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Parking in Amsterdam

 

We wouldn't normally recommend driving in Amsterdam for visitors - one reason is that parking is limited and quite expensive in the city centre. However if you must bring your car into Amsterdam then here is an overview of parking options available.

Street Parking: If you park somewhere on a street in Amsterdam then you will need to pay for a ticket at a parking meter. You now have to input your vehicle registration (number plate) into the meter - there is no longer a need to display a ticket - although a receipt can be requested. Note that payment can only be made by either Dutch 'PIN' debit cards or international credit cards (Mastercard/Visa/Amex) - coins are no longer accepted.

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Amsterdam is split into various zones that have different on-street parking rates. The inner centre is the most expensive at €5 per hour - although parking for longer periods does lower this rate. From 0900, parking day rates Mon-Sat cost €30 (until 1900), €36 (until 2100) and €45 (until midnight). Sunday rates are €21, €27 and €36 respectively.

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As you get further away from the centre the hourly tariff reduces (generally €4 down to €1.40). Note that for the time being, electric vehicles (not hybrids) can park for free in Amsterdam centre - there are over 600 charging points around town, with plans for a total of 2,000 by 2015.

Some residential streets may be reserved for permit holders (vergunninghouders) only - do check the signs. Traffic wardens patrol the city and have the power to issue tickets (fine: €55.50), clamp illegally parked vehicles or tow away persistent offenders.

Do take care when parking next to a canal!

Car Parks (Parkeergarages): There are a number of off-street car parks in the centre of Amsterdam.

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The largest and cheapest car park in central Amsterdam is Parking Centrum Oosterdok which charges a fixed €10 for 5-24 hours. It is located just east of central station.

P1 Amsterdam Centre (pictured left, opposite central station) offers a pre-booked online rate of €20 for 24 hours.

The following is a list of car parks within Amsterdam city centre:

Car Park AddressSpacesTariff
Parking Centrum OosterdokOosterdoksstraat 150 1355€1.50 for 20mins, day €10
P1 Amsterdam CentrePrins Hendrikkade 20434€5 for 60mins, day €20-€55
Parking Waterlooplein Valkenburgerstraat 238213€5 for 60mins, day €30
Q Park De BijenkorfBeursplein 15 487€2 for 21mins, day €50
Q Park ByzantiumTesselschadestraat 1G 450€2 for 20mins, day €68
Q Park EuroparkingMarnixstraat 250 700€2 for 26mins, day €40
Q Park De KolkNieuwezijds Kolk 18 400€2 for 21mins, day €50
Q Park MuseumpleinVan Baerlestraat 33b234€2 for 20mins, day €50
MarkenhovenAnne Frankstraat 220 352€0.50 for 7mins, day €47.50
Piet Heingarage Piet Heinkade 59 588€0.50 for 7mins, day €47.50
Stadhuis-MuziektheaterWaterlooplein 28400€0.50 for 7mins, day €47.50
APCOA GeelvinckSingel 540 60€4.50 for 60mins, day €49.50
APCOA Heinekenplein1e van der Helststraat 6259€2.30 for 30mins, day €42

 

A few options for car parks just outside Amsterdam centre:

Car Park AddressSpacesTariff
P1 Olympic Stadium Olympisch Stadion 44600€0.50 for 9mins, day €50
Q Park ComeniusstraatComeniusstraat ~10 102€1.45 for 60mins, day €9
Q Park EurocenterBarbara Strozzilaan 342 235€2 for 25mins, day €40
Q Park MahlerAaron Coplandstraat 81800€2 for 21mins, day €48
Q Park OranjekwartierCarnapstraat 234€1.80 for 60mins, day €18
Q Park WesterparkVan Bleiswijkstraat 8 480€2 for 35mins, day €30
P2 BomengarageBuikslotermeerplein 237 448€0.20 for 20mins, day €10
RAI Parking Amsterdam RAI2,300day €16.50

 

Park & Ride (P+R) Scheme: Amsterdam has 7 Park & Ride locations around the city ring road A10 where you can park at the special rate of €8 per 24 hours for up to 4 days - after this period, normal (higher) rates apply. Compared to most car parks in the centre this is a good deal.

On arrival at the P+R, ask the parking attendant to give you (up to 5) OV-chipcard return tickets for travel to the city centre by public transport. Note, if you come back by night bus you must pay the €4.50 bus fare yourself as the OV-chipcard isn't valid on night buses.

p+r parking amsterdam

On returning to the P+R, give back your used OV-chipcards to the attendant who will mark your ticket for the reduced P+R fare.

Directions to the Park & Rides are clearly marked on the A10. P+R locations are as follows:

P+R Location ExitSpacesPublic Transport
Sloterdijks102 (A10)200Tram: 12 Metro: 50 Bus: 48 + Train
Bos and Lommers104/5 (A10)100Tram: 7/14 Bus: 15
World Fashion Centres106 (A10)250Trams: 1/2/17 Metro: 50
Olympic Stadiums108 (A10)250Trams: 16/24
ArenAOudekerk (A2/A9) 500Metro: 50/54 + Train
VUmcs108 (A10)450Tram: 5, Metro: 51
Zeeburg I/II s114 (A10)600Tram: 26 Bus: 37/,245

 

Amsterdam's P+R car parks are generally open daily, 24 hours per day. The exception is VUmc which is a weekend P+R only - open Friday 1800 to Monday 0400.

In addition, if there is a major event at either the ArenA or nearby Ziggo Dome then ArenA P+R will be closed for that day. Likewise, events at World Fashion Center and Olympic Stadium mean the respective P+R there is closed that day.

There are P+R parking schemes in place all over the country - many are free.

For parking at the airport see our note on Schiphol airport tips

Also check out Driving in Amsterdam/Netherlands