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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Amsterdam Airport Car Rental
Mini
Opel Adam or similar
Opel Adam
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Goldcar
$29.39 / per day
Amsterdam Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 2 doors or similar
Fiat 500 2 doors
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Goldcar
$30.89 / per day
Amsterdam Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Goldcar
$32.65 / per day
Amsterdam Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Goldcar
$32.82 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Amsterdam Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus 5d or similar
Ford Focus 5d
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Goldcar
$33.15 / per day
Amsterdam Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 2 doors or similar
Fiat 500 2 doors
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Goldcar
$34.33 / per day
Amsterdam Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Goldcar
$36.47 / per day
Amsterdam Airport Car Rental
Compact
Opel Astra or similar
Opel Astra
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Goldcar
$36.83 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Dutch
Currency
ANG
Country code
31
Average car rental length
5 days
Economy car rental price
$56.20 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 km/h
50 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is a fascinating city, grand and cozy at the same time. Although it has a reputation for being friendly to pedestrians and cyclists, it can also comfortably explored by car, especially if you’d like to explore some of its unique areas further from the city center. And why not travel even further? The Netherlands has small distances and great roads, so you can easily explore the rest of the country with Amsterdam as your base.

Amsterdam Car Rental

Top ways to enter Amsterdam

  • Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. A hub for KLM and served by more than 50 other airlines, Amsterdam Schiphol is one of the busiest and most modern airports in Europe. It offers countless flights to destinations in Europe, as well as all other parts of the world. The airport is located less than 10 km (6 mi) from downtown Amsterdam.
  • Rotterdam-The Hague Airport. Although much smaller than Schiphol, the airport that serves both the second and the third city of Netherlands sees more than 2 million travelers every year. Located just a short 50-minute drive south of Amsterdam, it can serve as a good alternative to reach the country’s largest city.
  • Eindhoven Airport. Located in the southwest of the Netherlands, this airport is served by a number of low-cost airlines. This means that flying to Eindhoven can quite often be the cheapest way to reach the Netherlands by air. Conveniently, the airport is just 105 km (68 mi) from Amsterdam.
  • By rail. If you arrive in Amsterdam by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Amsterdam Central Station.

Useful city facts

Near the coast of the North Sea, Amsterdam has an oceanic climate with mild to warm summers and cool winters. The precipitation is relatively high, with winters slightly more humid than summers thanks to not only rain but also occasional snowfall.   

Although only about 850.000 people live in Amsterdam proper, another 1.7 million inhabit its metropolitan area, making it one of the most densely populated urban zones in Europe.

Top destinations and activities

  • Rijksmuseum. Of all the museums of Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum (the National Museum) is arguably the most famous one. It has paintings by many world-famous artists, including Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Monet, as well as a number of rotating exhibitions. After Rijksmuseum, why not also visit the nearby Van Gogh museum that’s located in the same part of the city?
  • Anne Frank House. This unique museum is dedicated to Anne Frank, a Jewish girl who kept a famous diary while hiding in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Although visiting this museum can be a difficult experience, it also has an important and inspiring message of maintaining humanity during the most severe hardship.
  • Vondelpark. The most popular of Amsterdam’s many green areas, Vondelpark does not have any specific attractions, it is instead an attraction in itself. More than anywhere else, this is the place to go on a leisurely walk, make new friends, and feel the atmosphere of the city.

Traffic and parking tips

  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 130 km/h  (80 mph) on motorways or autosnelwegen, 100 km/h (61 mph) on expressways or autowegen, 80 km/h (50 mph) on other roads outside built-up areas and 50 km/h (31 mph) on roads and streets inside built-up and urban areas.
  • Parking in central Amsterdam can be very pricey and the number of available spaces are limited. A good idea is to park either at one of the large car-parking centers or at the Park and Ride (P+R) outside the city center where the parking is much cheaper, usually costing less than €10 for a full day. There are also many free parking spaces in the Amsterdam-Noord area. 
  • While it is certainly possible, and sometimes quite enjoyable, to drive around Amsterdam by car, do keep in mind that local etiquette demands that the drivers fully respect cyclists, even if they are not using hand signals for the turns they are about to make.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.02% for novice drivers and drivers under the age of 24. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines, an EU-wide licence ban, or imprisonment.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s registration needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.

Toll roads

The only roads in the Netherlands that require paying a fee are two toll tunnels, the Kiltunnel at Dordrecht (about an hour’s drive south of Amsterdam) and Westerschelde Tunnel near Terneuzen (about two hours drive south of Amsterdam).

For using the Kiltunnel, you can only pay by cash. The price is €2. For using the Westerschelde, the price is €5. Electronic payment tags are also available, but most rental cars are not equipped with them and they are mainly used by locals who use either of the tunnels frequently.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Amsterdamse Bos. Amsterdamse Bos is a landscape park and urban forest near the city that is three times the size of New York’s Central Park. Although walking away from its main path can feel like being in a true wilderness, you’re never too far from a nice local restaurant. If coming from the city center of Amsterdam, it takes about fifteen minutes to reach by car.
  • The Hague. The seat of government of the Netherlands and the home of the International Court of Justice, The Hague is known for its political importance. Less known is that it’s also a charming, cozy city full of beautiful buildings like Binnehof Castle as well as art galleries and museums. The Hague is also home to Scheveningen, the most visited seaside resort in the Netherlands. It is located just a 50-minute drive south of Amsterdam.
  • Hoge Veluwe National Park. Made up of forests, sand dunes, and heathlands, Hoge Veluwe is one of the most interesting natural areas in the region. Its austere landscapes are made cozier by inhabitants such as foxes, deer, and mouflons. The national park is just an hour’s drive from Amsterdam.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in Amsterdam is the Ford Focus 5d, although many travelers also go for the Opel Corsa or the Opel Astra. The most popular rental car types are economy, compact, and mini. Smaller vehicles are generally more convenient for navigating the many narrow streets of Amsterdam and other cities in the Netherlands.

Further destinations

  • Friesland. Although not as visited by tourists as other parts of the Netherlands, the region of Friesland is an authentic, hospitable, and relaxing travel destination. Start exploring in the capital of Leeuwarden that is just an 80-minute drive north of Amsterdam. Then proceed to Friesland’s many small towns and villages. If you’re looking to go somewhere even more remote, head to the West Frisian Islands, a small archipelago that can easily be reached by ferry (you can usually bring a rental car onto it). It’s natural areas, lighthouses, and local delicacies like sheep cheese and oysters are not to be missed.
  • Brussels. Just like The Hague, Brussels is also known for its political standing, but the home of the EU and NATO can also be a charming travel destination. From interesting neighborhoods that mix history and modernity to world-class museums and restaurants serving local Belgian specialties, this city can entertain anyone for days. It is just a two hours drive south of Amsterdam, and you can add Antwerp and Ghent, two other interesting cities of Belgian Flanders, to the trip. Keep in mind that you’ll be crossing a national border, so first, ask your rental car provider if they permit it.
  • Hamburg. With a proud northern seafaring spirit, Hamburg is quite different from Berlin or Munich, the two other metropolises of Germany. It is located on the North Sea, and, yes, it rains quite a lot there. What it lacks in weather, it more than makes up for in culture, architecture, and atmosphere. Hamburg is just a four-hour drive north of Amsterdam. If you’re coming from Amsterdam to Hamburg, you’ll be crossing a national border, so first, ask your rental car provider if they permit it.

How can I save money on my rental car?

These are the things you can do to make sure you get a cheap rental car in Amsterdam:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Amsterdam is the cheapest in June when renting a car is about 27% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 4 Cities near Amsterdam

  1. Eindhoven Car Rentals from $40.43 per day
    104.3 km / 64.8 miles away
  2. Rotterdam Car Rentals from $18.94 per day
    45.3 km / 28.2 miles away
  3. Maastricht Car Rentals from $48.91 per day
    170.2 km / 105.8 miles away
  4. Groningen Car Rentals from $48.91 per day
    151.6 km / 94.2 miles away

Top 7 Locations near Amsterdam

  1. 45.3 km / 28.2 miles away
  2. 104.3 km / 64.8 miles away
  3. 151.6 km / 94.2 miles away
  4. 170.2 km / 105.8 miles away

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Amsterdam?

Car rental prices in Amsterdam vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Amsterdam
$83.71
January
$56.30
February
$70.84
March
$96.88
April
$81.43
May
$56.02
June
$71.34
July
$93.13
August
$92.40
September
$42.50
October
$56.46
November
$60.40
December
The best month to rent a car in Amsterdam is October (when prices for an Economy class start from $42.50). This is 41% cheaper than the yearly average and 56% cheaper than renting in April (when rental prices start at $96.88 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Amsterdam?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in March, travelers rent a car for an average of 6 days in January, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Amsterdam
4
January
4
February
6
March
5
April
6
May
6
June
6
July
4
August
6
September
4
October
6
November
4
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Amsterdam?

While travelers visit Amsterdam year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is May, and the least popular is October.
Amsterdam Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
110%
January
110%
February
110%
March
126%
April
140%
May
96%
June
122%
July
118%
August
79%
September
1%
October
94%
November
94%
December

Our Customers Reviews

May 14, 2019
Roads easy to navigate. Nice place to drive. Park and ride at the Olympic stadium great cheap parking and onward travel into the centre.
April 13, 2019
I did not rent the car to visit Amsterdam. Walking, riding a bike or using public transportation are much better options. A car is necessary, though, for getting to other cities with freedom.
October 25, 2018
Be wary of the cyclists when you get near to the centre of Amsterdam as they are numerous and travel quickly!
August 6, 2018
It is an amazing place and you get to see a lot of things so your always on your feet non stop to see the breath taking sights!

Top 12 Suppliers for Amsterdam in 2019

National
National
Exceptional 9.2
0031207400950
AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT, SCHIPHOL PLAZA ARRIVAL HALL 22
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.1
0031 207 400 950
Aankomsthal 22, 1118 AX Schiphol, Netherlands
Europcar
Europcar
Exceptional 9
+31203164190
AANKOMSTPASSAGE 10
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
0031 20 4059 090
Schiphol Plaza Aankomstpass.22
AddCar
AddCar
Excellent 8.5
+31207373030 / +31623655407
Aankomstpassage 1
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
0031 882 847 620
Havenmeesterweg 1, 1118 CB Schiphol, Netherlands
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.1
0031207400950
SCHIPHOL PLAZA ARRIVAL HALL 22,
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.6
0031 854 857 320
Kruisweg 381, 1437 CH Rozenburg
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
0031 202 14 2034 / 001 877 822 3872
Schipholweg 275, 1171 PK, Badhoevedorp
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.4
0034 965 233 425; 31202142034
Off-Airport. Schipholweg 275
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
0034 965 233 425 / 0031 202 142 034
Schipholweg 275, 1171 PK Badhoevedorp, Netherlands
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.2
0034 965 233 425; 31202142034
Schipholweg 275, 1171 PK Badhoevedorp, Netherlands

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