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Car Park in Leiden

Where to park in Leiden ?
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Leiden is a historic town located in the province of South Holland in the Netherlands. With a population of about 125,000, it is one of the largest cities in the region.

Founded in the 9th century, Leiden has a rich and varied history dating back to Roman times. The city is best known for its role in the struggle for the independence of the Netherlands, when the inhabitants resisted a Spanish siege in 1574. In 1575, the University of Leiden was founded by William of Orange, making it one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands. The city is also known for its annual carnival, which is one of the biggest events of its kind in the Netherlands. Leiden University is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1575. It is considered one of the best research universities in the country and the world. The university offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs in various fields, such as the social sciences, natural sciences, arts and humanities

Things to visit in Leiden

Leiden has a lively cultural scene with many museums, art galleries, theatres and concert halls. The National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) houses an impressive collection of ancient artifacts, while the Boerhaave Museum focuses on the history of science and medicine. Visitors can stroll through the historic centre of Leiden, with its picturesque canals, old buildings and cobbled streets. Other popular attractions in the city include the Botanical Garden of the University of Leiden, the Resistance Museum, the De Valk windmill and the Duivenvoorde Castle.

Go to Leiden City

Leiden is easily accessible from Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport by train, which takes about 30 minutes. The city also has a network of buses and trams, as well as well-equipped bike paths, making it a great place to get around by bike. It is also only 12 minutes by train from The Hague and 30 minutes by car. It is just as easy to get there by car.

Park in Leiden

Park on the street

It is possible to park in Leiden, but parking options may vary depending on the location and time of day. Most of the streets in Leiden city center are reserved for pedestrians and cyclists, so it is important to inquire about authorized parking areas. There are paid parking areas throughout the city, including in the historic center, and rates vary depending on the location and duration of parking. Street parking in Leiden is generally limited to 2 hours unless otherwise indicated.

Park in public parking

These car parks are located close to the city center and are often the best option for visitors who wish to park their car for a long time. Even if it is an option that allows full surveillance of your car throughout the day and is a bit less expensive than the others, it should nevertheless be kept in mind that it is likely that the parking lot is “full”. To avoid this, the Parkimeter platform allows you to search, compare and reserve the parking space that best suits your needs. Keep in mind that visitors are still encouraged to read the signs carefully and to comply with the parking rules in force to avoid fines.

Drive and park in the Leiden WTU

There is a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in Leiden, which has been in effect since October 1, 2020. The Leiden low-emission zone applies to Euro 0, 1 and 2 diesel vehicles as well as petrol vehicles without emission control systems. The vehicles concerned are not allowed to travel in the low-emission area, which includes the historic center of the city as well as the surrounding streets. The low emission area is indicated by special signs. It is important to note that the Leiden Low Emission Zone is not a Limited Access Zone (ZTL) and the vehicles concerned can still travel outside the Low Emission Zone. However, non-compliant vehicles are not allowed to park in the low emission area of Leiden. Euro 3, 4, 5 and 6 diesel vehicles as well as petrol vehicles with emission control systems are allowed to drive and park in the Leiden low emission area without restriction. Electric, hybrid and gas vehicles are also exempt from the low-emission zone restrictions.

Limited traffic zone

LEZ Leiden

The city of Leiden has environmental restrictions on vehicle traffic (LTZ or ZTL in some countries, Milieuzone in The Netherlands). The LTZ is only accessible to authorized cars during specific hours although you can apply for a temporary exemption. We suggest checking your licence plate:
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Remember: it is not possible to register your car, if your licence plate meets the conditions you can drive in the low-emission zone without restrictions.

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