The safest way to park your car on a visit to Amsterdam, is to park at an Amsterdam Park and Ride. There are 7 P&R Amsterdam. The P&R are all located on the outskirts of the city. Amsterdam park and ride costs €8 for the first 24 hours and €1 for every added 24 hours. You park there for a maximum of 96 hours. With your car park ticket you get a special public transport ticket which you (and your passengers, up to 5 people for one card) can use to go to the city centre and come back to collect your car with public transport. You can use this card for this purpose only. If you want to use public transport during your stay, you have to buy another public transport card (‘OV’ card).
Which P&R Amsterdam can I take?
From Germany, Apeldoorn (A1) taking the A10 (ring around Amsterdam), take exit S113. Follow the P+R signs. Report first at the P&R desk. Entrance only from 7 Am to 19.00 hours. (Exit 24 hours a day). You can also park a camper (motorhome) here. You can’t sleep in it though. Take metro 53 to go to the centre (25 minutes).
P&R Zeeburg I and II
From A10, take exit S114. Next to the entrance of the Piet Heintunnel. Report at P+R desk. Also, 20 spots available for touring cars. Also possible for campers. Take tram 26 or bus 37 or 245 to the centre (about 15 minutes).
Driving towards the city from Utrecht on the A9/A2: take exit Ouderkerk. Follow signs P1 and then P+R. Entrance to the right. Enter the car park and turn left to go to the P+R desk. Take metro 54 to go the centre. When there are events (like a football match), the P+R section is closed.
P&R Olympic Stadion
Coming from Den Haag/ Leiden on the A4, take the A10. Exit S108.: P&R. Take tram 16 or 24 to go to
the centre. This is a most popular park and ride, so it’s possible it’s full. Also, be very careful you go first to the special P&R desk (follow the signs). If you enter in a normal car park, you pay the full prices. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the centre.
P&R World Fashion Centre
On the A10, take exit S106. Follow signs World Fashion Centre. Take tram 1, 2, 17 to the centre (about 15 minutes). (or metro 50, but quite far).
P&R Bos en Lommer
From A10 coming from the West: exit S105, drive to S104. Coming from the North: exit S104 (Bos en Lommer). Report at P+R desk first. Entrance from 7 AM to 22.00 hours. Exit 24 hours a day. Take tram 7 or 14 to the centre (get out at Leidseplein or wherever you are staying) or bus 15.
P+R Sloterdijk is quite popular. If full, go to Bos en Lommer. From A10 take exit S102 (Basisweg) Take the train to Central Station (5 minutes). Tram 12, bus 48 and metro 50 go more or less into the city, but be careful, because final destination is not Central Station, so getting lost is easy.
Parking at Schiphol Airport
Schiphol Amsterdam Airport has many different car parks, that all have different rates. Parking your car at Schiphol and taking the train into the city, is a serious option. Your car is safe and you can park there for longer periods than at a Amsterdam Park and Ride. Check the rates for parking in Amsterdam.
Parking for motorhomes in Amsterdam
There are special facilities for parking motorhomes in Amsterdam North. It’s called Amsterdam City Camp.
Parking in the city centre
Parking in the city centre is hell, mostly for the cost. Parking rates have gone up so much these last years (in the centre it’s now €5 per hour), that it’s actually quite possible to find a parking space. The further you park from the centre, the cheaper parking is.
Outside of the ring (the A10) it’s free to park. But it’s not advisable to leave a car with a foreign numberplate parked there, as car thieves are still very active.
Car parks in the centre
There are many car parks in the city centre. The rate per hour are about €4 per hour. To park your car for 24 hours, it will cost you €40 to €80.
Not getting a parking ticket from the ticket machines can leave you with a parking fine under the windshield of €49,60 plus the cost of the ticket. Foreign cars will get a wheel clamp! To make sure you pay the ticket they put a a yellow clamp on your wheel. This will cost you a fine of at least €103,60 and a lot of hassle.
Parking on Sunday
Parking on Sunday is free everywhere in Amsterdam, except in the city centre. You pay the same rate on Sunday! Anyway, p&r Amsterdam is your best bet on parking your car safe and cheap.