Netherlands Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving In Netherlands
Roads are in excellent condition, even away from towns. Driving standards are high and traffic rules generally obeyed. In towns, trams, cycles and mopeds have right of way, and cycles tend to be more prevalent than in most countries so always be on guard for bikes when turning corners or entering junctions etc.
In Summer 2012, the UK Foreign Office issued warnings to British visitors driving to mainland Europe in their own vehicles. Eastern European criminals were targetting the drivers of foreign cars, mainly in France but also close to the channel ports of Belgium and Holland. The ruse was usually that a passing car would signal some problem with the visitors vehicle as they passed and when the unsuspecting motorist stopped they would be robbed. If anyone signals to you when driving anywhere abroad, providing your vehicle appears to be running Okay, you should proceed to the nearest busy rest area or other public place before stopping. Another trick, which is more difficult to guard against is when the criminals deliberately shunt your vehicle from behind. In these cases, you obviously need to stop but be on your guard – lock doors and keep valuables safe and in sight at all times.
Many travellers drive in Holland as part of a bigger trip across Europe. Driving times and distances to some neighbouring countries are below. Most of the large multinational car rental companies will allow cars to be driven to UK, though probably won’t allow one way rental. Given the cost of taking a car on the ferry though, its better to walk on, then rent a car in UK.
Amsterdam -Brussels 200 km, estimated travel time, 2 hours,
Amsterdam- Berlin -665km, estimated travel time, 6.5 hours,
Amsterdam -Paris – 504km, estimated travel time, 5 hours,
Amsterdam -Hamburg – 472km, estimated travel time, 4.5 hours,
Amsterdam -Zurich– 823km, estimated travel time, 7.5 hours,
Netherlands Car Rental -
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National,Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Dollar, have outlets here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as ebookers.com. or Expedia
Netherlands Self Drive Rules –
Most of the multinational companies will allow vehicles to be taken to other mainland European countries including UK. They may allow one way rental for an additional charge to neighbouring countries. There will probably be restrictions on taking higher spec vehicles into some Eastern European countries.