Amsterdam Cost of Living - what does it cost to live in Amsterdam.

The cost of living in Amsterdam has increased hugely since the introduction of the Euro on January 1st 2002.

On the 31st of December 2001 the cost of a cup of coffee in a coffeeshop was 3 Gilders but the next day January1st the same cup of coffee cost Euro 2, an increase of 50%. This happened to nearly everything except peoples wages. Amsterdam is no longer the cheap city it once was. The Euro destroyed it.

So what do the basics cost in Amsterrdam?

Prices of course vary depending on product and service provider (shop / Supermarket). The list below shows average prices for Amsterdam checked in Albert Heijn Dam Square branch as of August 9th 2015.


One-bedroomed apartment in central Amsterdam 1,200EUR
One-bedroomed apartment outside central Amsterdam 1,000 EUR
Three-bedroomed apartment in central Amsterdam 2,500EUR
Three-bedroomed apartment outside central Amsterdam 1,750 EUR

1 litre milk

1.00 EUR

Loaf of white bread


Rice (1kg)

1.30 EUR

Dozen eggs

2.00 EUR

Chicken breasts (1kg)

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.10EUR

Utilities/Household (average Bill)

Mobile call rate (per minute - mobile to mobile)

Internet1.5Mb/s (monthly) 29 EUR
Electricity, gas and water 175EUR

Eating out

Three-course meal at mid-range restaurant

50-60 EUR

Big Mac meal


Coffee in café

2.50 EUR

Beer in bar


Coca-cola (500ml) 2.29 EUR


Taxi rate (per km)


City centre train fare

2.80 EUR
Petrol 1.69 EUR

Prices of course are changing almost daily and mosty in one direction, UP while the average wage either drops or goes up by a tiny %.