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    Discover the best of the Netherlands with Car Hire

    Compare car hire in the Netherlands and find a car that suits your need. Auto Europe works with all major suppliers so we guarantee to take care of all your rental needs. Book your rental car in the Netherlands today online or over the phone with Auto Europe and save!

    Country Essentials

    The Dutch drive on the right-hand side of the road and passing is forbidden on roads with a continuous white line. Speed limits in the Netherlands are as follows: City 50km per hour and highways 130km per hour. The 130km speed limit does not always apply to every highway, so please check the signs. The Netherlands is a small country, so be aware of different road rules between countries in Europe.

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    All of our rental bookings include Value Added Tax (VAT) and third-party liability insurance. You can also have peace of mind with 24-hour emergency roadside assistance and 24/7 phone support.Economy Car Rental

    Driving in the Netherlands

    Cheese, windmills, famous painters and wooden shoes have attracted visitors from all over the world for centuries and with a rental car, you'll be able to take your visit to the next level. The Netherlands is a small country, and with almost 18 million residents the Dutch are forced to be creative. Explore the very flat countryside, stolen back from the ocean with the use of 'Dykes' or get lost in one of the many colourful tulip fields.

    Not all of the Netherlands was once part of the North Sea. Go to the east and find yourself in the romantic 'Veluwe' nature reserve. Be amazed by the wildlife bridges and tunnels, designed to keep wildlife such as deer and squirrels off the road, or go down south to the province of North-Brabant, where the people are friendly and the architecture goes back to the 15th century. If you're into sailing and water sports, check out the north, especially the province of Friesland.

    Licence Requirements

    You must be at least 21 years old to rent a car in the Netherlands, although the age may vary by car category. You must have held your licence for a minimum of 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. Some suppliers may have a maximum age limit. Seatbelts are mandatory for both the driver and passengers. Child seats are mandatory for children up 19kg/40lbs. Children under 12 years of age are not permitted to travel in the front seat unless they are using a suitable restraint system.

    Tolls and Freeways

    There are two tunnels where tolls must be paid: The Kiltunnel and the Westerscheldetunnel. You must also pay a toll for driving along the 'Tolbrug' (Toll Bridge), located in Nieuwerbrug in the province of South Holland.

    Fleet Guide

    You can find details and compare all the great cars available for hire in the Netherlands by checking out our fleet guide. Please note that not all cars are available at all locations.

    Border Crossings

    If you plan on visiting multiple countries in Europe, there are a few things to bear in mind. You will need to inform us of the countries you intend to visit at the time of booking and when you pick up your rental car. In general, travel across borders is permitted between west and central European nations. Each provider has slightly different rules regarding travel into certain countries and it is advisable to make sure that your planned driving route is in accordance with any international restrictions in place. Fees may also be payable to the supplier, the main reason for this is to cover the insurance based on the safety of the area you are travelling to, and locally at border crossings.

    Useful Distances

    • Amsterdam to London (537km approx. 6hr 50min)
    • Paris to Amsterdam (506km approx. 5hr 30min)
    • Rotterdam to Amsterdam (80km approx. 1hr)
    • Amsterdam to Schiphol Airport (15km approx. 20min)
    • Brussels to Amsterdam (210km approx. 2hr 20min)
    • Amsterdam to Dusseldorf (227km approx. 2hr 30mins)

    Car Hire in the Netherlands with Auto Europe

    Book your car hire in the Netherlands with Auto Europe over our safe, reliable and secure online booking system. Our exceptional customer service and Beat Rate Guarantee assure the best savings and quality of service on your car hire. For more information, read our Car Rental FAQ page, read our Terms and Conditions, or Contact Us.

    Top Netherlands Car Hire Locations

    Auto Europe is proud to offer car hire in every major city in the Netherlands. No matter where your travel itinerary brings you, Auto Europe has a local supplier with the best prices. Find your chosen city below or enter your details in the search form above.

    Car Hire Amsterdam Amsterdam Car Hire Eindhoven Eindhoven Car Hire Groningen Groningen Car Hire Rotterdam Rotterdam

    Netherlands Driving Inspiration

    To make your Netherlands self-drive adventure that little bit easier we have a range of resources to assist! You can download Auto Europe's Netherlands Travel & Driving Guide for free which provide useful information and touring ideas to create your own holiday itinerary or for the latest and greatest in Netherlands events and itineraries check out our blog.

    Netherlands Driving Guide         Netherlands on the Blog                                                      


    DriveAway Holidays offers competitive rates and a wide range of choices with reputable suppliers in the Netherlands. Our Suppliers are located throughout major cities of Netherlands.


    • Rotterdam to Amsterdam – 74kms ( 1hr)
    • Amsterdam to Eindhoven – 125 kms (1 hr/ 30 mins)
    • Rotterdam to Den Haag – 25 kms (25 mins)


    A full valid driver's license is required for a minimum of 1 year. An International licence is required for Australian drivers licence holders.


    Generally, the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check Terms and Conditions when making an enquiry or booking.


    General driving rules, laws and regulations in the Netherlands;

    • Vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road.
    • Overtake on the left hand side of the road.
    • Priority is given to public transportation.
    • All occupants of the vehicle must wear a seat belt.
    • Mobile phones are prohibited while driving, with the exception of a hands free system.
    • Dipped headlights are to be used during poor visibility.
    • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid drivers licence, registration documents and insurance documents.


    There are no requirements to carry in your vehicle any additional equipment, but is recommended that a warning triangle and a reflective vest be kept in your vehicle and to be used at the event of an accident, incident or breakdown.


    It is a requirement that children under the age 3 years old must be seated in an appropriate child restraint seat. Children up to the age of 12 years old must be seated in the back seats of the vehicle and be strapped into a seat belt and children up to 135cm in height must also be seated into a suitable booster seat.


    Speed limits are strictly enforced with speed traps common. Keep aware of your driving speed as radar traps, speed cameras and police radars are used to catch speeding motorists and penalties are severe if caught. Below are the speed limits in Netherlands for use as a guide only, unless signed otherwise.

    • Urban Areas (built-up areas): 50km/h
    • Rural Roads (outside towns): 80km/h
    • National Roads: 100km/h
    • Motorways: 100-120km/h


    It is illegal for a person driving in the Netherlands to be over the limit. Random breath tests are carried out randomly by police, if found over the limit drivers can be charged a fine or imprisonment. The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) in the Netherlands is 0.05mg/100ml.


    No highway tolls exist in The Netherlands.


    Road Signs in the Netherlands adopts the standardization of the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals which many European countries now utilize, but with slight variance. Signs in the Netherlands are commonly found in the countries local language however English is also used on city roads and state highways. The signs are very easy to understand as the vast majority of them are posted with symbols. Warning Signs are generally triangular in shape with a red border, white background or yellow and a symbol in the middle. Prohibitory Signs are signs where motorists must follow the actions they are permitted or forbidden to do. These signs vary in shapes from a circle, octagon and a box. You will find these signs in either blue with a white symbol in the middle and white with a red border. Information Signs are indicated with a blue or green background and white text providing motorists with information such as directions.


    Parking in most major cities especially Amsterdam is quite limited and can be expensive in some areas. Local governments are now encouraging motorists to make use of the park-n-ride scheme, which helps reduce the congestion within major cities. Drivers can park at a listed park-n-ride located out of town and then catch public transport to finish their journey. In most built up areas parking is generally paid. Paid parking is marked with a "P-zone" sign and follows the pay and display procedure. Drivers are to purchase a ticket from a meter machine and display the ticket on the front window. Tickets can be paid by cash, most major credit cards or parking cards. Blue Zone parking must use a parking disc which displays the arrival parking time. Parking discs can be obtained from police stations, petrol stations or tobacco shops.

    Do not park in areas marked with a black and white or yellow curbs.


    Visa, passport and entry requirements for Australians visiting the Netherlands;

    • Australian passport holders do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days. Contact the Netherlands Consulate or Embassy in your local state for special visa's or stays exceeding 90 days.
    • A valid passport is required for at least 6 months validity from the date of arrival into The Netherlands.

    *Please note distances and time should only be used as a guide and may vary according to the route taken.

    Top Netherlands Car Hire Locations

    Auto Europe is proud to offer car hire in every major city in the Netherlands. No matter where your travel itinerary brings you, Auto Europe has a local supplier with the best prices. Find your chosen city below or enter your details in the search form above.

    Car Hire Amsterdam Amsterdam Car Hire Eindhoven Eindhoven Car Hire Groningen Groningen Car Hire Rotterdam Rotterdam
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