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Netherlands car hire tips

  • Where to pick up your car

    There are over 55 car hire locations in Netherlands, and the most popular city is Amsterdam.

  • Top car rental brands

    The most popular car rental brands in Netherlands are Europcar, Green Motion, Dollar, Budget and Thrifty.

  • Best time to hire a car

    The cheapest months to pick up your car hire in Netherlands are November and October.

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Hire a car in the Netherlands

The Netherlands packs a hefty array of sites and into its small plot of land.

A culturally rich and exceedingly creative country, the Netherlands has a dense concentration of artists and contemporary artisans, which has influenced its free-thinking atmosphere. While the pancake-flat country may not provide the dramatic scenery of its European neighbours, its never-ending landscape is an inviting scene, dotted with windmills, churches, and canals.

Drive by the vast beds of blooming flowers on your way to the country’s small pilgrim villages, for a different perspective of the Netherlands.

Car hire information in the Netherlands

Driving tips

In the cities, where you see blue stripes, you must use a blue parking disk. Parking is not permitted on curbs with black, yellow or white markings. In general, it’s best to try and park outside of the city as parking is very expensive.

There are loads of cyclists and bicycle lanes on most major roads in the Netherlands. Bicycles always have right of way. Be vigilant and watch your mirrors.

There are none! So no need to worry about it.

They have priority at intersections of roads, so give way.

With lots of water and canals comes lots of bridges. You’ll likely find yourself waiting at an open lift bridge at some point. It is common to turn off your car engine when this happens.

The Netherlands car hire stats

Frequently asked question Answer
Most popular place to hire a car in The Netherlands Amsterdam
Most popular rental length Three days
Most popular month to rent a car August, where a hire car costs on average £24.60 per day

Type of car Average cost per day Minimum cost per day
Mini £16.80 £1.70
Economy £19.70 £1.90
Compact £22.30 £2.20


Car hire tips

The most popular car rental pickup location in the Netherlands, Amsterdam serves as the perfect base to start your road trip.

Car hire pick up point Prices from… Average price
Amsterdam Airport £4.00 per day £23.50 per day
Amsterdam Downtown £10.20 per day £26.10 per day

Cheapest month / most expensive month Average cost per day of car hire in Amsterdam
January £20.00
March £28.40
(*based on a 7+day rental)

Travel tips

“Coffeeshops” – A coffee shop here is very different to a cafe. If you are in need of a coffee, don’t wander into a coffeeshop as you won’t be asked what type of espresso you want… Try a cafe instead!

Amsterdam City Card – Pick up one of these cards to save money when visiting the city’s museums and popular attractions.

Cyclists – Whether you’re walking or driving, watch out for cyclists. Biking is a serious thing here and you do not want to get in the way of cyclists. Be mindful of the bike lanes as to avoid looking like an oblivious tourist.

Park and ride – Driving in the city itself isn’t highly recommended. To save yourself money and stress, park outside Amsterdam at a park and ride, then take public transport into the city.

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Cities of the Netherlands