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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Amsterdam Overtoomse Sluis
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty
$32.27 per day
Downtown
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$35.13 per day
Amsterdam Overtoomse Sluis
Compact
Hyundai Bayon or similar
Hyundai Bayon
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$38.66 per day
Amsterdam Airport
Mini Elite
Volkswagen Up or similar
Volkswagen Up
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$40.36 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Amsterdam Vondelparkbuurt
Intermediate
Volkswagen T-Roc or similar
Volkswagen T-Roc
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$45.45 per day
Downtown
Standard SUV
Lynk & Co 01 or similar
Lynk & Co 01
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$50.92 per day
Amsterdam Central Station
Full-size
Mercedes Benz CLA or similar
Mercedes Benz CLA
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$80.84 per day
Amsterdam Amstel Business Park
Premium
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé or similar
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$109.46 per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 05:54 on 2024-07-13. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Dutch
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+31
Average car rental price
$54 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 130 km/h or 50 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.9 / 10
Average gas price
$2.07 per liter or $7.83 per gallon
Lowest gas price
$1.88 per liter or $7.13 per gallon
Highest gas price
$2.40 per liter or $9.07 per gallon

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 be 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

One-Way Car Rentals in Amsterdam

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Amsterdam and drop off in another city include:

  • From Amsterdam to Warsaw - 13 offers from $220.99 per day
  • From Amsterdam to Brussels - 93 offers from $58.60 per day
  • From Amsterdam to Eindhoven - 109 offers from $44.18 per day
  • From Amsterdam to Luxembourg City - 101 offers from $81.01 per day
  • From Amsterdam to Zurich - 37 offers from $103.29 per day

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 17 km (10 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 53-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 120 km (74 mi) from Amsterdam.
  • By rail. If you arrive in Amsterdam by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Amsterdam Central Station.

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 883,000 people live in Amsterdam proper, another 2.48 million inhabit its metropolitan area, making it one of the most densely populated urban zones in Europe.

Top sights 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 the 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.
  • Canal District. The location of many famous landmarks including the Anne Frank House but deserving a separate mention, the Canal District is one of the trademarks of Amsterdam. Largely built in the 17th century, it was an early proof of the famous Dutch urban planning skills. Nowadays, this network of 100 km (62 miles) of canals and more than 1,500 bridges is a World Heritage Site. You can book a canal cruise to enjoy this part of Amsterdam in a unique way. Canal cruises are one of the top activities and are perfect for first-timers.
  • Van Gogh Museum. For many visitors, no trip to the Dutch capital is complete without a visit to the Van Gogh Museum. Located in the southern part of the city and having celebrated its 50th birthday in 2023, it is dedicated to the life and works of the world-famous post-impressionist painter. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Van Gogh Museum is the most visited in all of the Netherlands and makes the top 25 globally. Visit its official website to learn more.
  • Royal Palace. Amazingly built in just 17 years in the 17th century, the Royal Palace is both the residence of the Dutch royal family and a stunning example of Classicist architecture. The good news for visitors is that, aside from royal events, parts of the palace are open for visitors, giving a chance to appreciate that its interior is as opulent as what’s on the outside. You can visit the official tourist website of the palace to book tickets and learn more. 

Traffic and parking

  • 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, usaully costing €1 per hour or €8 per 24 hours. 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 Wester Schelde 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 cars lower than 2.30 m. The price for cars with a height of 2.30 m or more is €5. For using the Western Scheldt, the price is €5. Electronic payment tags (Telecards) 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 day trips

  • 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.
  • Surfing. While the Netherlands is definitely not a water sports mecca on par with Portugal or Hawaii, the country actually gets some very decent North Sea waves and has great surfing spots along its coastline. These include the aforementioned Scheveningen, but also places like Bergen aan Zee, Zandvoort, and Domburg, all of which can be easily accessed from Amsterdam. If you’re visiting during one of the summer months, it’s definitely worth a try.
  • Zaanse Schans. The world-famous windmill village is an easy and particularly instagrammable day trip from Amsterdam. You can visit the village for free, but you will have to pay €2.50 for each windmill you want to visit, and €4 if you plan to enter the Zaandam Time Museum.
  • Haarlem. Also known as “Little Amsterdam”, this short day trip (less than 30 minutes from Amsterdam by car) is definitely worth your time. The charming city is in fact home to cultural spots, cafés, shops and restaurants. It is regularly voted as one of the best cities for shopping in the Netherlands.
  • Delft. Renowned throughout the world thanks to the “delftware”, the Delft Blue pottery, and the royal family. This cute little village is less than 1 hour from Amsterdam by car. You can shop for pottery, or explore the lively Markt, its main square. Two churches are also worth a visit: Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) and Oude Kerk (Old Church).
  • Utrecht. A large city to the east of Amsterdam, also in the heavily populated Randstad area, Utrecht is both a picturesque, historically important place with plenty of culture and heritage and a youthful center of higher education and innovation. One of the most popular day trips for visitors of Amsterdam, the drive from the capital only takes about 50 minutes.

Most popular 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.
  • Maastricht. Located in the very south of the country, Maastricht is the capital of the Limburg Province and, according to some, the most picturesque city in the Netherlands. Inhabited since Roman times, it was an important center of religion and learning during Medieval times and has an impressive amount of heritage buildings, not least of which is the Romanesque Onze Lieve Basilica. Situated some 215 km (133 miles) from Amsterdam, the city can be reached in 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Brussels. Just like The Hague, Brussels (the capital of Belgium) 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.
  • Efteling. The largest theme park of the Netherlands is only 105 km from Amsterdam. Open all season, this fantasy-themed amusement park is considered the Dutch version of Disneyland. It reflects elements from ancient myths and legends, local fairy tales and folklore.

Car rental prices in Amsterdam

  • Convertibles - from $144 per day
  • Station wagons - from $50 per day
  • Large cars - from $39 per day
  • Medium cars - from $35 per day
  • Vans - from $81 per day
  • Premium cars - from $78 per day
  • Small cars - from $32 per day
  • SUVs - from $51 per day

Money-saving tips

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.
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Top 6 locations near Amsterdam

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Amsterdam vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Amsterdam
$47.35
January
$44.06
February
$45.11
March
$49.86
April
$44.57
May
$54.90
June
$52.90
July
$53.67
August
$42.36
September
$45.02
October
$46.48
November
$50.18
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Amsterdam is September (when prices average $42.36 per day). This is 12% cheaper than the yearly average and 23% cheaper than renting in June (when prices average $54.90).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Amsterdam?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in July, the average renter keeps their car for 8 days, and in January, they keep their car for 6 days.
Average number of rental days in Amsterdam
6
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
7
May
7
June
8
July
8
August
6
September
6
October
6
November
8
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Amsterdam is May, and the least popular is January.
Monthly searches in Amsterdam by pick-up date relative to the average
60%
January
85%
February
104%
March
117%
April
126%
May
117%
June
106%
July
93%
August
104%
September
87%
October
80%
November
120%
December

Car rental information

Car rental locations 12
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Keddy, Alamo, Hertz, Europcar, SIXT
Popular car categories Medium cars, Small cars, Large cars, SUVs
Lowest price $32 per day
Cheapest supplier Thrifty

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Keddy Volkswagen T-Cross 4 3 Medium cars
Keddy Volkswagen T-Cross 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
Keddy Renault Clio 4 1 Small cars
Keddy Volkswagen Up 5 1 Small cars
Alamo Hyundai i10 4 1 Small cars
Keddy Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
Keddy Skoda Fabia 5 1 Small cars
Alamo Ford Focus 4 2 Medium cars
Hertz Hyundai Bayon 5 1 Medium cars

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic.

Iceland
Mercedes C Class
January 14, 2024
customer photo customer photo customer photo customer photo
Canada
Volkswagen T-Cross
December 31, 2023
provide more information for low emission zone
Switzerland
Volkswagen Up
October 29, 2023
I was everywere
Ghana
Toyota Aygo
October 25, 2023
I really enjoyed nature
Israel
Opel Mokka
October 19, 2023
we traveled to:Enkhuizen- It is highly recommended. Texel iland, Giethoorn, and We had great weather in wonderfull country.
Israel
Hyundai i40 STW
September 7, 2023
The best experience was travelling to Giethorn.
Saudi Arabia
Ford Fiesta
July 18, 2023
Holland was beautiful and amazing
New Zealand
Seat Leon
May 1, 2023
Scary drivers
Israel
Toyota Yaris
March 30, 2023
Liked the visit in Keukenhof
United Kingdom
Suzuki Vitara
March 21, 2023
Very cool
Israel
Fiat Talento 9 Seater
March 20, 2023
We were a group of 6 individuals ( sisters and brother) accompanied by our mother which is moving around on a wheel chair and for that reason we took the 9 seaters car. due to this malfunction we had to take a different car which was more expensive and di not fit to our needs.
Malaysia
BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer Aut.
February 17, 2023
We rate of journey was a success. Food was easy to find especially in UK. whereas in Europe , the highway is having rest & services point at every 20 km which convenient. Weather -winter temperature but we experienced all of sunny days except in Edinburgh.
Spain
Kia Picanto
August 26, 2021
Family visit in NL
United Kingdom
Toyota C-HR
March 18, 2020
Lovely experience. Will use services again
Malaysia
Ford Focus
November 14, 2019
Rent a car is not a good idea in Amsterdam but great for visiting small village like Giethoorn and Groot Ammers
United Kingdom
Toyota C-HR
September 24, 2019
Amsterdam was a great city very clean and the people was friendly food was great! When renting a car please buy full cover insurance and check the cars properly even if your in a rush and do take as many photos off the car as possible cause the one I rented was black n I couldn't see the marks it had on it at night and try to make sure it's a newer one with low mileage I'm sure you'll enjoy driving in the Netherlands!
United Kingdom
Ford Focus STW
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.
Mexico
Peugeot 108
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.
United Kingdom
Peugeot 208
October 25, 2018
Be wary of the cyclists when you get near to the centre of Amsterdam as they are numerous and travel quickly!
United Kingdom
Peugeot 108
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!
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
Keddy
8.8 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
Goldcar
6.8 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
42
Total rental companies
13
Average daily price
$54.14
Lowest daily price
$32.27
Total cars available
721

Top 13 suppliers in Amsterdam in 2024

Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.8 / 343 reviews
1 location
$40 - $62
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.7 / 269 reviews
4 locations
$35 - $173
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.7 / 42 reviews
5 locations
$46 - $116
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8.6 / 56 reviews
2 locations
$38 - $103
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.5 / 78 reviews
2 locations
$34 - $88
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.3 / 114 reviews
7 locations
$47 - $544
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.3 / 55 reviews
5 locations
$40 - $205
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.3 / 23 reviews
2 locations
$32 - $51
National
National
Good 7.8 / 12 reviews
3 locations
$49 - $194
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8 / 1 review
1 location
$71 - $106
Budget
Budget
Good 7.7
5 locations
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.7
2 locations
Goldcar
Goldcar
Satisfactory 6.8 / 58 reviews
1 location
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