Amsterdam Canal Cruises

On this website you will find the best canal cruises in Amsterdam. We have compiled them from various sources in order to offer you as wide a selection as possible. We receive a small commission for each booking. This does not affect the purchase price.

Is an Amsterdam canal cruise worthwhile?

A canal cruise in Amsterdam is a must for many visitors. No other city offers such a canal cruise, so you should not miss this opportunity.

There are a wide variety of canal cruises - both for those on a budget and slightly more expensive offers with a live guide, drinks, snacks or dinner.

These Amsterdam Canal Cruises are available:

  • Classic canal cruise with audio commentary in many languages
  • Canal trip in the evening
  • Canal cruise with English-speaking live guide
  • Canal cruise with bar on board
  • Luxury canal cruise with cheese & wine
  • Luxury canal cruise with beer, wine & cocktails
  • Smoker-friendly canal cruise
  • 4-course dinner canal cruise
  • Canal cruise with pizza
  • Hop-on hop-off boat tour

Which canal cruise is the best? Unfortunately, there is no general answer to this question, as every traveller has different priorities. The classic canal cruise in large boats with audio commentary is an inexpensive option. Those who prefer a more personalised experience should opt for a canal cruise with a live guide.

Canal cruises with a bar on board are also very popular. Some of the drinks are included. There are also private canal cruises through Amsterdam, for which we have set up a separate page: Private Canal Cruises.

Classic canal cruise (flexible ticket)

Classic canal cruise in Amsterdam
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The classic canal cruise lasts one hour and is offered by several companies. The flexible ticket is valid for a classic round trip with all providers.

  • Duration of the canal trip: 1 hour
  • Languages: Audio commentary in more than 10 languages
  • Starting point: 14 departure points in Amsterdam (show on map)
  • Organiser: LOVERS Canal Cruises, Strømma, Blue Boat, Amsterdam Circle Line, Amsterdam Boat Cruises

You do not need to reserve a time slot, but can go to one of the departure points at any time to start your journey. However, you must expect waiting times if there is a high volume of visitors. If you would like a fixed time slot, we recommend the LOVERS canal cruise in the next section.

  • Price from 14 years: 16,00 EUR
  • Children 4 - 13 years: 8,00 EUR
  • Children under 4 years: free of charge

LOVERS canal cruise with time slot

LOVERS Canal Cruise in Amsterdam
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LOVERS Canal Cruises is one of the leading providers of canal cruises in Amsterdam. This classic canal cruise starts at Central Station and lasts one hour. You can reserve a time slot to avoid waiting times.

  • Duration of the canal trip: 1 hour
  • Languages: Audio commentary in more than 10 languages
  • Starting point: Central Station (show on map)
  • Organiser: LOVERS Canal Cruises

Evaluation at Tiqets: 4,2 (1867 Reviews)

Book your preferred date now and arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure.

Price from 14 years: 15,50 EUR


Amsterdam canal cruise in the evening

Amsterdam canal cruise by night
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Discover the canals of Amsterdam by night. The illuminated bridges and canal houses are shown to their best advantage in the dark surroundings. This canal cruise lasts 90 minutes and snacks can be booked as an option.

  • Duration of the canal trip: 90 minutes
  • Languages: Audio guide in 19 languages
  • Starting point: various departure points
  • Organiser: Blue Boat

Rating at GetYourGuide: 4,4 (16320 Reviews)

Please read the information on the GetYourGuide website regarding the departure point, which may vary depending on the season.

Price from 5 years: 23,00 EUR


Open boat canal cruise with local guide

Luxury canal cruise Amsterdam
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One-hour canal cruise with a local guide, during which sights such as the Hermitage and the Anne Frank House are explored. The boat is significantly smaller than the classic canal cruises and the boat is open for an unrestricted view.

  • Duration of the canal trip: 1 hour
  • Languages: English (live guide)
  • Starting point: Anne Frank House or Central Station
  • Organiser: KINboat

Rating at GetYourGuide: 4,6 (685 Reviews)

Many guests say that the tour is very well organised and that the live guide is very informative and entertaining.

Price from 13 years: from 20,00 EUR


Luxury canal cruise with bar on board

Amsterdam: Classic canal cruise with cheese and wine
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An hour-long electric boat trip along Amsterdam's canals, taking in landmarks such as the Amstel Hotel and the Museum Quarter. It's one of GetYourGuide's favourite boat tours.

  • Duration of the canal trip: 1 hour
  • Languages: English (live guide)
  • Starting point: Anne Frank House, Central Station or Rijksmuseum
  • Organiser: Flagship Amsterdam

Rating at GetYourGuide: 4,6 (9950 Reviews)

Many passengers find this boat tour very informative. They also praise the good view of the sights.

Price from 12 years: from 19,49 EUR

Drinks are not included. Book your preferred date now and select the desired departure point when booking.


Classic boat trip with cheese and wine option

Amsterdam: Classic canal cruise with cheese and wine
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A classic, covered boat takes you through Amsterdam's canals for an hour, past sights such as the Maritime Museum and the Anne Frank House.

  • Duration of the canal trip: 1 hour
  • Languages: English (live guide)
  • Starting point: Anne Frank House or Prins Hendrikkade 33A
  • Organiser: Flagship Amsterdam

Rating at GetYourGuide: 4,6 (16308 Reviews)

Many passengers find this boat tour informative and interesting. They also praise the cosy atmosphere.

Price without cheese & wine: 20,85 EUR

Book your Amsterdam canal cruise with or without cheese & wine now.


Luxury cruise with beer, wine and cocktail option

Luxury canal cruise Amsterdam
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An hour-long cruise through the canals of Amsterdam with a bar on board serving cocktails, prosecco and beer. The roof of the boat can be opened or closed.

  • Duration of the canal trip: 1 hour
  • Languages: English (live guide)
  • Starting point: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 230 (red light district)
  • Organiser: Friendship Amsterdam

Rating at GetYourGuide: 4,6 (1471 Reviews)

Many guests find this boat tour entertaining and enjoy the good selection of drinks.

Price without drinks: 22,00 EUR

Book your Amsterdam Canal Cruise now with or without a drinks option.


Amsterdam canal cruise in the evening with bar

Amsterdam canal cruise by night
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Enjoy a one-hour evening boat trip through the illuminated canals of Amsterdam with a bar on board.

  • Duration of the canal trip: 1 hour
  • Languages: English (live guide)
  • Starting point: Anne Frank House or Central Station
  • Organiser: Flagship Amsterdam

Rating at GetYourGuide: 4,5 (587 Reviews)

Many passengers enjoy the personal atmosphere on the boat, the great view and the selection of drinks.

Price from 12 years: from 19,49 EUR

Book an evening canal cruise through Amsterdam with a bar on board. Drinks are not included in the price.


Smoke and Lounge Amsterdam Cruise

A 70-minute round trip through the red light district of Amsterdam, where smoking is also permitted. This canal cruise is 420-friendly and includes two free drinks.

  • Duration of the canal trip: 70 minutes
  • Languages: English, Dutch (live guide)
  • Starting point: Prins Hendrikkade 33A
  • Organiser: Buddha Lounge Boat Amsterdam

Rating at GetYourGuide: 4,7 (3858 Reviews)

Many guests rate this tour very positively because the atmosphere is relaxed and the guides are entertaining.

Price incl. 2 drinks: from 24,75 EUR


4-course dinner boat trip

Enjoy a delicious four-course meal on a two-hour cruise through the canals of Amsterdam. The menu and a selection of drinks are included in the price.

  • Duration of the canal trip: 2 hours
  • Menu: 4 courses meat, fish or vegetarian + drinks
  • Starting point: LOVERS Café, Prins Hendrikkade 25
  • Organiser: LOVERS Canal Cruises
  • Rating on GetYourGuide: 4.3/5

Rating at GetYourGuide: 4,3 (1080 Reviews)

Many guests praise the staff, who make every effort to ensure the well-being of the guests. The food is also good.

Price: 79,00 EUR

Book your favourite date now and specify your preferred menu (meat, fish or vegetarian) when booking.


Canal cruise in the evening with pizza

Amsterdam Pizza Cruise

A 90-minute boat tour through Amsterdam, during which a New York Pizza of your choice and two drinks are served.

  • Duration of the canal trip: 90 minutes
  • Languages: Receptionist speaks English
  • Starting point: Strømma Damrak, Pier 5
  • Organiser: Strømma

Rating at GetYourGuide: 4,5 (2093 Reviews)

When you board the boat, you can choose one of five different pizzas. You also choose two drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks).

Price from 13 years: 38,61 EUR

Book your favourite date for the Pizza Canal Cruise now!


Hop-on hop-off boat Amsterdam

Amsterdam hop-on hop-off boat
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Take a canal cruise through Amsterdam with the hop-on hop-off boat. You can hop on and off at eight stops. A round trip only lasts an hour, but your ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours.

  • Duration of the canal trip: 1 hour
  • Languages: Audio guide in 18 languages
  • Starting point: 8 departure points (show on map)
  • Organiser: City Sightseeing Amsterdam

Rating at GetYourGuide: 4,1 (3815 Reviews)

Tip: You can also book a round trip on the hop-on hop-off buses via the following link. A ticket that is valid for both the boats and the buses is also available.

Price: from 27,50 EUR

Book your hop-on hop-off tour through the canals of Amsterdam now.


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