Taking a canal boat tour in Amsterdam

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Taking a canal boat tour is probably the best way to explore Amsterdam, especially if you are visiting it for the first time. Get on a boat and experience Amsterdam from water. The canal district of Amsterdam with fascinating houses build in the 17th century, picturesque canals and truly Dutch houseboats – there is so much to see and admire!

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The canal boats and canal tour companies in Amsterdam

There are over 200 kinds of canal boats and dozens of canal tour companies (Holland International Canal Cruises, Blue Boat, Lovers and many others) that can offer you a tour around the canals of Amsterdam. Most of the tours start from Stationplein or Prins Hendrikkade street, opposite Amsterdam Centraal station.

Amsterdam Centraal station

Most of canal boats start their tours at 9.00 am up to 10.00 pm. Departure times are also slightly different, but as a rule the boats start every +/- 30 minutes in summer season and every hour during the winter.

The price for a canal tour

A standard 1 hour tour around the famous Amsterdam’s canals starts at €15-16 per person. Some boat companies offer audio guides only in basic (English, German, Dutch) languages. Some give you a chance to hear the story in your native language.

Ordering a boat tour tickets online can save you a couple of euros and plenty of time. Most companies accept e-ticket shown on a mobile device.

There is also a number of evening canal boat tours, including:

  • Dinner Cruise. A 2,5-hour canal cruise and an exclusive 4-course meal – isn’t it a perfect combination? Tickets from €79.
  • Pizza Cruise. Enjoy a 1,5-hour long cruise and your favourite pizza and wine served on board. Tickets from €39.
  • Cocktail Cruise. Explore the nightlife of Amsterdam from a canal boat while drinking a cocktail. Prices from €37,50.
  • Candlelight Cruise. A romantic cruise through the beautifully lit canals. Cheese platter and wine are included. Tickets from €37,50.

    Candlelight Cruise

You can also choose to take hop on, hop off canal bus which will take you through all the famous canals and past all the famous museums. You can buy ticket valid for 24 or 48 hours and enjoy navigating through Amsterdam by the so called “water taxi”. Prices from € 27,50.

Sightseeing in Amsterdam couldn’t be a more relaxing experience. Canal cruises are the ultimate way of getting to know the city. You will have an incredible overview of the city from the unique perspective of traveling almost under it.