For a first visit to Amsterdam, and as a cheaper alternative to a more personalised canal tour, the Canal Bus gives a reasonably good introduction to the city from the perspective of the waterways. There are three routes which between them take in most of the main tourist attractions and your ticket allows you to mix and match the routes as you wish. At 22.50 Euros for a 24 hour ticket this is perhaps not the cheapest way of getting around but you will get a unique viewpoint.
The boats are fairly basic and the commentaries, in several languages, pre-recorded but occasionally the driver (skipper?) will add his own little asides.
The main danger here is that you get stuck in a crowded boat in the middle of a bunch of yabbering Yanks (or garrulous Germans, or jibbering Japanese or..........) who totally drown out the commentary and invade any personal attempt at absorption - just get off at the next stop and hope a quieter boat comes past!!
The canal bus boats operate a regular service along the canals on three routes: the Green Line, the Red Line and the Orange Line.
The 14 stops are located near the major museums, attractions and shopping centres. With a Day Pass you can 'hop on, hop off' as often as you like.
A day ticket costs € 20.00 (adult)
A 24 hours ticket costs € 22.00 (adult)
A 48 hours ticket costs € 33.00 (adult)
Discount when you buy your tickets on-line.
2009 Update: Take the Pizza cruise. Together with Domino's Pizza the Canal Boat company organises Pizza cruises on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting at 7 PM from the Rijksmuseum boat stop.
Canal Bus is an enjoyable and relaxed way of getting around the canals and passes all of Amsterdam’s top sights. You pass many historic buildings, from the imposing Westerkerk to the city’s narrowest house. The boats cruise along the most famous canals bringing you to Amsterdam’s major museums, such as the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House. On board there is a multilingual commentary. The comfortable boats offer a frequent and regular service with 3 routes and 17 stops. The stops are located near the museums, shopping districts and tourist attractions. Your ticket allows you to hop on and off as often as you like.
The Canal Bus is a great transportation tool for people who don't have much time when visiting Amsterdam, because it lets you cruise the canals and visit the major tourist attractions at the same time. It goes around the whole centre so i don't think you can miss anything. They also hold romantic dinners in the evening, which is nice. The only problem in my opinion is that in the afternoon the routes are less often which can be a problem. Also i believe they are a little overprised. I don't know what it costs them but when i went (mid May) all the ships were always packed so i think EUR 18 per person a day is too much. Also from what i've noticed i don't believe there is access for the handicapped.
I took a cheap Easyjet flight from Liverpool to Amsterdam
Flights are not only cheap but quite frequent too.
It is then an easy journey by train from the airport to the city centre (takes about 15 minutes)
You can get tickets from the yellow ticket machines at the station
Amsterdam Schipol Airport is huge. Almost like a little mini city centre. Its a great place to buy any last minute gifts
Easyjet check in is at Departure hall3
I enjoyed seeing Amsterdam from the canals ... the bus allows one to embark, and disembark along the route .. to see the sights :) When you buy your ticket, it's definetely worth it to get the discounted tickets to area attractions; we were able to avoid the longer line at the Van Gogh museum, and get a little discount to boot!
The only bad thing was that not all the boats had the taped tour commentary in working order - so some boats provided us with useful infomration about the areas we were passing, others did not - but on those boats we relied on fellow travelers instead .. so it worked out either way .....
Canal Bus is a nice way to see Amsterdam if you have limited time. There are many stops located throughout the city with great locations. You are allowed to get on and off for the entire day, actually until noon the following day. You can choose from 3 different lines all clearly marked.
You can combine a must see canal trip with transportation around town.
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Is one of the many watertaxi's you can get in Amsterdam. Its just like on land only with a (little) boat. The boat on the picture is a canalboat, you can stay on it or get out on 14 different stops and get in at those same stops.
Make sure you know where they stop and when the last boat is going.
near to the trainstation is a dock are where you can get a taxi/boat that takes you around the canals, didnt go on but it looked fun.