Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. One that attracts people from all over the world, most of which arrive through its Schiphol Airport. The airport is well accessible from the city via the railway station, Amsterdam airport taxi, bus, and even car rentals.
In any case, getting to the city center was never an issue, at least not as it is finding a short-term rental. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t find one, just that the rental price will be pretty steep.
Short-term rental options
First of all, you need to have in mind one thing – Dutch people are pretty socially insulated and don’t place too much trust in others outside of their community. Many of them rent their places through Facebook groups limited only to Dutch-speaking people.
Renting to a local for them is smart business and usually, charge locals way less than foreigners. Therefore, if you are foreigner, you might be charged a premium price for your short-term rental.
The second thing that drives rental prices up is the fact that Amsterdam is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. To be more precise it is the second most expensive cities, next only to London.
Here are your options as an expat:
- Hostel dorms start at around $60 per night. That’s $1,800 per month.
- Airbnb prices start at $100 per night. That’s $3,000 per month unless you make some arrangement with the homeowner and get a discount.
- Hotel rooms start at $200 per night, which comes down to a staggering $6,000 per month.
- Short-term for expats from local homeowners is around $2,500 per month.
On the other hand, if you are a local, you can get a short-term rental for just $1,500 per month. That’s a huge difference, but as explained above, that’s how the locals approach the rental business, and there isn’t any way around that.
The only ones who get to live cheap in Amsterdam are students whose wealthy parents bought a house or a condo for them.
The only way to find a cheap short-term rental is outside Amsterdam. For example, you can find a place in Amstelveen, which is just 13 km from downtown Amsterdam. It is a quiet little community that is well-connected to Amsterdam via tram. The line 5 tram costs only $4, and it will take you downtown Amsterdam for around 20 minutes. In addition to the tram, you can haul a taxi, UBER, rent a car, or rent a bike. Amsterdam’s bike culture is famous across the world with many bike lines across the city.
Cheap and Amsterdam don’t go hand in hand, and that’s pretty much a fact. Especially if you are looking for a short-term rental. The reasons are well-explained above, and there are no signs anything will change anytime soon. The only real alternative is to rent a place in an area like Amstelveen, which is well-connected to Amsterdam and not too far.