Hop-on, Hop-off Amsterdam

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

 

 


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 combo tour,  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 tours 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, consecutive 24-hours tickets, and consecutive 48-hours tickets. Whichever you choose, you get the same services including an audio guide available in six languages (English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Italian).

 

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 (2018).  
  • 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. 

Ticket options

The day ticket is valid only for the day you purchased it for. Let’s say you buy a One-Day ticket for a Tuesday and you take your first boat ride at 1 pm in the afternoon. Your ticket expires at midnight  — no matter how late in the day you take your first ride. With a one day ticket, it is best to start early!

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 Wednesday. The difference in price between the one-day ticket and the 24-hour ticket is only €3 so if you want more flexibility, go for the 24-hour ticket.  

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. 

Prices

One-Day Ticket

  • Adult €21
  • Children (aged 4-12)    €10.50
  • Purchase your One-Day ticket here.

24-hour Ticket

  • Adult €24
  • Children (aged 4-12)  €12
  • Toddlers 3 and under free
  • Purchase your ticket here.

48-hour Ticket

  • Adult €35 
  • Children (aged 4-12)  €17.50
  • Toddlers 3 and under free
  • Purchase your ticket here

Reviews of Stromma

Stromma sports a majority of positive reviews by the TripAdvisor community, with over 300 users giving praise for the tour itself and the accommodating crew.  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.”



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)  

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

Winter season (October 31 – March 22)

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

Prices  

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

  • €25.00/adult
  • €12.50/children (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 Hop-on, Hop-off  Boat Tours 

CitySightseeing Amsterdam Boat

CitySightseeing’s variety of hop-on-hop-off tours is rated 4 ½ out of 5 stars by both Get Your Guide and TripAdvisor. The reviews for their hop-on hop-off services come highly recommended.

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 were 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

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)  

Prices:  

  • 24 hour pass
    • €21.00/adult
    • €10.50/children (aged 4-13)
    • Click here to purchase.
  • 48 hour pass
    • €39.00/adult
    • €19.50/children  (aged 4-13) 
    • Click here to purchase.

 

Reviews of CitySightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off  Bus Tours CitySightseeing Amsterdam Bus

Like the boat tours, reviewers on TripAdvisor were happy with the bus tours as well. Many people felt the audio guide provided in many languages was informative as it covers the history of what you see from the bus. Many people said the bus tour was a great way to become familiar with the city quickly and get the “lay of the land”. This made it easier for people to decide where to return to and what to not bother visiting.

Most people – but not all – found the buses to be clean. One customer said the windows were dirty, which on a bus tour can be a problem.  For the most part reviewers were pleased with the experience saying that drivers and staff were helpful and personable. 

 

 


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HOP-OFF BOAT AND BUS TOUR COMBO   

CitySightseeing

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.

 

Schedule

  • Summer season (March 23 – October 30)
    • Buses:  Daily frequent departures from 09.15 – 18.00 h. Frequency is every 15/20 minutes
    • Boats: 
      • Green Line – Daily departures from 10.05 – 18.00 h.  Frequency is 20/25 minutes
      • Blue Line – Daily departures from 10.15 – 17.15 h.  Frequency is 20/25 minutes
  • Winter season (October 31 – March 22)
    • Buses:  Daily frequent departures from 10:00 – 18.05 h. 
    • Boat:  Daily departures from 10.00 – 18.50 h.

Reviews

The combo bus/boat tours are probably the most popular and highly rated tours offered by CitySightseeing. Guests stated on TripAdvisor that the service was convenient and the best way to really get to see and know the city quickly.  Reviews on GetYourGuide were also very good. One reviewer wrote “Great worth every penny very informative best way to see Amsterdam.” Like the bus and boat tours above, reviewers enjoyed the multi-language guide and also stated that the staff were very friendly.  A common though not frequent criticism of the tour was the occasional long wait at for a bus or boat at stops. However, this is not necessarily the fault of the company as tours of the city are in high demand and the drivers and captains have traffic to contend with.

In sum, guests’ reviews say it all:  “Not to be missed!”, “Fantastic value”, “Great service”,  and “Excellent way to see the city!”

Bus Stops

Stop 1 – Central Station
Stop 2 – Amrath Hotel
Stop 3 – Windmill / East
Stop 4 – Artis Royal Zoo
Stop 5 – Gassan Diamonds
Stop 6 – Jewish Historical Museum
Stop 7 – Sarphatistraat
Stop 8 – Heineken Experience
Stop 9 – Museum Square – Stadhouderskade
Stop 10 – Vondelpark
Stop 11 – Westermarket
Stop 12 – Amsterdam Museum                                                              

 Boat Routes

Blue Route:
1. Saint Nicholas Church
2. National Maritime Museum
3. City Hall
4. Golden Bend / Herengracht
5. Anne Frank House

Green Route:
1. Central Station West
2. Passenger Terminal
3. Gassan Diamonds
4. Hermitage Museum
5. Albert Cuyp Market
6. Rijksmuseum / Leidseplein
7. Anne Frank House                       

Prices 

  • 24 hour pass
    • €28.00/adult
    • €14.00/children (aged 4-13)
  • 48 hour pass
    • €39.00/adult
    • €19.50/children  (aged 4-13) 

Purchase your tickets here.

 


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BOAT TOURS WITH AN ADDED ATTRACTION

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.

  • Heineken Experience Amsterdam & Hop-On Hop-Off Cruise
    In addition to your 24 hour cruise ticket and audio guide, the price includes entrance to the Heineken Experience and 2 free beers. You must be 13 years or older to take this tour.

    • Prices 
      • Adult (13+)  €42
      • Purchase your ticket here.
  • Amsterdam Hop-On-Off 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 
      • Adult €41.50
      • Youth (13-18) €24
      • Children (aged 4-12)  €12
      • Toddlers under 3 years old Free
      • Purchase your ticket here.

 


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BOAT TOURS WITH TRANSPORT PASS

Stromma NL

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 on board 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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