Car Hire at Amsterdam Airport Schipol
This information is correct as of June 2015
You will find plenty to love in Amsterdam, one of the major capitals in Western Europe. From buildings dating back from the 17th century to modern establishments, the city's flair for life is well-exhibited. Biking and boating are the two primary ways of transport here, which you will see once you come up from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Where to hire a car at Amsterdam Airport Schipol
When you visit Amsterdam, you will have plenty of transport options from the airport. One of them is to secure a vehicle from any of the car rental desks at Schiphol Plaza, directly behind Arrivals 3. The companies offering their services here are Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, and National Car Rental. They open between 6 and 6:30 in the morning and close at 11 in the evening.
What to expect when hiring a car from Amsterdam Airport Schipol
Being a busy airport that transports more than three million passengers every month, Amsterdam Airport has its share of bad traffic conditions. Going here is convenient enough, although it is unavoidable for traffic to slow down in the peak tourist seasons. The roads around here are A4, A5, A9, E19, N196, N201, N231, and N232, as well as Fokkerweg, Shipholweg, and Loevesteinse Randweg. No information can be found about toll roads and congestion charges, but be sure to prepare enough bills, just in case.
From these roads, the areas to be found near the airport are Hotddorp, Heemstede, Haarlem, Ijmuiden, Spaamdam, Zaandam, Burmerend, Hilverseum, Uithoorn, and many others. Many petrol stations are nearby, such as Esso in Hoofddorp and various other branches in the vicinity of the capital. Some of them are Tango (adjacent to Dolphins Carwash in Langsom), one Esso branch each at Slotervaart and Amsterdam-West, Texaco Anthony Fokkerweg by the A10, and Argos Amsterdam by Overtoomseveld.
Driving around Amsterdam Airport Schipol
A bit far from the airport at almost 22 kilometres, you can get to Amsterdam in 25 minutes, if traffic conditions are light. Arriving here can be done through getting on A4 and following it to A10 and then Gooiseweg/s112 in Duivendrecht. Take exit 12 from A10, and continue on s112. Take Weesperstraat to Oudezijds Achterburgwal in Centrum Amsterdam.
Parking can be difficult to manage here, due to the number of cars sharing the parking lot space with bicycles. The average Amsterdammer owns 1.5 bicycles, which somewhat contributes to the congestion. To make it easier to park, consult the Integrated Dynamic Parking system, which divides the influx of cars into the city and reduces the number of kilometres to find a parking spot. There are various facilities to find here in the city centre, as well as in the districts of Zuidoost and West. On-street parking is also allowed here on the areas with a blue light box with the while letter P. You will have to pay in advance at the nearest parking meter, though, before you can secure one here.
Getting to your destination
There are various destinations you can reach from Amsterdam Airport Schipol. Some of them are:
Cobblestoned streets, historical landmarks, grand churches and museums, bars, and other charming establishments are only some of the attractions in this part of Netherlands. You will find here the Grans Hals Museum, Grote Kerkvan St Bavo, and Hofjes, to name a few.
To get here, you can get on A4 and then drive from AH to the Exit Knooppunt Raasdrop. You will arrive at A9 to Haarlem-Oost, where you can take Oudeweg to N200 in Oude Stad. The trip, if taken in light traffic, can be finished in 20 minutes or so. Parking can be arranged in the car parks in the city centre, where you can also apply for evening and overnight parking. On-street parking is also available, making it convenient to spend a day trip here from Amsterdam.
A refreshing, vibrant town of canals and charming old buildings, Leiden offers several landmarks to see, such as the Rembrandt's birthplace and the oldest university in Netherlands, where Rene Descartes studied for his graduate studies.
When going to Leiden, get on A4 and continue from it to N446 in Oud Ade. Take exit 6-Hoogmade and then Provincialeweg and Willem de Zwijgerlaan to Gepekte Brug in Leiden. The drive can be made in 30 minutes, if the roads are clear. It might take longer to get here in other times, due to the 29-kilometre distance. Parking is allowed in different parts of the city centre, as well as on the street, as long as you park in the specially marked areas.
The province of Utrecht, with its throngs of students by the canals and medieval quarter, cafes and bars, and museums can captivate you. Castles and towers also lie within the area, such as Kasteel de Haar and Onze Lieve Vrouwe Toren.
Driving here can be possible when you get on A4 and then take A9 and A2/E35 to Karl Marxdreef/Ring Utrecht/N230 in Overvecht, Utrecht. From here, you can go on to Darwindreef, Eykmanlaan and Blauwkapelseweg to Domstraat in Binnenstad. The trip can take between 45 minutes and an hour, depending on the traffic. Parking can be obtained in various car parks, park and ride facilities, and on-street spaces.