Hostels in Amsterdam

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Welcome to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the model of a port city: liberal, international and with a very definite hedonistic edge. So no wonder it has drawn tourists for hundreds of years, and is a huge hit with backpackers and hostellers today. Whether you’re looking for a cheap hostel, a group hostel or just a hostel with a great location, you’ll find one here. Cycle alongside the canals, take in the sights, and then stretch out in a hostel dorm – what more could you want? Sample some Dutch courage, party into the small hours, or spend a day surrounded by some of the world’s finest artwork in the Museum District. Choose a city centre hostel or a downtown hostel and you’ll be right at the heart of all Amsterdam has to offer, including its fun, eclectic nightlife. Whether you’re looking for vibrant cosmopolitan living or an authentic Netherlands experience, there’s a corner of Amsterdam – and an Amsterdam hostel – just for you.

Canal Ring

If you’re in a downtown hostel, all you need to do is step out of the front door. Just walking around the Dutch capital provides a wealth of historical sights. Stroll along the ancient waterways and experience the beautiful city up close.

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Cannabis College

You’re guaranteed to run into some fellow backpackers here. Learn about Amsterdam’s love of marijuana, discuss coffee shop etiquette, and try out cutting edge ways to consume the herb.

Address: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 124, 1012 DT Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Stadsarchief (city archives)

Read up on Amsterdam at its city archives. The Dutch capital is home to more nationalities than any other city in the world. All of them have left a legacy.


Address: Vijzelstraat 32, 1017 HL Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum


The Netherland’s national museum, this is the perfect place to add some art and history to your youth hostelling experience. Book in advance, as the museum gets busy. Basic tickets cost €17.50, but there are more expensive options available that include guided tours, and let you skip the queues.


Address: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands

District: Amsterdam Oud Zuid

Royal Palace of Amsterdam

Step out of your dorm and into Amsterdam’s vast, opulent palace. Open all year round, except during royal events, it’s one of Amsterdam’s finest attractions. It costs €10 per adult.


Address: Dam, Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

EYE Film Institute

Get a taste of Dutch filmmaking, at this museum and archive. The institute showcases both national and international films screened in the Netherlands. A regular ticket costs €10, but there are reduced price options available. Check online to see if you’re exempt, or purchase an I Amsterdam City Card for free entry.


Address: IJpromenade 1, 1031KT Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Nord

Guided bike tours

Locals love their bikes, and as a newly-arrived backpacker a two-wheeled tour is a great way to get your bearings. Mike’s Bike Tours offer both a long and a short tour – ideal if you only have a few hours spare.


Address: Kerkstraat 134 H, 1017 GP Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Anne Frank’s house

This historic location lets visitors consider the life of the Jewish diarist. Anne Frank’s house is a poignant place that stands as a tangible link to the story of Anne, and her family. Admission costs €9.


District: Amsterdam Centrum

Old Centre

If you’re looking for a city centre hostel, this is the place to search. It’s the heart of the traditional Amsterdam experience, full of cafes, bars and buzzing nightlife. The district is split into two – New Side, and Old Side, which hosts the famous Red Light District.

Cafes Central Bars


Amsterdam’s bohemian district, Jordaan is full of students, artists, and tourists, so it’s really backpacker-friendly – but there are plenty of upscale boutiques and restaurants too.

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Waterfront and Noord

An up-and-coming area, currently being redeveloped, the Waterfront is an exciting corner of the city. Full of eating options, and late night partying potential, it’s a district undergoing rapid regeneration.

Restaurants Clubs

King’s Day (April)

Book into an Amsterdam hostel in late April to experience the city’s biggest street party. April 27th is the King’s Day and the Dutch celebrate with a boat parade, dancing, and general festivities.


Imagine Film Festival

In April, the Dutch capital hosts the Imagine Film Festival. For ten full days you can soak up cinematic stories from a variety of genres. The screenings take place in the ultra modern EYE Film Institute.


De Parade

De Parade is a cultural travelling carnival, and it tours Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht, before making its way to Amsterdam. It spends nearly all of August in the Dutch capital’s Martin Luther Park and features theatre, music, and film in a variety of circus tents.


Amsterdam Gay Pride

Taking place throughout the city centre, this weekend event comprises street parties, club nights and a canal parade on the Saturday afternoon. All are welcome – gay or straight, local or backpacker.


The Holland Festival

The Holland Festival is the biggest one in the Netherlands. It showcases music, opera, theatre and dance, and even screens films and puts on art shows too. It takes place from end of May – to around the 23rd of June.


Latin Village Festival

Start practicing your samba moves in the dorm, because this is one of the largest Latin festivals in Europe. The event takes place at the Spaarnwoude recreation grounds.


Address: 2064 Spaarndam, Netherlands

Shoeless Open Air

Dance the night away in socks or slippers – or go barefoot if you fancy it. This good-natured two-day event north-west of the city features European pop and rock, plus theatre, art and DJs.


Address: Ruigoord 76, 1047 HH Amsterdam

District: Westport

Five Days Off

Backpackers with a passion for electronic music should make their way to Amsterdam the first week of March for the ‘Five Days Off’ festival. It takes place at the Melkweg and Paradiso venues in the heart of the city.


Address: Lijnbaansgracht 234a, 1017 PH Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum


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Hap Hmm

Head to Hap Hmm, a backpacker-friendly, canteen style eatery with a comfy living room vibe. You can fill up here for cheap.


Address: Eerste Helmersstraat 33, 1053 CZ Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Oud Zuid

Phone: 020 618 1884

Kam Yin

Kam Yin is another good place to try if you’re after cheap, but good, food. It’s a Surinam/Chinese restaurant with main courses costing between €6-€7.


Address: Warmoesstraat 6, 1012 JD Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Phone: 020 625 3115


Right in the hostel-packed city centre, Getto provides ‘home cooking’ for fantastic prices. They have loads to pick from and starters are available from €3.50, with main courses around €10.


Address: Warmoesstraat 51, 1012 HW Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Phone: 020 421 5151

Leeman Doner

If you’re after Turkish pizzas, or perhaps a kebab, then drop in to Leeman Doner. It’s a takeaway renowned for its great food, and cheap prices (€2 for a doner, €1.70 for a Turkish pizza).

Address: Van Woustraat 160, 1073 LW Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Oud Zuid

Phone: 020 662 2596

Eetcafe ‘t Pakhuis

Eetcafe ‘t Pakhuis has an extensive, good-value menu – and if you’re craving a steak, you can get a tasty one with loads of fries for under €15.


Address: Voetboogstraat 10, 1012 XL Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Phone: 020 625 0856


Once a church, now a cavernous concert hall/club, Paradiso has seen some famous faces including the Kings of Leon and Franz Ferdinand.


Address: Weteringschans 6-8, 1017 SG, Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Phone: 0 20 626 4521

Chicago Social Club

A club at weekends and a cosy, backpacker-friendly bar on weekdays, CSC has two levels and a diverse music policy.


Address: Leidseplein 12, 1017 PT Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Phone: 020 760 1171


Although there’s an entrance fee, drinks aren’t too expensive at this eclectic club. Arrive early and you might catch some live theatre, perhaps a cabaret performance, or even some poetry.


Address: Lijnbaansgracht 238, 1017 PH Amsterdam

District: Oud West

Phone: 020 627 0008

Studio 80

Fans of electronic music should head to Studio 80 where you can party in the evenings and take part in some DJ lessons in the day.


Address: Rembrandtplein 17, 1017 CT, Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Phone: 020 521 8333


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Club 8

Wednesday night is International Night at Club 8, and you can play pool for free all night when you show your passport. Play some pool, listen to some music, and hang out with the rest of the hostel crowd.


Address: Admiraal De Rujiterweg 56B, 1056 GL, Amsterdam

Phone: 020 685 1703

Flea Market (Waterlooplein)

Grab some bargains at Amsterdam’s oldest flea market. Sift through Che Guevara t-shirts, old movie posters, and find something unique.

Address: Waterlooplein 2, 1011 PG, Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

American Book Center

Running low on reading material? Turn your dorm into a mini-library at Europe’s largest independent English language bookstore. You could easily spend a day here.


Address: Spui 12, 1012 XA Amsterdam

Phone: 020 625 5537


Always busy, this market takes up an entire street. It’s a great place for backpackers on a budget to grab some food and pick up souvenirs.


Address: Dapperstraat, 1093 BS, Amsterdam

District: Oost Watergraafsmeer


An I Amsterdam City Card can be a great investment for backpackers. The cost varies depending on how much time you purchase. The card lets you save money on public transport, and it offers one time free entry to a number of attractions across the city. If you’re planning on being in the Netherlands for a while then it might be worth purchasing a Museumkaart (museum card). It gives you free entry to over 440 museums across the country for a year. It costs €44.95. You can move around Amsterdam very cheaply. The city centre is small enough that you can walk, and for longer journeys the city’s cycling culture means there’s likely to be a bike rental business close to your hostel.


You’ll arrive at Schipol Airport, one of Europe’s busiest air hubs. Despite its size, it’s well signposted and easy to navigate. Trains to the city centre run 24 hours a day and take just 15 minutes. A cheaper option is the Amsterdam Airport Express bus, which leaves bus platform B9 every 15 minutes. A single ticket is just €4.75. You’ll be in your hostel before you know it.


Arriving by train is a pleasure in itself. Amsterdam’s Centraal station is a neo-Renaissance building steeped in history. For both national and international travellers, Centraal is a transport hub providing links to the rest of the city, and the country too. For local connections it has three Metro lines, 10 tram lines, countless bus lines and five ferry lines.


You’re likely to arrive at one of two points if you journey to Amsterdam by bus. There’s Centraal station in the heart of the city, or there’s Amsterdam Amstel. It’s further out but it’s not difficult to get into the city from there either – there are plenty of public transport links to other city districts.

Getting around

Amsterdam has an efficient network of trains, trams, buses, and ferries. A good investment early on in your Dutch adventure is the public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart). You can use it on trams, buses, and the metro. It’s the most convenient option for backpackers exploring the city.

There are plenty of options available if you’d rather rent a bicycle. It’s the traditional way to see Amsterdam and it’s relatively inexpensive too.

Language: Dutch. English widely spoken.

Currency: Euro

Electricity voltage: 230v

Timezone: Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00)

Telephone country and area codes: +31 for The Netherlands, 20 for Amsterdam

Post office

Located near the Dam square, Postoffice Amsterdam can be found at:

Emmalaan 9

1075 AT Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tel: 020 662 4745


Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis

Oosterpark 9

1091 AC Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tel: 020 599 9111

Tourist information

Amsterdam has two main tourist information offices. One is located at Schiphol Airport terminal. You’ll find it at Schiphol Plaza at Arrivals 2. Alongside the members of staff who work there, you can use the touchscreens to access general information about the city. It’s open daily from 07:00 – 22:00.

The other sits in front of Centraal Station:

Stationsplein 10

1012 AB Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tel: 020 702 6000

Opening hours

Typical business opening hours vary throughout Amsterdam; often depending on which district you’re in. You can find more information via this link.

Emergency numbers: Dial 112 for fire, medical or police emergencies.

Hostel Hostels - Hostel Stayokay Amsterdam Oost

The hostel is located to the east of the city centre in a quiet, typical Amsterdam neighbourhood. Amsterdam’s historic centre is less than 15 minutes away by bike or tram. Stayokay Amsterdam Oost has its own café-restaurant and shares the premises with a number of interesting neighbours, which means that there’s always plenty to do, if you stay here.

Hostel Hostels - Hostel Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark

It has a unique location in the middle of the famous Vondelpark – a stone’s throw from the city’s shopping streets, museums and vibrant nightlife.

Hostel Hostels - Hostel Stayokay Amsterdam  Stadsdoelen

If guests would like to explore the surroundings, they can visit Rembrandtplein and the Flower Market at 450 m away and Royal Palace Amsterdam at 750 m. Schiphol Airport is located at 15 km away.

Hostel Hostels - Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam

The Hans Brinker Hostel is nestled between the iconic canals of Amsterdam; an easy 10 minute walk to the famous red-light district and a 5 minute walk to the entertainment area around Leidseplein and the iconic museums at Museumplein.

Hostel Hostels - Hostelle - female only hostel

The hostel is located right in the middle of the shopping mall Amsterdamse Poort. The Amsterdam Arena and Pathe movie theatre are a 10-min walk away. Amsterdam’s city centre features many museums such as the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum and Vincent Van Gogh Museum. Metro Strandvliet and Metro Bullewijk 5 min walk away. Metro Venserpolder, Duivendrecht Station and Metro Ganzenhoef 15 mins away. Schiphol Airport is 13km away. Surrounded by restaurants, shops, cafe's, supermarkets & local markets.

Hostel Hostels - Train Lodge Amsterdam

Train Lodge is located next to the Station Sloterdijk with all public transports like train, bus, metro and tram. It is relaxing area with the best connections to all touristic places in Amsterdam. It is a place where you want to be after your very busy day in the city. In the Westpoort district in Amsterdam. 3.2 km from Anne Frank House and 3.7 km from Vondelpark. Royal Palace Amsterdam is 3.9 km, while Leidseplein is 5 km away. Schiphol Airport is 10 km away Nearby are cafes,shops and bars

Hostel Hostels - WOW Amsterdam Hostel

WOW Amsterdam is well connected to Amsterdam’s old city center by bicycle, public transport and car. Within walking distance to the hostel you will find a local market, supermarket, restaurants, bars and shops.

Hostel Hostels - Dutchies Hostel

Station Amsterdam Sloterdijk is a 15-minute walk away, and has great bus, tram and metro connections. Tram stop Molenwerf is a 5 minute walk, and the tram brings you in 15 to 20 minutes to the city centre. Dutchies Hostel is located right next to a supermarket and within walking distance you will also find a local market, restaurants, bars and shops.

Hostel Hostels - Shelter Jordan Hostel

The Jordaan area is full of charming streets, picturesque canals and fascinating hidden courtyards. Experience real Amsterdam in the lively street markets, “brown” cafés and the tulip and cheese museums. This area is famous for hip and trendy boutiques as well as endless restaurants and cafés.

Hostel Hostels - Hostel Sleep Inn

There is a tram stop at 50 m from the property and it offers links to different sites of the city. Rembrandtplein is 1.2 km away and Red Light District is within a short walking distance. The hostel is 1.5 km from Amsterdam Central Station, 1.4 km from Dam Square and 2 km from Leidseplein. Van Gogh Museum is 2.5km away. Amsterdam City Centre is great for travellers interested in architecture, city trips and walking. Lots of choices of bars,restaurants and nightlife/clubs all around our hostel.

Hostel Hostels - MEININGER Hostel Amsterdam Amstel

The second MEININGER Hotel in Amsterdam is part of the city’s highest residential building and is situated directly opposite Amstel railway station. From here, it’s only a few minutes’ train ride into the city center. What’s more, the Amstel river runs through the neighborhood on its way to the sea.

Hostel Hostels - The flying pig Uptown Hostel

The Flying Pig Uptown is a relaxed home away from home for backpackers offering a real party vibe! A great place to meet new friends, chill out, have a party - and to explore the city with the tram right on our doorstep. Basing yourself here means benefiting from the true Amsterdam vibe as well as having The Red Light District is just a 20 minute walk away.

Hostel Hostels - ClinkNOORD Hostel

ClinkNOORD is situated in the culturally vibrant Amsterdam Noord area, just across the IJ River and about 10 minutes from the back of Amsterdam Centraal Station. The short ferry ride is free and runs 24/7.

Hostel Hostels - Shelter City Hostel

The Nieuwmarkt is around the corner and the hostel is located is at the border of the famous Red Light district. Dam square is 5 minutes walk and Central Station (train) is 10 minutes on foot.

Hostel Hostels - A&O Hostel Amsterdam Zuidoost

The A&O Amsterdam Zuidoost is located in the Bullewijk district close to the metro station. In fifteen minutes you can travel with ease on the M54 to Amsterdam Centre. Whether your journey is by car, bus, or train, we are easy to find.

Hostel Hostels - Generator Amsterdam Hostel

Amsterdam Oost is one of the most up and coming areas in Amsterdam, with an exciting mix of cultures you’re bound to find the vibrancy that you’re expecting from your trip. Full of excellent restaurants, cafes and bars nearby you’ll have even more options if you decide to head out beyond the hostel for food and drink. When planning your trip be sure to check what’s on in the park, as it often plays host to markets and events that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Hostel Hostels - MEININGER Hostel Amsterdam City West

We are located right next to the transport hub at Sloterdjik which means you are perfectly situated to explore this diverse and colorful city. It is only 5 minutes via the urban railway to Central Station and just 10 minutes to Schiphol Airport. Westerpark is a short walk and you can also get to Strand West in no time to play beach volleyball! For those who want a more relaxing time, why not take a trip to the flower market or chill out in a local coffee shop?

Hostel Hostels - St Christopher's at the Winston, Amsterdam

Our hostel is overlooking the Red Light District, in the heart of Amsterdam's nightlife hub.

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Stay here to experience the real hustle and bustle of the city.

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