No Mildred, all cars don't look alike. Some are big, some are small, some are boxy, some are stylistic. In Europe gasoline is between two and three times as much as we pay here. In most places now it costs about $6.00 per gallon. Most of the European community is interested in fuel economy. In the Netherlands the taxes on their automobiles are based on weight, horsepower, and the type of fuel used. The taxes are very high. Anyway, in order to have really good fuel economy the manufacturers have developed more efficient engines, lighter cars by the use of different materials, and smaller cars. True, there are still the big Jaguars, Mercedes, BMWs, and many others. There is even a small market for some of our gas guzzlers. But most of the Dutch people drive small cars and also use their bikes for local travel. There is a lesson there someplace.
These are photos of some of the cars you will see around Amsterdam.
Note: Please notice the railing behind the small truck. That is what usually keeps cars out of the canals. Sometimes it doesn't, and the fire brigade comes and fishes the drowned car out of the canal for about 1500 Euros. Apparently, if the driver remains with the vehicle, there is no charge.
Driving in Amsterdam
I can sum it up in one word… Don’t!
Many of the streets are narrow, parking places can be hard to find, and if you do find a place to part, it won’t be cheap.
The old saying, “I could have walked it faster… “ was never any truer.
Driving in Amsterdam should be left to the locals, and most of them won’t even drive in the city.
The Piet Hein Tunnel is a fast way to reach the Amsterdam East Island and Central Station area fast. The 2 * 2 lanes 1900 meters long tunnel, completed in 1997starts at the East-side of the A10-ring (Zeeburg/IJburg exit) and exits at the East side of the inner city ring.
There is a seperate tunnel for the tramline 26 to IJburg.
The Park and Ride (P+R) parking facilities are located on the outskirts of Amsterdam near the ring A-10. then continue your visit using metro, tram or bus connections with the centre of Amsterdam.
I think some things are not correct on the site as i see people get 2 tickets with 2 X 1 hours max for 2 persons.This are chipcards so you need to check in and when you leave check out.
Check in you read a date check out tot ziens means goodbye
But the locations will be the same
think the site have some good tips i dont know about as i dont have a car.
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.
Amsterdam just has to be the easiest city I have ever visited for getting around without driving. Within the city centre itself, everything is walkable: for a little further afield; cycleable, and if you are a lazy sod like me then the combination of trams, buses, canal buses, metro, local and other trains, plus the more esoteric transport options, such as bike taxis or the IJ ferries, make the entire city immediately accessible.
Not only are all these options available but are simplicity themselves to use if you follow the advice here and elsewhere on the site. One of the really impressive things about the public transport network here is that it is a network, everything is integrated, one ticket fits all the main modes: bus metro and tram and these all complement each other.
Centraal Station, where most people will arrive, is the hub of the whole system with pretty much everything propagating from there to all four corners of the miniverse.
And if the worst comes to the worst - ie, either you have no idea where you are supposed to be going, you are drunk or you have brought all your household possessions with you (don't forget that even in Amsterdam the hotels actually provide at least a sink!), then there are always the taxis - that's why they are expensive folks, not that much business to go around given the other options!
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.
If you want to attend a late night show or spend some nightlife at the Leidseplein area, park at the Europarking.
The garage has 700 spaces and is well guarded.
From there it's just a 10 minutes walk to the Leidseplein.
Street address: Marnixstraat 250 - 1016 TL Amsterdam (Oppositie the Police Headquarter).
Ma-We: 6.30AM - 1AM following day
Tu - Sa: daily (24 hours opened)
Su: 7AM - 1AM following day
Parking fee: Euro 2,80 per hour (VISA/MASTERCARD accepted)
If you want to come by car to the center Amsterdam enter via the North and use the IJtunnel. Remember, there are few parking spots and they are expensive!
Amsterdam Road works map.
If you want absolutely free, go to the train station in Weesp. You can park your car there and the train takes you in 12-16 minutes to the Amsterdam Central Station.
There are about 4 trains per hour.
For those who anyway want to penetrate Amsterdam with there own car, there's a lot of effort to be done to avoid being ticketed or - worse - get a wheelclamb. First take a parkingmeter-card, they widen the possibilities with some places where it is allowed to park for an X amount of hours. Furthermore have enough small change with you. Most parkingmeters operate with coins. Then finally realise that the further to get to the centre, the shorter the maximum-parkingtime is. Within the centre it is easily so that only one or two hours can be paid after which one either has to refill the machine or go away. Last tip from my side for those who want to be stuborn: try Amsterdam North and use the free IJ-ferry.
This is for the people who want or have no choice to go by car to Amsterdam
Anyway I have found that Amsterdam is getting worse and worse with parking. I visited Amsterdam a few times and nearly gave up on driving to Amsterdam by car. Until I discovered that some Hotels do valet parking. My car was picked up at the Hotel, and the next day when I needed my car, the Hotel phoned the company and half an hour later my car was in front of the door and ready for me to go. The company is called The Parking Company. their was a flyer in my car and the website to check out was....
Only I think the website wasn't in english yet, but maybe that has changed, and otherwise you can phone. I do know is that you have to make reservations.
Anyway I loved the service, I didn't need to worry about any wheelclamps, or loosing the way to my car, or have someone smash a window in. The price was reasonable seeing they pickup and bring back your car.
Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.
Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."
Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!
We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.
The Coentunnel is part of the A10 Ring highway and is (in)famous for its daily traffic jams.
The tunnel is a link between the South (Trafic form Utrecht and Schiphol) to destinations at the North of Amsterdam.
Possible other options are the Wijker- and Velser tunnels North of Haarlem or the Zeeburgertunnel at the East of Amsterdam or the IJtunnel at the center of Amsterdam.
All these tunnels go underneath the Northsea channel from IJmuiden to the IJsselmeer.
There are plans for a 2nd tunnel to be opened in 2012.
One of the lesser known, but for some occasions better used Parking Garage is the Heinekenplein one.
The building is located at the 1e Van de Helsstraat 6 - 1072 NV Amsterdam, a sidestreet of the Stadshouderskade at only one block from the Albert Cuyp street market.
The Heineke Brewery is at 5 minutes walking; the Carré Theater is at 15 minutes walking.
Beware, the entrance is rather narrow and so is the corner at the top of the entrance ramp.
Limited height = 2 meters.
Mo-We: 7AM - Midnight
Th-Sa: 7AM - 2AM
Su: 9Am - 9PM
Tarif: € 3,00 per 60 minutes. Maximum day tarif € 30,00.