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Tips for smart parking

With a BB&L rental car you can conveniently drive where ever you like. A city trip is always fun but where will you park? Especially in the bigger cities, finding a parking place can be troublesome. They are often quite expensive and different rates apply within the zones. In Amsterdam, Utrecht and Haarlem, for example, you will easily be charged € 5 per hour for parking. With this blog, we would like to help you with your parking woes.

Complicated rules in cities

Varying day zones, blue zones, even totally prohibited parking zones: with all of these rules, you sometimes can’t see the forest for the trees. This can lead to much aggravation and confusion. Many cities use day zones, which means that you cannot park per minute or hour, but you must pay for a portion of the day. This type of parking can cost you a considerable sum and is meant to discourage you. These day zones are actually intended to give the residents a better chance at finding a parking spot. Handy for them, not so great for you as a visitor!

What to do? Luckily, in most cases, there are parking garages that are more affordable. These are often located just outside of the city centre but at walking distance. This short walk will really pay off!

Parking with an app

In order to avoid stress when parking in a bigger city, it is best to check out the parking options there in advance. We understand that this is not always possible and that is why we suggest using one of the many helpful parking apps. These days, parking apps like Parkbee and Parkmobile help make parking easier. You only need to enter the parking zone and activate the app. You often pay by the minute, so you only pay for the time you actually use. Another plus point is that you are often charged in arrears and you will never have to stand in line to pay for parking. Parking tickets are also a thing of the past, as you always have sufficient time available and you decide when this time ends.


Day trip tips

Going to visit another city for the day? Then it is wise to check the affordable parking options before you leave. Below you will find a list of the cheapest and most expensive cities to park your car on the street in the Netherlands.


  1. Zoetermeer
  2. Ede
  3. Alphen a/d Rijn


  1. Amsterdam
  2. Utrecht
  3. Haarlem



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