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Amsterdam On A Budget

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  • jonesMUFCforeverjonesMUFCforever Forumite
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    1 The link does not work - https’s server IP address could not be found.
    2 Without reading the article but someone who has been to Amsterdam a few times - flights are cheap (if bought early enough) but a decent hotel is likely to cost around £100 per night.
    3 Plenty of things to do and once you have found your bearings public transport - the trams- are easy to use and relatively cheap.
    4 Personally we would pay a bit extra to stay centrally rather than the outskirts or a hostel but to each their own.

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    1 The link does not work - https’s server IP address could not be found.
    2 Without reading the article but someone who has been to Amsterdam a few times - flights are cheap (if bought early enough) but a decent hotel is likely to cost around £100 per night.
    3 Plenty of things to do and once you have found your bearings public transport - the trams- are easy to use and relatively cheap.
    4 Personally we would pay a bit extra to stay centrally rather than the outskirts or a hostel but to each their own.

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  • BethPBethP Forumite
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    Love visiting Amsterdam.  Recommend the Ice Bar as a fun, different thing to do.  Also recommend eating at Vapiano. Delicious food.  Lots of different counters next to each other downstairs (there’s a lift). Canteen style. Spotlessly clean and very good value for money.
  • peachypricepeachyprice Forumite
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    Shame about the museums, they cost a fortune!  €15-20 per person, outrageous compared to UK prices for proper museums. 
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  • BoltonlassBoltonlass Forumite
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    Martin says in his latest newsletter that the card machines for  from train travel from the airport to the city do not accept foreign credit cards. Is this correct, I have never read that before and I am visiting in April?
  • peachypricepeachyprice Forumite
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    Martin says in his latest newsletter that the card machines for  from train travel from the airport to the city do not accept foreign credit cards. Is this correct, I have never read that before and I am visiting in April?
    No, its not.  I think the newsletter says you can't use foreign cards online?
    Main line ticket machines take all foreign cards, Metro machines don't take Amex, but do take other foreign cards. 
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    Link is now working :)
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  • mamanmaman Forumite
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    We stayed in Leiden in November. Lovely place and very easily accessible by train from Amsterdam and Schiphol. Leiden is like a miniature Amsterdam and very interesting but hotels are better value than Amsterdam. 
  • SteveG2010SteveG2010 Forumite
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    It is almost impossible to find a free public toilet in the center of Amsterdam. All the restaurants charge (or require a code number to get in), even in McDonalds, as do all of the department stores. The only free one I found was in the Central Railway station.
  • mamanmaman Forumite
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    It is almost impossible to find a free public toilet in the center of Amsterdam. All the restaurants charge (or require a code number to get in), even in McDonalds, as do all of the department stores. The only free one I found was in the Central Railway station.
    I was just trying to remember if I needed to go when I was there in November. :smiley:
    I used facilities next to a restaurant of a department store just down from the Central Station and also in the Rijksmuseum. In both cases I was a customer so not exactly free but no codes needed so I could have just walked in off the street. 
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