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Rent a boat Amsterdam discount

We have a temporary Super Deal! You get a €20 discount if you rent a boat for 2 hours during the week. The discount will be automatically deducted at checkout. What are you waiting for? Rent a boat in Amsterdam for cheap!

Please note: The discount is only valid from Monday to Friday for a maximum of 2 hours

Rent a boat in Amsterdam with Canal Motorboats

Rent a boat in Amsterdam easily and for the best price with Canal Motorboats. We are the oldest boat rental company in the city and know exactly how to make your day in Amsterdam perfect. Check out all our benefits.

  • €20 discount on a 2-hour boat trip (Mon-Fri)
  • Oldest boat rental in the city
  • The best rental rates
  • In the centre of Amsterdam
  • Drive the boat yourself
  • No boating licence needed
  • Room for up to 8 people
  • Rent a private boat in Amsterdam
  • Cushions, blankets and canal routes included
  • Life jackets for children available
  • Free activities can be added

Rent a boat Amsterdam Centre

Would you like to rent a boat in the centre of Amsterdam? Canal Motorboats is located at the Westerdok and is easily accessible by public transport, bicycle, car and is within walking distance of Amsterdam Central Station. There is a parking garage around the corner, just a few minutes walk from our location. See more information about the route description.

Rent a boat in Amsterdam for cheap

Canal Motorboats is one of the cheapest boat rentals in Amsterdam. You pay a low rate for the first 2 hours, followed by a low hourly rate if you want to rent the boat longer. You can decide how long you want to rent a boat in Amsterdam. Check our boat rental rates for more information.

Blue boat

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

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

Rent a boat in Amsterdam and drive it yourself

Rent a boat in Amsterdam and drive it yourself. With Canal Motorboats, you don’t need a boating licence. You are the captain and can pilot the boat yourself. Don’t worry, it’s not difficult to drive our boats. Of course, you will receive clear instructions in advance and we will be happy to discuss possible Amsterdam canal routes. That way you can be sure to see the most beautiful places in town.

A good captain is someone who:

  • Knows the canal rules
  • Always gives right of way to commercial shipping and other larger boats
  • Always stays on the right side of the canals
  • Slows down at bridges and bends
  • Gives right of way to smaller vessels on the right
  • Keeps to the speed limit

Rent a private boat Amsterdam

Want to rent a boat in Amsterdam that’s just for you and your party? That’s possible with Canal Motorboats. Our blue boats have room for up to 8 people. Would you like to rent a boat in Amsterdam with a bigger group? That’s also possible, you can rent several boats. This is perfect for a group activity or a company outing for example.

Rent a boat in Amsterdam with an activity

Do you want to rent a boat in Amsterdam with an extra experience? We have a fun scavenger hunt or plastic fishing available. The activities are free of charge when you rent a boat with Canal Motorboats. Would you like to make use of this? Please put this in the comments when making a reservation online. This way we can make sure everything is ready upon arrival. Read more about our activities for more information. Tip: Did you know you can also rent a boat in Amsterdam during fun events in Amsterdam?

  • Plastic fishing
  • Scavenger hunt

What do I get on board of the boat?

At Canal Motorboats, we have thought of everything to give you a complete day out in Amsterdam. You will find the best canal routes on a water-resistant map and there are free life jackets for children under 12. Our boats also have comfortable blankets and cushions. Any problems along the way? Then you can always call us and we will help you right away.

  • Map with routes
  • Life jackets for children
  • Pillows and blankets

What should I bring myself?

Don’t forget to bring a few things yourself. For example, you can bring your own drinks and food for during the boat ride, as long as the captain stays sober. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen too, in case the sun shines or an extra cardigan for when it’s chilly. We ask you to bring at least the following.

  • A valid ID
  • A 250 euro deposit in cash or by credit card. The deposit will be settled afterwards in case of damage or misconduct

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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 - 21:00
  • Tuesday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Friday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday: 10:00 - 21:00

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.  

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.

You can choose from various locations in Amsterdam. Please note: where you pick up the boat, you must also return the boat.
  • Location Amsterdam Centre: Zandhoek 22, 1013 KT Amsterdam. Check the directions for more information.

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

Monday to Sunday: 10:00 – 21:00

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