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Don't bring your car into the city if you can avoid it. Getting around Amsterdam by car is usually slower than it is by bicycle or a tram or bus. And due to expensive fees, driving can also be quite costly as well. In the centre you will have to pay for parking from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. every day of the week and from 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Sundays. Around centrum, fees decrease from 5,00 per hour to 2,50 per hour.
There are also safety issues associated with driving in the city. If you have a foreign license plate, you may be targeted by unscrupulous individuals. If you do decide to drive around the city, never skip paying the parking fee. If your car gets towed for any reason, it will cost you nearly 230 Euros to get your vehicle back and the process is rather time consuming.
Again, if you must drive in this popular biking and walking city, the best place to park your car is in a P+R transferium. Not only are these parking areas the cheapest garages in town, but they also provide you with a free bicycle to use for the day or two free single tickets for public transport to and from the city center. All you have to do is ask! You can find information about P+R transferiums at www.naaramsterdam.nl.
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