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Driving information Netherlands

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Tips Netherlands

General Information
The Netherlands are almost half as big as Ireland and the major cities are easily reachable from anywhere in the country. Take a trip with your car to Rotterdam to The Hague and up to Amsterdam. Travelling on the Dutch roads you can make stops in nice little villages by the sea and enjoy this countries many beautiful attractions. If you want to travel abroad international cities like Brussels, Dusseldorf and Luxembourg are just a short drive away.

To rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old (age can vary by car category) and have held your driver's license for at least 1 year. For drivers under the age of 25 an additional  young driver surcharge may apply locally. Seatbelts are mandatory and so are child seats for children up to 18 years (or 135 cm).

Speed Limits
Speed limits in The Netherlands are:

  • Town and city: 50 km/h
  • Open roads: 80 km/h
  • Motorways: 120 km/h

Traffic restrictions
Traffic travels on the right and all trams should be passed on the right. Passing or turning is forbidden on roads with a continuous white line. Be aware of bikers while driving.

Petrol stations are normally open between 08:00 to 21:00. On the national motorway you will find some stations open 24 h. 

There are no toll roads in the Netherlands.

In cities such as Amsterdam, you can park in 'blue zone' areas by using a timed stamped parking disc. Place the disc on your dashboard visible through the wind shield. Parking is forbidden where the curb is painted yellow, white or black. Parking is also available in bigger parking garages. It is very hard to find free parking spots in any Dutch city.

Insurance Information

General Information
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
There are different rules applying so please let us know if you plan on taking your car outside of the Netherlands. There are additional insurance fees that apply for these rentals. If you want to travel to Eastern Europe or cross any national border(s) with your rental car it is important that you please contact us on our toll free number 1800 943 075.

Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. Fees also apply for international one-way rentals. Some vehicles are prohibited on international one way rentals.

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