Amsterdam is a historical city, with many small street and a lot of traffic. Almost everywhere in the city you have to pay for parking your car. Additionally, it is most of the time a challenge to find yourself a parking spot. This is why you see many people traveling by bike or with the public transport in Amsterdam. Besides these options there are great alternative to travel by car in Amsterdam. You will find these Amsterdam car solutions on this page. Lastly, a fun fact. The Netherlands has the best infrastructure of the entire world. Nevertheless, this fact is a bit hard to belief when you drive through Amsterdam.
Our mission is definitely not to scare you, but to inform and prepare you well for your visit to Amsterdam by car. Just take your time when you are crossing the streets. Some Amsterdammers drive through the red light (aka: Amsterdams green). The city is not that big, this said, you can get by car everywhere in Amsterdam in less then 30 minutes.
We do like to inform you that there are several options traveling by car through Amsterdam. With the options we like to let you know how you can save money and time.
We a suggest you to keep the following options below in mind for parking and traveling by car within the city:
- The cheapest way to park is with: P+R in Amsterdam
- Check out the parking rates
- Car2go: get immediately access to a car near you and have free parking in the city
- Ask your hotel if parking is included in the price.
Park plus ride (P+R) in Amsterdam
Park + Ride (P+R) is the best way to save a whole lot of money on your parking expenses. In our opinion this is the best option, when you plan to be for half a day or more in Amsterdam’s city centre by car. The idea is simple: these parking spots are located at the outskirts of Amsterdam. They are always nearby the motorways and have an outstanding public transport connection to the city centre.
Much does P+R cost in Amsterdam
You only pay €1, – or €8, – per 24 hours of parking. The maximum amount of hours that you are allowed to park at P+R is 96 hours (see the expectations at your P+R). So if you do to plan to go by car for half a day or more, you can safe an incredible amount of money by using P+R.
Depending on your arrival time, these are the prices for P+R:
- You have to arrive during weekdays before 10:00 am: then it will cost you€8 for the first 24 hours, For the next 24 hours you have to pay €1
- Arrive on weekdays after 10:00: it will cost you €1 per 24 hours
- Arriving in the weekend: it will cost you €1 per 24 hours
The following simple rules are mandatory to follow up for P+R and get the discount parking:
Read the rules well to make sure you get the discount. Bellow the rules you will find a map with all the P+R locations and the routes for the public transport.
How to be qualified for the discounted P+R parking?
- You have to travel into the zone (see map below) of Amsterdam’s city centre by using your OV-chipkaart or a P+R GVB card. Note: that you have to purchase your public transport within a hour after parking your car.
- Secondly, when you come back at the P+R payment machines, it checks if you only travelled in the city centre zone. Note: you won’t get the discount if this is not the case. Which means that when your last check-in was outside the city centre zone with public transport, you will not get the discounted rates and have to pay the regular prices. The amount of the regular prices lays between €1.40 up to €3.50 per hour.
- When you leave the P+R by car, it is very important that you pay your P+R fee within the next hour. Probably you already know the reason. Otherwise you won’t get the discount prices.
Summary of P+R conditions
- Make sure you only travel in the city centre zones by public transport. Take a look at the P+R map above.
- Don’t forget to check in and out with your public transport card.
- Use public transport on your return to the P+R were you parked your car.
- To pay the P+R is mandatory to get your P+R discount.
Like we told you earlier our mission is to help you and get the best out of your staying in Amsterdam. If you doubt, that you probably can’t measure up to the conditions above, then you pay the regular parking rates.
Parking rates in Amsterdam
Everywhere in between the highway circle of the A10 you have to pay parking expenses. Additionally, outside the cirkel of the A10 paying for parking is mandatory. The rates cost less outside the area’s of highway A10. These are the following area’s: Slotervaart, Buitenveldert, Plein 40-45, IJburg, Osdoper-plein, Noord, Amsterdamse Poort and in the area of the Arena station. The map below provides an overview of the parking prices. Note: these average prices, to provide you a quick overview. With the table below the image, you can find the accurate prices.
The schedule below shows you the parking rates in and around Amsterdam. Just look at the prices and use Google maps to show the locations of the parking spaces.
|Location in Amsterdam||Day and time||Parking rate|
|Amsterdam center, Oude Stadshart||Monday until Saturday from 09:00 a.m. up to 02:00 a.m. – Sunday from 12.00 in the afternoon up to 02:00 a.m.||€5,- per hour|
|Amsterdam center, Grachtengordel around Stadshart – Also includes: Amsterdam East (Oosterparkbuurt and Weesperzijdestrook) and Amsterdam South (Pijp-Noord, Museumkwartier and Concertgebouwbuurt)||Monday until Saturday from 09:00 up to 24.00 at night. – Sunday from 12.00 in the afternoon up to 24:00 at night.||€4,- per hour|
|Amsterdam center, – Oostelijke Eilanden – Also includes: Amsterdam West (Oud-West and Westerpark), Amsterdam East – (Oostelijk havengebied), Amsterdam South (De Pijp-Zuid, Stationbuurt, and Hoofddorppleinbuurt)||Monday until Saturday from 09:00 until 21:00 in the evening.||€3, – per hour|
|Amsterdam West – (De Baarsjes, and Bos en Lommer), Amsterdam East (Indische buurt en Watergraafsmeer, IJburg en bedrijventerrein Overamstel), and Amsterdam South (Rivierenbuurt)||Monday until Saturday from 09:00 until 21:00 in the evening. Note: In the Baarsjes and Bos en Lommer it is up to 24:00||€2,40 – per hour|
|Amsterdam West – (Bos en Lommer in the area outside of the boarders of freeway A10)||Monday until Saturday from 09:00 up to 19:00||€1,40 – per hour|
|Amsterdam North – (NDSM, Bezaanjachtplein, Buikslotermeer and Waterlandplein)||Monday until Friday from 09:00 up to 19:00 – Saturday from 12:00 up to 19.00 – NDSM-area Monday until Sunday from 09:00 up to 23.00 hour||€1,30 – per hour|
Car2go in Amsterdam
A very sustainable and cheap solution is the Car2go concept. This can safe a lot of money whenever you need a car for a short periode of time. Another great advantage is not have to pay for parking. So how does it work?
- Join them: by signing up via the app in the Google Play Store or The App Store from Apple. An drive licence and creditcard is mandatory for your registration.
- Find and reserve: with the Car2go app, to check out instantly which of the cars is available nearby. Just select one and you have a reservation for 30 minutes.
- Drive: by activation your rental with the app, then drive easily towards your destination.
- Parking: is allowed on every public parking space within the Car2go home area. Unfortunately your not allowed to park it at private or corporate parking spaces.
Note: The Car2go vehicles can only be left with in the ring and other specified area’s. Which means that it is a great solution for travelling within the city.
Free parking at your hotel
Not all Hotels in Amsterdam offer free parking. Most hotels in the centre don’t have parking facilities. This is something to take into account when booking a hotel, as parking can be expensive. Sometime Hotels offer a valet parking service for an additional fee. Use the information above to compare what the best and cheapest option is for you.
Check out the other practical info about Amsterdam, to be well prepared for your unforgettable trip.