Daily necessities in Amsterdam



As The Netherlands' commercial capital, it's not hard to get daily necessities in Amsterdam. Working expats will find that products and services are very accessible anywhere in the city. 

Working expats will find that products and services are very accessible anywhere in the city. You can find most shops, banks, restaurants and other stores around the canals, and more in the city's business districts.


You can drive in the Netherlands on a valid international driving license or your home country license for a year, but you will need to apply for a Dutch driving license if you are planning to drive for a longer period. If you are an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen, you do not need to convert your driving license.

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Although it’s nice to have a car to get out of the city at the weekend, it is not necessary to own a car in Amsterdam if you’re mainly travelling within the city and suburbs. Amsterdam has an excellent and accessible public transport system. The city has a well-organized network of trains, subways, trams, buses, and taxis. Moreover, traffic is congested during peak hour, and parking is always a problem. Best to stick to public transport! Cycling is also a great way to get around Amsterdam, and there are cycling lanes all around the city – the city is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. Cycling also makes for great exercise! 


The official currency in the Netherlands is the Euro. Banks and financial institutions are usually open Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 5pm. On Mondays, there are banks which only open in the afternoon.

When opening your bank account, you will be required to show your residence permit, passport, letter of employment that states your monthly salary. You may also be required to show your tenancy agreement as proof of your address.

ATMs are commonly available outside banks, in major supermarkets and malls, and they usually offer interfaces in all the major European languages. Take note that you can use the ATMs of your own bank for free, but you may incur a service charge if you withdraw money from another bank’s ATM. International credit cards like Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in hotels and restaurants throughout the Netherlands.

International Banks

Local Banks