europe < The large cities, in particular cities with a historical inner city, suffer from the lack of parkings spaces. The most have limited parking except Amsterdam where the parking rate is the highest of the country and in Europe. Parking on Sunday is free of charge except in some large cities.

Parking regulations in the Netherlands

Parking is not allowed next to black and white or yellow curbs and where P-signs prohibite this.

Paid parking in the Netherlands

In almost all urban districts, parking is not free. In metered parking areas parking tickets are available from the central pay and display machine at the side of the road. The ticket must be displayed in the front window. At the ticket machines on the street your parking rate can be paid in cash or with credit card

Blue zones

With your international blue parking disc you may park for free in the designated area for a limited number of hours. If you need one, you can purchase it from tobacco shops, car supply shops and police stations.

Car parks in the Netherlands

The general rule is that parking on-street is more expensive that parking in car parks. Parking in a car park is safe and unlimited.

Parking for disabled drivers in the Netherlands The European Blue Card is valid in the Netherlands. With this card you may park on parking spaces reserved for card holders only, but not if the space is marked with someone's name or a licence plate number.
You may park without time limit on a road where parking is free but restricted by time (blue zone). You may park for up to three hours on a road where parking is prohibited, but only if you are not causing obstruction or danger. Do not park on a road where parking is prohibited and do not drive or park in a pedestrian zone.

Cities in the Netherlands

If you would like to read more about the parking facilities and parking rates in the town of your destination, please click on the picture of the city.