Amsterdam is set to raise its tourist tax on hotel stays to 12.5% in 2024, making it the highest in Europe. This increase applies to overnight stays in hotels, rentals, guesthouses, and cruise ship passengers.
Current tax stands at 7%, rising to 12.5%, making the average room rate tax €21.80 (US$23) from €15.25 (US$16). In comparison, Barcelona’s tourist taxes average €2.25 per day, while Paris charges around €4 per night.
Revenue from the hike will address local needs, green spaces, and community resources. This tax aims not to burden residents but help tourists pay for the city’s tasks, addressing overtourism and maintaining clean streets.
Although Amsterdam’s tax funds sustainable tourism, critics argue it should improve essential services. Travellers can expect higher expenses, with an average Friday-to-Sunday trip costing €550 (US$580) and increased daily food expenses, totaling approximately €33 ($35). Additional costs may include train tickets, bike rentals, and attraction admissions.