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Driving Information Netherlands

Driving Licence Requirements

The driving licence requirements when on the roads in the Netherlands are that you must hold a valid licence from your country of residence and be at least 18 years old.

Age Restrictions

To hire a car in Netherlands, you must be at least 19 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 when collecting a car hire in Amsterdam.

Driving Distances

  • Amsterdam to The Hague - 34kms (50mins)

  • Eindhoven to Maastricht - 88kms (1hour)

  • Enschede to Utrecht - 142kms (1hour/35mins)

Driving Rules and Petrol Stations

General Dutch driving information, laws rules and regulations:

  • Driving in Netherlands is on the right hand side of the road.

  • Passing or turning is forbidden on roads with a continuous white line.

  • Seat belts when driving a car hire in the Netherlands are mandatory.

  • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.

  • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid driver's licence, registration documents and insurance documents.

  • Petrol stations in the Netherlands open from 8am to 9pm with some stations in major cities and on the highway open 24 hours.  


There are no tolls in the Netherlands.

Parking Information

In cities, you will need a time stamped Netherlands 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.

One-way Car Hire

Domestic one-way rentals are unrestricted and free of charge. There are fees for international one-way rentals, and not all vehicles are allowed.

If you plan to drive with a Netherlands car hire you can pick it up in one location and return it to another location but there are some restrictions that you need to check with your car hire supplier.

With your car hire in the Netherlands it is important that you have looked through some of these Netherlands driving rules and regulations about driving a car hire in Rotterdam and other cities to ensure you have the safest possible journey.

Amsterdam car hire starting at ú38 /per day*

*Rates shown are per day, based upon a 7-day car hire. Taxes and additional surcharges may apply.

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