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Top tips for renting a car in the Netherlands
Renting a car in the Netherlands comes with a long list of advantages. Although all the major cities are accessible via public transportation (buses and trains connect these cities), visiting smaller towns and natural attractions—like the forests near Utrecht and the sand dunes, swamps, and marshes near Drenthe—is much more easily accomplished with a car.
Netherlands is extremely bike-friendly, and bicycles have the right of way, so be sure to exercise caution when driving around the cities, where bicycle traffic can be heavy throughout the day. While not as common as bicycles, motorcycles and mopeds are also something to watch out for.
The car seat laws in the Netherlands are consistent with much of Western Europe, requiring that those under the age of 12 and shorter than 1.35m (4 ft, 6 in) must be secured in an EU-approved car seat when traveling in a vehicle. Most car rental companies in the country will offer car seats as an add-on, but if you’re bringing your own seat, make sure that it meets the specifications for EU approval.
The Netherlands is surrounded by other popular Western European destinations, and since these are also members of the EU, you can often take your rental car across borders without any issues or additional insurance. Larger companies like Enterprise and Sixt don’t charge any fees when given prior notice of border crossing, but it’s best to double-check for potential fees when renting a car from smaller companies.
FAQs about renting a car in the Netherlands
The rules of the road and the road systems in the Netherlands are largely similar to the rest of Europe and the US, which makes driving in the country as a visitor fairly straightforward. Some differing laws to take note of are the restrictions on horn usage (only permitted in dangerous situations) and the requirement to only use low beam headlights after dark.
To rent a car in the Netherlands, you must be at least 19 years of age. However, much like in the United States, most car rental agencies will apply a surcharge to drivers under 25. You can drive on your home country’s driver’s license in the Netherlands, but it is recommended for US nationals to obtain an international driving permit.
Gas prices are more than twice the price that they are in the United States, due to the high taxes in the Netherlands. In the US, a gallon of gasoline will cost you around 2.50 USD, while the same gas in the Netherlands will cost around 6,50 EUR (7.30 USD) per gallon. Gas stations are plentiful, and debit and credit cards are widely accepted, so you won’t have to worry about carrying a pocketful of euros to fill up.
The speed limits in the Netherlands are consistent with most of the speed limits in Europe, which are similar and in places slightly faster than in the US. The speed limits in urban areas in the Netherlands are 50 km/h (31 mph), the limits outside of urban areas are around 80 km/h (50 mph), the limit on expressways is 100 km/h (62 mph), and the limit on motorways is 130 km/h (81 mph).
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