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  • Low prices
  • Drive the boat yourself
  • Choose between 2 boats
  • Amsterdam Centre

Maximum speed of the boat

In the canals of Amsterdam there is a maximum speed limit of 6 km per hour. Please note that you may be fined if this speed is exceeded. The amount of the fine depends on the speed limit and starts from €95,-.

Are you allowed to put on music while boating in Amsterdam?

It is forbidden to play music on your boat. If you do not abide by this Amsterdam boating rule, the enforcers may confiscate your equipment and issue a fine.

Keep in mind the houseboats

Do not go too close near the houseboats and don’t take picture inside the houseboats.

Keep the boat and the water clean

The use of confetti, fireworks, rice etc. is not allowed on board. It is also not allowed to throw waste overboard. You can dispose of the waste in the waste bin at the rental location. If the boat is not left free of waste, you will be charged an amount of at least € 50,- for cleaning.

Who should give way to whom on the Amsterdam canals?

One of Amsterdam canal rules that always applies is that taller boats must have the right of way. So, do you see a boat that is longer than yours? Then always give the boat the right of way. In addition, always give way to commercial traffic. This also includes tour boats.

Which side of the canal should you stay on?

In accordance with the Amsterdam canal rules, you should always stay on the right side of the Amsterdam canals. This is also referred to as starboard. Make it clear to other boats which way you want to go.

Where are you not allowed to cruise in Amsterdam?

There are some places in Amsterdam where you are not allowed to cruise. For example, you are not allowed to go on the IJ and the open harbour front (in front of Central Station).

Are you allowed to drink alcohol when boating in Amsterdam?

You are allowed to drink alcohol while boating in Amsterdam, but the skipper has to be sober. The maximum alcohol level as a skipper is 0.5. There is no limit for passengers. However, strict attention is paid to avoid nuisance and inappropriate behaviour. There are also high fines for this. In addition, you are not insured against damage if the skipper has exceeded the alcohol level.

Where are you not allowed to moor in Amsterdam?

According to the Amsterdam boating rules, you may not moor under or at bridges and in places where this is indicated by means of a prohibition sign. Mooring to houseboats and other vessels is also not permitted.

  • Forbidden to moor Forbidden to moor
  • Forbidden to dock Forbidden to dock
  • Pay attention Pay attention
  • Forbidden to pass simultaneously Forbidden to pass simultaneously
  • Forbidden to enter Forbidden to enter

That's why customers choose Canal Motorboats

This is what you get with Canal Motorboats

This is what you get with Canal Motorboats

Private boat
Drive the boat yourself
Incl. pillows, blankets and a map
No license needed
Free life jackets for children
You are the captain
Cheap boat rental Amsterdam
Choose between 2 boats
Place for 7 or 8 people
In the centre of Amsterdam

Location Canal Motorboats

Canal Motorboats can be found at Zandhoek 22, 1013 KT Amsterdam. Our boats are located in the Westerdok, less than a 15-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station or 5 minutes by bus 48, stop Barendszplein. There is also plenty of parking space nearby if you come by car or bicycle. There are several parking garages within walking distance where you can park.

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Canal Motorboats: The best priced boat rental in Amsterdam

Do you have a question?

View the most frequently asked questions about Canal Motorboats here. See FAQ

We have 2 different boats to choose from. The blue boat and the green boat. Both boats have a different price. Take a look at our boat rates.

The departure location is at Zandhoek 22 1013 KT Amsterdam.This is near the famous Prinsengracht. It is within walking distance from Central Station and easily accessibel by bus, bike and car. You will find a route description for more information.

We are open all year round. These are our opening hours:
  • Monday to Friday: 11:00 - 19:00
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 - 20:00

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Monday to Friday: 11 am - 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am - 8 pm