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  • Location:Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration:Flexible

Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional Canal Cruise

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 12 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’ll 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.


  • Amsterdam hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour with audio commentary
  • Create your personalized sightseeing itinerary and explore Amsterdam at leisure
  • See top Amsterdam attractions like the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum and Heineken Experience
  • Hop on and off at any of the 12 stops around the city for 24 or 48 hours of sightseeing
  • Enjoy informative audio commentary in 16 different languages on board the bus and on board the boat

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What You Can Expect

Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional Canal Cruise

See Amsterdam's top attractions from a hop-on hop-off canal cruise!!

Board your open-top, double-decker bus at Central Station and explore Amsterdam at your own pace. You can remain on the bus for the entire 2-hour loop as you listen to the informative audio commentary, or choose to hop on and off at any of the 12 stops around the city. Buses depart every 15–25 minutes, depending on the season.

See all that Amsterdam has to offer, including top-notch art galleries and eclectic neighborhoods such as the infamous Red Light District. In addition to main attractions like the thought-provoking Anne Frank House and lovely Vondelpark, you’ll be introduced to some of the city’s lesser-known gems such as Gassan Diamond Factory. (See list of stops in the Itinerary.)

Create a sightseeing itinerary that suits your schedule, with the option of a 24-hour or 48-hour ticket.

Optional Upgrade: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour
Want to see the city from the water, too? Upgrade your hop-on hop-off bus ticket to include a hop-on hop-off canal cruise. Glide around Amsterdam’s romantic city canals and admire its Golden Age architecture from a different point of view.


Stops and attractions on the Amsterdam hop-on hop-off bus tour:

Stop 1: Central Station
  • Damrak / Dam Square
  • Body Worlds

Stop 2: Amrath Hotel

  • Science Center Nemo
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Red Light District / Red Light Secrets

Stop 3: Windmill

  • Windmill de Gooyer
  • Dapper Market
  • Tropical Museum

Stop 4: Artis Royal Zoo

  • Plantage District
  • Resistance Museum
  • Micropia

Stop 5: Gassan Diamonds Factory

  • Rembrandt House Museum
  • Jewish Quarter
  • Delft Blue Store
  • Waterlooplein Flea Market

Stop 6: Jewish Historical Museum

  • Portuguese Synagogue
  • Hermitage Museum
  • Amsterdam Icebar
  • Rembrandt Square

Stop 7: Sarphatistraat

  • Skinny Bridge
  • Royal Theatre Carre

Stop 8: Heineken Experience

  • Albert Cuyp Market
  • Pijp District
  • Stadhouderskade

Stop 9: Museum Square

  • Rijksmuseum
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Stedelijk Museum
  • House of Bols
  • Diamond Museum
  • Concertgebouw

Stop 10: Vondelpark

  • Leidseplein (Leidse Square)
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Holland Casino

Stop 11: Westermarket

  • Anne Frank House
  • Wester Church
  • Jordaan District
  • The Nine Streets (De Negen Straatjes)

Stop 12: Amsterdam Museum 

  • Spui Street and Kalverstraat
  • The Amsterdam Dungeon
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Flower Market
  • Torture Museum

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Easy to access and great spots to visit! Very grateful for the heated bus in the cold weather!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great bus tour, worth the money and great to see the sights.

moataz k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

it was v. good and easy to find the bus

Darlene V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Had a great time will do this again.

Martin P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great way to get about the city, with a comprehensive aido guide and free map. You can hop on and off both buses and canal boats for as long as your ticket allows. The good thing about that ticket is that it only starts when you get on the bus, so if you get on at noon, it goes until noon the following day, or day after that if you take the 48 hour option

Marc P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Easy to find stops at great locations


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

very convenient location, first stop is right in front of the main train station especially enjoyed the canal cruise, easy on-off highly recommend

Gordon USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great activity to see the whole city. We used the service for 48 hours, The second day we went back to the places of most interest to us. The bus picked us up right across the street from the Marriott and Hard Rock Café. It was very convenient. The clear roof of the bus kept us dry through the periods of rain.
I would do this tour again next time we are in Amsterdam.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Fatastic, did the river cruise first. I get really sea sick even thinking about boats but nothing on this. It was the most pleasant experience to date. The bus tour allows you to get your bearings and shows you the sights. I recommend that you go around once then on the second time around get off at your points of interest. Fantastic day out.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wonderful helpful staff and such a good arrangement :as they say 'Hop on and off , bus stops easy to find. You really discover Amsterdam. It's a joy to explore the different districts, visit the Museums etc. Congratulations, it's a pleasure for tourists!

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