Rates and methods of payment for parking
Rates differ per neighbourhood. In general, parking in the centre is the most expensive. Residents of Amsterdam can park more cheaply in an area where paid parking applies by applying for a parking permit (parkeervergunning). It allows unlimited parking in the neighbourhood for a set price, without the hassle of parking meters.
Not paying the right fee or parking illegally
In most parts of Amsterdam, drivers have to pay to park. Parking is only allowed in designated spaces and traffic wardens check this regularly. Insufficient payment or an illegally-parked vehicle (for instance in a disabled parking space) can result in one of the following:
a tow truck removing the car (paying a fine is necessary to retrieve the vehicle);
and check the Dienst Stadstoezicht (City Street Patrol) website (in Dutch) for more details.
What to do if a vehicle has been towed in Amsterdam
A towed vehicle can be retrieved by contacting (Stadstoezicht) on +31 (0) 20-624 1111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Towed vehicles are taken to the pound at Daniël Goedkoopstraat 7. Vehicles can be collected after any fines have been paid. Retrieving a towed car costs a minimum of 136 euros. Pay with cash, debit card, credit card or (Euro)cheque. Browse more information about the procedure concerning towed vehicles (in Dutch).
Getting to the pound at Daniël Goedkoopstraat
The pound at Daniël Goedkoopstraat is accessible by taxi or public transport. Take metro 53, 54 or 51 to Spaklerweg station. Take the exit marked Spaklerweg and turn left. After walking for about 10 to 15 minutes, the Daniël Goedkoopstraat is to the right.
At night, take bus 75 from Central Station, Dam Square or Rembrandtplein. Get off at Amstel Station. Take a taxi from there to Daniël Goedkoopstraat.
Parking in the centre of Amsterdam
The various car parks scattered throughout the city offer a less expensive option than parking in the street or alongside a canal. There are car parks next to Central Station, under the opera house (Stopera) and near Leidseplein.
Paying the parking fee
There are two ways to pay parking fees:
- Parking meters can be found wherever paid parking is in force. Coins or electronic cash smart cards (chipknip) can be used. A chipknip card is used for small transactions and is either a separate card or one integrated into a normal bankcard, dependent on the issuing bank.
- Mobile phones can also be used to pay for parking. For this, you need to register with one of the service providers. Park the car, call or text (sms) the provider and relay the number of the ticket machine. When you leave, simply call or text again and the parking fee is noted. Payment occurs later.
Parking permits are granted to residents in areas where paid parking is in force. Permits are charged at a flat rate and are issued per vehicle. Any registered resident can apply for a parking permit at the City District office, though the licence plate must be for the Netherlands. The cost of a parking permit varies per district. View the parking permit overview.
Please note that in some districts, for instance in the centre of Amsterdam, the waiting list for a parking permit can be so long that it takes several years before a permit is issued. View waiting times for each district. You must fulfil the following requirements in order to be eligible for a parking permit as a resident:
Reside in accommodation in an area where paid parking is in force
Own a car or motorbike
Register with the City of Amsterdam
City Street Patrol (Dienst Stadstoezicht), main office
Daniël Goedkoopstraat 7-9
1096 BD Amsterdam
Postbus 551 1000 AN Amsterdam