canal cruise Amsterdam

Canal Cruise Amsterdam at night

This 1-hour evening cruise takes you through Amsterdam’s unique UNESCO World Heritage canals, revealing a whole new palette of colours as the street lights come on. Look through the windows of the quirky houseboats, cruise the IJ River and admire the beautiful 17th-century buildings that line the canal banks.

Corona / COVID19 update

As of 25 February 2022, most of the corona / COVID19 measures in the Netherlands have expired.

  • Restaurants, attractions, museums and nightlife can open again according to regular opening hours.
  • A distance of 1.5 metres no longer needs to be kept
  • Mouth masks are no longer compulsory.
  • The corona admission ticket (QR code) is no longer needed to go to a restaurant, attraction or museum.
  • Most travel restrictions are lifted. Visit the official website of for more information

The ice rink on the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam will be open this winter after all! From March 3 to March 31, 2022, you can skate on the ice again at this unique location in the centre of Amsterdam.

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Enjoy a magically lit Amsterdam by boat

Canal Cruise Light Amsterdam
Canal Cruise Amsterdam by night

A canal cruise in Amsterdam is especially attractive during the winter months. Because it gets dark early, you can enjoy the beautiful lighting in Amsterdam’s city centre even more. From the water, you have a great view of the illuminated canal houses and their reflection in the water of the canals.

The painters of the Golden Age were in love with Amsterdam’s picturesque landscapes and canals. Here’s your chance to feel just as inspired as you do as you take in the nighttime canvas of shimmering water, glittering lights and astonishing architecture from your seat on a boat.

Hear about the history of Amsterdam

During your canal cruise, an audio guide will tell you more about the history of Amsterdam. This audio guide is available in multiple languages including: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Turkish

Why an evening canal cruise?

  • 1-hour canal cruise
  • Enjoy an illuminated Amsterdam from the water
  • The canal boats are covered
  • Learn about the history of Amsterdam with the audio guide

Light Festival Cruise

Amsterdam Light Festival
Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise

From 2 December 2021 to 23 January 2022, the tenth edition of the Light Festival Amsterdam will take place. The works of light will be placed along and/or on the water and an evening canal cruise is the best way to enjoy them. Book your canal cruise on time. More info about the Light Festival in Amsterdam.

Prices and reservations canal cruise

Would you also like to enjoy a wonderful evening cruise? Then book your trip in time. Check the availability per day and time slot below and make your reservation.

Please note: the canal cruises in Amsterdam can be booked all year round. This canal cruise does not go past all the light artworks of the Light Festival Amsterdam, which is held from 2 December 2021 to 23 January 2022. Look here for the special Light Festival Cruise

An evening cruise costs € 19.00 per person. Depending on the chosen day and time a certain discount may apply.