Canal Motorboats

Boarding location

The boarding location is flexible and determined by mutual agreement. Generally, we start right in front of Amsterdam Central Station.

Open or covered boat

Currently, all our new luxury boats are open. Would you prefer a covered boat? Please contact us. We have a slightly older model available that is covered.


There is room for 30 people on board, but you can make it as intimate or extensive as you like because you have the boat to yourselves.


  • 1.5 hours – starting from €292.50
  • 2 hours – starting from €390.00
  • 3 hours – starting from €585.00
  • 4 hours – starting from €780.00

Includes experienced skipper

The rate includes an experienced skipper who will navigate the boat. This way, you can enjoy yourselves with a drink in hand and discover Amsterdam in a unique way. If desired, our skipper can provide explanations along the way about what you’re passing by.

Food and Drinks

Enhance your private boat tour through Amsterdam with our food and drink options. Choose, for example, an open bar and enjoy refreshing drinks during the cruise. For the food lovers, we have an extensive menu from which you can select delicious dishes.

Discover the private canal cruise boat

Brand-new private canal cruise boats. Step on board and cruise through Amsterdam with your group in a private boat with captain.


  • Maximum 30 people
  • Includes captain
  • Open bar option
  • Catering available
  • Flexible boarding locations
  • Open or covered
  • Private boat
  • Luxury boat
  • Latest model
  • Company outings
Discover the private canal cruise boat

Sailing Rules

Are you going to sail on the canals? Read the sailing rules carefully first. The sailing rules must always be followed. These are strictly controlled by the municipality of Amsterdam.

Can you put on music?

It is forbidden to have loud music on the boat. If you do not comply with this, the enforcers may confiscate your equipment and issue a fine. So stick to this to avoid this.

Who should you give priority?

A sailing rule that always applies is that priority must be given to longer boats. So do you see a boat that is longer than your boat? Then always give the boat priority. Always give priority to commercial shipping such as tour boats.

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  • Mooring prohibited Mooring prohibited
  • Forbidden to take a berth Forbidden to take a berth
  • Pay attention Pay attention
  • Forbidden to pass Forbidden to pass
  • No entry No entry

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Where can you find us?

Do you have a question?

We are open every day, all year round. These are our opening hours:
  • Monday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Friday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday: 10:00 - 22:00

In addition to the regular boat fee, we are required to charge tourist tax at €2.50 per person. This applies to all boat rental companies in Amsterdam.

Yes, we provide enjoyable corporate outings, friend outings, team-building events, and family outings. We can organize a fun scavenger hunt, catering, or for example, go plastic fishing during the boat trip. Rent multiple small boats that you can sail yourself or choose for a private cruise boat with a captain and space for 30 people.

Of course! Every year we have some great offers during popular events such as King's Day, Amsterdam Gay pride and Amsterdam Light Festival. The rental of the boats usually starts 4 to 6 months in advance. So, make sure to book in advance to secure a boat.

Available boats

  • Small boats that you can sail yourself
  • Private canal boats with a captain and space for 30 people
  • Tickets for the large canal cruise boats

Do you need to sail yourself or is there a captain?

Please note: on King's Day, you always rent a boat with a captain. You can rent both the small boats and the large private canal cruise boat with space for 30 people. On other holidays/events, you are allowed to sail yourself.

Food and drinks

Regarding food and drinks on King's Day and Gay Pride: On the small boats where you are the captain, you may bring your own food and drinks. On the large boats (30-person boats), it's only allowed to bring your own food. We will arrange the drinks for you.  

You can choose from various locations in Amsterdam. Please note: where you pick up the boat, you must also return the boat. Check all directions to our boat rentals.
  • Zandhoek 22, 1013 KT Amsterdam
  • Westerdoksdijk 705, 1013 BX Amsterdam
  • Nassaukade 341, 1053LZ Amsterdam
  • Polonceaukade 20, 1014 DA Amsterdam

When you rent a boat with us, you can go plastic fishing for free. We provide all the necessary equipment on board, including nets and garbage bags, allowing you to fish for plastic during your cruise. Not only is it a fun activity, but it's also environmentally friendly! This activity can be booked at no extra cost for the self-drive boats and private canal cruises. It's important to notify us in advance. You can book this by including 'plastic fishing' in the comments when making a reservation.

Canal Motorboats is one of the most affordable boat rental companies in the city. You can rent a boat that you can sail yourself starting from €100 for 2 hours. Each additional hour is €50 per hour. This way, you can decide how long you want to cruise the canals. Check our rates for more information.

The boats available for self-driving are suitable for a maximum of 8 people. Fewer is also allowed.
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Opening hours

Mon till sun: 10 am – 1o pm

Discover the city from the water with Canal Motorboats

Option 1: Sail yourself without a license
Option 2: Buy a sightseeing tour ticket
Option 3: Private cruise with a captain
Lowest rates
Multiple boarding locations
Around Amsterdam city center
Guaranteed a fun day
Perfect for group outings
All boats are electric
+ 31 (0) 20 422 70 07