Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)
Car Hire / Rental
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) is home to a number of affordable car rental operators, including both national and local companies. In general, local car rental firms at Schiphol Airport tend to be cheaper, although they do lack the backup and flexibility of one-way rentals offered by the national chains.
Car rental rates at Schiphol Airport seem to change on a regular basis, sometimes weekly, so booking ahead is a good way to guarantee the best rate available. Also worth noting, car rentals at Schiphol Airport do incur a small surcharge. Regularly offering the most competitive car hire, easyCar is a subsidiary of eastJet airlines and stands away from the grounds of Amsterdam Airport, in Amstelstation, and can only be booked over the Internet.
Car Rental, Driving and Parking in Amsterdam
Freeways in Holland are known for their congestion, including those that surround Amsterdam, such as the A2 to Maastricht and the A4 to Belgium. Both of these roads frequently experience enormous traffic jams during rush hours and periods of heavy traffic. Smaller roads in the Amsterdam area are generally easy to drive around, although some roads can be rather narrow and operate traffic-calming schemes, such as speed-bumps.
When hiring a car at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport you will need to present a current driving licence. Visitors arriving at the airport from outside of the actual EU would be advised to also bring an IDP (International Driving Permit), which always helps and remains valid for 12 months.
Parking in Amsterdam is pricey, with pay and display parking areas operating throughout the city's central zone, between the hours of 09:00 and midnight Monday to Saturday, and from 12:00 to midnight each Sunday. However, prices reduce outside of this area.
Speed limits in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Open roads: 100 kph / 63 mph
Towns and residential areas: 50 kph / 30 mph
Motorways / highways: 120 kph / 75 mph
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) Car Rental Companies
The following car rental firms and car hire companies are available at Amsterdam Airport:
- Budget Rent-A-Car
- Europcar Autoverhuur B.V.
- Hertz Automobielen Nederland B.V. National
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) Car Rental