Amsterdam Sights

Canal cruises

Amsterdam's number 1 tourist attraction


Amsterdam is sometimes referred to as 'Venice of the North'. 100 km of canals (grachten in Dutch) divide the city into smaller islands, connected by beautiful historic bridges. The most famous canals are the Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht.

Discover Amsterdam from the water

A canal tour is a great way to view the city from a different angle. The canals were created centuries ago and were often used for transporting goods.

Daytime canal cruises and evening canal cruises (or candlelight cruises) operate throughout the year. Reservations are not required for individuals. Prices vary from approx. € 7 for children and € 12 for adults for a daytime cruise to approx. € 75 for a luxurious dinner cruise.

All boats have panoramic roofs and sliding windows, ensuring superb views and great photos.

Recommended excursions

Excursions Duration Departure Price
100 Highlights Amsterdam
by Holland International
1 hour Central Station area € 14.50 / 7.25
Day Canal Cruise
by Rederij Lovers
1 hour Central Station area € 16 / 8
100 Highlights Cruise
by Gray Line
1 hour Central Station area € 16 / 8
Canal Boat Tour
by Reederij Plas
1 hour Central Station area € 10.50 / 6.50
Canal Boat Tour
by Rederij Boekel
1 hour Rijksmuseum area € 10.50 / 6.50
City Canal Cruise
by Blue Boat Company
75 min Rijksmuseum area € 17* / 7.50*
Canal Boat Tour
by Reederij P. Kooij
1 hour Muntplein area € 10.50 / 6.50
Canal Boat Tour
by Rederij Hof van Holland
1 hour Muntplein area € 10.50 / 6.50

* Blue Boat Company offers discounts when you purchase your ticket online

A canal cruise through the Amsterdam canals is very popular among tourists. Last year 3.1 million people made a tour.

Evening canal cruise

When the sun goes down and the lights are being switched on, a different Amsterdam appears: candlelight cruises

Get discount

Purchase tickets online in advance, print your own e-ticket and get a discount on the regular price.

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