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  • Location:Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration:Valid for 24 or 48 hours

Skip the Line: Van Gogh Museum and Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Day Pass

This combo hop-on hop-off Canal Bus day pass allows you to cruise Amsterdam’s scenic waterways and enjoy fast-track access to the Van Gogh Museum. During a 24-or 48-hour period, take advantage of the 19 stops to explore top city attractions including the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum. At the Van Gogh Museum, sail past the entrance line and marvel at famous works like ‘Sunflowers.’ With this pass, you’ve got the best of Amsterdam covered. 

Highlights

  • Skip-the-line ticket to the Van Gogh Museum and 24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off Canal Bus Pass
  • Explore the largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh paintings in the world at the Van Gogh Museum
  • See top Amsterdam attractions such as the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House on the Canal Bus
  • Hop on and off the Canal Bus as often as you like at any of the 19 stops
  • Onboard recorded commentary available in English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Italian

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You can skip long lines at the must-see Van Gogh Museum with pre-booked tickets. And the Canal Bus pass makes seeing the rest of Amsterdam's attractions a breeze.

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Van Gogh Museum and Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Day Pass

Make use of Amsterdam's extensive Canal Bus system to explore the vibrant city

Enjoy an easy overview of Amsterdam at a pace that suits you with the hop-on hop-off Canal Bus Day Pass. The boats operate along Amsterdam's canals, following tour routes: the Green Line, Red Line, Blue Line and Orange Line. While on board, listen to engaging commentary on the city and sights you see along the way, including the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Albert Cuyp Market. Choose between a 24- or 48-hour pass, and get on and off at the 19 stops as often as you like.

This pass also gives you skip-the-line privileges at the must-see Van Gogh Museum, housing the largest collection of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh. Admire famous works like The Bedroom, Sunflowers and several self-portraits, and track the artist’s creative development and compare his paintings to works by his 19th-century contemporaries.

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Itinerary

Hop-On Hop-Off Canal Boat Stops (Green Line):
  • Central Station West
  • Anne Frank House
  • Rijksmuseum / Van Gogh Museum
  • Leidseplein
  • Heritage Museums
  • City Hall
  • Rembrandt House
  • Gassan Diamonds
  • Central Station East

Hop-On Hop-Off Canal Boat Stops (Red Line):

  • Central Station East
  • Nemo
  • City Hall
  • Hermitage
  • Albert Cuyp Market
  • Rijksmuseum / Van Gogh Museum
  • Leidseplein
  • Amsterdam Museum / The Museum of the Amsterdam Canals
  • Central Station West

Hop-On Hop-Off Canal Boat Stops (Blue Line):

  • Central Station West
  • Passenger terminal
  • Maritime Museum / Artis Zoo
  • Dapper Market
  • Tropen Museum
  • City Hall
  • Passenger Terminal
  • Eye Film Institute
  • Central Station West

Hop-On Hop-Off Canal Boat Stops (Orange Line):

  • Rembrandt Plein
  • Anne Frank House
  • Rembrandt Plein

Customer Reviews

Matthew T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

I did this in January, so there were no lines...which I understand to be completely different in the summer, making the presale tickets even more valuable. This is a quick and easy tour of the city. I knew nothing about Van Gogh and learned a lot get the audio tour. I also went to the Rijks museum again, get the audio tour. Then I took the 90 minute canal tour which gave a nice flavor of the city while I slowly worked through my jet lag.

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

great trip, wish we had more time to spend before the boat sailed

Diane C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was great! We loved the Canal Bus Tour. It was so easy to stay at each stop and find a Canal Bus soon to go to the next stop. The Boat Guides were nice and very informative

Wendy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour. Compact and great overview. uide was amazing and very knowledgable. Would highly recommend it.

Albert G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour went exceptionally well from the check in and the boats and drivers.Having the prepaid Van Gogh museum voucher/ticket was most helpful. I went on both the green and orange lines and enjoyed every minute.

Kenneth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Van Gogh museum very interesting. Keep in mind skip the line just means skip the ticket line for ticket purchase. You still have to wait in the fairly long line to get in about 35 minutes for us_.

Canal bus is ok, but fairly minimal narration. Our hotel proprieter said the blue boats were better for a canal tour.

Michael G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful river tour and skipping the long lines to the VG museum was really worth it.

malinovskaia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Van Gogh Museum is a very beautiful museum, created with loving heart and pride of Vincent Van Gogh as a brilliant artist and honest, devoted to his brother Theo and his wife person- do not miss it if you have time in Amsterdam!
Canal bus was the best option to get acquainted with Amsterdam in one day!

John K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Hop On/Off Pass was the best investment for your trip

elizabeth s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was awesome. We were told it would have been a 3 hour wait in line if we had not bought skip the line tickets

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