Should you rent a car in Amsterdam? We can't make that decision for you, sillies, but we can help you sort out the upsides and downsides to car rentals in Amsterdam. We'll tell you what you can expect to pay for a day's car rental and warn you off automatics. Read up, Cheapos!
Amsterdam Car Rentals
Why rent a car in Amsterdam?
Rental cars can be an ideal way to explore the picturesque towns and countryside of the Netherlands. Within the city, however, rental cars are anything but ideal. City ordinances restrict automobile access, parking spaces are very limited (especially without permits) and car break-ins are common.
Who can rent a car in Amsterdam?
To rent a car from most establishments in Amsterdam and indeed throughout the Netherlands, you must be 21 years old. Try to get a policy including roadside assistance. Including the basics and taxes, most national company rental car prices start at about €90 per day. Cars with automatic transmission cost twice as much as standard manuals and can be hard to find.
How do you rent a car in Amsterdam?
To find the cheapest rental car prices, we recommend Auto Europe. EuroCheapo has partnered with Auto Europe to offer the guaranteed cheapest prices on rental cars in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. (Read more about cheap rental cars in Europe.)
Some rental car packages include unlimited kilometers, and others don't. Some have insurance against theft or collision; again, others don't. Be sure to ask. Generally, be sure to get the details regarding insurance and accidents, as plans vary. Sometimes paying cash makes a difference in insurance coverage.
To drive in the Netherlands, you must be over 18. An International Driving Permit is recommended.
To check car rental rates in Amsterdam, click here.
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From our Amsterdam blog
Welcome to EuroCheapo’s guide to cheap hotels in Amsterdam! If you’re a budget traveler looking for ways to make this canal-rific city affordable, we’re here to help.
Find the right budget hotel
Since we launched our Cheapo guide to Amsterdam in 2001, our editors have been regularly inspecting inexpensive hotels in Amsterdam's central neighborhoods. All of our "Editor's Picks" are clean, central and cheap. And if they have a little something extra, we'll really swoon!
Search for your travel dates in the box above to see available hotels, or click to browse our recommended cheap hotels. Also, be sure to read our round-up of what to consider before booking your hotel.
Our guide to Amsterdam on a budget
Click through to our city guide to read articles covering ways to save when visiting, including information on getting around Amsterdam, budget tips, and what you can expect to spend.
Our blog is also regularly updated with information about free and cheap things to do, eat, and enjoy. Read posts in our Amsterdam blog.
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