Canal Motorboats

Walk from Amsterdam Central Station

It is about a 15-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station to our boat rental. Take the exit at the stationsplein (front of the station). Then walk right along the station square until you reach the Melkmarktsbrug / Western Entrance Bridge. Cross the bridge and turn right towards the Prins Hendrikkade. Keep walking straight ahead until you pass Nieuwe Westerdoksstraat and then Haarlemmer Houttuinen.  At the end of the Haarlemmer Houttuinen, turn right towards the Grote Bickersstraat (walk through the tunnel). Keep walking straight ahead, the Grote Bickerstraat changes into the Zandhoek. Canal Motorboats is on your right at Zandhoek 22.

Parking at IJdok or Willemspoort

We advise you to drive to the parking garage Interparking IJdok or Willemspoort and park your car there. This is much cheaper than parking on the street and it is only an 8 minute walk from our boat rental. Would you like to combine boating with a day in Amsterdam? Then this is also a very convenient place to park your car thanks to its central location. It is within walking distance of the canals, Amsterdam Central Station and many other attractions. The address of the IJdok car park is IJdok 33, 1013 MM Amsterdam and the address of the Willemspoort car park is Haarlemmer Houttuinen 549, 1013 GM Amsterdam.

You can also park via ParkBee. This is a website where several parking garages are affiliated and where you can park at a discounted rate at various locations in Amsterdam.

Public transport

Are you coming from Central Station Amsterdam? Take bus 48 in the direction of the Houthavens and get off at stop Barendszplein. You are there in 3 minutes. Cross over to Barendszplein and after the buildings turn left to Bokkinghangen. Walk 60 metres straight ahead and across the bridge you will find Canal Motorboats. Bus 18 and 21 also both leave from Amsterdam Central Station. Get off at the Buiten Oranjestraat stop. This is a 5 minute walk from our boat rental.

Are you coming from Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station? Then take bus 22 and get off at stop Buiten Oranjestraat. This is a 5 minute walk from our boat rental.

You can also take the ferry from Amsterdam North to the Houthavens. This is 7 minutes walking distance from our boat rental.

Prefer to take the tram? Tram 5 stops at the Eerste Marnixdwarsstraat. This is 10 minutes walking distance from our boat rental. From December 2022, tram 3 will stop even closer at a 3 minute walk.

Questions about directions

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We offer three options:
  • Rent an electric boat that you may sail yourself, no boating license required.
  • Rent a private canal boat with a captain and space for 30 people (The IJdok), including additional packages like catering and activities.
  • Purchase a ticket for a canal cruise starting from Amsterdam Central, cruising through Amsterdam Center in 1 hour.

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 (The IJdok)
  • 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 IJdok 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.
  • Location Zandhoek 22, 1013 KT Amsterdam. Check the directions for more information.
  • Location Westerdoksdijk 705, 1013 BX Amsterdam
  • Location Nassaukade 341, 1053LZ 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