Driving a car in the city center is not recommended, because in Amsterdam, there are very narrow and winding streets that are constantly in a state of repair, plus it is difficult to find a parking space. However, if you still have such a need, here are some tips that will help while moving on a rental car.
Few advices to drivers being on the road
Carefully follow cyclists and pedestrians. In Amsterdam, they are everywhere. They have privileges here and they know this very well.
Always stay on the right side of the canal. All the streets along the canal are unilateral.
Be careful when crossing intersections, especially bridges, where there are no road signs at all. Behave as if you are moving a crossroads of four roads.
Be prepared for traffic jams. But in Amsterdam, as a rule, you do not have to stand in traffic for more than 10 minutes.
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All about parking in Amsterdam
It is too hard to find some parking place, so you cannot even look for them. Some hotels can provide free parking for their clients. But if there is no such service – try to find some garage or free street parking. Blue automata are at your disposal around the whole city, which issue coupons for parking. The cost is 5 € from 9:00 to 24:00 from Monday to Saturday, and from 12:00 to 24:00 on Sunday. In addition, parking in the center of the Old Town will be much cheaper, if you park your car not far from Amsterdam (1.10 € p/h). On some shopping streets, the parking fee can be purely symbolic – 0.10 €, but you can leave your transport for no more than one hour.
Check if you have enough money to pay the parking machines, because they, unfortunately, do not have any change.
It happens that machines may require the registration number of the car. Therefore, it would be a good idea to issue it in advance, especially if you decided to rent a car.
If you leave after the appointed time or do not follow the rules, do not count on the help of the parking police. Remember, when the time you paid for has come out, they will pay attention to your car.
If you violate the parking conditions, then you will have 24 hours to pay a penalty, otherwise the machine will be towed.
Never leave valuable things in the car, because robberies meet very often in Amsterdam. If you intend to leave your car in a place where there is no supervision, please do not forget to put a sign on the glass "inside no values".
Amsterdam car rental
As a rule, car rental in Amsterdam are not so popular, as its inhabitants prefer a bicycle instead of a car. Nevertheless, for a tourist it is not a good way for moving around the city – in this case it is better to call for the services of hiring a car. In Holland, it is possible book a car online. Such services offer car rental service at affordable prices and cooperate with such well-known companies as Avis, Rhodium, Budget, Europcar, and Hertz. The car will be waiting for you either at Schiphol airport, or near the Central railway station, or in any other place you wish.
Usually, when the tourist wants to rent a car in the Netherlands, everything you need is a passport or an identity card and a credit card.