Parking in Rotterdam

Parking in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is trying to reduce the number of cars in the city centre to improve air quality and make more room for pedestrians, cyclists, and terraces. It is expected that up to 2000 parking spots will disappear in the coming years. 

Garage parking rates

Rotterdam continues to make it more affordable to park your car in parking garages. The city encourages the use of parking garages over street parking to reduce the number of cars in the city centre, improve air quality, and make more room for pedestrians and cyclists.

City centre: De Boompjes, Erasmusbrug, Museumpark, Schouwburgplein 1 & 2, Meent, Oude Haven, Kiphof 
  • Daily 06:00 – 22:00 = €2 per hour / €0.50 per 15 minutes
  • Daily 22:00 – 06:00 = €1 per hour
  • Maximum (24 hours) = €20 per day
Outside the city centre: Benthuizerstraat, Boulevard Zuid, Colosseumweg, Lusthofstraat, Hoogvliet Centrum, Mathenesserplein, Nieuwe Binnenweg I, Veranda (first hour free), Zoomstraat
  • Daily 06:00 – 22:00 = €0.50 per 25 minutes (or part of it)
  • Maximum (24 hours) = €12 per day

Park+Ride locations 

P+R locations along the outskirts of the city continue to be free on weekends. Some of the popular P+R locations in Rotterdam include P+R Kralingse Zoom, P+R Slinge, P+R Alexander, and P+R Meijersplein. You can park for free for up to 72 hours. After 72 hours, the normal rate of €0.50 per 16 minutes applies, with a daily rate of €19. 

Street parking rates

As of 2023, there are three rates for street parking in Rotterdam. In the city centre, you pay €5.52 per hour. In the so-called middle ring (centrumschil), the rate is €2.76 per hour, and in the outer ring (buitenwijken), it is €1.92 per hour. Please note that the rates and zones may change, so it's always a good idea to check the current rates and parking zones before you park.

Have a look at this map to see where the 3 different parking rates are in effect, or scroll below for an interactive map embedded in this article. Click on the icons to toggle the parking areas on or off. 

Free on-street parking in Rotterdam? After 23:00 or 1:00

Rotterdam discourages street parking. In general, parking in the street has traditionally been free after 23:00 at night. However, as of January 2018, drivers are required to pay longer when parking in the city centre on Friday and Saturday night.
If you're out and about in the following areas, you will need to pay per hour up until 1:00 in the morning:
  • Cool
  • Stadsdriehoek
  • Lijnbaankwartier
  • Centraal Station Kwartier
If you're going out in Rotterdam by car, it's best to simply opt for a parking garage or P+R location. This will help you avoid any surprises.

Pay010 app

Rotterdam has introduced its own parking app: named Pay010. The app offers the same functionality as the payment terminals on the street. However, by using the app you'll be able to pay beforehand (with either credit card or iDeal) as well as extend your parking time if needed, by simply using your phone. 

Registration in the app isn't required but has benefits; if you park shorter than expected, the remaining parking time rolls over and is used the next time you park. 

The Pay010 app is available for free in the App Store and Play Store

Dear reader. Thank you for reading this article. We work hard to provide accurate and relevant content, but sometimes mistakes or outdated information may occur. If you spot any issues, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your feedback helps us maintain high-quality content for our readers. We appreciate your support and engagement. Happy reading!

You might also like

About is the largest and most popular online platform for expats and longstay tourists in Rotterdam.

Business inquiries

We're always open to receiving press releases or business inquiries. Just send us an email at hello [@]

Acquire us

We're looking to get acquired by a startup or enterprise with deep pockets. Go ahead, make us an offer we can't refuse. ;-)