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Best Car Hire Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

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Things to be Consider Hiring a Car at Amsterdam Airport?

First of all, before you drive off to explore Amsterdam or the Dutch countryside, make sure your car is free of any damage or defects. If you find any, report it to the hire company and make sure it gets documented, otherwise you could find yourself charged for it later. Make sure the car is returned with the same level of fuel as when you picked it up. Again, this will help to avoid future charges, which could be more than the price of the fuel.

Always learn the rules of the road in your destination and stick to them. Drive responsibly, exactly as you would at home - so no drinking and driving, stay off the phone when behind the wheel and take regular rest stops on a long journey.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has branches of eight car hire providers. These are situated in the arrivals area of the terminal as well as outside the building. While it's possible to hire a car on the spot, it saves a great deal of time and money to book in advance online.

Car Hire Companies at Amsterdam Airport see below

Company Telephone Number
Alamo +31207400950
Avis +31 20 6556 050
Budget +31 88 2847 620
Europcar + 31 20 3164 190
Hertz +31 20 201 3521
National +31 207400950
Sixt +31-20-4059090
Thrifty +31 205020240

Driving costs and Potential Destinations

The average price of unleaded petrol in the Netherlands is €1.68 per litre. Using a medium-priced vehicle such as the Smart for Two, which gives 67 miles to the gallon, the approximate fuel cost per 10 miles would be €2.52

Destination Distance Journey time Directions Video
Concertgebouw 13.7 km 18 minutes
Central Library 16.6 km 23 minutes
Prinsengracht 15.5 km 19 minutes
Anne Frank House 15.6 km 20 minutes
Van Gogh Museum 13.6 km 18 minutes
Rijksmuseum 15.9 km 19 minutes
The Jordaan 15 km 18 minutes
Vondelpark 12 km 14 minutes
Rembrandt House 20.9 km 20 minutes
Artis Zoo 20.7 km 20 minutes
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Before You Go

When you come to pick up your car, you'll need to produce certain documents such as passport or other identification, driving licence and credit card. An International Driving Permit (IDP) may be asked for.

How to Buy Car Insurance

When you hire a car, you'll get some basic rental insurance in case of third party damage. This might be a Collision Damage Waiver or Theft Cover, but if the damage is caused by the main driver, you might have to pay a large excess. You might want to consider buying full excess insurance from a specialist provider such as in order to waive the responsibility of paying the excess.

General Information & Tips on Car Hire

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the fifth busiest airport in Europe and by far the most major airport serving Amsterdam. In 2013, it saw 52.5 million passengers. It lies 9.1 km (5.6 miles) southwest of Amsterdam. There is just one terminal which is divided into three large departure halls. Over 100 airlines fly to over 300 destinations.

The airport has a long history, having opened in 1916 as a military airbase. However, the story stretches back further as before 1852 the area was a large lake in which many ships are said to have been wrecked by heavy storms. "Schiphol" translates as "ship grave" in English. Schiphol now has six runways. It plays host to arts and culture with a branch of the Rijksmuseum that is free to access and a library containing 1,200 books by Dutch authors. Terminals also have all the facilities you would expect such as shops, restaurants, bars, currency exchange, wi-fi and left luggage.

Usefull Information

Several information desks are found throughout the airport where you can enquire about flights and other services. A Holland Tourism information office is located in Arrivals Hall 2. You can access information on +31900 - 7244 7465.

Porter service: +31(0)20 601 2303

Left luggage: +31(0)20 601 2443

Seal & Go baggage sealing: +31(0)20 316 4289

Conference centre: +31(0)20 603 4607

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