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How to Get Around in Amsterdam

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How to Get Around in Amsterdam
With such a range of transport options available across the city, it’s no surprise that driving is actively discouraged in Amsterdam. From walking tours to canal cruises, here are your best options for exploring the city’s historic streets and winding waterways.

Public Transport
Amsterdam’s public-transit network is extensive, but choosing the right ticket can be tricky. The contactless OV-chipkaart covers the whole system and be purchased from a station or newsagent. Otherwise, single- or multi-day tickets are available, but check that your service is included before traveling.

Hop-On-Hop-Off-Bus or -Boat Tour
You can combine city sightseeing with hassle-free transfer on a hop-on hop-off tour, zipping around by double-decker bus or canal boat. Both options allow you to freely alight at any stop of your choosing or complete the circuit in one go for an introductory overview of the Dutch capital.

Canal Cruise
No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a journey on its canals, which together comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whether you want to unwind with an after-dark aperitif on the moonlit waterways or gain insight into the city’s major landmarks on a daytime voyage, you have plenty of options to choose from.

Bike or Segway Tour
As one of Europe’s most cycle-friendly cities, Amsterdam is easily explored on two wheels. You can check off top attractions in just a few hours on a Segway or bike tour, or head out even farther into trendy suburbs and surrounding countryside for an authentically Dutch experience.

Amsterdam on Foot
Immerse yourself in Amsterdam’s cultural heritage by exploring its narrow streets on foot. Walking tours are a staple for first-time visitors, with plenty of itineraries to choose from: city sightseeing and historical tours, tasting experiences, social-policy-themed tours, and more.
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Jewish Quarter Anne Frank Small-Group Walking Tour in AmsterdamPrivate and Luxury

Jewish Quarter Anne Frank Small-Group Walking Tour in Amsterdam

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Discover Amsterdam’s WWII history and follow in the footsteps of Anne Frank on this walking tour of the Jewish Quarter. See the Jewish Historical Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, and the Auschwitz Monument; learn about events such as the February Strike and Winter of Hunger, and end the tour outside the Anne Frank House (entrance not included).
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  • 2 hours
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Blue Boat Amsterdam Evening Canal CruiseAudio Guides

Blue Boat Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

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Lap up Amsterdam’s beautiful canals by night on a candlelight cruise. Board a comfortable boat, settle into the all-glass cabin in the glow of candlelight and enjoy the scenery as you cruise the UNESCO World Heritage site canals. Pass by floodlit landmarks such as the Westerkerk and Anne Frank House, and savor the twinkling lights and silhouettes of the canal bridges, merchants’ houses and churches. As you cruise, hear about the city’s history from the onboard commentary, and enjoy refreshments from the bar, including one complimentary drink.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Boat OptionBus Tours

City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Boat Option

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See Amsterdam at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, including the option of a hop-on hop-off tour by boat. Select a 24- or 48-hour ticket with 11 bus stops around town, enhanced by optional sightseeing around Amsterdam’s postcard-perfect network of waterways on the canal cruise. From the open-top double-decker bus, you pass by the Anne Frank House, National Maritime Museum, Heineken Experience and eclectic neighborhoods like Jordaan and the historical Red Light District, where you can disembark to explore.
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  • 1 hour 5 minutes
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Blue Boat Company Amsterdam City Canal CruiseDay Cruises

Blue Boat Company Amsterdam City Canal Cruise

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Absorb the canal-front sights of Amsterdam on a leisurely 75-minute sightseeing cruise. Take a seat in a comfortable, glass-topped boat, and enjoy the views as you glide along the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals and listen to the informative audio commentary. Drift by top Amsterdam attractions such as the Anne Frank House and City Hall, and drink in the gabled townhouses, bridges and leafy canalsides from the peaceful vantage point of the water. A relaxing way to get to know the pretty Dutch capital for first-time visitors.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Private Tour: Amsterdam City Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Private Tour: Amsterdam City Walking Tour

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Discover the delights of Amsterdam on a private half-day walking tour of the city’s historical and cultural highlights. With a your personal guide, go to the Museum Square where the Van Gogh Museum is located; delve into the city’s renowned houseboat culture at the Houseboat Museum; and pleasure your palate with traditional Dutch snacks at Albert Cuyp, the largest street market in the Netherlands. Then, absorb the verdant beauty of Vondelpark and learn the poignant history of Anne Frank’s House on this comprehensive tour.
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Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour

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This small-group walking tour, limited to just 12 people, gives you an intimate and insider’s view of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. An informative guide leads your group around Amsterdam’s historical center and past top attractions including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Nieuwmarkt, and the infamous Red Light District. During this morning stroll, learn intriguing historical background and snap photos of the UNESCO-listed canals and 17th-century gabled houses.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Small-Group Classic Canal Cruise on Salonboat in AmsterdamDay Cruises

Small-Group Classic Canal Cruise on Salonboat in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canals are the postcard star of the Dutch capital, and a canal cruise is the quintessential experience for first-time visitors. Glide down the waterways on a traditional salonboat on this small-group cruise, and admire landmarks like the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam Opera House.
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Small-Group Amsterdam Bike TourNature and Wildlife

Small-Group Amsterdam Bike Tour

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Cycle along Amsterdam’s flat and open city streets on this small-group guided bike tour. Explore the historic city at a leisurely pace as you pedal alongside the UNESCO-listed canals and visit the green oasis of Vondel Park. Pass top attractions like the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum, and check out Amsterdam’s oldest neighborhood, the Red Light District. This small-group tour is capped at 12 people, ensuring you receive personalized attention from your informative guide.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Amsterdam Private Bike Tour with a LocalMountain Bike Tours

Amsterdam Private Bike Tour with a Local

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Explore Amsterdam the way it was meant to be seen—by bike! On this private tour, hop aboard a quality rental bike and follow a local guide on a personalized tour of the city's most interesting neighborhoods, scenic paths and iconic attractions. It’s a great way to soak up the sights and atmosphere in one of Europe’s most bike-friendly cities.
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  • 3 hours
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Withlocals the 10 Tastings: Amsterdam's Favourite Private Food Tour with a LocalHalf-day Tours

Withlocals the 10 Tastings: Amsterdam's Favourite Private Food Tour with a Local

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Nibble your way through Amsterdam's international dining scene on a private tasting tour led by a local foodie guide. Learn about the international flavors that have influenced Dutch cuisine while grabbing bites at a local market, beer garden and family restaurant. Savor handpicked local delicacies including the best fish in town, a sweet ‘stroopwafel’ and artisanal cheese.
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Amsterdam Small-Group City Segway TourMountain Bike Tours

Amsterdam Small-Group City Segway Tour

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Experience the best of Amsterdam in two hours on a fun Segway city tour. Hop aboard your electric self-balancing transportation device, and cruise effortlessly around the key sights. Glide across the famous Skinny Bridge over the Amstel River, wheel around the charming canal quarter, and coast to top Amsterdam attractions such as Dam Square, the Botanical Gardens and more. Make regular stops for photos and hear fun facts about the sights from an informative guide. Numbers are limited to nine on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.
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Hop-On Hop-Off Amsterdam Canal Sightseeing Cruise Day Cruises

Hop-On Hop-Off Amsterdam Canal Sightseeing Cruise

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With the hop-on hop-off boat day pass, enjoy an easy overview of Amsterdam at a pace that suits you. Step aboard boats that operate along Amsterdam's canals and travel along the route that passes highlights like the Anne Frank House and the Heineken Experience. While on board, listen to engaging commentary on the city and sights you see along the way. Choose between a 24- or 48-hour pass, and get on and off as often as you like.
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Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tour Including Cheese Tasting and Clog DemonstrationNature and Wildlife

Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tour Including Cheese Tasting and Clog Demonstration

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Cycle away from the urban noise and disappear into the countryside on this guided bike tour from Amsterdam. Visit a historical windmill, a farmhouse and factory, where you’ll sample Dutch cheese and watch how wooden clogs are made. This leisurely ride takes you along the Amstel River, past country villages and verdant fields dotted with cows. Learn about rural Dutch traditions and history, and wrap up your tour exploring Amsterdam’s parks including Vondelpark, Amsterdamse Bos and Beatrixpark.
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Amsterdam Bike Culture Off the Beaten Path TourMountain Bike Tours

Lonely Planet Experiences: Amsterdam Bike Culture Off the Beaten Path Tour

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Amsterdam on a 3-hour bicycle tour of the dazzling Dutch capital. With a knowledgeable guide, stray from the conventional tourist trail to explore lesser-known neighborhoods home to landmarks like the Maritime Museum and the Rikjsmuseum. Weave your way through charming districts like Jordaan; gain fascinating insight into the rich historical heritage of Amsterdam. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 cyclists.
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