Car Hire in Amsterdam
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Despite the local government discouraging transportation by car, driving in Amsterdam is still possible. It would be more practical to use a car outside of the historic centre. Make the most of your trip and rent a car if only to explore the nearby towns and cities for their quaint attractions. Compare rates offered by various car rental agencies and find the best deal for rental cars in Amsterdam online through Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car in Amsterdam
Major car rental agencies operate in Amsterdam, including Avis, and Budget Rent a Car. You'll find Sixt Autoverhuur on President Kennedylaan 783, 1079 MS Amsterdam Zuid, and on Joop Geesinkweg 125, 1096 AT Amsterdam. Car Rental Amsterdam has an office on Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 40, 1012 SB Amsterdam, and there is an office of SternRent Amsterdam West Auto huur on Donauweg 11, 1043 AJ Amsterdam. Various other car rental companies include Nedcars Autoverhuur, Adams Rent A Car, Hertz Autoverhurr, Europcar, and BB&L Car Rental. Car 2 Go offers all-electric Smart cars for within and around the city.
What to expect when hiring a car from Amsterdam
Because the local government discourages transportation by car in general, there are several streets in the city centre where cars are not allowed. The Dutch national network of freeways therefore can only be found around the city, ending at the A10 Ringroad that surrounds the city. There are 18 city roads, numbered s101 to s118. Many of the streets in Amsterdam are narrow, and parking can be difficult. As much as possible, try parking in one of the secured parking garages, then walk to the centre or use a tram. There are parking garages in Museumplein and near the Central Station, and on Sundays you are likely to find parking in Albert Cuypstraat, which is a market for the rest of the week. Expect parking fees to be very expensive, although it is free outside the centre on Sunday. Parking is also free in Amsterdam-Noord.
Getting to your destination
This historic city of Alkmaar is located 40 km northwest of Amsterdam and about 10 km inland from the coast. The main sights are its many still-intact medieval buildings. The city is also known for its cheese market at Waagplein, which is traditionally held on the first Friday in April, with the last market of the season on the first Friday in September. The cheese market in Alkmaar is one of only four traditional Dutch cheese markets still held. The city also has several museums, two large theatres, a big cinema, and even a red light district at the Achterdam.
To get to Alkmaar from Amsterdam, take the A9 highway.
Hoorn is a town in the province of North Holland. The compact centre of Hoorn contains many impressive late medieval buildings, including the Main Tower, East Gate, Former City Hall, and Museum of the Twentieth Century. You can take a city tour on an electric mini bus, or go swimming in the subtropical pool Water Hoorn.
Located on the IJsselmeer, or Lake IJssel, Hoorn is 35 km north of Amsterdam. The A7 (E22) passes through the west side of town with two exits to the city: exits 8 and 9.
Muiden is a nice town on the shores of the IJmeer, at the mouth of the Vecht River. Its most notable attraction is the Muiderslot, a 13th-century castle, the best known castle in the Netherlands. Other places to see in Muiden are the historic river quayside, the yachts, and the Stelling Van Amsterdam.
Two bridges cross the river Vecht and reach Muiden: the motorway and the narrow swing bridge. Note that the latter is closed to cars on Sundays. You can park your car in the large parking areas on the outskirts of Muiden.