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Car hire Amsterdam - Discover the metropolis

In Amsterdam, you only have a real advantage when you're travelling by bike. All the others are second-class citizens. Still, exploring this beautiful lively city and its surroundings with a hired car is a very special experience. With almost one million inhabitants, on an area of 220 square kilometers, this unique city among the major European cities can be explored by car, although a large part of the city is water.

Bicycles at a canal in Amsterdam

Bicycles at a canal in Amsterdam

Canal with old houses in Amsterdam

Canal with old houses in Amsterdam

What is the best way to find a car hire company in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is a true European metropolis, so you will have no difficulty finding a car hire company as they are spread out all over the city. But of course it is always good to know your options in advance. The best way to find out is to compare prices on and book your car hire online before you arrive.

Summer in the capital – what can I do?

Houses and bridges in Amsterdam

Houses and bridges in Amsterdam

The weather in Amsterdam is very unsettled. Even in summer, the weather can change every five minutes. However, when the sun shines in and the temperatures are rising, all inhabitants of the city and tourists are going out to the streets and enjoy the vibrant summer life of the city. The Netherlands are the perfect country for a road trip in summer. The country’s beaches another great sights and cities are not far from Amsterdam. Furthermore, the well-developed infrastructure and streets makes it easy to drive around the country.

How can I optimally enjoy the summer in Amsterdam? Here you can see some tips from us for your summer holiday in the capital of the Netherlands.

• Relax on the beach at Blijburg aan Zee

• Enjoy great food and drinks: Hippie beer garden: Hannekes Boom

• Windmills brewery: Brouwerij t ’IJ

• Free boat ride at the NDSM shipyard

• Shopping and good food: Sunday market

• The Largest flea market in Europe: Ijhallen

Amsterdam as a winter destination

Winter in Amsterdam

Winter in Amsterdam

Have you always wanted to go to Amsterdam? Why not do it this winter? In the colder season there is not only a lot to explore, there are also much less tourists than in summer. As the capital of the Netherlands is a cultural center of Europe, there is always plenty to do here. If you are planning a trip to Amsterdam, there are things you should not miss. 

  1. Amsterdam's Festival of Lights: Every year from November to January, whenthe days are shorter than in summer, the city's canals and streets are illuminated with great light objects by artists and architects. Make sure you don't miss these great city scenes
  2. Foodhallen: De Hallen is a former railway station that has developed into a cultural and gastronomic experience center. Especially in winter you can find warm shelter here with great restaurants, bars and market stalls. 
  3. Amsterdam Icebar: Everything here is made of ice. Even the glasses you drink from! A great location for a great experience and an Instagram snapshot. 
  4. ICE*Amsterdam: In some winters the canals of the city freeze. Then you can also skate here. If this is not the case, you can use the ICE Amsterdam. Here you can skate on cool skating rinks with the Rijksmuseum in the background.

Your advantages when hiring a car at the airport

  • Special vehicles on offer
  • Long opening hours
  • Good accessibility
  • No need for public transport
  • No transfer

Car hire Amsterdam: Is there a toll in the Netherlands?

At present, the Netherlands is still one of the few toll-free countries in Europe. There is no charge for the use of highways and motorways. However, there are fees for the Willem-Alexander bridge and some tunnels.

Your hired car and vignette

The vignette is a road tax which is recognized by all Euro-vignette countries, including the Netherlands. There is no need for the Euro-vignette when you travel with a passenger car. In the Netherlands, cars can be used without road tax. Trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 12 tons or more must carry a Euro-vignette.

Free parking in Amsterdam?

Within the city, it is difficult to park a car free of charge. In Amsterdam, regular parking tickets have been replaced by digital parking. This means that you enter the number plate number of the vehicle at the car park machines and then pay with credit card or bank card. Cash is not accepted at these machines. There are many public car parks in Amsterdam that you can use during the day and overnight. These are operated by private providers and the fees vary. With Park and Ride you can save a lot of money in Amsterdam because the parking fees within the city are quite high. We recommend that you park your car at one of the various park and ride areas and use public transport or a bicycle from there. So: free parking is unfortunately hard to find. But here are some options where you can safely park your hired car:

  • Park & Ride
  • Parking garages
  • Digital parking in the city center

For wrong parking you can get into a lot of unnecessary trouble in Amsterdam, which can cost not only time but also a lot of money. To release a vehicle that has been towed, you must pay 373 €.

What are the speed limits in the Netherlands?

table class="mwc-table table table-text-left"> road Maximal speed Inner city 50 km/h Outside the city 80 km/h Motorways 130 km/h

What is the penalty for speeding?

Exceeding in km/h Inner city Outside the city
1 - 5 km/h 32 EUR 29 EUR
6 - 10 km/h 67 EUR 63 EUR
11 - 20 km/h 180 EUR 172 EUR
21 - 30 km/h 316 EUR 301 EUR

Do I have to buy insurance for the hired car in Amsterdam?

When hiring a car, it doesn't matter in which country you hire your car. For your own protection, you should always opt for "comprehensive insurance without excess." You should also pay attention to a high liability coverage. The liability should cover at least one million euros in damages, or even 7.5 million euros.

Is the car hire company in Amsterdam expecting a deposit?

Basically, every car hire company expects a deposit, no matter which country you are in. In the Netherlands, car hire companies usually charge a credit card. The deposit is not available on your account until you have returned the hired car.

Hired car Amsterdam: Additional drivers in the hired car

You can include an additional driver in the contract at any time. You will have to pay an additional insurance fee and any other additional costs.

Here are some helpful emergency numbers for Amsterdam:

Emergency Telefonnumber
EU-emergency call 112
Tourist Medical Service 020 592 3355
Police/Fire Brigade/ Emergency 112

When is the best time to visit Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is worth a visit all year round. Surely the city is not exactly a pure joy in December and January, because it rains and storms and is also quite cold. But that is what it looks like in the whole of northern and northwestern Europe during these months. Bring an umbrella and visit anyway. In summer, of course, there is no question that Amsterdam enchants every tourist.

Discover Amsterdam independently with a hired car

Discover Amsterdam independently

Experience the unique Amsterdam by hiring a car!

It doesn't take courage, but good nerves to drive the car city centre. However, they are rewarded by the fact that you will be able to see many of the beautiful canals in a relatively fast way. And that you can even do this when the weather is bad. Your alternative is a bike tour, which also takes you over the canals very quick, but it is definitely not much fun when the weather is bad.

Car hire Amsterdam: Discover the highlights

  • Anne-Frank-House
  • Van-Gogh-Museum
  • Rijksmuseum
  • The Herrengracht
  • The Hauptbahnhof
  • St. Nicholas Basilica

Don't just stay in town - explore the surroundings!

In these beautiful but winding streets of the city it is nice, but not easy to drive around with your hired car. The traffic management, many one-way streets, the small alleys and streets, and above all the lack of parking space when you want to get out for a walk and have a closer look at the city center, don’t make it a pleasure to visit the city center by car. But if you are travelling by hired car, you can also explore the beautiful surroundings of Amsterdam.

Drive along one of the largest canals, called Prinzengracht, out of town and enjoy the view. The canals will lead your way for a long time, you can follow them for miles and whenever you feel like it settle down for a cup of coffee and a Dutch treat in a café on a houseboat.

How do you say that in Dutch?

Learn a little Dutch - talk to the hosts. Here are some words that might be useful:

English Dutch
(to) park park
repair and assembling shop werkplaats
Vehicle registration certificate Certificaat motorvoertuig
Ice ijs
traffic light verkeerslichten
Coach Coach

Amsterdam is worth a visit. Tourists said this hundreds of years ago, and it has remained so to this day. Perhaps even more so today than 100 years ago, because the city is constantly evolving and is justifiably one of Europe's most popular metropolises and one of the world's most popular holiday destinations.

Hire a car and have a great view on Amsterdam during sunset

View on Amsterdam during sunset

Public place in the center of Amsterdam

Public place in the center of Amsterdam

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