Driving and parking

You must have a valid licence, recognised by the Dutch Authority, and be at least 18 years old to drive a car in the Netherlands. You must also have a third party insurance and have your vehicle registered.

General driving information

You drive on the right side of the road.

Speed limits, unless otherwise marked:

  • 50km/h in the city
  • 80km/h on other roads
  • 130km/h on motorways unless otherwise indicated.

Traffic issues?

You may like to check traffic issues on www.trafficnet.nl



Parking is regulated in the Netherlands. If the parking area is not indicated as free, you may need a permit to park. There are various options for paying for parking: by cash, chip, bank cards or via your mobile phone. There are park and ride (P+R) schemes in most cities, and car sharing schemes such as Green Wheels and Connect Car.

In most cities you can only pay your parking fee by pin, mobile phone or credit card.  Parking with coins  is  becomeing a relic of the past.

Road traffic signs and Regulations

From the website of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, you can download the brochure 'Road Traffic Signs and Regulations' https://www.government.nl/documents/leaflets/2013/01/16/road-traffic-signs-and-regulations-in-the-netherlands


More Information

www.rdw.nl (The Department of Road Transport)
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