europe In the Netherlands parking is difficult in town with a historical inner city due to the lack of parkings spaces. The most cities have limited parking capacity. In Amsterdam the parking rates are 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

Generally 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.
Parking is unlimited in blue zones to blue card holders. Driving and parking is not permitted in a pedestrian zone.