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  • Low prices
  • No license needed
  • 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.

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.

How old do you have to be to drive the boat?

You have to be at least 18 years old to drive the boat yourself.

Boating in Amsterdam rules

We at Canal motorboats think it is very important to point out to our guests that they should be treated with respect. Please ensure that you observe the Amsterdam canal rules and that you do not cause any form of nuisance to local residents or others on the water. We would also like to draw your attention to the fact that strict action is taken against nuisance and inappropriate behaviour by the enforcers of Amsterdam. So follow the Amsterdam boating regulations for a fun and safe trip!

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  • Forbidden to dock Forbidden to dock
  • Pay attention Pay attention
  • Forbidden to pass simultaneously Forbidden to pass simultaneously
  • Forbidden to enter Forbidden to enter
Rent a boat in Amsterdam with Canal Motorboats

Rent a boat in Amsterdam with Canal Motorboats

Private boat rental in Amsterdam
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

Amsterdam Boat Rental location

Boat rental 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.

Rent a boat in Amsterdam for cheap with Canal Motorboats

Do you have a question?

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

No, you don't need experience to drive the boat. We will explain everything. You can read all the canal rules that apply in Amsterdam.

You have to be 18 years or older to drive the boat.

You can rent a boat for a longer period when it is not too busy and there are no other reservations. Please call us first to ask if this is possible.

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Canal Motorboats
Boat Rental Amsterdam
Zandhoek 22
1013 KT Amsterdam

KVK: 33290675

+ 31 (0) 20 422 70 07
info@canalmotorboats.com