Car parking in Amsterdam is expensive and complicated, even if you can find a parking spot. The cheapest way to park your car long term, is to park at a Park&Ride. The parking lots of P&R Amsterdam are located outside the city center. You pay € 8 for the first 24 hours and €1 for every added 24 hours. You need to use public transport from the P&R to get into the city.
How much is car parking in Amsterdam?
Parking in the street in Amsterdam
Parking in the street in Amsterdam is very expensive. It’s also very difficult to find a space to park your car in the street in Amsterdam, especially after 5 o’clock.
Car parking in the street in Amsterdam city centre costs €4 – €5 an hour. You pay until 12 at night. The further you park from the centre, the cheaper car parking in Amsterdam is (see map above).
Parking on Sunday in Amsterdam is free, except in the city center.
How to pay for car parking in Amsterdam
Paying for car parking in the street in Amsterdam is done using the machines in the streets. Preferably, you pay with a Dutch bank card, but as you probably don’t have one, you can use a credit card. Unfortunately, I have seen many tourists desperate in the street because the machine won’t accept their bank card.
How to pay for car parking? Follow the instruction on the machine (choose your language). First, you enter your license plate number, then choose what ticket you want: hourly (per 5 minutes), day (9.00 to 19.00), evening (19.00 to midnight) or 24 hours (day ticket) or (only in the centre), a Sunday ticket.
You can print the ticket but this is optional. You don’t need to display the ticket in your car. Checks are done automatically: every now and then a car or scooter comes and checks the whole street with a scanner.
Parking fines in Amsterdam
If you don’t pay for parking, you may get a parking fine in Amsterdam of € 38,10. When the car is registered in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, England, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Austria, Poland, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland, you will also receive a parking fine. It will be in your mail when you are back from your holidays! You will also find a sticker on the car that will explain how to pay the fine in Amsterdam.
When you have 5 parking fines (expect one fine per day), your car will get a wheel clamp. You will need to pay all the fines and the wheel clamp (€192) to be released. If your car is registered in any other country, you will get a wheel clamp after 2 days.
Long term car parking in Amsterdam
There are many car parking lots and garages in Amsterdam. Just follow the P-signs. Most of the car parks are about the same rate as parking in street in Amsterdam, but some are even higher. (Bijenkorf and Nieuwendijk are right in the city center of Amsterdam and you pay €7 per hour).
Free parking in Amsterdam?
There are hardly any free parking spaces in Amsterdam anymore (see map above). Amsterdam North is probably your best option as there is a ferry all night long. Outside of the ring (the A10) it’s cheaper to park. But it’s not advisable to leave a car with a foreign numberplate parked there, as car thieves are still very active.
Parking in a P&R Amsterdam
Park and Ride (p&r Amsterdam) is the cheapest way to park your car. There are 7 P&R’s in Amsterdam. They are all outside the city centre. The price is very good: If you arrive before 10 am on weekdays, you pay €8 for the first 24 hours, then € 1 per 24 hours. If you arrive after 10, it’s only € 1,00 per 24 uur. Weekends it’s always only € 1,00 per 24 uur.
BE AWARE: You have to use public transportation to get to the city centre, or the cheap rates don’t count! You get the special P&R public transport tickets at the blue machines (€ 5 euros for 2 people).
Where to park a motorhome in Amsterdam
If you visit Amsterdam by motorhome, you may park you motorhome in the street for a maximum of 3 days. However, you may not sleep in it! You may also park your car in the P&R Zeeburg I and II. But also there: parking your motorhome is maximum 3 days and no sleeping.
Amsterdam City Camp for motorhomes
There is a special parking for motorhomes in Amsterdam North. It’s called Amsterdam City Camp. It’s open all year round and it’s next to the NDSM, a great location with nice views and good access to the city by (free) ferry. Be aware that this is not a camping, there are no toilets or showers so for a camper van or VW van, this would be a stay without facilities. It’s not recommended to park your van in Amsterdam North because many were set on fire!
Which P&R Amsterdam can I take?
P&R Gaasperplas (Southeast)
From Germany, Apeldoorn (A1) taking the A10 (ring around Amsterdam), take exit S113. Follow the P+R signs. Report first at the P&R desk. Entrance only from 7 Am to 19.00 hours. (Exit 24 hours a day). Take metro 53 to go to the centre (25 minutes).
P&R Zeeburg I and II (North)
From A10, take exit S114. Next to the entrance of the Piet Heintunnel. Report at P+R desk. Also, 20 spots available for touring cars. Also possible for campers. Take tram 26 or bus 37 or 245 to the centre (about 15 minutes).
P&R ArenA (Southeast)
Driving towards the city from Utrecht on the A9/A2: take exit Ouderkerk. Follow signs P1 and then P+R. Entrance to the right. Enter the car park and turn left to go to the P+R desk. Take metro 54 to go the centre. When there are events (like a football match), the P+R section is closed.
P&R Olympic Stadion (South)
Coming from Den Haag/ Leiden on the A4, take the A10. Exit S108.: P&R. Take tram 16 or 24 to go to the centre. This Amsterdam Park & Ride is a most popular p&r, so it’s possible it’s full. Also, be very careful you go first to the special P&R desk (follow the signs). If you enter in a normal car park, you pay the full prices. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the centre.
P&R VUmc (South)
This Amsterdam P& R is located in the South of Amsterdam, near Amstelveen. The VU is the Amsterdam university and hospital. The P&R special price for parking only counts for the weekend. From Monday, you pay the normal parking fees. You can enter from 07:00 to 22:00 on Saturday & Sunday (exit 24 hours a day). Take tram 5 or metro 51 to go quickly to the centre of the city.
P&R RAI (South)
Also located on the South side is the Amsterdam park & ride Rai. It is located at the Amsterdam convention center RAI near the A10 ring of Amsterdam (exit S109). The special rate is limited though: it is not applicable when there are major events at Rai. Check a calendar of events on the Amsterdam RAI website. Also, the special rate only counts for a maximum of 24 hours. Entrance open 07:00 to midnight (exit 24 hours a day). Easy to take the metro into the centre of the city.
P&R Bos en Lommer (West)
From A10 coming from the West: exit S105, drive to S104. Coming from the North: exit S104 (Bos en Lommer). Report at P+R desk first. Entrance from 7 AM to 22.00 hours. Exit 24 hours a day. Take tram 7 or 14 to the centre (get out at Leidseplein or wherever you are staying) or bus 15.
P&R Sloterdijk (West)
P+R Sloterdijk is quite popular. If full, go to Bos en Lommer. From A10 take exit S102 (Basisweg) Take the train to Central Station (5 minutes). Tram 12, bus 48 and metro 50 go more or less into the city, but be careful, because final destination is not Central Station, so getting lost is easy.
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