Currency

euro (€)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than €100

  • Dorm bed including breakfast: €22–30
  • Midweek lunch: €10–15
  • Train ticket: €10
  • Museum entry: €5–15
  • Beer: €2–4
  • Short-hop city bike hire: €2

Midrange: €100–250

  • Double room at B&B or midrange hotel: €60–140
  • Car hire per day: €20–30
  • Two-course meal with wine for two: €80–110

Top end: More than €250

  • Double room at better hotel or top B&B: €140–200
  • Cocktails: €9–20
  • Degustation meal with wine for two: €180–350

Bargaining

Gentle haggling is common in markets, but in all other instances you’re expected to pay the stated price.

Money

Credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are very prevalent.

More Information

The euro (€) is in use. Notes come in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 denominations, though trying to spend the latter is likely to cause some suspicion. There are coins of €2 and €1, plus 50¢, 20¢, 10¢, 5¢ and 2¢. Unlike neighbouring Netherlands, the latter two are still given as change but might be phased out eventually.

Credit cards are widely accepted, but some places do stipulate cash only, and occasionally only one or two international cards are accepted (typically MasterCard and/or Visa). ATMs are common, while currency-exchange offices are rare.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1€0.64
CanadaC$1€0.64
Japan¥100€0.77
New ZealandNZ$1€0.58
UKUK£1€1.13
USUS$1€0.86

For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.

Saving Money

  • For last-minute accommodation in smaller hotels and B&Bs, try phoning direct rather than using online booking services.
  • Some cities have one day a month with free entrance to municipal museums.
  • Many towns have passes that can save you money if you visit a lot of sights.
  • Lunches are almost always cheaper than dinners in restaurants, especially if you choose the weekday lunchtime specials.

Tipping

  • Taxis, restaurants, hairdressers and bars Tipping is not required in any of these places. Personnel receive living wages and all service charges are included within stated prices. If service was quite exceptional, you could show appreciation, but even then 10% would seem generous.
  • Tourist-oriented locations In these places unaware foreigners regularly leave disproportionate tips, leading to a certain expectation from staff.
  • Airport taxis Drivers may hint (or even state outright) that a tip is appropriate. But that's a gentle scam. Don't be bullied.