Car Hire at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
This information is correct as of June 2015
For an all-out adventure throughout Amsterdam, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol offers a wide selection of car rental companies known for their reliability and safety. These rent-a-car providers are available right out of the airport’s Arrivals 3 area and enable the visitors of Amsterdam to enjoy the city’s destinations at a slow or fast pace that fits perfectly with the traveller’s needs.
Where to hire a car at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Within Amsterdam Airport Schiphol are six car rental providers such as Avis, Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Europcar, Hertz, and National Car Rental. These car rental companies all have Sales & Service desks located at Schiphol Plaza directly behind Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s Arrivals 3. All of these providers have a variety of cars to offer with different rules and terms of usage. It is recommended to visit the desks and see which one provides the best service for the best price.
What to expect when hiring a car from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol When hiring a car and driving within Amsterdam, the roads are A1, A2, A4, A8, along with a number of freeways namely A6 and A7. A8 gets its travellers to the north towards Zaandam. A10 ring road, which was opened in 1968 to 1974, surrounds Amsterdam and connects the capital city with the Dutch national network of freeways. Additionally, when travelling on the A10, there are interchanges that allow vehicles to enter the city by transferring onto one of the 18 city roads from S101 to S118. Travelling within the city centre by driving is not the best option since the parking within the area is very expensive with a lot of streets either close to cars or one-way. Getting into the city centre is possible through the local government’s carpooling or car-sharing initiatives. These modes of transportation are sponsored by the government.
Driving around Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Approximately 46.2 kilometres from the airport, The Hague or Den Haag can be reached with major motorways such as A12, that go to Utrecht and the German border. The Hague’s A12 crosses directly into the city centre. Other connecting motorways within the area include the A4, A13, and A44. A4 is the road to take when getting to the city of Amsterdam; A13, when going towards the Belgian border via Rotterdam; and A44, when getting to Leiden, Haarlem, also Amsterdam.
Getting to your destination
Amsterdam is home to many museums, parks, among other tourist destinations. Some of the stops to visit nearby and how to get to them include:
Amsterdam-Zuid or Amsterdam South is a borough of Amsterdam that houses some of the most visited destinations within the country. For example, visit Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, which are respectively the national museum of the Netherlands, and a museum dedicated to the works of famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh. Other than these two well-received destinations, Amsterdam-Zuid also houses numerous shops, parks, and destinations that should not be missed. Getting to Amsterdam-Zuid or Amsterdam South, drive down A4 for 2.6 kilometres, which takes three minutes, then move onto Zuideramstel, Amsterdam, taking the S109 exit from A10 for seven minutes, which is about 9.6 kilometres. After the additional seven minutes of driving get onto A10 for two minutes or 1.1 kilometres just to reach Amstelveenseweg or S108 after a minute or 1.7 kilometres, do not forget to take the Oud Zuid Exit from A10. Lastly, continue down S108 to reach Sportstraat within Oud-Zuid for another one kilometre, which is about three minutes of driving. Leaving the airport to reach Amsterdam-Zuid will take a total of 14 minutes without traffic, or 16 minutes with traffic and a total of 16.1 kilometres to travel.
Also within Amsterdam, Amsterdam Nieuw-West is a borough or stadsdeel, located towards the most western part of the city. It is the location of destinations such as Herdenkingspark Westgaarde, Jan van Zutphenplantsoen, and Rembrantpark, to name a few. Amsterdam Nieuw-West stands for Amsterdam New-West, and it is a high-density suburban residential area for the most part. Driving to Amsterdam Nieuw-West is easy, just take A4 to reach Sloterweg for six minutes or seven kilometres. Go on for 1.6 kilometres down Sloterweg to reach Baden Powellweg or S107 after three minutes. Continue for 3.1 kilometres down Baden Powellweg and reach Ookmeerweg or S106 after six minutes to reach Amsterdam Nieuw-West from the airport.
Amsterdam-Southeast, this area offers destinations such as Gaasperpark, Academisch Medish Centrum, Amsterdam ArenA, and Ziggo Dome, to name a few. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Amsterdam-Zuidoost is easy enough, with driving down A4 for three minutes or 2.6 kilometres. Go down A10 to A9 within Zuid-Oost, Amsterdam Zuidoost for an additional 11 minutes or 17.6 kilometres. Get to central Amsterdam-Zuidoost within 13 minutes without traffic or 14 minutes with traffic, covering a total area of 20.2 kilometres from point of origin.