Each year, nearly one million visitors come to Amsterdam with their own cars. Before arriving in the city, take some time to acquaint yourself with the variety of parking options, as well as the rules and regulations.
Parking in Amsterdam
The city is easy to navigate by car, but to make the most of your trip, there are some factors to keep in mind -- especially when it comes to parking. Because of the compact layout of the city and the limited number of (affordable) parking spaces, visitors may wish to park their vehicle at one of the many Park + Ride locations on the edge of the city, and then continue to explore Amsterdam by public transport. If you'd prefer to park in the centre, the P1 parking garage offers considerable discounts if you reserve a spot in advance.
Starting 1 July 2013, you're required to enter you license plate details into the parking meter when you pay for parking. Because of this, you'll no longer need to display the parking receipt in your car. You can still print a copy for your own administration if you like. Your number plate now serves as your 'receipt', and Cition (the local parking authority) can simply scan it to see if you have paid.
Below you'll find more useful information about parking in Amsterdam.