Map &

Been here?
Rate it

Top Tours

Amsterdam Canals Cruise Including Dinner and Onboard Commentary
From EUR79.00
Amsterdam Evening Burger and Beer Cruise
From EUR39.00
Amsterdam Walking Tour Including Dutch Snacks and Optional Canal Cruise
From EUR20.00

ATM - Credit Cards Tips (9)

Problems with foreign creditcards in Netherlands

Netherlands was the first country (of 33) I have visited, that we had lots of problems with ATM:s. Outside Amsterdam most of them didn´t exept foreign cards! In AMsterdam there was also some witch didn´t but in most central streets we found those ones, witch took our card also. This was also the first country we had problems paying with foreign cards. We have Visa electron and Master card, and many places we heard the same "Sorry, no foreign cards.." Next time we go there, I will take more money with me, so it´s easier. Outside Amsterdam none bar,restaurant, museum, shop or what so ever took our card (becose it wasn´t local). And in Amsterdam only most famous museums and little "better" restaurants took it. It was June 2010, so not so long ago.

Turska's Profile Photo
Apr 09, 2011

Cash or credit?

As mentioned a time or two on my other pages, I had read often during trip planning that it was more common to pay for things in cash rather than using credit cards, and we chose to do this. From what I observed with others, this seemed to hold merit.

We payed for our hotel, the week in advance since it was an apartment and a 7-night stay as agreed, with a bank debit card, and did not use a credit card the entire time there. We withdrew Euros every other day or so from an ATM machine conveniently located at a bank building across the street from the main Dam Square tram stops. For us, and not doing any fancy, upscale events, 150 or so Euros was plenty to start any day with and gave me the sense of having enough on me to cover most anything, including eating quite well. Most days we had plenty of money left over, and of course you could have a great time for a whole lot less. Our Amsterdam Pass cards and tram tickets proved a real bargain for seeing some of the main museums and other attractions and made riding the trams a breeze.

I would suggest that if planning to use a credit or debit card at all that you contact your bank and notify them of your travel dates and areas to be visited. This might prevent a security flag when out-of-country use occurs unless you do so frequently. Also to make sure your card(s) have international use capability, especially for checking account debit cards with ATM machines. If a Visa debit card with the Cirrus logo (and there are others as well), you should be fine.

See our "Warnings or Dangers" page for my personal advice, for what it's worth, on carrying cash.

jss1018's Profile Photo
Jan 02, 2005

ATM's in Amsterdam

Before you leave, contact you local should tell them you will be using your cards (credit or ATM) out of the country. You may want to have your daily ATM limit raised.

ATM's around Dam Square have long lines all weekend and usually run out of money by Sunday so make sure you have enough

TrekknHil's Profile Photo
Aug 12, 2003

Opening Hours

Banks are open weekdays from 8 or 9 to 4 or 5; post offices are open weekdays from 8:30 to 5 and often on Saturday from 8:30 to noon.

Shopping hours are Monday from 1 to 6, Tuesday through Friday from 9 to 6, and Saturday from 9 to 5 with usually a late night during the week until 9.00pm. Certain shops now have permission to open from noon to 5 on Sunday.

keeweechic's Profile Photo
Jul 24, 2003
Sponsored Listings

Hotels in Amsterdam

Singel 458, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1017 AW, The Netherlands
Show Prices
Singel 462, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1017 AW, The Netherlands
Show Prices
Spuistraat 288-292, Amsterdam, 1012 VX, The Netherlands
Show Prices
Singel 416, 1016 AK, 1016 AK
Show Prices
Rokin 104, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1012 KZ, The Netherlands
Show Prices
Rokin 154-156, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1012 LE, The Netherlands
Show Prices


The most important thing to remember about all public toilets in Amsterdam, apart from being calling "toiletten" or "WC" and not "rest room",is not the usual male and female distinction but to pay the person who sits at the entrance. There will be a little saucer or cup on a table where you can put the entrance money which is usually only a bit of change.

BlueBerry_7's Profile Photo
Jan 14, 2003

it's not called a a.t.m here

if your looking for an A.T.M you won't find one, because they are called geldautomaat's or chipknip's. they are similar to u.s atm's and they promt you to an english button. not sure what the fee's were, i haven't gotten my statements yet.

excitableone's Profile Photo
Dec 14, 2002


Not all restaurants accept credit cards. Cash machines are available throughout the city centre, and most of them accept the major credit cards.

keeweechic's Profile Photo
Aug 11, 2006


As some other European countries, Netherlands adopted the Euro. You won't find it hard to reach any ATM when you need to withdraw money, since there are plenty available.

micas_pt's Profile Photo
Dec 11, 2003

Top 5 Amsterdam Writers

pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo


View Member
jo104's Profile Photo


"God made the Dutch, but the Dutch made Holland"
View Member


"Amsterdam - I love it!"
View Member
ATLC's Profile Photo


"Amsterdam, is it real?"
View Member
Pavlik_NL's Profile Photo


"Amsterdam, where the Dutch money is spend"
View Member

Tien Gulden

The Netherlands always used Guilders as their national currency until it changed to Euros just this year. I condsider my 10 Gulden note a collector's item not just a souviner!

BlueBerry_7's Profile Photo
Oct 29, 2002

Things To Do in Amsterdam

Things to do

De Krijtberg

Officially dedicated to St Francis Xavier, De Krijtberg is another Catholic church in Amsterdam. The actual elegant Neogothic edifice was constructed in 1883 by the architect Alfred Tepe. The church's...
View More
Things to do

Flower Market - Bloemenmarkt

New Year's is certainly not the season to visit a flower market, so Bloemenmarkt was not super exciting when I was there in late December 2014. There were definitely flowers being sold along with...
View More
Things to do

Begijnhof - The Wooden House

The Begijnhof - Beguinage in Amsterdam is certainly a pleasant and quiet part of the old city but as a beguinage I felt surprised by the architectural heterogeneity of this ensemble! Maybe I am too...
View More
Things to do

Allard Pierson Museum

Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam. The museum is housed in a nice classical building formerly from the Nederlandsche Bank. Allard Pierson was a...
View More
Things to do

Bijbels Museum

Biblical Museum. Located on Herengracht in a group of stately mansions called the Cromhouthuizen. I was impressed by their collection of Bibles, and the model of the Temple Mount. "Archaeological...
View More
Things to do


If you're into shopping, you might want to check out this street. There are plenty of shops here selling so many things for men and women. The only traffic here are tourists! Lots of them. In fact,...
View More

Getting to Amsterdam


We don't yet have an address for this Local Customs. Help us improve our info!


We don't yet have hours for this Local Customs. Help us improve our info!