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    Netherlands Driving Information

    Auto Europe 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.