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Park and Ride, public car park or street parking?
You're allowed to park your car in Rotterdam nearly anytime and anywhere. The easiest way is to park your car on the street at your destination, but public car parks in Rotterdam are usually a bit cheaper than street parking. In addition, in Rotterdam centre parking spots are scarce and you have to pay the parking fee in advance. During the major festivals in Rotterdam the city centre is often poorly accessible and if you must park your car in Rotterdam for a longer period, your parking expenses are getting pretty high. A cheap alternative are the Park and Ride areas just outside the city centre.
Street parking in Rotterdam
Parking on the street in Rotterdam is mostly free, except for the city centre and areas with a high parking pressure. Within the city centre it's hard to find a free parking spot during the weekend, but there are plenty of public car parks in Rotterdam. In Rotterdam you can't pay to park on the street by cash! Payment can be done in two different ways, namely at the parking meter where you have to enter your licence plate number or by mobile phone. The parking meters in Rotterdam accept electronic payment by creditcard or a standard EC cash card.
Pay to park in Rotterdam by mobile phone
The number of parking meters will be reduced in the coming years and at the same time, payment by mobile phone for street parking is stimulated in Rotterdam. Currently you can already pay anywhere with your mobile. Just park you car and check-in and check-out your parking transaction with your mobile phone by calling a hotline, by SMS or through an app on your smartphone. The disadvantage of paying with your mobile is that you need to subscribe to this service in advance using one of the following providers: Yellowbrick, Park-Line, Parkmobile and SMSparking. Tourists can use the service as well and register their foreign license plate. Once registered you can use the service in many other cities in the Netherlands. In addition to the parking fees you will be charged a small fee of approx. €0,25 for checking in and out and the costs for using your mobile phone. The costs will be charged on your registered creditcard.
Public car parks in Rotterdam
There are many car parks in Rotterdam and so parking in the centre of Rotterdam is made easy. The parking garages are indoor and under camera suerveillance. Electronic signs show the number of free parking spots still available in the indoor garages in Rotterdam. In the Rotterdam car parks you can pay with cash, cash card or creditcard at the ticket machine when retrieving your car, so you never pay too much. The parking costs are calculated per x number of minutes. Unfortunately this number of minutes is different at almost every car park, ranging from 15 minutes to an hour! Detailed information can be found on the page about parking rates in Rotterdam.
Car Parks in Rotterdam City Centre
If you want to park your car close to the shops in Rotterdam city centre, you have a wide choice of indoor car parks. During the weekend, there are often long queues to enter the multi-storey car parks in Rotterdam city centre, so you might want to consider the use the Park and Ride parking locations. The car parks Beurs-WTC, WTC-V&D, Lijnbaan, Beursplein, de Bijenkorf, Schouwburgplein and Kruisplein are located in the heart of Rotterdam. The Parkings Kiphof, Oude Haven and Sint Jacobsplaats are further away from the Lijnbaan shopping area, but close to the Rotterdam Market and Hoogstraat.
Cheap parking Rotterdam: Park + Ride
The P+R (Park & Ride) parking lots just outside Rotterdam city centre are available at a rate of €2 a day or even free, provided that you use public transport. The P+R areas in Rotterdam are always located at a bus or subway station and you are in downtown Rotterdam within a couple of minutes without any traffic jams. You only pay the ride with a special Travel Chipcard. Park and Ride areas might also be more expensive compared to parking in the city centre, because each passenger must pay for public transport. More information can be found on the page about Park and Ride locations in Rotterdam.
The parking rates in Rotterdam depend on the district and the parking pressure. You pay the highest parking rates to park your car in Rotterdam city centre. Depending on your location you pay a fixed parking rate of €3.33 or €2.50 per hour between 9 am. and 11 pm. Just outside the city centre you pay €1.67 per hour.
You can only park for free on the streets of Rotterdam at night from 11 pm. and 9 am. In some streets free parking already start at 6 pm. hours and on Sunday before noon. The exact fares and times are on the parking meters. Really free parking in Rotterdam is only possible further away from the city centre and on New Year's Eve, as the parking meters are closed to prevent vandalism.
The rates of public car parks in Rotterdam are all different, but generally parking fares are slightly lower than parking on the street. For the exact rate refer to the table above. In a public parking garage in Rotterdam, you pay also for the night hours, while street parking after 11 pm. is free. If you go out at night in Rotterdam, it's ofter cheaper to find a parking spot on the street. Most car parks in Rotterdam have video surveillance and a maximum parking rate of €28 a day applies.
The Tourist Day Ticket is a disposable Transport-Debitcard, which entitles you to one day of unlimited travel by public transport (bus, tram, metro and Waterbus) within greater Rotterdam and The Hague. This cheap ticket is sold at the Tourist Information Offices of Rotterdam (Rotterdam.info), The Hague, Leiden, Ouddorp, Rockanje and Delft, at most railway stations and at many hotels in Rotterdam, The Hague and Scheveningen.
Addresses public Car Parks Rotterdam
These are the addresses of parkings in Rotterdam for sat nav pusposes:
|Alexandrium Q-Park||Watermanweg 231||Alexandrium Mall|
|Benthuizerstraat||Bloklandstraat 154||Station North|
|Beurs-WTC (weekend)||Rodezand 19||Shops Centre|
|Beursplein Q-Park||Bulgersteyn 5||Shops Centre|
|de Bijenkorf Q-Park||Aert van Nesstraat 16||Shops Centre|
|de Boompjes||Terwenakker 18||Boompjes Promenade|
|Boston Seattle Q-Park||Otto Reuchlinweg||New Luxor Theatre|
|Boulevard Zuid||Polderstraat 10||Station South|
|Erasmusbrug||Willemsplein 2||Erasmus Bridge, Spido|
|Groot Handelsgebouw||Stationsplein 45||Central Station|
|Ikazia Q-Park||Casimirstraat 9||Zuidplein Mall|
|Kiphof||Kipstraat 177||Blaak, Old Harbour, Cube Houses|
|Kruiskade-Stad Rotterdam||Kruiskade 21||Old Luxor Theatre, Shops Centre|
|Lijnbaan Interparking||Crispijnstraat 6||Shops Centre|
|Maastoren Q-Park||Wilhelminakade 1||New Luxor Theatre|
|Markthal||Jan Scharpstraat||Market, Blaak|
|Museumpark||Museumpark 32||Museums in Rotterdam|
|Nieuwe Binnenweg||Nieuwe Binnenweg 388c||Coolhaven|
|Oude Haven||Burg.v.Walsumweg 718||Blaak, Old Harbour, Cube Houses|
|Plaza||Kruisstraat 13||Central Station|
|Proveniersplein P+R||Proveniersplein||Central Station|
|Red Apple||Wijnbrugstraat 22||Blaak|
|de Rotterdam||Wilhelminakade||New Luxor Theatre|
|Schaatsbaan||Schaatsbaan 33||Central Station|
|Sint Jacobsplaats||Binnenrotte 15||Market, Shops Centre|
|Veranda||Siem Heidenstraat 6||Cinema De Kuip, Feyenoord Stadium|
|Weena Q-Park||Karel Doormanstraat 10||Central Station, Casino, Shops Centre|
|Westblaak Abcoa||Hartmansstraat 35||Shops Centre|
|World Port Center||Wilhelminakade 981||Hotel New York|
|WTC||Leeuwenstraat 2||Shops Centre|
|Zuidplein Q-Park||Twentestraat 10||Zuidplein Mall|
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