6 Best Amsterdam Canals Tours

Sure most canal tours are quite touristy, but these boat tours are really a delightful way to see Amsterdam. Several companies depart from at Amsterdam’s Central Station, Damrak, Rokin, at the Heineken Experience and in opposite of the famous Rijksmuseum. Costs are overall pretty similar (about 16 euro per adult). To avoid the steamed-up glass-window effect, look for a canal boat with an opening seating area. During Amsterdam canal tours at night, there’s the bonus of seeing the beautiful bridges lit up (however these canal tours usually cost a bit more).

1 | Blue Boat Company Amsterdam

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Blue Boat Company departures at dock Stadhouderskade 501.

The canal tours of Blue Boat Company have a duration of 75-minutes and glides by the top sights in Amsterdam. 90-minute evening canal tours are provided at 8, 9 and 10 pm from March to October and at 8 pm from November to February. Other canal tours are a children’s pirate-themed cruise, a dinner cruise and a tour in a tinier, open-top canal boat. The dock is near the Max Euweplein, just in front of the Heineken Experience and Club BonTon – which offers Amsterdam Brothel Tours too.

Blue Boat Company Prices & Departures

Price: 75-minute canal tour 16 euro for adults and 8.50 euro for children.
Departure: Stadhouderskade 30.
To get there: Take tram 1, 2, 5, 7 or 10 towards Leidseplein.


2 | Those Dam Boat Guys

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A tour from Those Dam Boat Guys is more personal & less touristy.

This is one of the least-touristy canal-tours options. This company offer cozy and personal canal tours (no more than 11 persons) on electric boats. Feel free to bring beers, wine, food and whatever else you want during this 90-minute canal tour. Those Dam Boat Guys have typical Amsterdam boats (see above) that can go underneath every bridge. For rainy days, their boats offer a strong & protective tarpaulin.

Those Dam Boat Guys Price & Meeting Point

Price: 20 euro per person.
Departure: Cafe Wester at Nieuwe Leliestraat 2.
Departure times: 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm.
To get there: Take tram 13, 14 or 17 towards Westermarkt.


3 | Boaty Amsterdam

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Boaty is the best company in Amsterdam if you want to rent a boat.

Want to explore Amsterdam’s waterways while being the captain of your own canal cruise? The way locals do it. Boaty Amsterdam offers electric, environment-friendly boats that you can rent with a maximum of six persons. Boaty’s location on the peaceful Amstelkanaal in the south of Amsterdam makes it an ideal launching pad for exploring the waterways before going to the more busy city-centre canals. Rental includes a detailed map of Amsterdam outlining suggested routes; you don’t need a boat license or prior experience for these smaller boats in Amsterdam. It’s recommended to book in advanced online.

Boat rental at Boaty Amsterdam

Price: per 3 hours from 79 euro.
Location: Jozef Israelskade, in front of Amsterdam’s Okura Hotel.

4 | Lovers Canal Cruises NL

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Lovers canal boat arrives at Amsterdam’s Central Station.

Lovers has been offering canal cruises since 1950. They have a wide range of cruises; regular canal cruises, dinner cruises, candlelight cruises, evening cruises and also pizza & burger cruises. A few of their boats are fully powered by solar energy. All of Lover’s boats offer audio guides in 19 different languages. You can’t miss their orange boats which are located in front of Central Station. Lovers is open 365 days a year and their boats depart several times per hour.


Lovers Canal Cruises Price & Meeting Point

Price: 16 euro per person.
Departure: Amsterdam Central Station, right side.
Departure times: every 15 minutes from 9:00 am to 21:30 pm.
To get there: public transport or taxi to Amsterdam Central Station.

5 | Rederij Plas

This canal cruise company is one of the oldest in Amsterdam. It exist 90 years and is located near Central Station, on the Damrak street.

Amsterdam Canal Tours Near Central Station Plas

Rederij Plas Cruises Price & Meeting Point

Price: 12 euro per person.
Departure: Across from Amsterdam Central Station, at the Damrak.
Departure times: every 20 minutes from 10:00 am to 21:00 pm.
To get there: public transport or taxi to Amsterdam Central Station, walk 2 minutes to Damrak 28.

6 | Stromma Canal Tours

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Stromma Cruises Price & Meeting Point

Price: 11,50 euro per person.
Departure: Amsterdam Central Station, left side.
Departure times: from 9:00 am to 22:00 pm.
To get there: public transport or taxi to Amsterdam Central Station, walk 2 minutes to Damrak 28.


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