Car hire in Holland
Holland is one of the smaller countries in Europe. With a rental car, getting around the different parts of the country, e.g. the coast and the countryside, is made both easy and convenient. All major car rental companies have offices in most major cities and airports in the country.
Certain rules and requirements apply for car hire in Holland:
- You must be at least 21 years old.
- You must have had your driving license for a minimum of one year.
- If you are under 25 years, you are likely to be charged extra.
Add-ons at booking
Should you want extra equipment in the car, e.g. a GPS or a child car seat, it is recommended that you add this already when booking the car. This, in turn, facilitates the pick up of your rental car and ensures that the equipment is available on site.
Using a GPS can be a good idea when driving in Holland as some of the smaller roads in the countryside can be quite difficult to navigate.
Please note that by Dutch law, children under 12 years or under 150 centimetres are required to use a child car seat or a booster seat, as well as sit in the back seat of the car.
Driving in Holland
Driving in Holland is painless and convenient as it is very well sign posted. The roads are also in excellent condition and the distances between different towns in the country are short.
Should you for some reason be fined in Holland, you can ecpect the fine to be sizeable. The country has some of the biggest fines in all of Europe, so make sure to follow the traffic rules carefully!
- Driving while talking on the phone is prohibited. You are, however, allowed to be on the phone if you use a hands-free.
- Toll roads are uncommon in Holland. The only toll roads are: the Western Scheldt Tunnel (Westerscheldetunnel) and the Kiltunnel (Dordse Kil).
- Speed cameras are common on the Dutch roads. Pay attention to the speed limits!
- Unless you are in a dangerous situation, using the car’s horn is not allowed in urban areas.