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A boat tour is on the to do list of many people who visit Amsterdam and not without reason. A canal cruise is a great way to see the city from the water.

There are many daytime cruises and they don’t differ a lot from each other. The difference is mainly where and when you want to start. Keep in mind that the cruises can be very busy during the summer months. Best is to buy you ticket in advance and arrive early to make sure you’ll have a good seat. The hop-on hop-off service of the Canal Bus is a great solution if you want to do leave the boat during the cruise to do some sightseeing.

Pancake boat or candle light dinner
Do you want something different? Try the Pancake boat. You’ll cruise along the river IJ and can eat as many Dutch pancakes as you want. Price: around €15 for adults. Around €10 for children from 3-12 years. Or go for a candle light dinner cruise on a charming antique boat.

Hire a boat
You only need a special license for boats longer than 15 metres or capable of speeds faster than 20 kph. There are various locations that rent boats.

Free Ferry
Behind the Centraal Station you can hop on a free ferry and visit for example Amsterdam-Noord. The ferry runs frequently and you can take a bike or scooter with you.

Water taxi
The yellow water taxi’s can pick you up and drop you off at any waterside address throughout Amsterdam (and environs) including the smallest and cutest of Amsterdam’s canals. The price is around € 1.75 per minute per boat (disembarking within Central Amsterdam).