Hi, I am going to be spending four days in Antwerp with two friends in late April. Trying to figure out a budget for food and local transport around town. Enjoy buses and metros rides, and willing to experiment with food. No fancy restaurants, though ! Thanks very much.
No metro in Antwerp, but you can get everywhere with the busservices. A ticket will cost you about 1.50 euro if you buy it on the bus. A ticket is 20% cheaper if you buy it in a newspaperstore or a little supermarkt near the busstop...
If you go out for a dinner, you've got a wide range of possibilities between €10 and €25. On the left side of the Cathedral you'll find something, that's for sure. A nice place to sit is inside the marvelous "Elfde Gebod" (the 11th commitment)
If you wanna drink a good Belgian beer, I advice you LEFFE or DUVEL. They are quit heavy, so watch out!
Antwerp is a "big city" with everything on offer from really fancy places (over 100€ for a menu or over 200 € for a hotelroom) to cheap places. Price levels are not really different from most west european cities. There are some excellent musea, art galleries, historic buildings, at reasonable rates.
For public transport you can buy a 10 (in a shop) or 12 € "3 day pass", giving access to all metros, trams and busses. Well there is no real metro. The trams do run underground on some stretches. The stations look a bit like metro stations, but you'll smile when you see a tiny tram entering the station. This system is called "pre metro" because in the eighties it was hoped to convert 'one day' the premetro to a real metro. So my guess is that with 45 € a day you can cover all transport, leisure and food costs.
Enjoy your stay in Antwerp, and consult www.visitantwerpen.be for more info
Thank you for the information ! Much appreciated. I look forward to spending time in Antwerp ...