On your trip to Amsterdam, you want the freedom to explore both the city center and outskirts at your own pace. Discover traditional Dutch wonders like windmills and wooden clogs in Zaanse Schans or head to Bloemendaal aan Zee and Zandvoort aan Zee beach, only a short drive away from Amsterdam.
Ready to rent a car on your Amsterdam vacation? If you are flying into Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Airport, whether you are on an international or internal flight, you will need to follow the 'Car Rental' signs. You find the rental car desk and service desk in the airport's main foyer, Schiphol Plaza.
As a new driver in Amsterdam, you need to watch out for the narrow twisting streets at the center of the city, as well as the many cyclists that dominate the roads. It’s important to know that trams have the right of way at most junctions of the city and that traffic coming from the right has priority. When you get to the outskirts of Amsterdam, there’s a fantastic network of highways that make driving to nearby cities like Rotterdam and The Hague very enjoyable.
On Amsterdam’s roads, peak traffic starts to build around 7:00 and lasts until 9:00 in the morning, where driving can take 30 minutes to get into the city center during rush hour. In the evening, rush hour is from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Although the fastest way around Amsterdam is on the highway, or snelweg (which means “fast road”), try to avoid using them during rush hour -- especially the A2 road and near the airport.
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Off-airport rental car locations in Amsterdam are around 15% more expensive than airport locations on average
Economy rental cars in Amsterdam are around 60% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Amsterdam
Some car rental companies in Amsterdam which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Sixt, Hertz and Budget
On average a hire car in Amsterdam costs C$ 42 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Europcar (C$ 64/day), Hertz (C$ 75/day) and Enterprise (C$ 88/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Hertz Aankomstpassage, Schiphol 1118 AA (11 kilometers from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Amsterdam are Enterprise (8.1, 70 reviews), Sixt (8.0, 113 reviews), and Hertz (7.4, 53 reviews).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Amsterdam. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Amsterdam is C$ 9.93 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 119 and C$ 159, depending on the car size.
Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Amsterdam.
A Compact car rental in Amsterdam costs C$ 42 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Amsterdam costs C$ 25 per day, on average.
A Luxury car rental in Amsterdam costs C$ 72 per day, on average.
In Amsterdam, cars are most frequently rented at Budget Amsterdam Schiphol Apt (11 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Amsterdam costs C$ 291 per week (C$ 42 per day).
On average a rental car in Amsterdam costs C$ 1,246 per month (C$ 42 per day).
Because Amsterdam is full of several public transport routes and features many narrow streets, it’s wise to rent a smaller car. The most popular car to rent is an economy one, as it’s the perfect size for parking and is the most economical choice in the event you get stuck in Amsterdam’s traffic. Plus, if you want to venture out of the city, Holland is very compact, so you won’t be doing many miles in your rental car.
Within the urban areas of Amsterdam, drivers will see a maximum speed limit of 31 mph, increasing to 50 mph as you get further away from built-up areas. The speed limit for the expressways, or autowegen, is 62 mph and 81 mph on the snelwegen. The speed limits on Dutch motorways may vary according to how busy it is and the time of day. If you see a green arrow on the matrix sign above the road, you can use this as an express lane.
Due to the high taxes in the Netherlands, the cost of gas is among the highest in the world. Amsterdam also has higher gas prices than the national average. When you fill up your rental car, you can expect to pay around €1.70 for a liter as opposed to €1.68 in the rest of the Netherlands. This is about $7.30 per US gallon. Because gas prices vary from station to station, you should try to fill up in the city center rather than on the snelwegen.
Amsterdam has various parking options, depending on your budget and how central you want to be. In the city center, you can choose to make use of the digital parking system and park in a street-side space using a credit card. You can expect to be charged €5.00 ($5.67) per hour or up to €45 ($51) per day. If you want long-term and safer parking, you can find many garages located around the city. Park and Ride is another, cheaper option if you’re traveling from the outskirts of Amsterdam.