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Car Park in Amsterdam

Parking in Amsterdam
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Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and is located in the province of North Holland. This beautiful city is known for its network of canals, artistic heritage and narrow gabled houses, which can be dated back to the Golden Age of the Netherlands.

Suppose you have chosen Amsterdam for your holidays or travel for business and decided to come with your car. In that case, the parking in Amsterdam has many restrictions in all big cities. Moreover, Amsterdam has the peculiarity that it was not built for you to get around by car. The city is characterised by its network of concentric canals and by its bicycles. It is also a city with many people, which makes circulation by car even more difficult. The best thing to do is leave your car on the outskirts of town and get around the centre by public transport or bicycle.

Parking in Amsterdam

Finding a parking space in Amsterdam in advance is the easiest and safest thing. With Parkimeter, you don't have to look for a pay machine or stand in line. You only pay for the period you are safely parked. It is advisable to park your car outside the city centre but in Amsterdam Oost. Amsterdam Oost is not only a great neighbourhood but also fantastically connected to the heart of Amsterdam.

Low-cost parking in Amsterdam

It is challenging to find free parking in Amsterdam, especially if you want to be sure that your car is parked safely. However, there are some free parking spots in Amsterdam. However, within the A10 ring road, where we find the capital's centre, this won't be easy, and you will have to pay almost everywhere to park your car. Arrange a parking spot via Parkimeter before you arrive so you can find out the parking rates in advance.

Yellow - The hourly rate in this zone is €1.40. You have to pay in this zone between 09:00 and 19:00, outside these hours it is free. Light orange
- Parking in this zone costs €0,10 per hour for the first 3 hours. After that, the hourly rate is €3,50. You have to pay in this zone between 09:00 and 21:00; it is free of charge outside these hours. 09:00 and 21:00 Orange - The hourly rate in the Orange zone is €2,50. You have to pay in this zone between 09:00 and 19:00. Red - The hourly rate in this zone is €3,50. You have to pay in this zone between 09:00 and 19:00. Pink - The hourly rate in this zone is €4,50. You must pay in this zone between 09:00 and 24:00. Light blue - The hourly rate in this zone is €6,00. You must pay in this zone between 09:00 and 24:00. Purple - The hourly rate in this zone is €7.50. You have to pay in this zone between 09:00 and 24:00 but on Sunday, from 12:00 to 24:00. Bordeaux Red There is a parking limit of 3 or 4 hours in this zone. Parking rates in this zone vary between €4.00 and €5.00.

Short and long term parking in Amsterdam

MOBIHUB | P+R - Q-Park Oostpoort ( parking in the east of the city, situated in a shopping centre. Besides being guarded, the car park is open 24/7.

MOBIHUB | P+R - Overamstel ( 24/7 supervised parking south of the city. Suitable for both short and long terms.

MOBIHUB Olympisch Stadion ( car park to the south of the city, just off the A10 motorway.

MOBIHUB Rembrandtpark ( west of the city centre next to the A10 motorway. It is excellent for both short and long stays.

MOBIHUB Sloten ( park near the A4 motorway, close to Schiphol airport. It is open and supervised 24/7.

All these car parks are on the outskirts and have excellent connections to the centre of the Dutch capital.

P+R Amsterdam

You can park cheaply and sometimes even for free around Amsterdam city centre at the so-called Parkeren + Reizen parking spaces. Please note, however, that there are several conditions attached to this, such as you have to travel by public transport after you have parked your car and you can only drive out with your vehicle if you can show a public transport ticket.

When staying in a hotel, you should find out beforehand if the hotel is one of the hotels with parking in Amsterdam and what the parking price might be to make the best decision before booking.

Museum Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum The Van Gogh museum is dedicated to the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh and is located at Museumplein. You will need about one and a half to two hours to see the entire museum. It is also very nice to walk around the museum square. The entrance fee is €19 for adults and free for those under 18.

Anne Frank House The Anne Frank house is a museum in the city centre of Amsterdam. It is dedicated to the memory of Anne Frank and her Jewish family. They went underground during the Second World War. It is advisable to buy a ticket in advance as the queue can be very long due to the number of people in attendance. Although you can take your time, a visit to the Anne Frank House takes around 1 hour.

Rijksmuseum The Rijksmuseum is the largest museum in the Netherlands and offers an overview of Dutch art and history. With 8000 objects, you will be taken from the Middle Ages to the greatest Dutch painters. It is advisable to take at least 3 hours to visit the Rijksmuseum.

Public transport in Amsterdam is excellent. It is clearly signposted. You can easily visit the whole city by tram, train, and bus. Reserve a parking space via Parkimeter to make sure you don't have to drive for hours through the city to find a parking spot and enjoy everything Amsterdam offers.

Public transport

The most convenient way to visit Amsterdam is on foot or by bike, apart from the boat trip along the canals. You will probably need to use public transport, especially if you want to tour the city on foot. This won't be a problem as Amsterdam's underground and train networks work pretty well.

What we advise is that when you arrive, you buy a transport card. The city has a great offer of passes that you can choose according to the time you will spend visiting.

Amsterdam Travel Ticket Ideal if you are in town for 1-3 days, includes transport to and from the airport, and unlimited travel in the city centre. If you want to check prices or have any further questions, you can check online.

Amsterdam and Region Travel Ticket Pass valid for 1-3 days of unlimited use, which in addition to the city centre gives access to regional trains and trains of the national network.

Holland Travel Ticket This card is best if you not only visit Amsterdam several times but also the rest of the country. It is valid for one day and has a higher price because it gives you access to all Dutch public transport.

Limited traffic zone

LEZ Amsterdam

The city of Amsterdam has environmental restrictions on vehicle traffic (LTZ or ZTL in some countries, Milieuzone in The Netherlands). The LTZ is only accessible to authorized vehicles during specific hours. We suggest you check the sticker on your car and check if it is allowed to drive in this zone. Please note that the reservation is not an authorization.
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Remember: it is not possible to register your car, if it meets the conditions you can drive in the low-emission zone without restrictions.

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