What is the local currency?
The Netherlands uses the euro (sign: €; code: EUR).
Should I change money before I go?
We recommend that you change some money before travelling, to get the best exchange rate. Alternatively, you could withdraw money from an ATM once in the Netherlands although banks may charge international withdrawal fees. Most places in the Netherlands also accept international bank cards.
Will I be able to draw money out when I get there or should I exchange money?
You’ll be able to withdraw money at Schiphol airport and there are plenty of places to exchange money near the hotel. It’s up to you whether you exchange money beforehand, but it can be handy to have some cash upon arrival.
How much should I budget per day for extras?
This will be personal to each traveller. You’ll need to budget for one lunch, and any drinks that you may want on the adventure. If you are planning on buying gifts and souvenirs, you’ll need a little extra for these!
Is it customary to tip? If so, how much?
A tip of around €3-5 per day for the Pack Leader would be appreciated but is not at all compulsory. Many Flashpackers choose to keep a kitty and give this to the Pack Leader at the end of the trip.
For restaurants and bars, it’s normal to tip around 10%, but this is at your own discretion.
Which location is best for buying gifts and souvenirs?
There’s something for everyone when it comes to Amsterdam’s shopping districts. The 9 Streets are perfect for boutique shopping with small local shops. For the international brands: The Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat are the go to places. For luxury department shopping you can head to 'De Bijenkorf'. Also, around the hotel, there are some wonderful local shops.