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    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!

    Make the most of your car rental

    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.

    Road Rules and Petrol Stations

    • Cars in the Netherlands must drive on the right side of the road.
    • It is illegal to have radar detectors in your car.
    • When there are no signs stating otherwise, cars from the right have priority at crossings.
    • Cycling is very popular in the Netherlands, most famously in Amsterdam. Remember to be mindful of marked cycle paths, and be aware that when you turn across a cycle path, you must give priority to cyclists.
    • Streets in Dutch cities tend to be narrow and have many speed bumps. Be aware of anti-parking poles, which are not very high and may be difficult to distinguish from the road.
    • When you are driving on motorways, note that you are not allowed to pass on the right. You can only pass on the right if traffic is very congested.
    • Petrol stations are easy to find in major cities and along the main motorways. Many stations are now open 24 hours. Petrol tends to be cheaper at unmanned stations, where you can only pay for petrol using a debit or credit card.

    Our Netherlands driving information page provides some more information you may find useful on your travels.

    Tolls

    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.

    Age Requirements

    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.

    Currency

    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.

    Time difference

    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.

    Dictionary

    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

    Electricity

    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.

    Visa & Embassy Information

    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
    Email: ukinnl@fco.gov.uk

    Campervan hire in the Netherlands

    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.

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