Amsterdam has nation's most expensive residential parking permits

Parool, AD, 2021 budget

Photo: DutchNews

Amsterdam has the country’s most expensive residential parking, according to data analysis company LocalFocus.

In a comparison of all 352 local areas, it found that people living in the very centre of Amsterdam, inside the Singel canal, and in the leafy Plantagebuurt, pay €568 a year for the privilege of parking there, reports the Parool.

Meanwhile, in other areas of the capital, such as Amsterdam Noord, the cost is just €32 per year.

Parking in central Utrecht will set you back €442 annually, reports the AD, but in six in 10 areas, there are no parking zones with obligatory fees. Some, like IJsselstein in Utrecht and Valkenburg in Limburg, require a permit, but parking is free.

According to Amsterdam’s 2021 budget, this year it expects to make €259.4 million in total parking costs (including meter parking). This is more than twice the expected revenues from tourist taxes.

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