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How to save money in Amsterdam

Find out how to go on a free ferry ride in Amsterdam, how to save money when buying tram tickets and more.

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Our video for Amsterdam has five useful tips on how to save money there:

1. Save money when buying tram tickets
A single journey on one of Amsterdam’s trams costs around €3, but instead of buying tickets for individual journeys buy a ‘strippenkart’. They cost around €8 and with them you get seven journeys making them far better value. You can pick them up at tobacco kiosks which are located all over the city.
2. Go on a FREE walking tour
New Amsterdam Tours operate free walking tours every day from the monument in Dam Square 11am and 1pm. They last about three hours and take in all the city’s main sights. You can’t miss the tour guides as they wear bright red t-shirts. Also, they work on a tip-only basis so put an awful lot into their!
3. Chill out in Vondelpark
A great way to spend a few hours in Amsterdam without spending a cent is by chilling out in Vondelpark, the city’s best known park.
4. Visit Begijnhof
Located behind the square ‘Spui’ is Begijnhof, it used to be a centre for a female religious community. Entrance is free and it is one of the most tranquil places in the Dutch capital.
5. Go on a FREE ferry ride
Behind Centraal Station are three free ferry rides. Two of them last less than ten minutes so make sure to take the ferry that goes furthest east to Buiksloterdijk as this journey lasts the longest.
And finally....
Stay in hostels rather than hotels. You can book hostels in Amsterdam such as Flying Pig Dowtown or other Amsterdam hostels here.
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