Wondering where to stay in Amsterdam on a budget? A quick scroll through common booking platforms and you’ll immediately notice that Amsterdam is far from cheap. In this article, we cover the best areas to stay in Amsterdam on a budget. Of course, you can stay in a hostel in the most popular areas in Amsterdam, however, the goal of this article is to come up with areas that have proper accommodations for an affordable price. At the bottom of this article, you can find a map with all the recommended areas including Amsterdam’s top attractions. With that being, let’s jump to the results.
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Where to stay in Amsterdam on a budget?


The best areas in Amsterdam when you’re on a budget are Old City Center, Westpoort, Amsterdam Noord, De Pijp and around the Vondelpark. Most of the areas are located a bit outside the old city centre, but surprisingly, there are quite a few good budget options in Amsterdam’s Old City Center. Make sure to book an accommodation with proper reviews as the quality of the hotels inside the most popular area in Amsterdam, the Old City Center, vary enormously. In the next paragraphs, we dive deeper into each recommended area. 
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The best areas in Amsterdam on a budget are: 

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1. Old City Centre


It’s no surprise that the Old City Center is the most popular area among tourists as many of the city’s highlights are located here. Whether you’re visiting Amsterdam for shopping, nightlife, culture or a mix of all, in and around the Old City Center is where all the action is going. So, the most popular tourist area of Amsterdam offers all sorts of hotels, including one and two-star hotels. This makes the Old City Center among the most interesting areas to stay in Amsterdam on a budget. 

But there is a catch. The quality of these hotels varies enormously. For example, a part of all visitors come to Amsterdam to enjoy the liberal policies regarding recreational drugs and prostitution. The famous red-light district called The Wallen is located in the Old City Center and people all over the world, especially from European countries, spend a long weekend in Amsterdam as hedonistic travellers. These type of travellers rather spend their bucks on food and mostly drinks than on hotel rooms. Many of the cheaper hotels in and around the red light district should be avoided when visiting Amsterdam on a budget, simply because the quality of these hotels is far below average.

But, the Old City Center does offer good quality hotels for the budget traveller as well, and as you’re surrounded by iconic buildings and landmarks, it’s an amazing area to stay in when you’re on a budget. Areas such as the Spuistraat and around Rembrandt Square, which is the west part of the Old City Center do offer affordable, decent hotels, although many upscale hotels are located here as well. Besides, many tourists are outside during the day and in the evening to explore Amsterdam’s vibrant centre and a good bed and a clean shower are what most of us ask for. And you can most definitely find places with these minimum requirements. 


Some of the best hotels when visiting Amsterdam on a budget are visually listed below:
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2. Amsterdam Westerpark


Amsterdam Westerpark is the area on the west side of the Old City Center and is built around a large park. This area still has the charm of the typical, old, working-class neighbourhood but with a modern twist. It’s not overflowed with the mass tourism which the Old City Center is, but instead, there is a more laid-back atmosphere to discover here. As you’re not in Amsterdam’s epicentre, you can find decent three-star hotels that don’t cost you an arm and a leg, which makes it an ideal area to stay in Amsterdam on a budget. The downside is of course that you have to walk quite a bit in order to reach Amsterdam’s highlights. To put things in perspective, getting from the Westerpark to the Rijksmuseum (National Museum) takes you around fifty minutes by foot. Using public transport or renting a bike is a better alternative. In return, staying at Westerpark gives you a definitely few good options when it comes to affordable hotels while enjoying a somewhat peaceful neighbourhood with quite the little gems to discover.


Some of the best hotels when visiting Amsterdam on a budget are visually listed below:
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3. Amsterdam Noord


Amsterdam Noord (North) is located on the opposite side of Amsterdam seen from the Old City Center. While the majority of the tourists tend to stay on the side of the Old City Center as the major highlights are there, when travelling on a budget in Amsterdam, you might want to consider staying at Amsterdam Noord. This somewhat upcoming neighbourhood, which is actually mostly a residential area, gained popularity over the last few years and new, affordable hotels are rising. The reason for that is that Amsterdam itself is flooded with tourists, something the local government want to control. Booking platform AirBnB contributed to a somewhat unstable housing market in the city centre, hence the high prices for hotel rooms. New hotels escaped to alternatives like Amsterdam Noord. The downside of this area is that you have to travel to enjoy Amsterdam’s vibrant centre as this area is boring compared to the Old City Center and the surrounding neighbourhoods, but, you do find affordable accommodations here.


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4. De Pijp


De Pijp is the area where most students and people with all sorts of cultures and origins live together as it’s a relatively cheap area. We have to emphasize the worth relatively because the prices per square meter in Amsterdam are of exorbitant measures. Especially when you visit Amsterdam for its culture and food and especially not for its nightlife, De Pijp is an excellent area to stay at. In this area, you can find the iconic Albert Cuyp Market, which is a market where people from Amsterdam buy their fresh vegetables but it offers a huge variety of typical Dutch foods such as cheese, meatball buns, raw haring and of course Stroop Wafel. Compared to the previous two recommended areas, De Pijp is much more vibrant, almost as vibrant as the Old City Center. But where the Old City Center is flooded by mass tourism, De Pijp is a much more suitable area to witness the daily lives of the typical citizens of Amsterdam. 


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5. Vondelpark


Right in front of the Vondelpark, the most iconic park in Amsterdam, and close to both the Rijksmuseum (National Museum) and the Van Gogh Museum is a small area with an abundance of hotels. Many of these hotels are within a mid-range budget class and with a little bit of search, you’re able to find a hotel that fits your budget. What’s so good about this area is that you’re located near three iconic landmarks with plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby while you’re away from the craze in the Old City centre. 

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Tip: If you have never visited Amsterdam before and you’re visiting the iconic city for its architecture, culture and for sightseeing purposes, read our article about the best area to stay in Amsterdam for first-timers as we dive deeper into each recommended area and what they specifically have to offer. 
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Best hostels in Amsterdam


Some of the best hostels in Amsterdam are visually listed below. 
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Map of the best areas in Amsterdam on a budget


The next image is a map of the best areas in Amsterdam on a budget including the city highlights. The image is in high resolution so you can easily zoom in to see all the details. 
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There you have it, all our recommendations to your question about the best areas to stay in Amsterdam on a budget. We hope you enjoyed it and hopefully, you can make a good decision and have the time of your life in this amazing city!
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