Cheap holidays to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city that defies categorisation. Here, the quaintness of cobbled streets, crooked-roofed pavement cafes and tranquil canals is matched by a network of busy shopping streets, buzzing festivals and world-class night spots. Seeking village charm? Step right on up. How about first-rate art museums, sites of historic significance or something a little more hedonistic? It’s a cliché but inclusiveness is sewn into the fabric of Amsterdam society, and there’s entertainment to be had whatever your interest. And while it’s no Prague as far as cheapness goes, you certainly don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy a break here. If you shop around, and book in advance, you can expect to pay in the region of £75-115 for return flights to Amsterdam, flying either KLM, easyJet, CityJet or British Airways. Once you get to Schiphol Airport, meanwhile, you needn’t shell out for an expensive taxi ride into the city; you can hop on a train for less than €5. And rather than lodging in a hotel, why not cost-save further - without sacrificing comfort - by staying in your very own apartment? It’s not as expensive as you might think to let a chic city flat in the heart of the action. Browse Amsterdam holiday homes at HomeAway; but first, read our helpful guide to cheap holidays in Amsterdam.

  1. Amsterdam for free

    Those who love to spend will part with their cash no matter what, but many of Amsterdam’s landmarks are entirely free to enjoy. People-watch in Dam Square, in the shadow of the Royal Palace and War Memorial, then take the free tour departing from here each day at 11.15am and 1.15pm; along the way you’ll take in Anne Frank’s House, the Jewish Quarter and the infamous Red Light District. You can even enjoy a free ferry ride from the port behind Centraal Station. Elsewhere, the city’s canals, bridges, windmills and parks are well worth exploring, and free concerts in the Concertgebouwplein aren’t uncommon. 


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  2. Galleries and museums

    Perhaps you’re in Amsterdam to clap your eyes on the famous artwork of luminaries such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh. If so, it might be advisable to purchase a City Card. While not cheap - they range from €40 (24hrs) to €60 (72hrs), they offer outstanding value, allowing you to duck in and out of establishments such as the Foam, the Amsterdam Museum, Rembrandt’s House and the Jewish History Museum; they also give free access to canal cruises, tram and bus rides, in addition to discounts on several popular bars and restaurants. Follow up a morning at the museums with the Heineken Experience; the famous brewery grants a 25% discount to City Card holders.


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  3. Cycling in the city

    Cycling is a natural pastime in Amsterdam, and for good reason; the city is modest in its dimensions, but there’s plenty to see and do. Take everything at your leisure by hiring a bicycle for a few hours. The city is criss-crossed with bike routes, and weaving through old lanes and streets, lined with 300-year-old apartment blocks, is one quintessentially Dutch experience you won’t want to miss. The scenic Vondelpark is a terrific great place to cycle, as is Beatrixpark; and if you fancy a cheap bite to eat along the way, there’s no shortage of food vendors frying up cuisine from around the world.


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  4. Street Markets

    Away from the designer boutiques of De Negen Straatjes, you’ll find bargains aplenty at Amsterdam’s various markets. Pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers in the Old Centre, bag a souvenir - or just about anything else - at the bustling, 100-year old open-air Albert Cuyp Market, or snare an antique rug at the cheap-as-chips Waterlooplein Flea Market. It’s easy to while the hours in the city’s markets, most of which are open year-round. As well as flea markets, there are farmers’ markets, like Noordermarkt in Jordaan, or Nieuwmarkt in the Old Centre; seasonal fruits, organic olive oils, spiced meat - you’ll find it all.


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  5. Central Library (Centrale Bibliotheek)

    Visiting a library might not be on your list of priorities while you’re on holiday, but this isn’t any old library. For one thing, it’s the largest public library in Europe; for two, it’s nothing like a library. Sure, there are books and newspapers, but there are also 500 computer terminals, three restaurants and enough CDs to start a record shop; not to mention some sleek interior design to behold. The view from the seventh floor also gives you a splendid vantage from which to watch the whole city. Just a five minute stroll from Centraal Station, even non-bookworms will enjoy spending a few hours in this chilled-out modern building.


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