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.

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Parking violations

To make optimal use of the available parking spaces in the city, Cition – under the authority of the City of Amsterdam – sees to a strict compliance o...

Park & Ride

Park & Ride (P+R) is the smartest and cheapest way for drivers to park their car and travel into Amsterdam’s city centre. These car parks are loca...

Where to park

Many visitors to the Amsterdam opt for the convenience and lower cost of the city’s Park+Ride locations or parking facilities on the outskirts of the ...