Parking in Amsterdam

parking meter
Each year, nearly one million visitors travel to Amsterdam with their own cars. Find out more about parking in Amsterdam.

Each year, nearly one million visitors travel 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

Amsterdam 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, Park+Ride locations on the edge of the city are a great option.

Digital parking

The digital parking system in Amsterdam means that you need to enter your registration plate details into the parking meter when you pay for (on-street) parking. You don’t need to display a parking receipt in your car, but you can still print a copy for your own administration. Your number plate now serves as your 'receipt', and Cition (the local parking authority) can simply scan it to see if you have paid. Please note that Amsterdam's parking meters do not accept cash or coins. Payment can only be made using a Dutch bank card or any major (international) credit card.

Read on for more information about where to park in Amsterdam and parking violations.

  • Where to park

    Where to park

    Information about the various parking facilities in Amsterdam, including Park+Ride, official street-side parking spaces and city centre garages. Read more »
  • Park & Ride (P+R)

    Park & Ride (P+R)

    Around Amsterdam there are a number of designated Park & Ride (P+R) locations. These offer affordable parking with public transport connections into the city... Read more »
  • Parking violations

    Parking violations

    To make optimal use of the limited parking spaces in the city, Cition strictly enforces Amsterdam's parking rules. Breaking these may result a... Read more »