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Car rentals in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city of diversity, freedom and friendly people. There are many prejudices about this place, but in reality, it’s not only about funny cookies and the Red-light District. People get what they expect. This vivid city will delight you with works of Van Gogh, canals, grannies on bikes and marvelous tulip fields. You will discover new edges of this place every time you visit it. And you would definitely like to return.

What to see in Amsterdam and its suburbs?

The city itself is already an attraction. Devote a couple of days to discovering its architecture, numerous museums, and art galleries, attending coffee-shops and just wandering around. Want to have fun? Head to the Leidseplein Square with its nightclubs, cafes and shops, street artists and more. Explore the Grachtengordel district with its picturesque canals and bridges, enjoy a beautiful Blauwbrug bridge and eat local cuisine in one of the restaurants. When you have already seen the city, it’s time to discover Amsterdam’s suburbs, and believe us, you won’t regret it. Hop in your rental car and head to get acquainted with one of the attractions nearby. Here are some of them:

  • Clearly, you can’t come to the Netherlands and no to visit Keukenhof - the biggest royal flower garden in the world. Opened in spring, this site displays over 7 million various flowers! On your way to the park, make a stop is a beautiful town of Lisse and the tulip fields;
  • See another symbol of the Netherlands - a windmill in the Zaanse Schans. It’s a museum under the sky with dozens of old windmills, workshops, farms where the cheese is made and other fascinating exhibits. Here you will dive into the atmosphere of the local village, learn how they used to manufacture food, clothes, shoes and other products;
  • The western coastline of Amsterdam is a huge beach. Spend one day discovering this scenic sites, traveling from one town to another. Great beaches are located close to these two cozy towns IJmuiden and Zandvoort. The views there are spectacular! Besides, it's the outstanding Northern Sea. You must definitely see it at least once in your life.

Festivals to attend in Amsterdam

As warmth come to the Netherlands, Amsterdam starts its festivals. Every month, from spring to autumn there are lots of both local and worldwide known festivals held here. Plan your trip wisely and combine sightseeing with great leisure. Here are some of the events you ought to attend:

  • Queen’s Day (29th or 30th of April);
  • Flower Parade (April);
  • Holland Festival (June);
  • Amsterdam Gay Pride and Canal Parade (the end of July - beginning of August);
  • Jordaan Festival (September);
  • Sinterklaas and Christmas Fairs (December).

Car rentals in Amsterdam

A rental car in Amsterdam and the peculiarities of driving

If you are visiting only the city you can easily enjoy your vacation without an automobile, but if you want to explore its stunning neighboring area, see the Northern Sea, tulip fields and cozy little towns nearby, a rental car is a key to achieving this. If you decide to get a rental car in Amsterdam, mind that the central part of the city is often closed and it’s problematic and expensive to park there. A good alternative to discovering this town is a rental bike.

Here are some features of driving you must consider:

  • you must be over 21 years old to get a rental car;
  • difficulties with parking;
  • if you have little driving experience, you’ll have to pay extra sum daily;
  • lots of bikers on the roads;
  • some roads, tunnels, and bridges are paid.

Price of a rental car in Amsterdam

Here you shall find many service providers such as Hertz, Enterprise, Sixt, Alamo, Avis, and others. The rates vary and typically depend on such components as the office location, type and class of a vehicle, and the period of your booking.

The small Peugeot costs about $35 per day, and the premium Jaguar XF is $155 a day! If you reserve a rental car in advance for a week, you’ll save up to 30%.

What’s included in the cost of a rental car in Amsterdam

The price of a rental car includes:

  • Unlimited free kilometers;
  • Full gas tank;
  • Emergency Roadside Assistance;
  • Free cancellation;
  • Informational support.

For any extra features like a full insurance or an additional driver, you’ll have to pay an additional fee. The insurance costs approximately $55 per day.

Car rentals in Amsterdam

Where to get a rental car in Amsterdam?

There are plenty of service providers right at the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and it’s the most convenient way to get a rental car and head to your accommodation. Besides the airport, many offices are scattered all over the city. Here are some of the addresses:

  • Harry Banninkstraat 129, Oosterdokeiland, 1011 DD;
  • Polderweg 96, 1093 KN;
  • Overtoom 333, 1054 JM;
  • De Ruijterkade 44b, 1012 AA;
  • H.J.E. Wenckebachweg 59, 1096 AK.