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Money and costs

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Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: €22–35
  • Supermarket and lunchtime meal specials: €15
  • Bicycle rental: €8–10
  • Double room in a midrange hotel: from €100
  • Dinner in a casual restaurant: €30
  • Museums and trains: €20
Top end (more than)
  • Luxurious hotel double room: from €180
  • Dinner with drinks in a top restaurant: from €60
  • First-class trains, guided tours: €40


Generally not required for stays of up to three months. Some nationalities require a Schengen visa.

Get the latest visa advice for The Netherlands from our community.

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Getting to The Netherlands

The Netherlands is an easy place to reach. Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport has copious air links worldwide, including many on low-cost European airlines. Rotterdam The Hague Airport serves more than 40 European destinations; Eindhoven Airport is a budget-airline hub.

High-speed trains are especially good from France, Belgium, Germany and the UK (London) aboard the Eurostar. Other land options are user-friendly and the border crossings are nearly invisible thanks to the EU. There are also ferry links with the UK.

What's more, once you get to the Netherlands the transport remains hassle-free. Most journeys by rail, car or bus are so short that you can reach most regional destinations before your next meal. And with its flat terrain, getting around by bicycle is a breeze.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to The Netherlands

The best price found from United States to The Netherlands is on November 25th, 2019, travelling with TAP. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

Washington Dulles
from $184.00

Getting around The Netherlands

The Netherlands' compact size makes it a breeze to get around.

Bicycle Short- and long-distance bike routes lace the country and you are often pedalling through beautiful areas. All but the smallest train stations have bike-rental shops, as does every town and city.

Bus Cheaper and slower than trains but useful for remote villages not serviced by rail.

Car Good for visiting regions with minimal public transport. Drive on the right.

Train Service is fast, distances short, and trains frequent; buy an OV-chipkaart to get cheaper tickets and use on other forms of public transport too.

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Advice for travellers

Travelling with children

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Working and volunteering

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