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    Car hire at Eindhoven Airport - Exploring the Netherlands

    A place of modern architecture and innovative design, Eindhoven's roots date all the way back to the 13th century, making it one of the oldest places in the Netherlands. Today, it is one of the country's largest cities and a fast-growing hub for tourism and cultural interest. Industry has been growing exponentially in Eindhoven since the late-19th and early-20th centuries, greatly boosted by the electrical giant Philips which was founded in the city as a small family business in 1891.

    Heavily damaged during World War II, the city re-emerged with a progressive architectural style that has since earned it the reputation of being the Dutch capital of industrial design. A visit to Strijp-S is a case in point. Set in a former industrial park once owned by Philips, the district has metamorphosed into a vibrant residential district enhanced by trendy shopping areas, a fine array of indoor street-food outlets, contemporary art galleries and Europe’s largest virtual reality centre.

    There's much to see in downtown Eindhoven, most of which can easily be explored either by bicycle or on foot. Check out Septemberplein (September Square) where you'll find a covered shopping centre (The Piazza) and a landmark building known as The Blob, along with a good selection of modern boutiques. Underneath the square lies a huge low-cost park for bicycles, which you can rent at the main tourist office (called the Eindhoven Brandstore) at Stationsplein 17, located right in front of the main railway station.

    Museums are also in very good supply in Eindhoven. Don't miss the large high-tech one dedicated to Philips on the site where the company's first incandescent lamp was made many years ago; the DAF Museum (where this very successful range of vehicles has been in production since 1928); the Van Abbemuseum (featuring a first-class collection of modern and contemporary art); and the Eindhoven Museum (a fascinating open-air museum popular for its reconstructed Iron Age village). The futuristic Philips Stadium is where one of Europe's biggest clubs, PSV Eindhoven, plays its home games. Take a tour of the stadium and visit the bulging trophy room which includes the coveted European Cup, UEFA Cup and more than two dozen home championship trophies.

    Once you have picked up your car hire at Eindhoven Airport and finished your city sightseeing programmes, you'll surely want to see some of the local countryside. Eindhoven is the hub of the picturesque North Brabant province, a region strategically situated in the south of the Netherlands, very close to both the Belgian and German frontiers. Touring by car is seamless and stress-free thanks to the region's excellent road and motorway network, so you can easily spend several days indulging yourself with interesting road-trips.

    Just an hour and a half from central Eindhoven lies Amsterdam, a vibrant cultural city that simply cannot be missed, especially if you've never been there before. It's a straight round-trip up and down the A2 motorway, meaning that a relaxing and fun-filled day-trip from Eindhoven is perfectly possible, with plenty of time to visit the city's top attractions, most notably the famous Rijksmuseum (home to Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch'), Van Gogh Museum (many of his most famous masterpieces are there) and the thought-provoking House of Anne Frank.

    Auto Europe has been a leading car hire broker since 1954, currently providing a high-quality and very efficient service at over 24,000 locations in more than 180 countries worldwide. It couldn't be easier to book your your car with Auto Europe, just insert your preferred dates into the booking engine at the top of this page and wait for the prices and vehicle categories to appear in just a few seconds.

    From Eindhoven, you'll have easy access to many other interesting places, not just in the Netherlands but also the in the neighbouring countries of Belgium and Germany. Besides Amsterdam, you might want to explore other parts of the Netherlands and visit some of the country's most interesting towns and cities, including Maastricht and the great port city of Rotterdam. For general advice on some of the things you need to be aware (such as driving distances, paying motorway tolls, age restrictions and finding petrol stations, etc.), once you have picked up your car, please consult our guide to driving in the Netherlands. Don't forget to visit our Eindhoven car hire reviews page to find out how previous customers rated their Auto Europe car rental experience in the city.

    Airport Information

    With an increasing number of direct routes to and from almost 80 cities and holiday resorts in Europe and elsewhere, Eindhoven Airport is the second largest in the Netherlands and one of the most modern and forward-thinking in Western Europe. Founded in 1932 as the Welschap Airfield, it was taken over by the Dutch Air Force seven years later at the beginning of World War II, during which it was captured by German forces who promptly expanded and improved it with three runways and a number of hangars and support buildings. American paratroopers finally retook possession during Operation Market Garden and the airport was returned to the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 1952.

    Eindhoven Airport (EIN)
    Address: Luchthavenweg 25, 5657 EA Eindhoven, Netherlands
    Telephone: +31 900 9505
    Airlines operating at Eindhoven Airport: Eindhoven Airport handles flights to and from dozens of European destinations with Lauda Air, Ryanair, Transavia, TUI and Wizz Air.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Eindhoven Airport

    Various vehicle rental companies (including many of the best-known brands) have their desks in the car hire section in the Arrivals Hall. A special parking area has been designated for rented vehicles, while drivers dropping off their car hire at Eindhoven Airport are advised to follow the road signs at the airport.

    Car hire desks' operating hours

    Alamo Car Hire at Eindhoven Airport Alamo at Eindhoven Airport
    Luchthavenweg 13B,
    Eindhoven, Netherlands 5657EA

    +31 40 4100133
    Opening Hours:
    Daily 8am-11pm
    Avis Car Hire at Eindhoven Airport Avis at Eindhoven Airport
    Luchthavenweg 13B
    Eindhoven, Netherlands 5657EA

    +31 88 2847640
    Opening Hours:
    Daily 8am-11pm
    Europcar Car Hire at Eindhoven Airport Europcar at Eindhoven Airport
    Luchthavenweg 13B,
    Eindhoven, Netherlands 5657EA

    +31 40 2350478
    Opening Hours:
    Daily 7am-10.45pm
    Hertz Car Hire at Eindhoven Airport Hertz at Eindhoven Airport
    Luchthavenweg 13B,
    Eindhoven, Netherlands 5657EA

    +31 40 2521111
    Opening Hours:
    Daily 8am-11.30pm


    Eindhoven Airport's core facilities consist of a single two-storey terminal building with capacity for up to five million passenger movements a year. The ground-floor is divided into the Departures and Arrivals Halls plus a large 5,000 square-metre baggage hall situated on the east side of the terminal. In this area, passengers will also find the 1st-class SkySpeed VIP departure lounges for quick baggage-handling and private boarding. On the first-floor of the airport terminal you'll find a business centre, customs and police sections and the Tulip Inn. Eindhoven Airport's terminal has twelve arrival and departure gates, of which 1 to 10 are located on the ground-floor and 11 and 12 are on the first-floor. A three-star hotel, the integrated Tulip Inn is a modern mid-budget accommodation with 120 rooms, a gymnasium, bar and restaurant.

    Airport Facilities

    Eindhoven Airport today is a very modern, well-designed air transport facility with a good range of on-site facilities for eating, drinking and shopping before flying. Along with Starbucks, passengers can enjoy an authentic Farm Food experience or a sumptuous buffet breakfast at Upstairs in the Tulip Inn. Shop at Before Take Off if you need to buy a large suitcase, carry-on case or laptop bag ahead of your flight, while the well-stocked B&S Shop Fly will cater for all your Duty Free requirements prior to boarding the plane. You can even grab some freshly-picked flowers at Aviflora for family and other loved ones waiting for you at the other end. Other amenities at Eindhoven Airport include baby-care facilities, the Kiddyland children’s entertainment centre, a meditation centre, travel doctor (for advice and vaccinations, etc.), various ATMs and banking services, slot machines and free Wi-Fi throughout the airport.

    How to get to and from Eindhoven Airport

    The airport is very well-connected with downtown Eindhoven, both by public transport and an excellent road system. With Eindhoven Airport located just 6 miles north-west of the city, passengers can expect a short drive to their hotel (outside the morning and evening rush-hours) once they have picked up their rent a car at Eindhoven Airport. For ecological reasons, Eindhoven's city centre is becoming increasingly traffic-free and as such tourists are encouraged to explore the city on foot or by bicycle (as is customary in Dutch cities) whenever possible. Getting to and from the airport is quick and easy; it's about a 15-minute drive by car after coming off the A2 motorway. The beltway around the city (the so-called Randweg between the Ekkersweijer and Leenderheide interchanges) uses a system of local express lanes. The inner two lanes do not have any exits, so it is exclusively for express traffic by-passing Eindhoven. In fact, it is considered a motorway (A2) with a maximum speed of 75 mph (120kph). The outer two lanes are for traffic travelling between Eindhoven and the neighbouring towns. These outer lanes have the road number N2 in order to distinguish the local lanes from the express lanes. It is also served by no less than three busy bus routes: numbers 400 and 401 link passengers with the city centre and the main railway station with departures every ten minutes on weekdays and between 15 and 30 minutes at weekends, with the bus stop situated right next to the airport terminal building. The AirExpressBus also offers a line service between Eindhoven Airport, Den Bosch (30 minutes), Utrecht (1 hour) and Amsterdam (1.5 hours). Please note that Eindhoven Airport isn’t directly connected to the rail network. The nearest train station to the airport is Eindhoven Central Station (Eindhoven Centraal) located 5 miles away.

    Parking Tips

    Parking your car rental at Eindhoven Airport couldn't be easier thanks to an efficient supply of on-site spaces available at the P1 (Gold), P3 (Silver), P4 (Bronze) and P5 (Bronze) car parks. Gold Parking (P1) is located directly in front of the terminal building and is accessible from the main roundabout (look for the signs). Located to the left of Eindhoven Airport's terminal building after the roundabout and beyond the car hire station, Silver Parking at the P3 car park is a more affordable option just five minutes by foot from the terminal. Available in the P4 and P5 car parks, Bronze Parking means a slightly longer walk to the terminal (seven minutes) but with a cheaper hourly rate. The city centre has plenty of options for people planning to rent a car at Eindhoven Airport, with on-street spaces in downtown charged from 9am-8pm daily, including public holidays. Sightseers are urged to leave their cars in the Neerhoven P+R (Park and Ride) car park just outside the city centre and use Eindhoven's efficient public transport network to visit the main attractions. If you are driving into town and looking to park your vehicle there for a while, keep following the signs to Centrum (Centre) and you will automatically get information about the various car parks located throughout the inner city. The larger the car park, the more spaces there are and the greater chance of finding a space, particularly at the big centrally-located car parks such as Parking Fellenoord (located at Pastoor Petersstraat 170), ParkingYou (located at Kanaalstraat 4), Parking You Philips (located at PSV-laan 85) and P1 Parking Kennedylaan (located at Kennedyplein 80). each of which has around 600-700 spaces.

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    Additional Information About Eindhoven Airport

    Eindhoven Airport
    Luchthavenweg 25
    Eindhoven, Netherlands 5657 EA

    IATA Code: EIN
    IACO Code: EHEH
    Wikipedia Page
    Latitude: 51.45
    Longitude: 5.374444

    General Information: Just a few miles (and a short drive) from the city centre, Eindhoven Airport caters for several international airlines, including Lauda Air, Pegasus Airlines, Ryannair, Transavia, TUI and Wizz Air.