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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.

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!

  • Mooring prohibited Mooring prohibited
  • Forbidden to take a berth Forbidden to take a berth
  • Pay attention Pay attention
  • Forbidden to pass Forbidden to pass
  • No entry No entry

Why do customers choose Eco Boats Amsterdam

Where can you find us?

Have a question?

You can rent a boat for a minimum of 2 hours. We offer a low rate per hour. This way you can decide how long you want to rent a boat. Check our boat rental rates for more information.
  • Keizers boat: €60 per hour
  • Prinsen boat: €50 per hour

You can rent a boat from us at two locations. Where you pick up the boat, you must also return the boat.
  • Location Centre: Zandhoek 22 1013 KT Amsterdam. Check the directions to this location.
  • Location East: Daniël Goedkoopstraat 11096 BD Amsterdam. Check the directions to this location.

We are open every day, all year round.
  • Monday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Friday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday: 10:00 - 22:00

This depends on the boat.
  • Keizers boat: maximum 12 persons
  • Prinsen boat: maximum 8 persons

You can make a reservation on the day itself. You can always call us or make a reservation on our website.

You can call us at that time to ask if this is possible because of other reservations. If you are late bringing the boat back without permission we will charge you €30 per 15 minutes late.

We'd prefer it if that won't happen. Should it happen anyway, we will charge you €30 per 15 minutes late. Please call us if you think you're going to be late.

  • Up to 48 hours before the start of the reservation? Then you can reschedule for free. Cancel completely? Then you will get 50% of the amount paid back.*
  • Within 48 hours before the start of the reservation? Canceling or reschedule is then no longer possible. You then owe the full amount.

In weather conditions where it is not safe to sail, only Eco Boats Amsterdam can decide to reschedule the reservation. The reservation will then be moved free of charge to a later date to be determined by the tenant (within one year after the booked date). We will of course contact you in this situation. *Note: special days such as King's Day and Gay Pride cannot be canceled at all.

Yes you can, but there may be different rates and conditions during events. Please check our homepage for up-to-date information.
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Opening hours

Mon till fri: 10:00 – 21:00

Sat till sun: 10:00 – 22:00

This is what you get at Eco Boats Amsterdam

Room for all groups
Choose a boat
Choose a starting location
No boating license needed
Sturdy steering wheel and gas lever
Electric, whisper quiet and clean
Free life jackets for kids
Be the captain or take our private cruise
Best prices
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