Hop-on/hop-off canal boats

Amsterdam's Canal Bus allows you to travel the canals of Amertdam on a public ferry service, with four lines and 20 stops near major sights

The hop-on, hop-off Canal Bus of Amsterdam
The hop-on, hop-off Canal Bus of Amsterdam
The trams and buses of Amsterdam are wonderfully efficient, but imagine getting about instead by water aboard a hop-on/hop-off Canal Bus (www.canal.nl).

The boats chug along popular canals, following four color-coded routes (detailed below) and 20 stops at or near major sights, museums, monuments, and squares.

Once you buy a ticket (€20 for the day, €22/$32 for 24 hours, €33/$48 for 48 hours—though about 13% cheaper if you buy online through Viator.com), you can the boats as often as you like, jumping off to do some sightseeing, then back on the next one to continue along (they pass every 35–60 minutes, depending on time of year and route).

The same company also runs smaller Canal Hopper boats that can get into smaller waterways, and rents Canal Bikes (essentially paddle boats seating up for four).

Prefer to book it ahead of time—and at a 13% discount? Get a pass for the Amsterdam hop-on/hop-off canal boat via our partners at Viator.com—with or without a museum entry ticket tacked on. The 24-hour pass sells for about $28.60 (as opposed to roughly $32), wile the 48-hour pass is $41.40 (versus $48):

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in May 2011.
All information was accurate at the time.

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