Cost of Living in Amsterdam

Summary of cost of living in Amsterdam, Netherlands:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 € 15.00-40.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 87.62 € 60.00-140.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 13.00 € 11.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.50 € 4.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.00 € 4.60-8.04
Cappuccino (regular) 3.98 € 2.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.20 € 2.50-4.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.68 € 2.00-3.40
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.61 € 3.60-7.53
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.76 € 0.91-3.40
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.16 € 0.77-1.47
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.32 € 2.51-5.15
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.60 € 4.31-8.62
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.86 € 3.18-6.88
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.71 € 4.25-8.16
Apples (1 lb) 0.89 € 0.68-1.22
Banana (1 lb) 0.97 € 0.68-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 0.81 € 0.57-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.74 € 0.73-2.70
Potato (1 lb) 0.83 € 0.45-0.84
Onion (1 lb) 0.87 € 0.68-1.26
Lettuce (1 head) 1.15 € 0.90-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.81 € 0.59-1.69
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.29 € 5.29-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.42 € 0.85-2.59
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.55 € 1.80-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 9.60 € 9.30-12.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.40 € 3.00-3.90
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 81.55 € 73.40-143.48
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 € 3.50-6.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.92 € 3.22-6.20
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 35.00 € 30.00-55.35
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.58 € 7.15-8.33
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 29,000.00 € 25,300.00-35,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 31,919.58 € 30,000.00-34,850.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 261.86 € 160.00-457.69
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 21.08 € 10.00-50.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 46.64 € 31.00-60.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 58.45 € 37.00-90.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 21.05 € 10.00-35.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 € 12.00-17.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,022.34 € 1,180.73-2,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 11,332.38 € 7,100.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 92.60 € 50.00-130.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 34.57 € 20.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 97.73 € 60.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 108.29 € 79.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,963.37 € 1,650.00-2,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,622.50 € 1,300.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,377.93 € 2,800.00-4,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,539.19 € 2,100.00-3,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 862.04 € 743.22-1,021.92
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 624.29 € 473.80-789.67
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,546.11 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.33 2.00-4.85

Prices in Amsterdam

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Last update: June 2024
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24 Comments so far
Carla de Ruyter on Jun 21, 2024:
Looks like prices here are for the city center of Amsterdam.

Take 35% off and you get the average dutch prices.
Anonymous on Jun 06, 2024:
@D. von Asmuth

Numbeo shows prices for a mid-range restaurant, not an expensive restaurant.

It's pretty easy to find cheap and affordable restaurants in Amsterdam or Netherlands in general.

Meal, inexpensive restaurant : 8 - 18 euro

Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course : 45 - 75 euro
D. von Asmuth on Jun 05, 2024:
20 Euros will buy you a main course in a cheap restaurant in the Netherlands (Amsterdam is generally more expensive than average). A three-course meal with drinks in an expensive restaurant will easily exceed € 40 (except for fast-food joints). In a mid-range restaurant it's more like € 60. A five-course meal with wines in a haute cuisine place can reach over € 100 per person outside Amsterdam.
Samantha on May 29, 2024:
Prices mentioned here are for the (expensive) city center... the rest of Amsterdam is just as affordable as the rest of the Netherlands.
Gwen on Jun 13, 2023:
Finally prices stabilized, almost thought we became the new Switzerland.

As Kevin mentioned, it depends where you shop. The street markets are very affordable.
Kevin on Apr 02, 2023:
Prices mentioned here are accurate, as long as you know where to buy.

Gladly prices have been coming down last month... Fingers crossed.
Anonymous on Jan 30, 2023:
I think some of these prices are very optimistic.
Anonymous on Sep 30, 2022:
Definitely more expensive than stated here. Finding a place to live is hell...
Johnny on Aug 28, 2022:
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre can't be 1,704 € like this page says
I've been looking for months and the average price I find is 2.000-2.500 €
Rents are just beyond absurd
Stan on Mar 19, 2022:
@Alehandro

Part timers are mostly in families/couples, with two 70-80% jobs up until 5 years ago or so, you could live very well in the city. That might still be the case for people who bought their place before 2015-17. Prices of property have skyrocketed since so if one is looking to start their life in Amsterdam (or in any other city and most of rural areas too) now with a part time job, it would have to be a very well paid job.
Alehandro on Feb 10, 2022:
Hi, I've read many articles about how much part-time positions are common in Netherlands and how that makes Dutch so happy with a great work life balance. But I'm not sure of buying it so I'm searching information.

Yeah, Amsterdam is the capital city, but rent are so high that I do not think anyone can SURVIVE on a part-time job, since rent will be higher than income. Are there really people that live on part-time jobs in Netherland and are they outside big cities? So many articles about students that sustain with part-tima positions, are them all misrepresentation?

I do not hide that a part-time lifestyle will suit me in order to enjoy life or to continue professional education and Netherland is the only Country with so many part-time jobs
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Anonymous on Apr 06, 2021:
Hey other Anonymous

I have no idea were you guys take your informations from.
You claim to be living in Amsterdam for all your life and sustain that expats cannot buy property in Amsterdam.
Can you share a link to the law you mention ? I find it improbable banks approving loans for home you cannot legally own, and notary offices legalizing this illegal sell. :)

I do own a property in Amsterdam and I can for sure let you know that you can easily buy one if you have the required capital.

All your comments seem to me just frustration that you're being priced out of your own city. It sucks I get it, but that life, please move on and do not spread misinformation.
Anonymous on Jan 18, 2021:
I totally agree look how badly Italy and Spain economies have been doing consistently. When both countries had their own currencies it was much more stable. Greece has also been held hostage by the euro.Too many instances of repeated failures using the euro.
Anonymous on Jan 14, 2021:
To anonymous post Jan 8 2021

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands obviously.Any investments anywhere within the eurozone wouldn't be wise especially since the UK separated itself from the eurozone trying to monopolize. FORTUNATELY Brexit is in full control and yes the pound is still alive and well.The euro has always had a very bad track record and the euro continues on a downward spiral against the USD.Currently the euro value is 81 cents against the dollar.Over the past 6 months the euro has been losing value against the USD. When any country in Europe signs on to be a member of the eurozone they're automatically locked into a set percentage rate monthly just for using the euro and once a member they are legally bound no matter how badly that countries economy is doing ITS A TRAP.The eurozone must recoup losses of currency value through taxation whether it be through payroll deductions or real-estate taxes.Just renting an apartment or house anywhere within the eurozone tenants are taxed monthly just as the owner of the rental property is taxed heavily. So everyone is taxed on everything and let's not forget VAT value added tax which is currently at 19% on anything purchased.
Is living in the EUROZONE a good idea? ABSOLUTELY NOT !!!
Hopefully this factual information helped your decision.
Anonymous on Jan 10, 2021:
BTW I've lived in Amsterdam all of my life. My father is a real-estate attorney for naturalized Amsterdam citizens.It clearly states in the Amsterdam constitution only native people from Amsterdam can own real-estate. It also says if a foreign person marrys an Amsterdam citizen only the Amsterdam citizen has full rights to the real-estate,that's the law.
Anonymous on Jan 10, 2021:
Actually foreigners cannot own property in Amsterdam. Hopefully you didn't get taken by someone scrupulous it happens often in Amsterdam.
Anonymous on Jan 09, 2021:
Hey other Anonymous,

Foreigners sure can buy a property in Amsterdam, not just rent. I just bought one and I'm moving there soon, and I'm not the only expat doing it. So I'm not sure where you're taking your information from?

And about moving from India to Amsterdam: it seems you earn quite a lot in India, but you didn't specify what kind of job you do. First step would be to look at linkedin/ indeed how many job postings for your position are there. Getting a job is a success, but it's good to be able to find a different one in case the one you found doesn't satisfy you.
Anonymous on Jan 08, 2021:
Guys,

I have been working in a US based multinational company from India.

Have 6 years of work experience and I am making close to €40k in India.

Willing to relocate to Amterdam. Do you think it would be a good move, considering the cost of living in EU.
Anonymous on Jan 08, 2021:
Hey AMSTERDAMMER please don't spread misinformation for this reason. Expats never make as much for salaries as Amsterdam citizens do which is way below 3k and against the Amsterdam constitution.It seems you like to read what you type.A luxury apartment or house rental isn't 1k to 1.5k. Fact is foreigners aren't even allowed to own real-estate in Amsterdam but foreigners can lease homes and business buildings.You must work for an imaginary corporation elsewhere but not in Amsterdam especially with the bogus salary you quoted.You can stop lieing anytime. Myself and my family have lived in Amsterdam since day one of our existence.It's people like you who distort pricing making it harder for others to actually know what costs are.
AMSTERDAMMER on Jan 05, 2021:
Hey Anonymous,
What do you mean Amsterdam doesn't pay that? It certainly does. I also work for a major Corp here in Amsterdam, I've lived here for over 10 years. Salary slides quite a ways, but many of my colleagues own houses, net salaries over 3k per month. Sure, not everyone loves like that. But it's attainable for skilled expats.

Costs if living per month can range from 1k - 1.5k, depending on how you live, how much you drink and how much you like to indulge.

The expensive part is living on your own. Costs have gone down because of a drop in demand for rental accommodation from expats, but generally living in your own apartment is 1300++
Anonymous on Dec 20, 2020:
QDB

Amsterdam doesn't pay what you claim so please don't give incorrect information I live here.
QdB on Nov 17, 2020:
I have been living in Amsterdam for 6 years, I am french.

I started my first job with 42.5k EUR a year (24 yo), which gives about 2.4k net. I was single, rent is about 800 euros a month in a shared flat (it is the jungle to find flats and frustrating but everyone ends up finding), As a single, going out and restaurant every weekend, you need 1000 euros to live, so you still manage to save 500-600 euros per month.

Income : 2400 eur
+30 ruling : 2900 eur (this lasts 5 years as an expat)
Rent: 850 eur
Living costs: 1000 eur incl bars and restaurants

Remaining per month : 1050 eur per month- (this is honestly what i was able to save)

Think that you won t have transportation costs (biking everywhere), going out is cheap in bars and clubs, resturants are pricey but cheaper than London and you have a lot of options. Indeed a pint is 5-7 eur, cheaper than Paris.

My advice: Amsterdam is well suited for professionals (not students, not interns) with a master degree working for big companies. I started there as an intern, it was fun but very tough (you change 6 times flat per year...).

Ok, it does not pay as much as Dubai or Switzerland pour better than France and UK and living here is beautiful, lots of fun, lots of diversity.
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