Our Amsterdam trip was totally spontaneous and it was special in many ways. First of all, it was my first long(er) car drive, approximately 500 km.
Finding a (affordable) parking space in Amsterdam was not easy at all, so I think this blogpost will be helpful for a lot of travellers.
So, let´s start…
- Parking in Amsterdam
You could imagine this could be a big challenge, however, thanks to my beloved husband, we found an amazing solution. Park & ride (P + R Amsterdam) is definitely the cheapest way for drivers to park their car and travel into Amsterdam’s city centre. Parking in a Park and Ride (P+R) car park costs only €1 or €8 per 24 hours – with a maximum parking time of up to 96 hours (subject to exceptions). To be eligible for the discounted P+R parking rate:
- You must travel into the city centre zone using your OV-chipkaart or P+R GVB card(s) (which must be purchased within one hour of parking).
- Upon return, the P+R payment machines checks whether your last check-in on your return journey took place in the city centre zone. You will only be entitled to the discounted P+R parking rate if this is the case. If your last check-in was at a public transport stop outside the city centre zone, then you will not be entitled to the discounted rate and you must pay the regular parking rate.
Please note: if these conditions are not met, you will be required to pay the regular parking fee.
That means you can not park there and then take an uber, a taxi or get picked up by a friend. There are different P+R location in Amsterdam. We choose the closest to our apartment and so we parked at P&R Arena. From the parking to city center we needed approximately 30 minutes with the metro.
For four days of parking, we payed only 4 Euros. Your wallet and you can thank me later. 🙂