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This post reviews the hop-on-hop-off boat and bus tours available in Amsterdam and includes prices, schedules and analysis of tickets.

NOTE: As of June 2022, none of the hop-on hop-off boat tours are currently available.

There is still one hop-on hop-off bus tour being offered, and you can still take 1-hour canal cruises. We do not yet know when these services will return.


OVERVIEW

Hop-on-hop-off tours - whether bus or boat - are a great way to see the most number of sights in a short amount of time.

All boat and bus tour routes stop at many major attractions you are likely to want to visit.  

They are convenient because you do not have to fuss with buying transport tickets as you move from destination to destination.  

Whether on a boat tour, bus tour, or a combination of the two, you have the flexibility and freedom to hop on and off as often as you like and at any of the stops along the route.

If you prefer to enjoy the scenery, there is no need to hop off! Just sit back and relax! 

Additionally, some hop-on-hop-off tours combine boat and bus tours. You can also find boat tours that are bundled with attractions like the Heineken Experience or the Rijksmuseum.

There is also a hop-on-hop-off boat tour packaged with an Amsterdam transportation pass.  

The packages are a great way to save money and simplify your travel around the city.

TIP: For extra savings on tours and attractions, you might want to consider purchasing one of the excellent tourist discount cards available.

To find all details on the cards offered and an analysis of which card is best for you, check out our post on Amsterdam Tourist Passes and Cards.

Disclosure: We think you should consider our free tours, but we have also provided other options.

While our recommendations are always unbiased, we may receive a small share of sales through some of the links below at no cost to you. See the full text.


HOP-ON-HOP-OFF BUS TOURS

There are 2 companies offering hop-on-hop-off bus service in Amsterdam, CitySightseeing, and Stromma.

Both offer 60-minute routes that allow you to hop on and hop off at various locations.


CitySightseeing  

This tour is in an open-top double-decker bus that makes 12 stops at popular destinations. You can hop on or off wherever you would like.

If you want to stay on the bus for the full tour, it lasts 60 minutes.

You receive headsets with audio commentary is available in 6 languages. You also get free wifi!

And conveniently, you can download an app that allows you to see in real-time where their buses are, as well as be able to find nearby stops.


BUS STOPS

  • Central Station 
  • Amrath Hotel  
  • Brewery Windmill  
  • Artis Royal Zoo  
  • Gassan Diamonds  
  • Jewish Historical Museum  
  • Sarphatistraat 
  • Heineken Experience 
  • Museum Square 
  • Vondelpark 
  • Westermarkt 
  • Amsterdam Museum  

Departure Schedule

  • Friday - Sunday from 9:30 am - 4 pm.
  • Optional cruise runs from 10 am - 9 pm.

Tickets and Prices

24-hour pass -  valid for a consecutive 24 hours from the first time you use it.

24-hour pass + 1-hour canal cruise


Reviews of CitySightseeing Bus Tours 

Like with the boat tours, reviewers on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide were happy with the bus tours as well (read the reviews).

Many people felt the audio guide provided in many languages was informative as it covers the history of what you see from the bus. 


Stromma

If you’re looking for an alternative to other services, this company also provides a hop on hop off bus tour in Amsterdam that covers a lot of notable locations.

Stromma has a total of 10 stops, and you can hop off wherever you want to take a closer look at specific locations throughout the city.

The tour itself takes about 1 hour to complete and they offer audio commentary in 19 different languages including the following:

Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Turkish.


BUS STOPS

  • Central Station
  • Cruise Terminal
  • Gassan Diamonds
  • City Hall
  • Skinny Bridge
  • Heineken Experience
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Vondelpark
  • Westerpark
  • Prinseneiland

Departure Schedule

  • Summer Season – Daily from 9:15 am - 18:30 (6:30 pm). Buses run once every 20-30 minutes on average.
  • Winter Season – Daily from 10:00 am - 18:25 (6:25 pm). Buses run once every 40 minutes on average. 

Tickets & Prices

24-Hour Bus Tour:

  • €21/Adults
  • €10.50/Children

48-Hour Bus Tour:

  • €31.50/Adults
  • €15.75/Children

NOTE: This hop-on hop-off bus tour is not currently available as of June 2022. We don't know when they will offer this service again.


Reviews of Stromma Bus Tours

This company has pretty decent reviews with an overall rating of almost 4 out of 5 stars.

Although some customers are not impressed with long waits, others enjoyed the service provided.

Some visitors felt that this was a good way to get a first impression of Amsterdam, and others described this as a comprehensive and well-organized bus tour.


DISCOUNTS AND DEALS

The following section provides details about the best ways to save money on tickets for the hop on hop off bus tours in Amsterdam, including information about tourist passes, combo packages, and more.


Tourist Passes

If you’re planning to enjoy several different attractions and tours in Amsterdam, you can save a lot of money on tickets by using a tourist pass.

There are a few passes that include a hop on hop off bus tour and cruise, allowing you to save anywhere from 20% - 50% off general admission.

In addition to hop on hop off services, there are also other types of bus tours and cruises included on these passes.

Here is a list of some bus and boat tours available with an Amsterdam tourist pass:

  • City Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Bus & Boat Tour
  • Stromma 100 Highlights Cruise
  • Amsterdam Dinner Cruise
  • Pedal Boat Rental
  • Open Boat Tours

The most popular option is an all-inclusive pass which includes admission to dozens of notable tours, historic locations, museums, and more for a specific amount of time (1, 2, 3, or 5 days).

While this type of pass provides the best opportunity for saving money, you pretty much have to use it for as many activities as possible to get the biggest discount.

Alternatively, there are also prepackaged passes which include specific attractions for free and 10% off on dozens of additional activities.

Here are a few of the more popular tours, museums, and locations included with various Amsterdam tourist passes that you might want to combine with your hop on hop off bus tour or cruise:

For more details about this discount opportunity, please read our post covering Amsterdam tourist passes.


Combo Packages

Both Stromma and City Sightseeing provides combo deals that combine their hop on hop off bus and boat tours with additional activities and attractions in Amsterdam at a discount.

These packages are a pretty good alternative to a tourist pass, as you aren’t required to pay for as many tours, museums, and other locations in order to get a good deal.


City Sightseeing

Combining a bus tour and boat tour is a smart idea as it gives you the convenience of going to many parts of the city.

It is entirely up to you when you want to travel by bus or by boat. You can switch between them as you like.

Like other CitySightseeing tours, you get audio commentary available in Spanish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Russian.


Bus & Boat Combo

24-Hour Ticket

  • €35.50 - Adult
  • €17.75 - Child (aged 4-13)

Purchase your tickets here.


Cruise & A’DAM Lookout

In addition to their bus and boat combo, City Sightseeing also has a combination deal which includes admission to the A’DAM Lookout.

If you’re hoping to see some of the best views in the city, this combo package is an excellent option.

Prices

  • €31.90/Adults | €17.65/Children
  • Not Currently Available.

Stromma NL

Stromma, reviewed above, sells hop-on-hop-off boat tours combined with an attraction.

This allows for some additional savings and the convenience of having one ticket for two activities.  

The boat ticket is good for 24 consecutive hours. Like their regular hop-on-hop-off tours you can leave or rejoin a boat at any one of 13 stops.

You also get a headset with audio commentary in Spanish, Dutch, English, French, German, and Italian.

NOTE: Since their hop-on hop-off boat tour is not currently available as of June 2022, these combo tickets will include tickets to a 1-hour cruise instead.

The nice thing is that these services cost less, so prices will actually be lower than usual!


Hop on Hop off Bus & Boat Tour

If you want to take both their bus and boat tour, you can combine both services with this combo package.

This combo deal is available for either 24 or 48 hours.

Prices

  • 24-Hour Ticket: €29.50/Adults | €14.75/Children
  • 48-Hour Ticket: €39.50/Adults | €19.75/Children
  • Not Currently Available.

Heineken Experience &  Cruise

In addition to your 1-hour cruise ticket and audio guide, the price includes entrance to the Heineken Experience and 2 free beers.

Prices 

We have a post on the Heineken Experience.


Cruise & Skip the Line Rijksmuseum

In addition to a 1-hour boat tour, each person gets a skip-the-line ticket for the Rijksmuseum, one of the busiest museums in Amsterdam so the skip-the-line ticket is a real time saver.

Prices 


Cruise & Madame Tussauds

Visitors who want to see Madame Tussauds can save some money on tickets by purchasing them in this combo package with admission to Stromma’s 1-hour cruise.

Prices


Cruise & THIS IS HOLLAND

If you’re interested in enjoying a 5D experience covering the most notable sites in Holland, you can’t beat this combo package which includes both THIS IS HOLLAND and Stromma’s hop on hop off cruise.

Prices

  • €31/Adults | €17.50/Children
  • Not Currently Available.

Cruise & Van Gogh Museum

Art fans may want to visit the Van Gogh Museum to see some of the most famous art in Amsterdam, and this combo ticket also includes admission to a 1-hour canal cruise.

Prices


Cruise & Ripley's Believe it or Not

Ripley's Believe it or Not is another popular and strange museum full of interesting attractions, and there are combo tickets available which include a 1-hour canal cruise.

Prices


Cruise & Johan Cruijff ArenA Tour

Sports fans may want to consider taking a tour of the popular stadium used by Amsterdam's AFC Ajax. This combo ticket includes both the arena tour and a 1-hour canal cruise.

Prices


Cruise & Body Worlds

Body Worlds is one of the most interesting exhibits in Amsterdam, and it seeks to show how happiness influences health in the human body. These combo tickets include both the exhibition and a 1-hour canal cruise.

Prices


Cruise & Xtracold Icebar

If you're interested in going on a short 1-hour canal cruise and you want to follow that up with a few drinks, this combo ticket includes admission to a bar that is made almost entirely out of ice – and you'll get 3 complimentary drinks as well!

Prices


Cruise & Red Light Secrets Museum

Discover the history of the Red Light District in Amsterdam with this combo ticket which includes both a 1-hour cruise and admission to the Red Light Secrets Museum.

Prices


Cruise & Moco Museum

If you're interested in seeing and learning more about contemporary art, this combo ticket includes skip-the-line access to the Moco Museum as well as a 1-hour canal cruise.

Prices


Cruise & Transport Pass

This ticket is an affordable and convenient way to handle your transportation needs with just one purchase.

This transport ticket gives you unlimited travel throughout Amsterdam by tram, bus, metro, and boat. This service is available for anywhere from 1-7 days.

 Green Line
  • Central Station West
  • NEMO Science Museum / Maritime Museum
  • Rembrandt Square / Hermitage Museum
  •  Flower Market / Rijksmuseum
  •  Leidseplein / Vondelpark
  •  Anne Frank House / Jordaan
  •  Amsterdam North / Eye Film                                                                                          
Orange Line
  • Central Station East
  • Rembrandt Square / Hermitage Museum
  • Flower Market / Rijksmuseum
  • Leidseplein / Vondelpark
  • Anne Frank House / Jordaan                         

Schedule: Canal boats run daily from around 09:30 to 19:00 every 20-30 minutes.

For use of your transport pass, see GVB's website. They are the official public transport company of Amsterdam.

Ticket Prices:

  • 1-Day Ticket: €8.50/Adults | €4.00/Kids
  • 2-Day Ticket: €14.50 per person
    • Price per day: €7.25 per person
  • 3-Day Ticket: €20.00 per person
    • Price per day: €6.66 per person
  • 4-Day Ticket: €25.50 per person
    • Price per day: €6.38 per person
  • 5-Day Ticket: €29.50 per person
    • Price per day: €5.90 per person
  • 6-Day Ticket: €34.00 per person
    • Price per day: €5.66 per person
  • 7-Day Ticket: €37.00 per person
    • Price per day: €5.29 per person

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