exploring the city, I advise you to not spend a fortune on accommodation. One of the best things to do is to convince a friend or two to join you for the trip. Normally a hotel room can accommodate up to two or three people thus you save on a lot of money by sharing the accommodation. I stayed in Ibis budget hotel Amsterdam Airport with my friend and we paid £45 (EUR 52) for 3 nights each 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.
# bringing another friend could have saved me some more money here.
3. Travelling around in Amsterdam : Transport
Buy a travel pass which allows you to travel unlimited by bus, train, ferry or tram within Amsterdam. You have 1-day (EUR 15), 2-days (EUR 20) or 3-days ( EUR 25) 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 skipped the canal cruise and walked around the city and along the canals instead which is more interesting and fun. Oh the Red Light District is free to visit but girls be careful of weirdos.
– I 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. (See picture)
– A great cheap day trip while in Amsterdam is to visit Zaanse Schans (Windmill) village. 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.
– Try Vondelpark or visit the markets. My favourite markets are Bloemenmarkt and Albert Cuyp Market.
– Snacking option : Cheese tasting for free, hah we visited almost all cheese stores in the city and filled our stomach with 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.
– Do try the food from vending machine as well which is very tasty.
– Ensure you stop by ‘Manneken Pis’ for some mouth-watering patate(fries) with your favorite sauce. Manneken Pis is just a few mins walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station.
Around Eur 50 for food and attractions, we cut a lot on attractions and went for cheap street food mostly.
Next is to just book your ticket and head to Amsterdam !