Canal-Bus Boat Tour

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Ed Hahn on August 11, 2005

I can't imagine that there is a more relaxing or reasonably priced transport along Amsterdam's canals. The boats operate regularly on three routes: the Green, Red, and Blue Lines. You can access all the details, including schedules and maps, at

All the stops are located near the major museums, attractions, and shopping areas. The day pass is actually good for a day and a half if you time it right, since it expires at noon the next day. We hop on and off as often as we like. There is a Dutch/English pre-recorded commentary that provides interesting information when we can hear it over our fellow passengers' conversations.

We use it to take us places where we want to walk, and then pick it up again after we've explored an area on foot. At one point, the captain graciously allows us to disembark at a non-scheduled, unused dock near the Dutch Resistance Museum, saving us a long hike.

Seeing the hundreds of different types of houseboats on the canals and appreciating the architecture of the large and small houses along the same canals is worth the price of the fare alone.

I'm sure it would enhance your appreciation of Amsterdam, as it did ours.

Amsterdam Canal Cruises


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