Traveling to Netherlands isn’t a budget buy, but then it is not the most expensive European tourist destination either. So, if you are happy sleeping in hostels, eating chips and walking around, then it is quite possible to hang around in the country for quite some –at only €35 per day. If you are looking for a comfy bed, a few solid meals a day, some basic amenities, private facilities and travelling by public transport –then you are probably looking at €80 per day to start with. As you increase the budget to about €110 per day, things start looking a little greener and luxurious. If you are planning to visit Amsterdam, then add anything between €5 and €10 to your budget in each category.
In Netherlands, there are loads of free activities that help you stretch your budget—especially in summers. You can end up saving a lot on admissions with discount passes such as those of Museumkaart and the popular Amsterdam Pass. Know that the first Sunday of each month is free for most museums, restaurants boast of cheaper kiddie meals and Concertgebouw holds free lunchtime concerts too!
As a service charge is included on the bills of restaurants, hotels and bars; it is not essential to tip in the nation. However, if you really wish to complement the services provided, then you may consider tipping a small amount –it always goes a long way in getting back some pretty smiles your way. Your tip may range anything between rounding up the amount to the nearest euro to 10percent of the bill. (Image by William Allen, Image Historian)
In Netherlands, like most other members of the EU, the local currency in circulation is the euro. A euro is divisible into 100 cents. You will find small change in the form of for one, two, five, 10, 20 and 50 worth of cents. Then there are coin cents of €1 and €2 too. The notes are available in denominations of €500, €200, €100, €50, €20 and €10. The coins of one- and two-cent coins are also in circulation are being gradually phased out. Here, most shops are used to shops rounding up/down to the nearest 5 cents.
Found outside most banks, at airports and in the vicinity of most train stations; ATMs in the country help MasterCard/ Eurocard and VISA card holders withdraw easy money at will. They are also compatible with cash cards that can be accessed via the Cirrus network. However, if there is a limit on the maximum withdrawals per day, then you need to be careful—as not paying attention to the same may lead to unwarranted financial crunches on foreign soils. ATMs provide the cheapest ways of exchanging your money, but then this facility also comes at a cost –so check your bank service charges before leaving. (Image by Marc Barbezat)
By far, nothing can beat the convenience of carrying cash. Try to pay cash for all your daily expenses. However, you may find some furtive glances coming your if you happen to pull out with small-denomination notes instead of a credit card while paying your up market hotel bills—so act accordingly.
Travelers checks, credit cards, FOREX cards are some other ways of carrying money and meeting your expenses in Netherlands.
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