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Amsterdam Canal Rules

Are you planning to go on the Amsterdam Canals? If so, be sure to read the Amsterdam canal rules before you go. The rules should always be followed. They are strictly controlled by the municipality of Amsterdam. The following rules are here to help you navigate the canals safely and avoid a fine.

Safety is paramount, never take any risks

Not sure if you can overtake or enter a certain canal in Amsterdam? Please take some time to look at the signs and the map we give you. You can also call us if you have any questions while cruising the canals.

How old do you have to be to cruise the canals of Amsterdam?

You have to be at least 18 years old to drive our boats.

What is the speed limit on the canals of Amsterdam?

The maximum speed limit on the Amsterdam canals is 6 km/h (3,7 mph). Our boats adhere to this limit.

Which side of the canal should you stay on while boating?

Make sure you always steer to starboard. This means that you keep to the right. This prevents collisions with other boats and makes boating safe for everyone. Also, approach bridges in such a way that you are visible to any oncoming traffic.

Who has right of way on Amsterdam’s canals?

Always give way to commercial shipping and boats that are bigger than your boat. This includes the touring boats.

Are you allowed to cruise Amsterdam with alcohol on board?

You may bring alcohol on board of the boat, but the driver of the boat must remain sober. It is forbidden to drive a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Are you allowed to have music on board of the boat?

No, music is not allowed on the Amsterdam canals at all times. This is not allowed at any boat rental. You can get a fine if you do play music so please follow this rule.

Respect the neighbourhood

People live on and around the canals. Please respect their privacy. Please do not cause any unnecessary (noise) nuisance. Do not go too close near the houseboats and don’t take picture inside the houseboats.

Keep the boat and the water clean

The use of confetti, fireworks, rice etc. is not allowed on board. It is also not allowed to throw waste overboard. You can dispose of the waste in the waste bin at the rental location. If the boat is not left free of waste, you will be charged an amount of at least € 50,- for cleaning.

Are you allowed to go everywhere on the canals in Amsterdam?

You can cruise almost everywhere in Amsterdam. Except on the IJ and the open harbour front (that is in front of the Central Station). Also, some canals are one-way traffic. So pay close attention to the signs.

Where are you allowed to moor the boat in Amsterdam?

Would you like to moor your boat while cruising the canals? This is allowed, but not everywhere. You are not allowed to moor to trees, under or to bridges and in places where this is indicated by means of a prohibition sign. Mooring to houseboats and other vessels is also not permitted.

Amsterdam boating signs

There are various signs for boats on the canals in Amsterdam. Please read these signs carefully when navigating the canals. This way, boating in Amsterdam remains safe and fun.

Boating in Amsterdam rules private boat

Do you have your own private boat and are you curious about the Amsterdam boating rules? Then please check the general boating rules of the municipality of Amsterdam. You can find here all the rules that apply on the canals.

Questions about cruising the canals in Amsterdam?

Do you have any questions about the Amsterdam cruising rules? Please contact us or take a look at our frequently asked questions. We are happy to help!

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Why do customers choose Eco Boats Amsterdam

Amsterdam canal boat rental

Amsterdam canal boat rental

Room for 8 or 12 people
Rent a private boat
Incl. blankets, cushions and a map of the canals
No license needed
Steer by means of a steering wheel
Rent an electric boat
Free life jackets for children
You're the captain

Amsterdam boat rental location

Eco Boats is located at Zandhoek 22, 1013 KT Amsterdam. Our Amsterdam boat rental is located in the Westerdok, less than 15 minutes walk from Amsterdam Central Station or 5 minutes by bus 48, stop Barendszplein. There is also plenty of parking space nearby if you come by car or bike. There are several car parks within walking distance where you can park.

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Canal route Amsterdam: 2 hours

In 2 hours time you will cruise along the most famous canals of Amsterdam and pass at least 11 hotspots.

Prinsengracht | Amstel | Herengracht/Keizersgracht

Canal route Amsterdam: 3 hours

In 3 hours time you will cruise along the most famous canals of Amsterdam and pass at least 17 hotspots.

Prinsengracht | Entrepotdok | Oosterdok | Zwanenburgwal | Amstel | Herengracht/Keizersgracht

Which canal route do you choose?

Get inspired by the routes we have made for you.

  • The best Amsterdam canal routes
  • You will pass several hotspots in Amsterdam
  • Cruise the most famous canals of Amsterdam
  • Make your own route through Amsterdam
  • You'll have enough time to take the route
  • Combine it with fun activities in Amsterdam
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Rent a boat in Amsterdam with Eco Boats Amsterdam

Do you have a question?

Read the frequently asked questions about boating in Amsterdam. Read the FAQ

Check our boat rental rates for up-to-date information.

No, it is forbidden to go on the IJ with the boat.

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