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Amsterdam Car Hire - Award-winning car rental deals

Pre-book your Amsterdam car hire, with prices starting from just £18.21 per day with FREE cancellations*

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If you're planning a short break to Amsterdam, why not explore even further with car hire from Holiday Extras? Holland is a small, yet very varied country with bustling cities, sweeping coastlines and beautiful countryside. With some of the best roads in Europe, you can enjoy the freedom of the open road without having to worry about public transport.

Our superb, low cost car hire allows you to choose your pick up and drop off points within Amsterdam. Whether you opt for Schipol Airport, the city centre or locations on the outskirts, our award-winning car hire will compare all the top car hire companies to bring you great savings.

Cities in the Netherlands within easy driving distance of Amsterdam

Cities less than 50 miles away Distance from Amsterdam Estimated Travel Time
Haarlem 12 miles 32 minutes
Leiden 27 miles 46 minutes
Utrecht 28 miles 47 minutes
The Hague 37 miles 58 minutes
Delft 39 miles 56 minutes
Gouda 46 miles 1 hour, 8 minutes

If you decide to hire a car from Schipol airport, then most car hire companies will have a desk in the terminal within the Arrivals area. If you choose another location within Amsterdam, then please ensure you note the rental location address, as some car hire providers have more than one collection point. Your booking confirmation will include all this information.

Book, Save and Drive

We do all the hard work for you! Our user-friendly booking system will compare all the top car hire providers to bring you the best deals. We also have a wide range of vehicles available. From small hatchbacks, to SUVs or people carriers for family groups, Holiday Extras will have a vehicle to suit you.

For extra peace of mind, we also offer fantastic deals for total protection insurance. All our rates are price-checked and provide a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Damage and theft excess
  • Damage protection for all mechanical and exterior parts of the car
  • Cover for any immobilisation, admin and towing charges
  • Free cancellation and amendments

Booking made simple

  • Search - Enter your travel dates in the field above and click search to compare
  • Select - Select your choice of vehicle
  • Book - Pay using our secure payment system
  • Confirm - We will send you a confirmation by email

We've also produced a useful checklist with lots of useful information about the car hire process. If you have any other questions about car hire in Amsterdam, then our dedicated customer service team are also on hand on 0800 804 7362 to help. We also have an online help facility via here.

Your Netherlands Adventure

Arguably the cultural, as well as the administrative capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam has a wealth of museums and art galleries. From the Rijkmuseum boasting over 8000 paintings and sculptures, including Rembrandt's Nightwatch, to the Van Gogh museum to the contemporary Stedelijk Museum of modern and contemporary art, all artistic tastes are catered for. Visitors can also enjoy canal cruises to admire the beautiful old gabled buildings or marvel at The Bloemenmarkt, the world's only floating flower market. At night, Amsterdam really comes alive with a wide variety of clubs, live music and the famous red light district.

Outside the capital, there are many other attractions, including the Kreukenhof Gardens, home of the beautiful Dutch tulip fields. Car hire in the Netherlands with Holiday Extras will enable you to explore further afield, as there are so many places within easy driving distance of Amsterdam.

As well as car hire, we can also provide excellent deals on both airport transfers and holiday insurance, to help make your trip as hassle-free as possible.

If you're flying to Amsterdam from a UK airport; we also offer up to 60% discounts on airport parking, airport hotels and airport lounges, too.

*The prices quoted are based on one driver, aged 25, with a full UK driving licence hiring a car for 3 days, picking-up and dropping-off at Amsterdam Schipol Airport, the Netherlands. Prices correct at time of writing. Subject to change according to availability. Free cancellation applies to most rentals up to 48 hours before pick up, however some suppliers may charge. Please ensure you check supplier terms and conditions carefully.

Driving on Holland's roads**

Roads in the Netherlands are excellent and easy to navigate. To make your trip even easier, here are some of the main driving laws:

  • Left hand drive vehicles - Drive on the right, overtake on the left.
  • Minimum car hire age - 19 years old.
  • Seatbelt - It is compulsory for all occupants to wear a seatbelt. The driver is responsible for ensuring all passengers under 18 are wearing a seatbelt.
  • Children under 1.35m in height must be placed in an approved child restraint conforming to safety standard ECE 44/03 or later. This applies to both the front and rear of the car.
  • Mobile phones - It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving.
  • Toll Roads - There are no motorway tolls in the Netherlands.
  • Petrol stations - Petrol, diesel and LPG are all widely available at service stations.

Road safety laws

Speed limits

  • Motorways (autoroutes) - 130kph/80mph
  • Main highways - 100kph/60mph
  • Built up areas - 50kph/30mph
  • Regional and local roads - 80kph/50mph

The use of horns in built up areas is prohibited other than in the case of extreme danger. You should flash your headlights at night instead.

Bicycles and mopeds have right of way over cars. Beware of cycle lanes, as mopeds are not meant to use them, but often do.

Trams - you may overtake a stationary tram on the right provided it does not inconvenience any passengers who may be boarding or disembarking. When overtaking moving trams, they should be passed on the right. It is permitted to overtake them on the left only if there is insufficient room to do so on the right.


Although not a legal requirement, it is advisable to carry a warning triangle, as any vehicle which is insufficiently lit when parked at night must be indicated by a red warning triangle. Spare bulbs for your vehicle's external lights, a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit are also recommended.

Drinking and driving

The drink driving limit is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. This is less than the UK limit of 80mg per 100ml. If you have been driving for less than five years, the limit is 20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. Any driver suspected of being under the influence of alcohol will be requested to take a breath test and possibly a blood test as well.

It is important to note that drinking alcohol and then driving may invalidate your car rental insurance, irrespective of local drink driving laws. Check your policy for full details.

Speeding/Motoring offences

If you are stopped by the police for committing a motoring offence, you will be liable for an on the spot fine.

The use of a Satellite Navigation system is not illegal, but make sure you deactivate speed camera locations before use.

Mobile phone use

It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving or in control of a vehicle in the Netherlands.

Driving licence

Important Information - Changes to the UK Driving Licence

Toll roads/

Motorways in the Netherlands are toll-free and there are only two roads in the country with tolls: the Western Scheldt Tunnel and Dordtse Kil.

**This information should be considered as a broad overview of things to remember when hiring a car. It is therefore very important that you read the rental terms and conditions and associated policies for your own specific policy as well as doing your own research into the motoring laws of the country in which you will be driving.