Quays in front of Centraal Station, Amsterdam
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- Recommended for:
- Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Honeymooners, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Romance
Expert review of Canal Cruises
Ok - let me be honest: I'm not a big fan of the classic boat tours on offer. As you glide along the canals in your low-slung, glass-topped vessel, you're insulated from the city, and you have to endure uninspiring, taped commentaries, often in multiple languages. That said, the tours are very popular, and are a thoroughly relaxing way to get an overview of the city. You can also opt for a hop-on, hop-off arrangement, tieing in your travels with stops at the main sights and museums. Canal Bus offers four such itineraries, and, under its Canal Hopper brand, also a hop-on, hop-off service in small (12-seater) open boats - an appealing option if it's warm. (In good weather, note that the larger glass-topped vessels open their retractable roofs).
For more information on boat trips, see How to get around Amsterdam.
Canal Bus hop-on-hop-off tickets, good for 24 hours, cost 22 euros, with children aged 4-11 half price. Canal Hopper day tickets cost 22 euros, while a round-trip ticket costs 17 euros.
More information on Canal Cruises:
- Price guide:
- Boat trip, Tour
- Quays in front of Centraal Station, Amsterdam
- 020 623 9886
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Canal Bus times vary by season, route and day of the week. Canal Hopper services run late March to late October, daily in July and August, Fri-Sun at other times. See www.canal.nl for schedules.