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Driving in Amsterdam and through the magnificent streets of the Dutch countryside is really interesting: you drive past skyscrapers with modern, avant-garde architecture, next to buildings dating back to the 18th century, and doing only a few kilometres you can admire bucolic landscapes, where rivers and lakes are interspersed with windmills and endless fields of blooming tulips.
The autonomy and independence that a hire car gives you in these parts is really indispensable, so that you can stop at every corner to take magnificent photos, to contemplate truly unusual and exciting landscapes and to set off on the most popular day trips, such as those to discover Volendam, Marken or the Keukenhof park. Also don’t miss out on discovering the wonderful traditional villages in the surroundings such as Zunderdorp and Ransdorp.
Do you want a family sedan because you are a group of friends or do you prefer an SUV to get around with business colleagues? No problem, with just a few clicks you will find the most comfortable rental car for you and at the best price for getting around Amsterdam.
Renting a car at Amsterdam Airport is really easy and safe. This is mainly due to the fact that you can book your car in advance thanks to the Internet: this is how you can get the best rates and offers from the various local and international rental companies based at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
Amsterdam Airport has an entire area of the terminal dedicated to car rental at the area known as Schiphol Plaza, just behind arrivals area 3. Major international rental companies such as Hertz, Dollar, Europcar, Sixt, Avis and Budget can be found here, alongside smaller local companies such as Green Motion.
It must be said that prices, especially when travelling out of season, are extremely competitive and that the cost of a rental car is easily absorbed considering that you do not have to pay for public transport tickets to get to the city. One could save something by relying on so-called ‘low cost’ companies, but on the other hand these have a less efficient customer service, which could be essential for some travellers and totally useless for others.
In any case, the possibility of finding the right rental car in Amsterdam is very high: the smaller rental classes are practically perfect for young couples or those who like to travel without too much luggage, they are very convenient for getting around the city and finding parking space and of course are the cheapest.
Families with small children or those who also carry a lot of luggage on holiday, on the other hand, should opt for vehicle classes such as saloons and family cars, which at a higher cost offer a very high level of comfort and can accommodate up to three large suitcases.
Finally, in winter a trip here can hold surprises due to the very harsh climate: although it should be the norm, it is always best to check that the rental company you choose provides winter tyres or snow chains.
A final tip: if you plan to stay in the centre of Amsterdam, make sure you choose a hotel with parking, preferably a free one: finding where to leave your car overnight could prove complicated and expensive.
Although the rules are about the same as in the rest of Europe, keep in mind when driving in the Netherlands:
All international car rental agencies present within the airport of Amsterdam maintain schedules in line with flight arrivals, every day from Monday to Sunday. However some low cost car rental or local agencies around airport of Amsterdam may observe different times
To be on the safe side, we recommend that you check with your car rental agency.
The following models are some examples of the cars that you can rent at airport of Amsterdam.
Here are some quick answers to the most common doubts about car rental in Amsterdam.
More and more people are choosing to rent a car to reduce contacts and increase social distancing, avoiding the often crowded public transport.
Car rental companies are committed to higher hygiene standards to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus.
All the safety measures we are accustomed to are taken at the rental desks and the cars are disinfected after each rental, especially the areas most at risk, such as seats, gearboxes, handles and steering wheel.
Undoubtedly yes. During the pandemic, almost all car rental companies in Amsterdam were forced to reduce their car fleet to reduce operating costs.
When tourism in Amsterdam has restarted, due to the crisis in raw materials and electronic components, they have not managed to buy back enough cars.
The consequence is that today every company has far fewer cars than in 2019 and cannot cope with the high demand. This leads to higher prices and less availability, especially during the high season.
The advice we give you is therefore to book the car well in advance, both to get the best prices but above all to be sure of having a rental car.
To reserve a car in Amsterdam a credit card or debit card is sufficient. However, when you go to collect the car, you will need:
The car rental companies in Amsterdam allow to rent a car to all those who are between 21 and 70 years old. However, there is an additional cost for under 25 and for those over 70.
A car rental in Amsterdam always includes:
Any extras or additional insurance coverage are separate.