Where to get money & how to spend it
- Currency | The Dutch valuta is the euro, assigned with the € character. Before the euro became in effect in 1999, we paid with the Dutch guilder.
- ATM | Bank machines are widespread, however it is possible to pay with credit/debit card everywhere. Taking cash from the ATM is usually quite expensive with added transaction fees, so best to carry around your plastic at all times.
- Cost of life | Life in the Netherlands isn’t cheap, especially not in the cities. A cup of coffee costs around €3, a beer around €3,50 and a basic main course in a restaurant costs around €15. Accommodation is offered in wide ranges, an overnight stay in a basic hotel is around €80.
- Tipping | Regardless of what the guidebooks say, Dutch tip is not included in the price and highly appreciated! A custom restaurant tip is around 10%, tour guides usually enjoy between €5 to €10 per person and a taxi driver will be happy if you round up the amount.
- Splitting the bill | Most commonly, the Dutch will split the bill according to what each person has consumed. In an informal setting, rounds are also given and sometimes even picking up the whole check. It is handy to have a downloaded application like PayPal or from your own bank, with the possibility to send & receive small transactions. It will save you the cost of having to collect money at an ATM and you will never pay a cent too much.
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