Canal cruises in Amsterdam, best cruises and tickets with discounts online

Taking a canal cruise is a great way to explore Amsterdam. Just sit back, relax and experience Amsterdam from water. You will see the city’s major highlights, canals and the most romantic bridges.

There are dozens of canal tour companies (Lovers, Stromma, Blue Boat, Amsterdam Circle Line Sightseeing, Smidtje Canal Cruises, Amsterdam Boat Cruises, Mokum Open Boat Tours and others) which organize cruises in Amsterdam. In this guide we’ll make an overview of different types of canal boat cruises, prices and discounts.

Canal Cruises Prices in Amsterdam in 2024

A standard 1-hour cruise in Amsterdam costs from € 20 (price at the counter) or from € 17,50 (online). You can often get even a bigger discount during promotions online:

Canal boat tours in Amsterdam

Best canal cruises in Amsterdam

If you ask us for advice which boat tour to choose, we can say that Lovers canal cruises are definitely our favourite. They have modern comfortable boats (orange, you can recognize them from the distance), convenient departure locations, audio guide in 19 languages, including Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, and you can easily book tickets online.

Lovers canal cruises and probably the best in Amsterdam

Amsterdam cruises departure locations

Lovers canal cruises have several departure point in Amsterdam:

You have to choose your departure location during the booking process.

Canal cruises departure times

Most day canal cruises run from 09:00 in the morning, and depart every 15 – 30 minutes, depending on the season.

Amsterdam canal cruises tickets with discount

Most canal cruises cost around € 20, if you buy tickets on the spot. But you can always get a discount online.

We also recommed you to consider buying a combi-ticket for canal cruises and Amsterdam museums and attractions. It’s a good way to get an extra discount

Check for more possible combinations at the Lovers cruises website.

Which canal cruises are free with I amsterdam City Card?

The I amsterdam city card includes access to 70+ museums and attractions, public transport, 24 hour bike rent and a free 1-hour canal cruise.

Here you can check the official list of participating cruise companies in Amsterdam. At the moment of publication (June 2024) it includes 7 canal boat companies:

  • Lovers
  • Blue Boat
  • Amsterdam Circle Line Sightseeing
  • Smidtje Canal Cruises
  • Amsterdam Boat Cruises
  • Mokum Open Boat Tours

You can also take a free cruise in Haarlem and Volendam.

Free canal cruise with I amsterdam card

Evening canal cruises in Amsterdam

Amsterdam looks completely different after dark! You can take an evening 1-hour cruise, or combine your tour with dinner or wine arrangement on board.

Evening cruises in Amsterdam, photo Kristina Kutena

There are several options, including:

Hop on Hop off cruises in Amsterdam

You can also choose a hop on, hop off boat, the so called water taxi, and navigate through the city by canals.

Hop-on hop-off boat tickets in 2024:

Have fun exploring Amsterdam!

Amsterdam hop on hop off tours

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