Affordable Short Getaways in Amsterdam
Short Getaways: Amsterdam is a popular holiday destination that offers visitors a memorable experience of old-world charm, contemporary lifestyle replete with all modern amenities, and exciting nightlife and entertainment. Enjoying a break in the capital city of the Netherlands is typically an expensive affair; however, budget travellers can still afford a short trip if it’s timed and planned accordingly. Here are some pointers for those looking to explore Amsterdam without burning a hole in their pockets!
It is common sense that travel, food, accommodation, sightseeing, and entertainment options are key money guzzlers when out on a holiday. Settling for the most cost-effective ways to tackle these factors without compromising on the holiday spirit should suffice to make the most of a whirlwind visit to Amsterdam.
Getting to Amsterdam
Short Getaways: Amsterdam is well-connected by flights to the rest of the world. Trains and buses regularly ply from several cities in Europe. Among these options, buses definitely prove cheaper and comfortable when compared to trains or flights. Those who prefer to fly can still benefit from reasonable airline fares by booking their tickets well in advance or opting to travel off-season to avail discounts. Booking a ferry too may prove a great alternative when travelling to Amsterdam.
Accommodation and Food
There are quite a few ways in which budget travellers can save money on food and accommodation when on a trip to Amsterdam.
From basic, affordable clean hotels and low-cost hostels to guest houses, bread and breakfast lodgings, and the campsite “Camping Vliegenbos” (open during summers), there is a decent choice of options.
Room rent, location of the hotel/hostel, proximity to the airport/train/bus/ferry hub, and connectivity to the rest of the city and other places of tourist interest must be considered before booking an accommodation, to make the best use of both the money and time on hand!
There’s no dearth of decent food in the city. Albert Cuyp Markt, Noordermarkt and other outdoor markets, Aldi and Albert Heijn supermarkets, budget restaurants in Leidseplein and Korte Leidsedwarsstraat and Maoz outlets across the city are but a few places to grab a meal. Fresh bread paired with cheese and a tasty dip of one’s choice could prove a filling bite, while fries or chips with yummy toppings make a delicious snack when touring the city.
Settle for eats from the coin-operated food dispensers from Febo only if you are not very particular about fresh food, or better still wait for stock to be replenished!
Both restaurants and bars around the city offer “happy hour” discounts and early bird offers, making it possible for budget travellers to indulge in food and drinks priced reasonably. Many bars and pubs also treat guests to free live music at least once a week.
Getting Around Amsterdam
Hiring a bike to explore the famous and beautiful settings in and around the city is a cost-effective way to enjoy a holiday here. Free ferry rides and regular bus services also prove great alternatives to reach specific destinations. In fact, short ferry rides (5-15 minutes) starting from behind the Central Station are free. Joining in a free walking tour can also prove an enjoyable experience. Being a short trip, time too is budgeted and must be spent judiciously to catch a glimpse of few sights that don’t require entry fare such as the Grachtengordel (canal network of 17th century), Molen van Sloten Windmill, several art galleries in Jordaan, museums, parks, and beaches across the city, as well as the Leidseplein square that is well-known for its night life.
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