Go­ing Dutch

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TRAVEL 2013 -

Hol­land uses the Euro. Schiphol Air­port and down­town Am­s­ter­dam have plenty Cur­rency Ex­change of­fices, and ATMs can be found across the land.

There’s an ex­ten­sive pub­lic trans­port sys­tem. A one-hour trip on the train (de­pend­ing on the route), gen­er­ally costs about n12 (R170). Within Am­s­ter­dam, the GVB con­trols the trains, trams, buses, met­ros and fer­ries. Visi­tors can buy one­hour tick­ets, (multi) day-passes, and payas-you-go passes. Th­ese are avail­able from the con­duc­tor, at GVB vend­ing ma­chines at sta­tions, or at many news­stands and su­per­mar­kets. Day passes start at n7.50 (R100). A great way to save is by get­ting the Am­s­ter­dam City Card, as it in­cludes a city map, un­lim­ited use of pub­lic trans­port and free ac­cess to Am­s­ter­dam’s top mu­se­ums and at­trac­tions, plus dis­counts.

For a cen­tral 3-star ho­tel in Am­s­ter­dam, one pays be­tween R950 – R1 200 a night.

A meal at a stan­dard restau­rant in Hol­land, in­clud­ing a drink and cof­fee, will cost about n30 per per­son (R400).

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