The safest way to park your car on a visit to Amsterdam, is to park at an Amsterdam Park and Ride. There are 7 P&R Amsterdam. The P&R are all located on the outskirts of the city. Amsterdam park and ride costs €8 for the first 24 hours and €1 for every added 24 hours. You park there for a maximum of 96 hours. With your car park ticket you get a special public transport ticket which you (and your passengers, up to 5 people for one card) can use to go to the city centre and come back to collect your car with public transport. You can use this card for this purpose only. If you want to use public transport during your stay, you have to buy another public transport card (‘OV’ card).
How much costs car parking in Amsterdam?
Parking in street in Amsterdam
Parking in the city centre of Amsterdam is hell, mostly for the cost. Parking rates have gone up so much these last years. Car parking in Amsterdam city centre is €4 – €5 an hour till 12 at night. Due to this high cost however, it is possible to find a parking space in the centre of Amsterdam. The further you park from the centre, the cheaper parking is. Parking on Sunday in Amsterdam is free, except in the city center.
Payment for parking in the street in Amsterdam
Payment for parking in the street in Amsterdam is done with the machines. For payment, cash is not accepted. You have to pay with credit card. Instructions are also in English. First, You enter you license plate, then choose what ticket you want: hourly (per 5 minutes), day (9.00 to 19.00), evening (19.00 to midnight) or 24 hours or (only in the centre), Sunday ticket. You can print out a ticket but this is optional. You don’t need to display the ticket in your car because the checks are done automatically (every now and then a car comes and checks the whole street with a scanner).
Pay using your mobile phone: Park and Call
You can also use your mobile phone to pay for parking. The companies providing this international service are Sunhill (www.3377.nl), Parkman and Yellowbrick listed on Park and call (in Dutch). The five-digit number for phone parking can also be found on the street signs.
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 for motorhomes in Amsterdam
Motorhomes should not park in the street in Amsterdam North, as many are set on fire. There is a special parking for motorhomes in Amsterdam North. It’s called Amsterdam City Camp.
Parking fines in Amsterdam
Not getting a parking ticket from the ticket machines can leave you with a parking fine in Amsterdam under the windshield of €49,60 plus the cost of the ticket. Foreign cars will get a wheel clamp! To make sure you pay the ticket they put a a yellow clamp on your wheel. This will cost you a fine of at least €103,60 and a lot of hassle.p&r Amsterdam is your best bet on parking your car safe and cheap
Car parks in Amsterdam
There are many car parks in Amsterdam. The rates per hour of Amsterdam car parks vary, but in general you pay about the same as in the street. 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).
Cheap car park Amsterdam
A new startup has cheaper parking spaces in Amsterdam available: ParkBee. They use vacant buildings or corporate parkings at night to where you can park cheaper. You will need to sign up with this service and use the app to find a parking space. More information: https://parkbee.com/en/city/amsterdam
Parking P&R Amsterdam
Park and Ride (p&r Amsterdam) is the cheapest and safest option for parking in Amsterdam. There are 7 P&R in Amsterdam. If you arrive before 10 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. Very cheap parking in Amsterdam. You have to use public transportation to get to the city centre, or the cheap rates don’t count! You buy special P&R public transport tickets at the blue machines (€ 5 euros for 2 people).
Which P&R Amsterdam can I take?
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). You can also park a camper (motorhome) here. You can’t sleep in it though. Take metro 53 to go to the centre (25 minutes).
P&R Zeeburg I and II
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).
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
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 World Fashion Centre
On the A10, take exit S106. Follow signs World Fashion Centre. Take tram 1, 2, 17 to the centre (about 15 minutes).
P&R Bos en Lommer
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 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.
Parking at Schiphol Airport
Schiphol Amsterdam Airport has many different car parks, that all have different rates. Parking your car at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and taking the train into the city, is a serious option. Your car is safe and you can park there for longer periods than at a Amsterdam Park and Ride.