Motorways in the Netherlands

The length of the Dutch public road network is 139.295 km. All of them are hard coated. The length of the motorways is 2,808 km.

Toll roads

There is no road toll in the Netherlands. Only the drive through some tunnels is chargeable.

Land with special payment

Tariffs for the Westerschelde Tunnel

The Westerschelde Tunnel connects Terneuzen (in Zeeland Flanders) and Goes (in South Beveland). The length of the tunnel is 6.6 km. All vehicles that reach a speed of 80 km / h can use the Westerschelde tunnel. Safety was the top priority when building the tunnel and made the Westerschelde tunnel one of the safest in Europe.

Westerschelde Tunnel in the Netherlands

Tunnel coordinates:  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  . Tariffs for 2020:

motorcycles€ 2.50
Vehicles up to 6 m in length and 3 m in height
(cars, minibuses without trailers)
€ 5.00
Vehicles longer than 6 m and up to 3 m high
(cars, minibuses with trailers)
7.45 €
Vehicles up to 12 m in length and more than 3 m in height
(mobile homes, buses)
€ 18.20

The pay station is on the north side of the tunnel. Payment for the tunnel can be made in cash (in euros) or by credit card (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, DKV, Routex and EuroShell).

Kiltunnel tunnel tariffs

The tunnel is located in Dordrecht (South Holland). The total length of the tunnel is 901 m, the length of the closed part of the tunnel is 406 m.

Kiltunneltunnel in the Netherlands

Tunnel coordinates:  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  . Tariffs for 2020:

Vehicle up to 2.3 m high€ 2.00
Vehicle with a height of more than 2.3 m€ 5.00

Pedestrians and cyclists can also use the tunnel.

Parking in the Netherlands

Parking near black and white or yellow curbs is not permitted. Incorrectly parked vehicles can be towed to a nice parking lot (fine from 90 €) or their bike is blocked. Parking in handicapped accessible areas is punishable by a fine of € 360.

P + R – parking lot

There is an acute shortage of parking spaces in Amsterdam and other major cities. In order to reduce the congestion, a system for intercepting parking spaces ( “Park + Ride”  ) has been introduced in many cities  . The driver parks in a specially organized location outside or on the outskirts of the city and then takes public transport to the city center.

As of February 1, 2014, the following tariffs for P + R parking spaces have been set:

  • Parking on weekdays until 10:00 am – € 8 for the first 24 hours and then € 1 for the following 24 hours;
  • Parking on weekdays after 10:00 am – € 1 per 24 hours;
  • Saturday and Sunday – € 1 for 24 hours

The costs for the GVB card are added to the parking price:

  • for 1 person: 5 €
  • for 2 people: 5 €
  • for 3 people: € 5.90
  • for 4 people: € 6.80
  • for 5 people: € 7.70

Below is a map of the P + R car parks in Amsterdam.

P + R car park map of the Netherlands

All parking spaces are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the exception of P + R Bos en Lommer (from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.). All parking spaces are guarded, but it is not recommended to leave valuables in the salon.

P-zone parking

Almost all parking spaces in cities are chargeable.  You have to buy parking tickets in such parking lots (marked with the corresponding sign ”  P-Zone “). Coupons are sold in special vending machines (usually gray or yellow) on the side of the road.

The voucher must be placed on the dashboard under the windshield. The lack of such a ticket could result in the parking police blocking the wheel of the car and imposing a fine.

Parking in the blue zone

In order to be able to park in such a parking lot, you need a parking disc with a time stamp. These discs can be bought at auto club offices, tobacco shops, and police stations.

Dutch road map

Dutch road map

Main traffic rules in the Netherlands

Speed ​​limit

Speed ​​limits in the Netherlands

Standard speed limits in the Netherlands (unless otherwise stated on the signs). Cars:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 80 km / h
  • on the way – 100 km / h
  • on the highway – 130 km / h

Cars with trailers:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 80 km / h
  • on the way – 90 km / h
  • on the highway – 90 km / h

Cars with trailers or mobile homes with a total weight of over 3.5 t:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 80 km / h
  • on the way – 80 km / h
  • on the highway – 80 km / h

The minimum speed on the motorway is 60 km / h. Failure to comply will result in a fine of € 360.

The current maximum speed limits for passenger cars on the roads of European countries.

Speed ​​cameras

There are many fixed speed cameras in the Netherlands that take pictures of vehicles that are not complying with the speed limit.

There are also systems for measuring the average speed over long distances on 12 main routes. If the average speed is higher than the maximum allowed speed, the driver will be penalized for breach of contract.

Placement of speed cameras   in Dutch.

Experiment to increase the speed to 130 km / h

Since March 1, 2011, the maximum speed has been increased to 130 km / h on some sections of the motorway. The experiment examined the effects on infrastructure, traffic safety and the environment.

Sections in which the speed was increased to 130 km / h:

  • A7  Wognum – Zurich
  • A6  Almere Buiten-Oost – Joure
  • A16  Moerdijk – Breda
  • A2  Everdingen – Deil
  • A17  Moerdijk – Bergen op Zoom
  • A58  Bergen op Zoom – Vlissingen
  • A32  Steenwijk – Heerenveen
  • A37  Hoogeveen – Klazienaveen

Based on the results of the experiment, the government decided to set the upper speed limit for all highways from September 1, 2012 – 130 km / h. Exceptions are sections of motorways on which this is not possible due to negative effects on the environment or traffic safety.

The total length of the motorways to which the new speed limits apply is approximately 1,400 km (over 60% of all Dutch motorways).

The new restrictions apply around the clock on 900 km of motorways. In the remaining sections, the speed limit is dynamically adjusted and applied whenever the traffic situation permits.

In addition, since July 1, 2012, the maximum speed on motorways near major cities has been increased from 80 km / h to 100 km / h.

The map below shows the motorways in the Netherlands with their speed limits.

Dutch speed limit card

List of motorways with the maximum speed in the Netherlands as of 06/23/2017  (278 Kb)


The maximum permissible blood alcohol level is  0.5 ‰  .

If the blood alcohol level is between 0.51 ‰ and 0.8 ‰, the fine is € 325.

If the blood alcohol level is between 0.81 ‰ and 1.0 ‰, the fine is € 425.

If the blood alcohol level is between 1.01 ‰ and 1.15 ‰, the fine is € 550.

If the blood alcohol level is between 1.16 ‰ and 1.30 ‰, the fine is € 650.

If the blood alcohol level exceeds 1.30 ‰, the case will go to court.

For drivers whose driving experience does not exceed 5 years, as well as for moped drivers who are not older than 24 years, the maximum permitted blood alcohol level is  0.2 ‰  .

If the blood alcohol level of such drivers is in the range of 0.21 ‰ to 0.5 ‰, the fine will be € 325.

Acceptable blood alcohol levels while driving in Europe.

dimmed headlights

Low beam is optional if you are driving during the day. The low beam should be switched on when visibility is poor. It is forbidden to move within the dimensions included.

Fog lights can only be used if weather conditions so require. The fog lights can be switched on in fog, snow or rain, ie when visibility is severely restricted.

Rear fog lights can only be used in fog or snow when visibility is less than 50 meters. Fog lights should not be used in heavy rain.

Any violation of these rules will result in a fine of € 120.

In which European countries is the use of dipped headlights mandatory during the day?

Transportation of children

Children under the age of 18 and under 135 cm can only travel with child restraint systems that are suitable for their weight.

Children under 3 years of age can only be transported in special child restraint systems. Child seats must meet the European safety requirements ECE R44 / 04.

The fine is € 130.

Requirements for the transport of children in light vehicles on the roads of European countries.

Seat belts

The use of seat belts is compulsory for front and rear passengers   .

The fine is € 130.

Make a phone call

It is forbidden to use a telephone communication device that is not equipped with a technical device that allows negotiation without the use of hands while the vehicle is in motion.

The fine is € 230.

Fines for phone calls while driving in European countries.


The light transmission of the windshield must be at least 75%, the front side windows must be at least 70%.

In the case of rear windows, the degree of light transmission is not regulated if the vehicle is equipped with a rear-view mirror on the side opposite the driver.

The fine is € 230.


Fines can be paid directly to the police officer at the site of the offense. In the event of illegal parking, the local police can impose a fine or tow the car for a parking fee. Fines for traffic violations in the Netherlands:

Drive in the left lane with a vacant right€ 220
Frequent involuntary lane changes€ 220
Passage at a red light€ 220
Incorrect use of the turn signal90 €
Using a sound signal for no objective reason90 €
Illegible license plates45 €
Defective windshield wiper€ 120
Overtaking where this is prohibited by signs or road markings€ 220
Cross a solid line€ 220

The following errors occur when measuring speed:

  • Up to 100 km / h – 3 km / h from the measured speed
  • More than 100 km / h – 3% of the measured speed

This means that the lower limit of the fine on most roads starts at a speed of 4 km / h. Only on highways, which are allowed to travel at 130 km / h, there is no minimum limit and fines start at 1 km / h. Speeding Penalty Chart in the Netherlands (EUR):

About speed
up to 3 km / h11 – 19 €
4 – 10 km / h€ 43 – € 9826 – 66 €23 – 62 €23 – 58 €
11-15 km / h124 – 170 €89 – 124 €84 – 119 €80 – 110 €
16-20 km / h€ 182-236€ 133 – 176€ 127 – € 168118 – 158 €
21-25 km / h€ 251-315€ 188-238178-225 €169-210 €
26 – 30 km / h€ 332 – 390€ 251-308€ 238-293€ 222-269
31 – 35 km / h282 – 337 €
36 – 40 km / h€ 351 – 390

If the speed exceeds 30 km / h (over 40 km / h on the motorway), the case will be examined in court. If the speed exceeds 50 km / h, the driver’s license is automatically revoked.

Attention motorcyclists !!!
In the Netherlands the fines for motorcyclists are higher than for motorists.

Useful information


Unleaded petrol (  Ongelood  95 and 98) and diesel are available in the Netherlands. Petrol stations (LPG) abound.

The national average retail price (GLA) is determined daily based on the national average retail prices of the five largest oil companies (Shell, BP, Esso, Texaco and Total).

Changes compared to the previous period are displayed. Update every two weeks.

Emergency numbers

  • European emergency number – 112

Compulsory equipment

In the Netherlands there are no requirements for equipment that must be carried in a car.

Requirements for equipment that must be present in the car in various European countries.

Winter equipment

Winter tires

The use of winter tires is optional in the Netherlands.


The use of studded tires is  prohibited  .

Anti-slip chains

The use of snow chains is  prohibited  .

Requirements for the use of winter and studded tires in different European countries.

Recommended equipment and other rules

Warning Stop Sign – Must be used in the event of an accident or stop. Therefore, while it is not on the mandatory equipment list, it is better to have it in the car.

First aid kit for cars.

Safety vest.

Using Radar detector forbidden  . For its use a fine of 420 € on the confiscation of the device.Edit