Hop On Hop Off Amsterdam

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

 

 


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.
 


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HOP-ON-HOP-OFF BOAT TOURS

Stromma NL Boat Tours

Stromma hop-on-hop-off boat tours sell one-day tickets, a 24-hours ticket, and a 48-hours ticket.

Whichever you choose, you get the same services including an audio guide available in six languages (English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Italian).

 

 


Routes

There are two routes, the blue route, and the orange route.

The routes cover different canals but do have overlapping stops so that you can switch from one route to the other if you wish to do so.

Boat routes: Their boat tours offer two routes with some overlapping stops so you can transfer between the routes.

   

Blue route

  • Central station west
  • Anne Frank house Jordaan
  • Rijksmuseum / van Gogh museum
  • Leidseplein/Vondelpark
  • City hall/ Hermitage
  • A’DAM Lookout/Amsterdam North

Orange Route

  • Central station west
  • Nemo/Maritime museum
  • City hall/ Hermitage
  • Rijksmuseum / van Gogh museum
  • Leidseplein/Vondelpark
  • Anne Frank house Jordaan
  • Rembrandtplein/Hermitage 
  • Heineken Experience    

 

 Stromma Canal Boat

 


Schedule  

  • Canal boats operate daily from March 23 until November 5.  
  • Boats begin at approximately 9:40 am and run as late as 20:40 depending on which route you are on. 
  • The boat stops are every 20/25 minutes apart. Hopping off is the easy part, but to hop back on at a specific destination be sure to have a schedule in hand and keep in mind that you may have to wait for a boat to arrive. 

Tickets and Prices

If you opt for a 24-hour ticket, your ticket is valid for a consecutive 24 hours from the first time you use it.

So if you take a 1 pm boat on a Tuesday, your ticket is valid until 1 pm on Wednesday.

And of course, if you want to take your time and really see all the city has to offer, the 48-hour ticket may be the best option for you. 

24-hour Ticket

  • €24 – Adult 
  • €12 – Child (aged 4-12)  
  • Free – Toddlers 3 and under
  • Purchase your tickets here.

48-hour Ticket

  • €33 – Adult 
  • €17 – Child (aged 4-12)  
  • Free – Toddlers 3 and under
  • Purchase your tickets here.

Reviews of Stromma

Stromma has a 4.5 out of 5-stars rating on both TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews).

Reviews also talk about how relaxing the tour was and the pace was just right to enjoy the views as well as get to your destination.

Some reviewers noted that the arrival of boats was a bit longer than expected, but this can be avoided if you check the schedule of stops beforehand and make your plans accordingly.”

Stromma also offers a large variety of other tickets, including dinner cruises and combo tickets.



CitySightseeing Boat Tours

CitySightseeing hop-on-hop-off boat tours are available in either a 24-hour or 48-hour ticket. These are consecutive hours and the clock starts running from when you first use it.  

The boat routes stop at Amsterdam’s most popular destinations so you can hop on and off to visit the attractions you like. 

The boats are equipped with panoramic windows for maximum views. You also receive headsets and a GPS audio guide in Spanish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Russian.

CitySightseeing tours have some excellent features. First, free WiFi is included! Second, they have an app available in both iOS and Android that can assist you in planning your time.

The app (screenshots below) shows you where you the stops and also provide you with fascinating information about the key points of interest you may choose to visit.

 

Two Boat Routes      

Green Route 

  • Central station west
  •  Gassan Diamonds
  • Amstel / Icebar
  • Albert Cuyp Market
  • Rijksmuseum / Leidseplein
  • Anne Frank House

Blue Route

  • Saint Nicholas Church
  • Anne Frank House
  • Leidseplein
  • Hermitage Museum
Citysightseeing App Map

CitySightseeing App Map

 

 

 

CitySightseeing App

CitySightseeing App Schedule

 

 


Schedule

Summer season (March 23 – October 30)  

  • The green line departs daily from 10:05 – 18:00h (6:00 pm) (stops every 20/25 min)  
  • The blue line departs daily from 10:15 – 17:15h (5:25 pm) (stops every 20/25 min)    

Winter season (October 31 – March 22)

  • The blue line departs daily from 10:00 – 18:50h (6:50 pm) (stops every 20/25 min) 

Tickets and Prices  

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

  • €25.00 – Adult
  • €12.50 – Child (aged 4-13)
  • Purchase your tickets here.

48-hour pass – valid for a consecutive 48 hours from the first time you use it

  • €36.00/adult
  • €18.00/children (aged 4-13)
  • Purchase your tickets here.

Reviews of CitySightseeing Amsterdam

CitySightseeing Amsterdam Boat

CitySightseeing’s variety of hop-on-hop-off tours are rated slightly lower than its main competitor.

It has a rating just over 4 out of 5-stars by both TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews).

The audio commentary is praised as both informative and easy to hear through the plug-in ear pods provided. Users also say the audio is well-timed with the sights from the boats.

Having the choice of covered or uncovered seating was a plus. Guests report that the boats are comfortable and clean and that the staff was friendly and helpful.  

Many guests recommend doing the combo bus/boat tour (see below) to gain a different perspective. It appears that the best way to use this combo is to ride the bus first, do your hopping on and off, and then enjoy a relaxing boat tour at the end of the day.

 


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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

  • Summer season (March 23 – October 30) – Daily from 09:15 – 18:00h (6:00 pm) (stops every 15/20 min) 
  • Winter Season (October 31 – March 22)  –  Daily from 10:00 – 18:00h (6:00 pm) (stops every 15/20 min)  

Tickets and Prices

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

  • €21 – Adult
  • €10 – Child (aged 4-13)
  • Purchase your tickets here.

48-hour pass – valid for a consecutive 48 hours from the first time you use it.

  • €39 – Adult
  • €19 – Children (aged 4-13) 
  • Click hereto purchase.

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

Purchase tickets or learn more.


Reviews of Stromma Bus Tours

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

 


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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 Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
  • Stromma Hop on Hop off 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 20% off on dozens of additional activities. One of those extra discounts is on a hop on hop off bus tour/cruise!

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:

  • Rembrandt House Museum | €14
  • NEMO Science Museum | €17.50
  • Heineken Experience | €21
  • Amsterdam Museum | €15
  • EYE Filmmuseum | €11
  • Amsterdam Dungeon | €24
  • Van Gogh Museum | €19
  • Diamond Museum | €10
  • A’DAM Lookout | €13.50
  • Rijksmuseum | €20
  • And more!

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


Combo Packages

Both Stromma and City Sightseeing provide 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

  • €23 – Adult
  • €11 – Child (aged 4-13)

48-Hour Ticket

  • €39 – Adult
  • €19 – 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

 


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.


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


Heineken Experience &  Cruise

In addition to your 24-hour cruise ticket and audio guide, the price includes entrance to the Heineken Experience and 2 free beers.

Prices 

  • €42 Adult (13+)  
  • Purchase your ticket here.

We have a post on the Heineken Experience.


Cruise & Skip the Line Rijksmuseum

In addition to your 24-hour hop-on-hop-off 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 

  • €41 – Adult 
  • €24 – Children (aged 4-12) 
  • Toddlers under 3 years old Free
  • Purchase your ticket here.

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 hop on hop off cruise.

Prices

Cruise & A’DAM Lookout

If you’re interested in enjoying some of the best views in the city, you can’t beat this combo package which includes both the A’DAM Lookout and Stromma’s hop on hop off cruise.

Prices


Cruise & Transport Pass

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

This 24-hour transport ticket gives you unlimited travel throughout Amsterdam by tram, bus, metro, and boat.

You also get a hop-on, hop-off boat tour with two routes for the same 24 hours as your public transport ticket or on another day.  

Multilingual commentary is available onboard via audio guides. Boats offer a frequent service from 9 stops, including 4 transfer points.

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

Price

  • €31.50/adult
  • €19.50/children  (aged 3-12)
  • Free toddlers 2 years ad under
  • To purchase click here.

 


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