Car & Parking, Amsterdam
Although there´s a lot of water in and near to Amsterdam you better go by train or car to Amsterdam. You go 2.5 hours from Brussels by car, 3.5 hours from Hannover by car as well, train should be similar.
Take care in the Netherlands, they control a lot the traffic, don´t drive too fast. In the Netherlands max veolicity is 110 km/h.
The car is a very easy way to get from A to B. The roads are good, and there are plenty of them. But.... be aware of the traffic jams. The roads are full here, and during rushhour a lot of road have traffic jams. Another disadvantage is finding a parking spot for your car. And if you find one in or close to the center of a city, you have to pay for it. There are parking meters everywhere! In this picture you can see a parking meter. You can recognize them by a big P. So don't forget to always have enough change with you when you come here by car. Parking can be very expensive in the major cities, and Amsterdam is no exception to that. If you don't pay for your parking you run the risk of getting a huge fine, your car will be clamped and towed away as well.
In Amsterdam it is very difficult to find a parking place for the car. And parking places are very expensive too. So the bicycle is the easiest way of transportation. Public transport like tram or bus are also very good in and around Amsterdam. Or most of the places to visit are in a walking distance.
Since Amsterdam is so close to Belgium, we took a private car which is only 3 hours drive from. Train is also convenient to go and around Amsterdam, much relax and just some stops to it's next stations.
Get to Amsterdam by plane, boat or train.
By train, subway, rented bike. Leave your car at home! The chance to you will park wrong and get a fine or yellow wheel obstructor is big! Also junkies can smash your window at night and steal your radio or the entire car. If you have to come by car, please park your car in one of the big parkinglots. You can find one of these parkinglots behind / near the central trainstation. It's next to the boatingcompanies like Lovers Boating.
Transport yourself through Amsterdam by train (Amsterdam has several trainstations), tram (stops everywhere in Amsterdam), bus or subway (the subway stops at Nieuwmarket, Waterloosquare, Weespersquare, Wibautstreet, Amstelstation, Spaklerweg and areas beyond Amsterdam like Diemen, Gein and Amstelveen). From Central Station it doesn't matter which subway you take, they all heading to the same direction until you arrive at Amstelstation / Spaklerweg then they change directions). You can get tickets at the trainstation, businformationstation (at Stationsquare) or (bus)tickets in the bus. (expensive!).
Amsterdam has an excellent connection by rail and road. The photo shows the main railway station, situated close to the center.
I went to Amsterdam by car. A lot of parking lots, excellent roads and traffic signs! No problem for getting around in town by car. Only problem: highways out of town are crowded with a lot of traffic jams.
The best way to move around in Amsterdam is by bike, bus, tram or by canalboat or canalbike. To use the public transport you have to buy a daycard, so you can travel the whole day long.
It is not wise to go by car into the center, because it is pretty crowded overthere and you have to pay a lot of money to park there.
I don't recommend driving in Amsterdam's city center. It's close to impossible to get around the small streets that are overflowing with pedestrians and bikes. Parking can also be a nightmare. If you have a car it might be best to find a lot a bit outside of the center or call your hotel ahead of time for parking recommendations. If you do arrive with a car it seems to be best to do so a bit later in the evening when parking might be a bit more available.
A car is actually a waste in Amsterdam since it is very flat and easy to gt around by foot or bike. Public transportation is also pretty good once you get the hang of it.
Do not use a car to go to Amsterdam, you will have a very hard time to find parking space and if you are lucky enough to find one, it will cost you a lot. You better try to park your car in the outskirts and take the public transport. Take care, even in some outskirts you will have to pay for the parking. Never leave any valuables and preferrably leave the glove-compartment open to show nothing is hidden.
Do you remember how long you spent looking for a parking space in Amsterdam city centre the last time you brought your car? Or how much money you put in the meter? And none of that is really necessary. Because you can also have access to the centre of Amsterdam without any of the aggro.
There are two ways to avoid getting stuck in a queue or driving round in circles along the canals. First: leave the car at home and take public transport. Second: if you do come by car, park at the P+R sites at the ArenA and the Olympic stadium.
Amsterdam city centre is not easily accessible by car. Parking space is scarce and if you are lucky enough to find a space, parking is really expensive. A better way of moving about in the city centre is by public transport. You can also walk or use a bike because nowhere is very far apart in Amsterdam
Not by car! Parking your car is expensive, especially in the centre of the city. It is not only parking your car, you must find one first! Amsterdam is getting more and more an anti car city.
To go from A to B take a motorcycle, train, tram, bus, subway, walking or by bicycle. You can park your cycle easy and everywhere!
We ended up flying into London from the US. From there we took the chunnel to Brussels and took a 3hour train ride from Brussels to Amsterdam. It was a great chance to see the country side. I will never fly into London again. It would be best to fly directly into Holland, but the ride from Brussels is not bad at all!
The easiest way to get around Amsterdam is by train, bus, or bike. It's extremely easy to get around. You can take these forms of transportation anywhere.
We did not require a car at any time the entire trip.
Driving A Car In Amsterdam
If you don't have plans to leave Amsterdam during your visit to the Netherlands forget about hiring a car.
Because of the fantastic system of public transport within the city you won't need it and why go through all the trouble then?
Amsterdam's historic center has become quite congested over the years and it is municipal policy to ban cars from city center.
Reaching the citycenter by car can be quite difficult and timeconsuming. Finding a parking space is even worse.
Don't even think of parking your car in an illegal spot (even for 5 mins with your warning lights flashing) and don't forget to pay or you're sure to get a wheelclamp!
Getting the parking police to remove a wheelclamp is a lengthy and very expensive affair.
By train you're direct in the city centre.
When you come by plane it takes about 30 min by train to go to the central station.
Amsterdam is a compact city where your destination will usually not be at a great distance. The city is therefore ideal for getting around by foot, bicycle or public transport. Cars are less suited for getting around in Amsterdam because the city can be considered car-unfriendly. Parking has to be paid for in almost all of the city and the rates can be substantial.
For info about public transport go to:
Public transport in Amsterdam