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Cost of Living Amsterdam | Prices for tourists in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Cost of Living

The cost of living in Amsterdam is not cheap. Prices are high for locals and even more expensive for

visitors as they do not know the city and where to get the bargains but visitors with sterling can still

get some good discounts.

Amsterdam position in World Ranking

Amsterdam is now ranked 14th most expensive city in western Europe and 39th on earth.


the world
out of 200 
western Europe
out of 52

Amsterdam has some of the highest taxes, housing costs, energy bills, health premiums and

grocery prices in the entire country. 


Below are a few examples:

Lunchtime menu in the business district €18
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) €7
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €3.80
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.04
12 eggs, large €2.50
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.33
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.09
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes €2.37
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.93
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €6
2 liters of Coca-Cola €1.92
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.31
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,838
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €158
Internet 8MB (1 month) €26
40” flat screen TV €518
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt €107
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €8
Hourly rate for cleaning help €14
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €89
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) €33
1 pair of sports basic shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) €89
1 pair of leather shoes €131
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new €27,969
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas/petrol €1.71
Monthly ticket on public transport €87
Taxi trip to or from Schipol to Amsterdam Centre, basic tariff, 12 Km  €50-€60
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for six days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) €4.77
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €3.62
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.83
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.67
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.84
Tube of toothpaste €2.38
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €31
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €39
2 tickets to the movies €21
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €90
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert €65
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.00
1 beer in neighborhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.29
iPod nano 16GB €158
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.23
1 month of gym membership in business district or Fit For Freei €39/ €16
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes  / 25gm rolling tobacco  €6 / €4.90

 These prices are based on updated consistent data as is reliable as of July 11, 2015.

Below are a few further examples:


Amsterdam weed prices 2015  Euro 9 to 14 a gram (shop around)


Newspapers: Financial Times / Guardian newspaper: 3.80 Euros 

Adult football ticket:  50-75 Euros

Average Hotel room per night is 200 Euros for a 3-4 * hotel.  You can rent private apartments for around

half this amount 

Services like a plumber, carpenter workmen are expensive around Euro 100 call out charge and then more

if they do anything.

Health Insurance. Every Legally registered citizen in Netherlands / Amsterdam must have private health

insurance. The rate is fixed at 110 euros a month or slightly more with dental included.

Tobacco products are much cheaper, over half the price of UK, Ireland and most other European countries.

As of January 2015 25 grams of rolling tobacco will cost you around 4.90 euros to 5.50 depending on brand.

Pack of 20 cigarettes will cost around the same.

A loaf of bread. Supermarkets have a large sliced pan at 55 euro cents (real shit). Bread is a big thing in Amsterdam,

so there are many bakeries. Average normal sliced pan in a non-supermarket bakery is around 2-3 Euro. Better Quality.

Entry to Galleries / Museums is not cheap. Average Entry cost is around 7-10 euro per adult.

Average rent in a privately rented apartment is from around 1000 - 1200 euro a month for a small, not

so nice one bedroom, non-central apartment. For something nice and in a central location would be from Euro 1500 a month

based on a 12-month lease. For shorter term rentals, 1-6 months, the rate can double in most cases. Dutch citizens do get

special subsidised rents from 400 a month

Amsterdam red light prices 2015

Going rate is € 50 for 15 minutes with a prostitute behind a window in the Amsterdam red light district. The average girl will 

try get € 100 from a client for a suck and fuck. € 50 just doesn't do it for them as it don't go far in Amsterdam.



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Amsterdam is now ranked 14th most expensive city in western Europe and 39th on earth.