FAQ: Is Amsterdam an expensive city?
Although it is a capital city, Amsterdam is not as expensive as other world cities, especially if you take housing out of the equation. The EIU's latest Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, for example, shows that the cost of living in Amsterdam is modest compared with cities like New York, London, Paris and Beijing.
But it is not a cheap city either, and tends to have 'big city' prices (although bargains can always be found). The strength of the euro can strongly affect how expensive Amsterdam 'feels' to people from non-euro countries.