Cruising the Canals

Taking a canal cruise in Amsterdam

Cruising the canals of Amsterdam
Cruising the canals of Amsterdam
Amsterdam has 165 canals spanned by more than 1,200 bridges, so no trip is complete without a boat trip on a canal.

There are two main types of canal boat trip:

Canal cruises

There is no better way to get a feel for this city or to see its gabled houses, lithe bridges, busy harbor, and some unforgettable sights (such as the unlikely Cat Boat, home to about 150 of the furry felines who are supposed to detest being anywhere near water).

Inside an Amsterdam Canal cruise boat
Inside an Amsterdam Canal cruise boat
Most tours last an hour and depart from the Damrak or near the Rijksmuseum or Muntplein. They run every 15 to 30 minutes in summer (9am to 10pm), every 45 minutes in winter (10am to 4pm), and cost around €13 to €18 for a 60 to 90-minute cruise. (Fancier, longer, or thematic cruise—by candlelight or with dinner—can cost from €19 up to €75.)

Similar tours are operated by more companies than you could shake an oar at, so here are just a few: Blue Boat Company (tel. +31-(0)20-679-1370, Amsterdam Canal Cruises (tel. 020-626-5636, and Holland International (tel. 020-625-3035,

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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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