Amsterdam Parking

Just as in most larger cities around the world, going by car into Amsterdam city center is not easy. Especially if you are not familiar with its streets and customs. One way how to make it less stressfull is to reserve your parking space online in advance. That is the main thing we recommend about parking in Amsterdam.

You can check out this Amsterdam parking reservation website to do so.

Online booked garage parking is the safest and easiest. But there are more options and we write about them below. However be avare that car break-ins do happen. If you have a foreign car plate thiefs assume you have some of your vacation things stored in the car.

Amsterdam street parking

Parking in Amsterdam

Free parking in the city center does not exist, so don't look for it. Some hotels may provide free parking permits for guests, otherwise look for a garage or street parking. The hourly price for on-street parking in the Amsterdam city center is 5 euro and a day ticket goes from 30 to 45 euro. Blue ticket machines are readily available throughout the city and you should use them between the hours of 9:00 and 24:00 during the week and between 12:00 and 24:00 on Sunday. The further you are from the Old City Centre, the cheaper the parking will be, with rate as low as €1,10 per hour in the suburbs of Amsterdam. On some commercial streets parking fee will be symbolic (€0,10) but your parking time will be limited to one hour.

Amsterdam Park+Ride

As a good alternative to parking in Amsterdam city centre is to park your car on one of the parking lots on the outskirts of the city. Then use the excelent Amsterdam public transport to continue your visit. These Park+Ride lots are located near the A10 ring are relatively cheap. There are seven of them and we list them on our dedicated Park+Ride page. However they are not watched and most of them don't even have a fence. They are just simple parking lots and leaving your car there for longer time might be dangerous.

Amsterdam parking tips

  • Make sure that you have exact change for the parking machines as they do not give change back.
  • Some of the machines will ask you for the registration plate of your car. It might be wise to make a note of it, especially if it is a rental car.
  • Make sure that your ticket is up to date and prominently displayed in your window to avoid being fined or clamped.
  • Do not count for the parking police to arrive late or be negligent. They will return to your car, if the time you paid for is to end.
  • If you are ticketed or clamped you have 24 hours to pay the fine or you will be towed. Call parking control (Parkeerbeheer) at 020 251 3322 for any queries or if towed.
  • Never leave valuables in your car as break-in’s are common throughout Amsterdam. If you leave your car in an unattended area, please consider to put "no valuables inside" warning behind the windows.

Amsterdam parking garages

Still, if you decide to take your car to the centre of Amsterdam here we list some garages. You pay there on exiting, so you don't have to worry about time.

Even if you have parked in a closed car park, it is better to not leave anyting of value in your car. You may also consider to put this "no valuables inside" warning behind the car window.

P1 Parking Amsterdam Centre

Prins Hendrikkade 20A
capacity: 475
open: 24 hours, 7 days a week

P1 Parking Waterlooplein

Valkenburgerstraat 238
capacity: 220
open: Monday- Wednesday 7.00 a.m.-1.30 a.m., Thursday-Saturday – 24 hours; Sunday closed at 1.30 a.m.

Q Park - Parking Byzantium

Tesselschadestraat 1G (just at the gate of Vondelpark near the Leidseplein);
capacity: 456;
open: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Q Park - Parking Museumplein

Van Baerlestraat 33B, under the Museumplein - the best if you visit one of the three Amsterdam big museums;
capacity: 600;
open: Monday - Thursday, Sunday 7.00 a.m. - 1.00 a.m. Friday – Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 2.30 a.m.

Q-Park Europa Parking

Parking in Stadthuis

Marnixstraat 250;
capacity: 800;
open: Monday – Wednesday, 6.30 a.m. - 01.00 a.m. Thursday - Saturday 24 hours; Sunday 7.00 a.m. - 01.00 a.m.

Q-Park Nieuwendijk

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal at the Nieuwezijds Kolk (behind the Dam direction Central Station);
capacity: 400
open: 24 hours, 7 days a week

De Bijenkorf Car Park

Parking in Bijenkorf

on the Beursplein, entry from Damrak street;
capacity: 487;
open: 24 hours; 7 days a week

Heinekenplein Parking

Parking in Stadthuis

Eerste van der Helststraat 6, close to the Heineken Experience and the Albert Cuyp market;
capacity: 256
open: 7.00 a.m. – midnight, 7 days a week


Anne Frankstraat 220;
capacity: 375
open: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Het Muziektheater/Stadhuis

Parking in Stadthuis

Waterlooplein 28, located under Stopera - the Town Hall and Music Theatre complex;
capacity: 385
open: 24 hours, 7 days a week