Car Hire in Amsterdam

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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Amsterdam Airport
Economy
Renault Clio or comparable
Renault Clio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
£ 20.53 / per day
Amsterdam Vondelparkbuurt
Mini
Kia Picanto or comparable
Kia Picanto
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
£ 22.91 / per day
City Centre
Compact
Kia Ceed or comparable
Kia Ceed
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
£ 39.40 / per day
Amsterdam Overtoomse Sluis
Intermediate
Nissan Qashqai or comparable
Nissan Qashqai
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty
£ 45.30 / per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

City Centre
Standard
Opel Insignia or comparable
Opel Insignia
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
National
£ 53.14 / per day
Amsterdam Overtoomse Sluis
Full-size
Volvo V60 or comparable
Volvo V60
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hertz
£ 77.28 / per day
Amsterdam Sloterdijk
Luxury
BMW iX3 or comparable
BMW iX3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
£ 88.48 / per day
Amsterdam Airport
Compact Elite SUV
Volkswagen T-Roc or comparable
Volkswagen T-Roc
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
£ 143.76 / per day
These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 21:30 on 2024-04-17.

Travel Information

Languages
Dutch
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Dialing code
+31
Average car hire price
£ 61 per day
Average car hire length
6 days
Speed limit within city centre
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of city centre
80 - 130 km/h or 50 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Score
8.9 / 10
Average gasoline price
£ 1.64 per litre or £ 6.19 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
£ 1.49 per litre or £ 5.64 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
£ 1.89 per litre or £ 7.17 / 1 gallon

Why hire 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

One-way Car Hire in Amsterdam

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

  • From Amsterdam to Warsaw - 13 offers from £ 174.80 per day
  • From Amsterdam to Brussels - 93 offers from £ 46.35 per day
  • From Amsterdam to Eindhoven - 109 offers from £ 34.95 per day
  • From Amsterdam to Luxembourg City - 101 offers from £ 64.08 per day
  • From Amsterdam to Paris - 37 offers from £ 81.05 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 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.

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.
  • 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.

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, 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 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.

Most popular cars

The most hired car in Amsterdam is the Ford Focus 5d, although many travelers also go for the Opel Corsa or the Opel Astra. The most popular 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 vehicle 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 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.

Car Hire Prices in Amsterdam

  • Station wagons - starting at £ 32 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 28 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 22 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 50 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 21 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 41 per day

Money-saving tips

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

  • Compare the rates of different car hire companies
  • Book your car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Amsterdam is the cheapest in June when hiring a car is about 27% cheaper than the yearly average.
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators.

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In which month is car hire in Amsterdam the most affordable?

According to our data, prices for hiring a car in Amsterdam fluctuate depending on the time of year. This graph displays the average hire prices in each month in order to help you find the best bargain.
Average price for hiring a car per day in Amsterdam
£ 36.99
January
£ 34.09
February
£ 34.91
March
£ 40.89
April
£ 45.16
May
£ 47.23
June
£ 44.25
July
£ 42.14
August
£ 33.31
September
£ 35.40
October
£ 35.89
November
£ 39.42
December
The best month to hire a car in Amsterdam is September (when the average price is £ 33.31 per day). This is 15% less than the yearly average and 29% less than hiring in June (when the average price is £ 47.23).

This information can help you determine the low season. But note that these prices are only averages. The cost of your hire is determined by the type of car you select, the length of time you hire it for and how much in advance you book. Simply type in your dates in the form at the top of the page in order to find out the exact prices.

What is the usual period for which people keep their hire cars, on average, in Amsterdam?

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

What is the most favoured month for hiring a car in Amsterdam?

Given the number of searches made by our customers, the most popular month for car hire in Amsterdam is December, and the least popular is May.
Popularity of Car Hire in Amsterdam by Monthly Searches
70%
January
99%
February
124%
March
105%
April
49%
May
68%
June
117%
July
108%
August
121%
September
101%
October
97%
November
140%
December

Car Hire Information

Car hire locations 12
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Keddy, Alamo, Hertz, SIXT, Europcar
Popular car categories Medium cars, Small cars, Large cars, SUVs
Lowest price £ 21 per day
Cheapest supplier Keddy

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Keddy Volkswagen T-Cross 4 3 Medium cars
Keddy Volkswagen T-Cross 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo Hyundai i20 4 2 Small cars
Keddy Volkswagen Up 5 1 Small cars
Keddy Renault Clio 4 1 Small cars
Keddy Skoda Fabia 5 1 Small cars
Alamo Kia Picanto 5 1 Small cars
Hertz Hyundai Bayon 5 1 Medium cars
Keddy Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
Alamo Opel Mokka 4 3 Large cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an 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, verified, and trustworthy.

United Kingdom
Suzuki Vitara
7 August 2023
We get amazing car Hyundai TUCSON Hyundai Tucson 1.6 T-GDi MHEV Premium SUV 5dr Petrol Hybrid Electric. Trip around Holland 🇳🇱 and Amsterdam was Easy. Also we travelled to Germany 🇩🇪 to family.we used service unlimited kilometres and tank full to full. We travelled 8 days and used only one full tank with cost me only £95.
United Kingdom
Opel Mokka
3 May 2023
Really enjoyed driving around Holland, a beautiful country
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Car Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
Keddy
9 / 10
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Lowest rated company
Goldcar
6.8 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
39
Total rental companies
14
Average daily price
£ 61.35
Lowest daily price
£ 20.53
Total cars available
731

Top 14 Suppliers in Amsterdam in 2024

Keddy
Keddy
Exceptional 9 / 233 reviews
1 location
£ 21 - £ 52
Europcar
Europcar
Exceptional 9 / 47 reviews
1 location
£ 82 - £ 149
Matcar Rental Netherlands
Matcar Rental Netherlands
Very good 8.8 / 14 reviews
1 location
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.7 / 70 reviews
2 locations
£ 34 - £ 152
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.7 / 40 reviews
4 locations
£ 59 - £ 216
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.6 / 237 reviews
3 locations
£ 33 - £ 424
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.3 / 53 reviews
5 locations
£ 23 - £ 471
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.2 / 111 reviews
7 locations
£ 42 - £ 457
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.2 / 16 reviews
2 locations
£ 34 - £ 119
National
National
Good 7.8 / 12 reviews
3 locations
£ 46 - £ 476
Budget
Budget
Good 7.8
3 locations
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8
1 location
£ 115 - £ 192
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.7
2 locations
Goldcar
Goldcar
Satisfactory 6.8 / 58 reviews
1 location
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