Netherlands Driving Information

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Information about Car Rental and Driving in Netherlands

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions| Netherlands Map

Driving Overview

General Information

An excellent series of highways makes Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag (The Hague) and Groningen a short day trip from anywhere in The Netherlands. Canals, windmills and world famous tulips line the extensive roadways of The Netherlands. Explore the beautiful North Sea coast and visit local fishing villages with their colorfully painted homes. The Netherlands highway system also offers easy access to nearby international destinations such as Brussels, Dusseldorf and Luxembourg.


To rent a car in the Netherlands, you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. Seatbelts and child seats for children up to 40 lbs are mandatory. Child under 12 and/or 54 inches in height cannot travel as front seat passenger unless using suitable restraint system.

Speed Limits

Speed limits in The Netherlands are as follows: City 31mph/50kph Open Roads 49mph/80kph Highways 75mph/120kph

Rules of the Road

Traffic travels on the right and all trams should be passed on the right. Passing or turning is forbidden on roads with a continuous white line.

Netherlands Driving InformationGas

In most cities, gas stations are open from 8am to 9pm. Stations are open 24 hours on national highways.


There are no toll highways in the Netherlands.


In cities, you will need a time stamped parking disc to park in 'blue zone' areas. These discs, placed on the dashboard, can be obtained at motor club offices, tobacco shops and police stations. Parking is not available by black and white or yellow curbs

Insurance Information

General Information

Car rental insurance varies widely, so please review the information below prior to making your reservation. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

All our car rental rates include fire and third party liability insurance. Our inclusive rates also provide collision and theft coverage at an advance purchase discount. You may elect to decline collision and theft coverage. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

The following guidelines apply to rentals commencing in the Netherlands

Netherlands Driving InformationRequired Coverage

Fire and third party liability insurance is mandatory and is included in all rentals. Third party liability insurance offers up to US$2,000,000 for coverage in case of damage or injury to people or property outside of the rental car.

Optional Coverage

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and theft protection are included in our inclusive rates at a discount. CDW, if purchased at the rental counter, costs approximately US$19 - US$25 per day. Theft protection, if purchased at the rental counter, costs approximately US$5 - US$15 per day. CDW and theft coverage reduce the deductible (responsibility of the client) to US$550 - US$1400, depending on the vehicle type rented. Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) is available with some suppliers at the rental counter for approximately US$6 per day. Super CDW may be offered locally to reduce the deductible as low as zero. Optional insurance coverage is available with select suppliers only, rates subject to change without notice.

Rental Restrictions

General Information

Most rental car categories in the Netherlands can be driven anywhere in Western Europe without restriction. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Auto Europe has special rental programs for driving into Eastern Europe. Please take a minute to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to rent.

Restricted Countries

Cars rented in the Netherlands are not allowed into the following countries: Albania, Bosnia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine and Yugoslavia. Luxury cars are not allowed into Italy.

Netherlands Driving InformationNOTE: For an additional fee, travel into most or all of these countries can be arranged for specific car categories with advance notice.

One-Way Rentals

Domestic one-way rentals are available between select locations, additional fees may apply. There are fees for international one-way car rentals, and not all vehicles are allowed.

Netherlands Map

Auto Europe's Map of Netherlands

Click on any map on this page to enlarge or zoom in on the Google map of Netherlands below - a resource which can help you plan the perfect vacation. Plan ahead and pinpoint the best attractions that the country has to offer. Our Netherlands map includes details about top attractions such as Maastricht Vrijthof, located in Maastricht; the Rjiksmuseum in Amsterdam; and the Hogue Veluwe national park. We will also help you wine and dine until your heart is content with pinpoints of the Netherlands' best restaurants, such as Greetje, Ciel Bleu, De kas and Blue Pepper. While planning your trip to the Netherlands you also may want to research Amsterdam's top hotels, including Hotel Seven One Seven, The Dylan Amsterdam and Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam, among many others. Zoom in on the Netherlands map below to find great points of interest to enhance your trip!