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May 19th, 2010, 12:16 PM
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Prices do vary from one country to another - they all have different tax rates on alcohol, and some cities are just more expensive to live and work in and that is reflected in the prices too - the pub/café owner has to pat rent/a mortgage and wages and taxes too.

A fluitje bier in Amsterdam costs about €2,50, sometimes more. That is not a lot of beer btw - 250ml if you are lucky. A pint (500ml) will be about €5.
A glass of wine is about the same as beer, maybe a bit more.
Distilled drinks cost a lot more.
Coffee in Amsterdam costs about €2.20 a cup, depending on where you drink it.
Of course in Amsterdam there are other things which may appeal instead of booze.

You should also be aware that many cafés in Amsterdam do not accept credit cards.
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May 19th, 2010, 12:24 PM
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$100 a day should just about cover it. That's $2500 for your trip. You'll need more if you're tempted by expensive souvenirs but this will cover about $50 a week on souvenirs (moderate in my book).

Budget weekly so if after the first week you've spent more than the equivalent of $700 then you'll need to buy fewer souvenirs and/or drinks the second week to stay within your budget.
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May 19th, 2010, 12:33 PM
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Try this website:


The US State Department determines basic per diem rates for their employees when they travel abroad. Just choose the country, and it'll give you a per city breakdown. It breaks out max spend for lodging, and then meals and incidental expenses. Incidental expenses include things like transportation costs, internet access, etc - basic things that a government employee on business might need. It should NOT include souvenirs and alcohol - and, if it does, I'm writing a letter to congress

Granted, these rates are for government employees traveling on business, but it'll give you a rough idea of what you can expect to spend. Moreover, it provides you a means for cost comparisons. For example, the Meals and Incidental Expenses for London are $139 USD per day. For Amsterdam, it's $172. For a small town in Alabama, the government per diem M&IE rate is $51.

Domestic Per Diems:

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May 19th, 2010, 12:40 PM
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Why not just save up as much money as you can between now and then and then divide by the number of days
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May 19th, 2010, 02:11 PM
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Show the other cheek and get another slap.

I think that my page at http://tinyurl.com/2ccyjn3 can give you some insight and help you answer your original question.

Honors to you for saying up front that you are a boozer. Most of us do not admit it. When you see the price of distilled spirits throughout Europe you may want to forego the hard stuff. Almost nobody drinks it. Stick with wine and beer. One of the few places where distilled spirits prices are reasonable is Holland, for the local *gin* called genever. It is good. You can also get cheap stuff in the east and in Greece. In Scandinavia you mortgage your home for a shot of vodka. Load up in the duty free shop on the plane or ferry before you get to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, or Helsinki.

The price of a drink may be inversely proportional to the size of the city airport. I paid more for a Heineken in po-dunk mid-Michigan MBS airport than I did in Detroit or Amsterdam airports. Frequent flyers should check their bar tabs. I bring a few airline minis of Crown Royal in my TSA *liquids bag* for a drink while waiting for security to allow everybody on board. Drinks on the trans-Atlantic flights are free. Santé.
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May 20th, 2010, 01:11 AM
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I just wanted to add that the prices in London can be widely different. A pint in one borough of central London can be £2.60, and the same pint in another might be closer to £3.50. That difference adds up, especially with an exchange rate!

Beer in Italy (even on tap) is MUCH more expensive than London. We paid €5-8 a 1/2 litre, compared to £2.60 for a pint in London...so the cities vary a huge amount.

Wine tends to be cheaper in France and Italy, beer tends to be cheaper in Ireland and the UK (in general).
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May 20th, 2010, 01:12 AM
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Oh and that spirits are ALOT more than beer and wine. when I say +£6 in London I mean +£6...in some places its aourn £8 for a short G&T.
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May 20th, 2010, 05:42 AM
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Yep, UK prices for hard liquor are sobering!
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