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    Car hire in Eindhoven - Discovering the Netherlands

    Eindhoven is a friendly, innovative city conveniently located in the south of the Netherlands. It sits at a crucial juncture between Germany and Belgium with Rotterdam, one of the largest port cities in Europe, just 70 miles to the north-west. With a population of around 250,000 people, it is one of the largest places in the country and one that’s embracing the future through technology and a thriving start-up culture. Besides Eindhoven Airport being in very close proximity, the city is within a 90-minute range of three international airports and an ultra-efficient network of motorways connecting the city with Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maastricht, Antwerp, Brussels and many other interesting places beyond.

    Eindhoven has energised itself in recent years with a busy events programme and an abundance of first-class tourist attractions. Bursting with dynamism, the city thrives on its reputation as the place that brought light to the world in 1892 when Philips (now a multinational conglomerate) opened a factory selling carbon-filament lamps and other electro-technical products. The company subsequently transformed Eindhoven into a vibrant industrial centre, a professional culture that continues today with a constant flow of new developments in the fields of creativity, innovation, technology, design and knowledge.

    Exploring the city with your car hire in Eindhoven gives you the chance to enjoy the many attractions surrounding you, such as the inspiring Philips Museum in the old factory where the company first started and the fascinating Eindhoven Museum which features an Iron Age Village. One of the greenest cities in the Netherlands, Eindhoven is blessed with an abundance of parks and gardens, while the nearby Lake Kerpendonck makes for a lovely spot for a summer picnic. And football fans won’t want to miss a tour of the Philips Stadium, home to PSV, one of Europe’s top clubs.

    Out of town, the picturesque South East Brabant region is the ideal place to visit once you’ve picked up your car. The enchanting countryside in close proximity to the city has a number of charming villages, plus many large parks and forests with marked bicycle and hiking routes for those who enjoy exploring the great outdoors. It’s also possible to pop over the border to neighbouring Belgium to taste some of the country’s famously delicious chocolate! No art lover will be able to resist the chance to visit Nuenen, a small village just 5 miles east of Eindhoven where Vincent van Gogh did a lot of his best painting and drawing from 1883-1885. He was drawn to its colourful landscapes and painted The Potato Eaters there, one of his most famous masterpieces. Van Gogh’s father lies buried in the local cemetery.

    Established in the middle of the last century, Auto Europe has been offering the best car hire deals and the widest choice of vehicles in Eindhoven and elsewhere in the Netherlands for more than 65 years. One of the world's leading car hire brokers, the company currently offers more than 24,000 pick-up and drop-off locations in over 180 countries. Auto Europe's award-winning rental specialists are available seven days a week to answer any questions you might have and help you with your travel itinerary. Feel free to give them a call on +44 123 3225 114 or visit our Netherlands driving guide for more information on visiting Eindhoven and other key destinations in the Netherlands, including Amsterdam and The Hague. Visit the Eindhoven car hire reviews page to see the ratings and comments posted by other customers following their recent Auto Europe car rental in the city.

    How is the traffic in Eindhoven?

    Eindhoven city centre is mostly car-free and definitely small enough to get around on foot. When visiting the outskirts or even the surrounding villages, it'll only take a few minutes to reach your destination when you rent a car in Eindhoven - plus you can take the bus or rent a bike. As in all larger Dutch cities, parking in the downtown district is quite expensive and during the rush-hour the main streets can get quite busy. On average, the density of traffic on the inner city's streets around the centre of Eindhoven is more than adequate. 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.

    Where can I park my car hire in Eindhoven?

    There's a good supply of car parks and parking spaces in the outskirts of Eindhoven and throughout the city centre. Parking spaces in downtown Eindhoven are charged from 9am-8pm daily, including public holidays. Visitors looking to park their car hire in Eindhoven can use the Neerhoven P+R (Park and Ride) car park in the city's outer perimeter and travel to the centre using the public transport network. Please note that when you drive into Eindhoven by following the 'Centrum' signs, you will automatically come across signs to the various car parks located in the city. Look out for some of the larger centrally-located car parks, each with around 600-700 spaces available, including Parking Fellenoord (Pastoor Petersstraat 170), ParkingYou (Kanaalstraat 4), Parking You Philips (PSV-laan 85) and P1 Parking Kennedylaan (Kennedyplein 80).

    Eindhoven Airport

    Eindhoven Airport is the second largest in the Netherlands, handling direct flights from over 75 different towns and cities in Europe and beyond. It's also very well-connected with the city centre by public transport and next to the terminal you'll find the bus-stop where the bus will take you directly to Eindhoven Central Station in about 15-20 minutes outside the morning and evening rush-hours. It was founded in 1932 as a basic airstrip called Vliegveld Welschap (Welschap Airfield) before being acquired by the Dutch Air Force seven years later at the beginning of World War II. During the Battle of the Netherlands, it was quickly captured by German forces who promptly expanded and improved it with three paved runways and numerous hangars and support buildings. The airfield was finally captured by American paratroopers during Operation Market Garden and after the war returned to the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 1952. Today's passengers are treated to a full range of on-site facilities, with eating, drinking and shopping being a major part of the airport’s appeal. Authentic farm-food flavours are a particular favourite, as well as the famous breakfast buffet at the ever-popular Tulip Inn. You can buy your favourite newspaper or magazine at the ATO newsagents, along with a wide range of travel accessories. Plus, you can buy freshly-picked flowers for friends and loved-ones back home in the Aviflora shop. Travellers looking to change money before their trip should head for the GWK Travelex shop. Several vehicle rental companies (including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt) have desks located in the car hire area of the Arrivals Hall. A special parking area has been designated for rented vehicles, while for drop-offs drivers are advised to follow the road signs at the airport. Other on-site facilities include baby-care facilities, the Kiddyland children’s entertainment centre, a meditation centre, travel doctor and free Wifi throughout the airport.

    Eindhoven Airport (EIN)
    Telephone: +31 900 9505
    Address: Luchthavenweg 25, 5657 EA Eindhoven, Netherlands

    What to do in Eindhoven

    Eindhoven is often overlooked in favour of the more established tourist cities of Amsterdam and The Hague but this innovative city in the south of the country is surprisingly lively, with a wealth of first-rate attractions to suit all tastes.

    • Van Abbemuseum: One of the leading museums for modern and contemporary art, the Van Abbemuseum houses an important collection of major works by Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky, El Lissitzky, Theo van Doesburg, Mondriaan and Appel. Modern and inspiring with a prime riverside location, the museum is a first-class attraction in the heart of the city with a good range of public amenities, most notably a café with al fresco terrace. Other facilities include a library, auditorium and art studio.

    • DAF Museum: Famous for their inventiveness, DAF vehicles have been in production from 1928 until the present day. This museum features an extensive collection of the company's cars, including some that never actually made it onto the production line. Here you will visit a traditional Dutch village square with shops from the 1930s, a welcoming pub, period garage and a replica of Van Doorne's (the company founder's) office.

    • Philips Museum: One of Eindhoven's star attractions, the Philips Museum chronicles the development of Philips from a small incandescent lamp manufacturer into a large and prestigious international group of companies. With a large array of interesting stories and a vast collection of products, both old and new, this fascinating museum provides a real insight into the impact Philips has had on people’s lives since 1891.

    • Eindhoven Museum: Focused on the North Brabant region, this delightful open-air archaeological museum located near Genneper Park recreates life in Eindhoven during the Iron and Middle Ages with a fine collection of artefacts and special exhibits from both these periods. With lots of family interaction and hands-on activities, it's a great day out, especially for the kids.

    • Philips Stadium: Home to the mighty PSV, a football club that originally consisted of Philips employees, the Philips Stadium is one of the most impressive in Europe. Ultra-modern and multi-functional, the stadium is best visited as part of the guided tour programme which incorporates the museum and trophy room.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Eindhoven

    Eindhoven is perfectly situated for visitors looking to stay in the lovely Dutch countryside in close proximity to the Belgian and German borders with all the attractions of Amsterdam and other large cities within a comfortable driving distance.

    Genneper Park

    Nestled within the confines of the city, Genneper Park is an idyllic combination of dense forests, open fields and a lovely little creek running straight through the centre. Wholly natural with very few human alterations, the 200-hectare park is a very popular attraction for locals and tourists who flock there in nice weather to take advantage of the swimming pool, ice-skating rink and the popular Paviljoen Genneper Parken Restaurant.


    Driving for about an hour and a half from Eindhoven will get you to Amsterdam, one of the world's great cultural cities. It's the perfect road-trip (a straight drive up the A2 motorway) for people staying in the south but wanting to see Amsterdam's magnificent sights, including Anne Frank's House, the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.


    Always a hit with the kids, the Aquabest Beach Park (open May through September) offers water-skiing, wake-boarding, banana rides and all manner of other pursuits on both land and water. The DippieDoe amusement park adds to the appeal with indoor and outdoor playgrounds featuring two dozen rides and attractions, with daredevil roller-coasters right at the top of the popularity list.


    Just 30 miles north-west of Eindhoven lies Efteling, one of the largest and most popular theme parks in Europe. Opened in 1952, it has grown from a nature park with playground, rowing ponds and a tea-house into a full-blown tourist attraction for all ages, with many top rides ranging from the Fairytale Forest and Pirana river rapids to the Kinderspoor pedal trains and Baron 1898 dive coaster.

    Geographic Information & History

    The main city and surrounding towns and villages that make up modern Eindhoven were originally built on sandy elevations between the Dommel, Gender and Tongelreep rivers. Since the start of the 19th century, the basins of these rivers were used as housing terrain, resulting in occasional floods in the city centre. Partly to reduce flooding, the bed of the Gender river, which flowed directly through the city centre, was dammed off and filled up after World War I, while the course of the Dommel was regulated. In the 20th century, large-scale housing developments saw residential areas being built on former agricultural lands and on former heaths that had been turned into cultivable lands in the 19th century. The written history of Eindhoven started in 1232 when Duke Hendrik I of Brabant granted it city status. By this time it had already grown into a small town on the confluence of the Dommel and Gender rivers with over 170 houses enclosed by a rampart, outside which stood a small castle. The city was also granted the right to organise a weekly market to which the farmers of nearby villages came to sell their produce. Another factor in its establishment was its location on the trade route from Holland to Liège. The city's fortifications were further strengthened towards the end of the 14th century and between 1413 and 1420, a new castle was built within the city walls. The industrial revolution of the 19th century stimulated major growth with the construction of canals, roads and railway lines, resulting in the population growing to around 50,000 by 1920.

    How to get around Eindhoven

    Like in many Dutch cities, you'll find that progress is gradually reducing the amount of access you'll have with your car rental in Eindhoven in favour of more ecological means of transport, such as electric buses and - as is customary in the Netherlands - bicycles! It couldn't be easier to get around Eindhoven; the city's transport network consists of more than 20 bus routes serving the inner city and its environs.


    The bus network in Eindhoven extends to many neighbouring towns and villages, including Veldhoven, Geldrop and Nuenen (where Vincent van Gogh lived and painted in the 19th century). Some of the bus routes operate with high-quality vehicles, including the increasingly-popular electric articulated buses being adopted in other cities across Europe. Two dedicated bus routes (HOV1 & HOV2) are used by lines 401 to 406, the former serving Eindhoven Airport. Additional buses operate during the busy morning and evening rush-hours, while others connect with more distant destinations across the region.


    Eindhoven is a rail transport hub. The main station has connections to and from Tilburg, Rotterdam, Delft, The Hague, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Maastricht and beyond. The city's central railway station is served by both intercity and local services, while the smaller Eindhoven Strijp-S station is only served by local trains. For people travelling to and from Utrecht and Amsterdam by train, the services are frequent and run approximately every ten minutes, seven days a week.


    Taxi ranks exist on both the north and south sides of Eindhoven railway station. Visitors should be aware that travelling by taxi in the Netherlands can be rather expensive, with quite a high charge just to enter the vehicle. The main taxi rank at Eindhoven Airport is located just 50 metres from the main terminal exit.


    Do as the Dutch do and rent a bicycle during your stay in Eindhoven. You can hire bicycles at the tourist information centre next to Eindhoven train station, but be sure to use the free guarded bike parks located at 18 Septemberplein when you're visiting the centre of town because bicycle theft is on the increase. Another safe place is in the basement of the Heuvelgalerie, while the guarded bike park in the train station has extended opening hours for a slightly higher charge.

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    Eindhoven Tourist Info