When you book your car hire in the Netherlands with us, you will be able to choose from 35 different cities and towns for your pick-up location. These include major cities such as Amsterdam, Utrecht, and The Hague, as well as Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Auto Europe is dedicated to finding you the car rental that will best fit your travel plans, and allow you to discover every nook and cranny of this wonderful country!
A car hire in the Netherlands will allow you to freely roam the beautiful countryside and picturesque towns of this country, famous for its clogs, windmills, and masterful painters. The Netherlands is often also referred to as Holland, although officially this only refers to two provinces in the Netherlands, North and South Holland, which together make up 'Holland'. The Netherlands became known as Holland due to the economic power of these provinces in the 17th century. Many big cities, such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague are found in this region. Calling the Netherlands 'Holland' is thus technically incorrect, and what makes things even more confusing, is that people from the Netherlands are called 'Dutch' and speak 'Dutch'. For a humorous but accurate explanation of the difference between the Netherlands and Holland, you can watch this video.
Our Netherlands driving information page provides some more information you may find useful on your travels.
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.
You can drive a car in the Netherlands at age 18, but most car rental companies will insist that you be at least 21 to rent a car, although this varies from supplier to supplier. An extra charge applies if you are under 25 years old.
The Netherlands uses the euro, as it is part of the eurozone. However, many shops may not accept the larger euro notes, €100, €200 and €500, as concerns have been raised in relation to counterfeit bills and other crime. Prices are usually rounded to the nearest five cent numeral, because change is not given in one and two cent coins. Credit cards are accepted widely, but you will increasingly need to have a PIN-code to pay with card. ATMs are spread out all over the country. Remember to inform your card provider if you are going to use your bank or credit card abroad.
One hour ahead of London, the time in the Netherlands is Greewich Mean Time + one hour. From the end of March to the end of October, Daylight Savings Time is observed.
There are two official languages in the Netherlands, Dutch and Frisian. Frisian, however, is more or less limited to being spoken only in Friesland province. English is very widely spoken, too. To allow you to brush up on your Dutch before your trip, some key phrases are listed below.
Hello - Hallo
Good morning - Goedemorgen
Thank you - Dank je wel
Goodbye - Tot ziens
How much does this cost? - Hoeveel kost dit?
Where is the closest police station? - Waar is het dichtstbijzijnde politiebureau?
Where is the closest hospital? - Waar is het dichtstbijzijnde ziekenhuis?
One-way street - Eenrichtingsstraat
Motorway - Snelweg
No parking - Verboden te parkeren
Roadworks - Wegwerkzaamheden
Voltage in the Netherlands is 230 V at 50 Hz frequency. UK appliances will require an adaptor for use in the Netherlands, as the local sockets take C (Europlug) and F (German 'Schuko') plugs, which both have two pins.
No visas are required of citizens of the United Kingdom for travel to the Netherlands. The British Embassy, should you require its services during your trip, is not located in Amsterdam, but in The Hague. Contact details are listed below.
British Embassy The Hague
Lange Voorhout 10
2514 ED The Hague
Telephone: +31 70 4270 427
Take the whole family along for the trip and travel around the Netherlands at your leisure by booking a campervan. This way you need not compromise between visiting the city or the beach, but do both, and at your own pace! Auto Europe's rates are very affordable, but do not compromise on the quality of the motorhomes you can choose from. Campervans can conveniently be picked up in Amsterdam.