EuroCheapo's Amsterdam Practical Info Articles

When visiting Amsterdam, it pays to do a bit of research on ways to save time and money, and get around with ease. Our local correspondents have plenty of practical advice to share with you in the posts below.

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Amsterdam: The best cheap bike rentals and tours

Amsterdam: The best cheap bike rentals and tours

To first timers in Amsterdam, it’s overwhelming to see a surplus of bicycles blanketing the city. Bicycles are leaning on everything, and transporting everyone, everywhere at all times of day and night. Questions that come to mind are: 1. Which one is the bike lane? 2. Why do all the bikes look so shabby? 3. » Read more

Amsterdam: 10 simple ways to save on your trip

Amsterdam: 10 simple ways to save on your trip

Amsterdam isn’t the most expensive city in Europe (we’re looking at you London!), but it’s certainly not the cheapest. You can expect to pay a little bit more for all of the essentials than you would in a place like Italy or Spain. Luckily, with a little bit of planning and know how, a tourist » Read more

Amsterdam: 5 ways to make your visit healthier

Amsterdam: 5 ways to make your visit healthier

Amsterdam is often stereotyped in a sinful cliché of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Family members always ask me, “So, you’re living in Amsterdam? How’s the pot (chuckle, chuckle)!?” Hardy, har, har. While the city undoubtedly has a “party” vibe around town, things have changed since the 1970s and ’80s. And most locals lead » Read more

Amsterdam: How to avoid the epic Anne Frank House line

Amsterdam: How to avoid the epic Anne Frank House line

Every summer my short stint as a tour guide begins with great intentions. We start at the Dam Square, stroll for an hour and soak in the atmosphere and good vibes from enjoying our wander. We check out the secret garden Begijnhof, dip into the art hall from the Amsterdam Museum, wander to the Flower » Read more

Visiting Amsterdam: 5 first-time mistakes to avoid

Visiting Amsterdam: 5 first-time mistakes to avoid

Amsterdam can be a breeze for first timers to Europe in many ways. Everyone speaks English, and the city is small enough to get around by foot. At the same time, the streets are curvy and confusing, taxis are expensive and the Dutch language is a mouthful. It’s also important to find a good location » Read more

Everyone is high in Amsterdam – and 5 other myths about the city debunked

Everyone is high in Amsterdam – and 5 other myths about the city debunked

Parisians are rude, London is expensive and everyone in Barcelona washes down a huge paella with a liter of sangria. While European stereotypes live off of exaggeration, there’s always a hint of truth to them somewhere. As a global city with a long tradition of liberal policies, the Dutch capital is no exception. Travelers arrive » Read more

Amsterdam: 10 tips to bike and blend in like a local

Amsterdam: 10 tips to bike and blend in like a local

Amsterdam is a biking paradise, and there’s no better way to experience it than pedaling through the historic streets. Previously, we’ve shared some helpful tips on how to bicycle safely throughout the city, the best bike tours and how to navigate the roads in winter. Now it’s time to get local about it. In Amsterdam, » Read more

Amsterdam City Card: New expanded savings within the metropolitan area

Amsterdam City Card: New expanded savings within the metropolitan area

Here at EuroCheapo, we’re always looking at discounts and deals across the continent that help you save money. A frequent topic of conversation is the popular city tourist and museums cards. There are benefits (free admissions) and disadvantages (the sometimes high cost) to each, and opinions can be divided. But it always comes down to » Read more

Amsterdam & Region Day Ticket: The pros and cons of this 24-hour deal

Amsterdam & Region Day Ticket: The pros and cons of this 24-hour deal

Getting around Amsterdam sans bike can be pricey if you’re not hoofing it. One-way tram and bus fares are up to €2.80, and trains easily exceed the €10 mark on a round trip outside the capital. While the usual choices are 24-hour city transport cards and Euro rail passes, new to the scene is the » Read more

Free Amsterdam: The ultimate guide from ferries to art galleries

Free Amsterdam: The ultimate guide from ferries to art galleries

It’s always a surprise to hear people claim that Amsterdam is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. Between bicycles and local markets, free art galleries and outdoor hangouts, there’s plenty to do in this city that’s “on the house.” If you dodge the flying tourist bullets of waffle stands and keepsake boutiques, you’ll » Read more

Amsterdam: 5 tips to navigate the city when temperatures drop

Amsterdam: 5 tips to navigate the city when temperatures drop

Winter is officially here, and that means Holland can get hit with a heavy punch of ice and snow that means slick city streets and challenging travel situations. Amsterdam was built for chilly weather, but it is not entirely foolproof. If you’re headed to Amsterdam for a Winter Wonderland, here are some tips to keep » Read more

The most I’d pay in Amsterdam for a…

The most I’d pay in Amsterdam for a…

It’s hard watching tourists coughing up too much cash when buying everyday items in (often the center of) Amsterdam. If only they knew what they should be paying! This isn’t a “in a perfect Amsterdam world” price list. These are, in fact, prices that you can expect to find when purchasing everyday travel items in » Read more

Going Dutch: Where to find public restrooms in Amsterdam

Going Dutch: Where to find public restrooms in Amsterdam

Over the course of many years living in Amsterdam I’ve developed a shyness about using the toilet. As a paying customer in a café there’s no problem; I’ll hit the head like any normal Jane. It’s the act of walking into an establishment from off the streets, bypassing servers and aiming straight for the loo, » Read more

Amsterdam: 10 phrases that tourists should never say

Amsterdam: 10 phrases that tourists should never say

No one likes being labeled the dumb tourist, but a lot of times we slide right into it with just one word. After seeing too many nice visitors to Amsterdam blush with embarrassment on the streets and in the shops, here are my top 10 phrases of what you shouldn’t say in Amsterdam (and why). » Read more

Amsterdam Bus Tips: How to ride the bus like a pro

Amsterdam Bus Tips: How to ride the bus like a pro

It might seem ridiculous to write a post on how to use a bus in Amsterdam. Most of us know how to ride a bus. But the particulars of riding public transportation in countries you’re visiting can be tricky enough to embarrass you with even the simplest task, like paying for your fare incorrectly, or » Read more

Amsterdam: Will the new “Weed Pass” leave tourists (not) high and dry?

Amsterdam: Will the new “Weed Pass” leave tourists (not) high and dry?

Throughout history the Dutch have been known for being good at business. In Amsterdam, tolerance is essential for a lucrative economy. The cannabis industry is a perfect example: One quarter of all tourists in Amsterdam visit a coffeeshop during their visit. However, a new law making marijuana use off-limits to tourists is slated to change » Read more

Amsterdam: Tips for tulip shopping (and peeping)

Amsterdam: Tips for tulip shopping (and peeping)

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— The world’s first stock market crash took place in Holland because of tulips. During the 1600s people were obsessed with buying the rarest tulip and, well, displaying it in a vase at home. The most sought-after varietals had fanatics dishing out 2,000 florins a bulb (in context, a skilled laborer might earn 150 » Read more

Amsterdam: 10 easy ways to save time when visiting

Amsterdam: 10 easy ways to save time when visiting

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— Even during the off season Amsterdam is a busy place. Lines for museums are common, stuffy buses are all too familiar, and traveling in and out of the city can take some time. Here are 10 ways to keep you from playing the waiting game and make the most out » Read more

Amsterdam: 5 tourist scams to avoid

Amsterdam: 5 tourist scams to avoid

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— Avoiding tourist scams is part of traveling, and Amsterdam, like any major city, has its fair share of rip offs. There are situations that feel like a scam because they’re simply disappointing (“tourist traps”), and then there are the ones that are downright scandalous (“scams”). We’re focusing on the latter » Read more

Amsterdam: Where to find workshops, classes and courses

Amsterdam: Where to find workshops, classes and courses

Amsterdam’s reputation of being open and liberal trickles down all the way to community classes and workshops, and we don’t just mean a trendy yoga class (though that’s common, too). From creative workouts like trapeze class, sports like ping-pong and kite surfing, to an open field of student-run events from debate to open mic, here » Read more

Amsterdam: How to dress and act like a local

Amsterdam: How to dress and act like a local

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— Maybe it’s because I’m American, but I can spot our style from a mile away. I see it all over Amsterdam: The baseball cap, the oh-so handy cargo pants, and a sporty, all weather and near fluorescent wind breaker. We stick out like sore thumbs in Euroland. Of course, standing » Read more

Tipping in Amsterdam: How much to tip in restaurants, bars and cafes

Tipping in Amsterdam: How much to tip in restaurants, bars and cafes

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— Tipping abroad can be confusing, especially when you’re on a whirl-winded European trip that takes you into and out of different countries with different customs. Often travelers tip too much, or to little, and rarely the right amount at the right time. How much should you tip in Amsterdam? Learn » Read more

Amsterdam: A day on less than €20 in Amsterdam

Amsterdam: A day on less than €20 in Amsterdam

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— A day on less than €20 in Amsterdam? Can it be done? Why, yes it can! Amsterdam might not be the cheapest Euro destination, but thanks to its outdoor happenings and entertainment freebies, it’s certainly possible. • Related: Heading to Amsterdam? Be sure to swing by our guide to the » Read more

Amsterdam: Tips for navigating Schipol Airport

Amsterdam: Tips for navigating Schipol Airport

Schipol Airport in Amsterdam gets its name from its former days as a large lake where ships easily sunk from bad weather – the translation literally means “ship hole” (insert joke here).  It’s the third largest airport in Europe and in the world for international passenger traffic. To help keep you afloat, here are some » Read more

Amsterdam: 5 basic rules of bike safety

Amsterdam: 5 basic rules of bike safety

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— Amsterdam by bike is the best way to see the city, hands down. The flat terrain guarantees a quick travel time, and there’s something special about the Holland breeze brushing your cheeks. Most importantly, as biking in this densely-populated city is the main form of transport, there are some important » Read more

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