Amsterdam River Boats and Ferries

Ferries, Canal Boats and Water Taxis in Amsterdam

Amsterdam River Boats and Ferries

 

Information on the ferry boats, canal buses, canal boat cruises and water taxis in Amsterdam. Find out how to get around the main canals in North Holland, including the three main canals. Amsterdam has a waterway network covering more than 100 kilometres. There are three main canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht. The majority of water transportation in Amsterdam is aimed at tourists. However, local residents do use the ferry services.

River Ferries (Veer)

GVB is the public transport provider for Amsterdam. It provides eight ferry links connecting Amsterdam Central Station and the north of the city, as well as crossings on the Noordzeekanaal.

Free ferry transportation is provided for passengers, bicycles and mopeds.

Free ferries run day and night from behind Amsterdam Central Station.See routes below.

Ferries crossings the IJ

 

Buiksloterweg ferry (the two middle ones)

  • Runs between De Ruijterkade (the road behind Central Station) and the Buiksloterweg (for the Eye Film Institute, Tolhuistuin, Noorderparkkamer, De Roze Tanker, restaurants: de Pont, Tolhuis, cafe Modern, Il Pecorino)
  • For pedestrians, bikes, scooters, and Cantas
  • Crossings take roughly 5 minutes
  • Only ferry to run day and night

IJ plein ferry (ferry on the right, heading east)

  • Runs between De Ruijterkade (the road behind Central Station) and the IJplein (for the Vliegerbos campsite, cycle routes to Waterland, De RozeTanker, restaurants: Wilhelminadok, Stork fish restaurant, Hotel de Goudfazant)
  • For pedestrians, bikes, scooters, and Cantas
  • Crossings take roughly 5 minutes

NDSM Docklands ferry (on the left, heading west)

  • Runs between De Ruijterkade (the road behind Central Station) and the NDSM docklands (for NDSM docklands, the Botel, restaurants: Noorderlicht, Pllek, IJkantine, Pollux)
  • For pedestrians, bikes, scooters, and Cantas
  • Crossings take roughly 14 minutes

Distelweg ferry

  • Runs between the Tasmanstraat (near Spaandammer district) and the Distelweg (for restaurant Chef’s Table, De Lokatie second-hand shop, Rien de Wolf outdoor and boating store)
  • For pedestrians, bikes, scooters, and Cantas<
  • Crossings take roughly 7 minutes

Houthaven ferry

  • Runs between the Tasmanstraat (near Spaandammer district) and the the NDSM docklands (for NDSM docklands, the Botel, restaurants: Noorderlicht, Pllek, IJkantine, Pollux)
  • For pedestrians, bikes, scooters, and Cantas
  • Crossings take roughly 6 minutes

Canal Buses

The Canal Bus is one of the services provided by the Canal Company. It provides a regular service covering three routes around Amsterdam.
Passengers can hop on or hop off at any one of the 19 stops in the main tourist or shopping areas.
There are four routes stopping at the main tourist attractions:

  • Green line: Central Station West to Central Station East – stops include Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein and Rembrant House
  • Red line: Central Station East to Central Station West – stops include City Hall, Rijksmuseum, Leidseplein, Amsterdam Museum
  • Blue line: Central Station West, through the Plantage District in the east of Amsterdam
  • Orange line: Remprandtplein and Anne Frank House

Passengers can buy Canal Bus tickets from Canal Company shops near Central Station, Rijksmuseum, Leidseplein, Anne Frank House, hotels, tourist information offices and NZ Hollands Koffiehuis.

One day 24-hour and 48-hour tickets are available. Combination tickets including a Canal Bus Day Pass and entry to one of Amsterdam’s museums are available. All Amsterdam Transport Passes, which include unlimited use of Amsterdam’s bus, metro and tram network, are also valid for one day on the Canal Bus.

Canal Cruise: Amsterdam Canals Sightseeing Cruise

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals of Amsterdam on this scenic sightseeing cruise. Travel in a luxury, glass-topped canal boat and enjoy pre-recorded commentary in 19 languages while admiring Amsterdam’s highlights including the Royal Palace, the National Monument and the Albert Cuyp Market. While cruising, enjoy some great photo opportunities of Amsterdam’s historical spots such as the old city gates and Munt Tower. This is a perfect tour for first time visitors! Enjoy a complete overview of Amsterdam and its beautiful architecture.

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Canal Cruise: Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Dinner Cooked on Board

Cruise around Amsterdam’s canals in the evening, and pair a decadent 4 course dinner cooked on board with sights of the city. As one of the few Amsterdam sightseeing boats to offer meals that are freshly prepared and cooked on board, the cruise allows you to dine on top-quality food, with dishes like salmon ‘en papilotte,’ while on the water. Learn about the city from the friendly waiting staff, enjoy drinks and look out for attractions like the famous Anne Frank House and Hermitage Museum.Step aboard your sightseeing cruise boat near Amsterdam Central Station, and then help yourself to a drink from the bar.

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Boat Hire

Several companies provide boats for private hire in Amsterdam.

  • See the Business Directory for Boat Hire & Yacht Charter

Water Taxis

Water taxis can carry up to eight passengers.

Amsterdamse Watertaxi Centrale
At: Stationsplein 8, 1000 CX Amsterdam
Tel: 020 535 6363

Can be booked in advance or hailed from the dock near Central station.

For more details about tickets and routes Contact:

Customer service phone:
0900 – 80 11
(2.65 ct per/min – max. 9.4 ct + your normal call rates)
can be reached Monday through Friday, 09:00 – 19:00.
Postbus 2131, 1000 CC Amsterdam

 

 

  • Free admission to 38 museums
  • Use of public transport system (GVB trams, buses and underground)
  • One Amsterdam canal cruise
  • 25% discount on admission to Amsterdam’s most popular attractions
  • 25% discount at participating restaurants and shops
  • City Map

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