Large open boat Amsterdam canal cruise

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If the weather is nice, these Amsterdam canal cruises open the whole boats.

Regular canal cruise vs. open boat

The regular Amsterdam canal cruises boats are usually nice. And might be enough. But they do not open their top completely even in sunny weather. Some roof panels can be opened and some windows can be opened. But most of the boat body is still closed. Which is desirable in cold or wet weather. But in sunny weather doesn't feel right.

The open boat cruises have boats that can be opened much more and practically take the whole top of the boat down. This leaves you open to the elements and the city. You feel less separated from the city. It might be a stronger, more adventurous experience.

Larger vs smaller open boat canal cruise

These larger open boat cruises are good for people who might not like the intimacy of the smaller canal cruise boat. It is more standard transport and might remind you of a traditional bus seating. You can easily enjoy it alone or as a couple without having to engage with other passangers. There are many seats and you can get lost in the crowd.

Tickets and instructions

You can order your tickets at the Amsterdam canal cruise tickets website.

Ticket is included if you get an Amsterdam city pass. It is a good way to make your visit easier. Look at our comparison of various versions.

You do not have to print your tickets. Showing them from a smartphone is enough.


Every seat has an audioguide with languages: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish.

This audioguide will tell you about the city and what you see on the route.

You can listen to the audioguide through the headphones that you will receive.

Where and when

  • The boats depart from the canal that is in front of the Central Station in Amsterdam.
  • The canal ride lasts for one hour.
  • Departure is every 15 minutes from 11:00 to 18:00. You must book your time.


There are no food or drinks served on this canal boat ride.