Parking in The Netherlands

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A Complete Road Trip Guide for The Netherlands

It might be one of the most frustrating parts of your vacation. Where do you find the right parking spot when visiting a country? And what are the rules? Traveling to a new destination exciting, but not understanding the parking laws of each country can results in high fines. With this guide “Parking in The Netherlands” , I provide you will with all the information you will need to find a good parking spot during your next road trip.

Parking regulations in the Netherlands

The parking regulations in The Netherlands are similar to the other European countries. Black and white or yellow curbs are restricted areas and you are not allowed to park here. If you wish to avoid a wheel clamp and a possible fine up to € 90, – , please park you car in the designated area’s. The Dutch Government issues a free E-book (download here) that has all the information you will need.

Paid parking in the Netherlands

In almost all every city or town district, parking is not free. The central pay and display machine at the side of the road, or at the end of the parking lot, allows you to purchase your tickets. Parking without a ticket results in a fine, therefore please place your ticket in the front window and in clear view. The ticket machines accept credit/debit cards, cash and sometimes certain electronic payments. Sometimes you will not receive a ticket, but you are required to enter your license plate after you pay. No worries, as the officer will scan your number plate and see that you have made your payment.

Blue zones

In the blue zones you can use your international blue parking disc. This allows you to park for free in the designated area for an X amount of hours. Purchase the international blue parking disc at any local supermarket or gas station.