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Amsterdam Canal map

Amsterdam has countless charming canals, bridges, buildings, and parks to cruise through. It’s no surprise that the canal belt has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2010. But which Amsterdam canal route will you choose? It’s wise to decide on a route beforehand and familiarize yourself with the canal rules. This way, you can cruise without any worries and ensure you don’t miss a thing. Check below the most beauitful routes in Amsterdam, including some famous attractions.

amsterdam canal map routes

The best canal routes in Amsterdam

We’ve compiled two delightful boating routes in Amsterdam Center for you: The Royal Route and The Artis Toute. You can also combine them for a longer trip. These routes take you along the most iconic canals in the centre of Amsterdam, passing by at least 15 famous highlights.

Royal Canal Route Amsterdam

On the royal route, you’ll cruise along Amsterdam’s most renowned canals such as the Prinsengracht and the Keizersgracht. Along the way, you’ll encounter the following highlights:


  • Lekkeresluis Bridge
  • Noorderkerk
  • Amsterdam Tulip Museum
  • Anne Frank House
  • Westertoren and Westerkerk
  • 9 Streets / 9 Straatjes
  • Houseboat Museum
  • Amstelkerk


  • Amstelsluis
  • Skinny Bridge / Magere Brug
  • Hermitage / H’Art Museum


  • Reguliersgracht
  • Museum van Loon
  • 9 Streets / 9 Straatjes
  • Homomonument

Artis Canal Route Amsterdam

On the Artis route, you’ll cruise past, among other sites, the Artis Zoo. You’ll encounter the following highlights in Amsterdam:

Amstel (part 1)

  • Skinny Bridget / Magere Brug
  • Amstelsluis


  • Artis Zoo


  • Het Scheepvaartmusem
  • NEMO Science Museum


  • Montelbaanstoren
  • Sint Antoniesluis
  • Café de Sluyswacht
  • Rembrandthuis

Amstel (part 2)

  • Amsterdam City Hall
  • Spinoza Monument
  • The Dancing Houses / Dansende Huizen
  • Waterlooplein
  • National Opera & Ballet
  • Blue Bridge / Blauwbrug
  • Hermitage / H’Art Museum

Which Amsterdam route will you choose?

Have you already decided which canal route in Amsterdam you’ll take? You’re the captain, so you decide where to go and for how long. You can rent a boat for 2 hours or longer. At Canal Motorboats, you can rent a boat without a license. Don’t worry; it’s not complicated. We’ll explain the rules and provide you with a route map on board.

Create your own Amsterdam canal route

Would you prefer to create your own fun route through Amsterdam? Check out Amsterdam’s boating route planner, map out your own route, and show your friends or family what a fantastic skipper you are. In addition to the boating routes and popular attractions mentioned above in Amsterdam, there are plenty more attractions in the capital city where you can cruise by. This way, you can decide which boating route you want to take yourself.

best canal routes amsterdam

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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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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
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