Canal Motorboats

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Affordable boat rental rates

Discover Amsterdam with the city’s very first and oldest boat rental service. We are also one of the most affordable options, located at multiple locations, and offer 3 different options:

  • Rent a boat and cruise yourself without a license
  • Purchase tickets for our classic and public canal tour boat
  • Book a private canal tour with captain and space for 30 people

Self-drive boat rates

We offer electric boats that you can pilot yourself without a license. The boats are electric, spacious, equipped with a steering wheel, and can accommodate 8 people. You can rent a boat for a minimum of 2 hours or longer.

  • First 2 hours: €100
  • Each subsequent hour: €50 per hour

Super Deal: Temporary €80 instead of €100 for 2 hours from Monday to Friday.


Super Deal

We currently have a temporary Super Deal! Enjoy a €20 discount when you book a 2-hour self drive boat during the week. The discount will be applied automatically at checkout. Seize the opportunity now and rent a boat in Amsterdam at a great price!

Please note: The discount is only valid on self-drive boats and only from Monday to Friday and for a maximum of 2 hours boat rental. 

Public canal tour rates

Order your tickets online for our classic and public canal tour through Amsterdam and discover the charm of the Amsterdam canals. Our local skippers will show you the highlights of the city and tell the best stories. The route may vary each time, depending on the canal traffic and external conditions. This ensures that each boat trip is unique!


  • Free drink of your choice
  • Information about the sights
  • Guaranteed enjoyable experience

Ticket prices

  • Adults: €19.50
  • Children under 14: €9.75
  • Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children): €55

Benefit from discounts on family tickets

Planning a family outing with two adults and two children or traveling with children under 14? You can get a discount on canal tour tickets on our website!

Private canal tour rates

Book a private cruise with captain, with friends & family or with your colleagues for a team bonding outing! You can determine how long you want to cruise the canals, and of course, you can also book food and drinks onboard. There is space for 30 people on board, but you can make it as intimate or extensive as you like, as you have the entire boat to yourself!

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

Food and drinks

We also offer the option to have food and drinks on board. This can be booked at an additional cost.

  • Open bar: Options include an open bar (beer/wine/soft drinks) for €7.50 per person per hour.
  • Snacks: 5 pieces for €7.50 per person. The snacks can also be booked as a vegetarian option.

Where can you find us?

Do you have a question?

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

+ 31 (0) 20 422 70 07