Most and Least Expensive European Cities
canal bridge with lights in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Most and Least Expensive European Cities

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Traveling to Europe? Some cities offer great value. Others, not so much.

Expensive: Amsterdam

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Hold onto your pocketbook as you roam past the canals, along the cobbled streets, and through the infamous red-light district. The little Dutch boy of fiction has taken his finger out of the dike, and visitors to Amsterdam might find themselves financially under water.

  • Average 2010 hotel rates: $174 (up 6 percent)
  • Price of beer (half-liter): $3.90–$6.49
  • Two-mile taxi ride: $13.47
  • State Department 2011 per diem: $441 (down 10 percent)
canal bridge with lights in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Most and Least Expensive European Cities

Expensive: Amsterdam

Hold onto your pocketbook as you roam past the canals, along the cobbled streets, and through the infamous red-light district. The little Dutch boy of fiction has taken his finger out of the dike, and visitors to Amsterdam might find themselves financially under water.

  • Average 2010 hotel rates: $174 (up 6 percent)
  • Price of beer (half-liter): $3.90–$6.49
  • Two-mile taxi ride: $13.47
  • State Department 2011 per diem: $441 (down 10 percent)
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