Amsterdam Hop-on Hop-off tours

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Amsterdam: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Optional Canal Cruise

1. Amsterdam: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Optional Canal Cruise

Discover the highlights of beautiful Amsterdam on an exciting hop-on and hop-off open-top bus and canal boat tour. Marvel at Van Gogh's famed paintings, contemplate the history of the Jewish community at the Ane Frank House, or walk the famous alleys of the Red Light District. The bus operates from Wednesday to Sunday between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. The last round starts at Stop 1 at 5:00 PM. Red Line (Some stops only operate during the summer season): Stop 1 - Central Station (in front of LOVERS Canal Cruises)Stop 2 - Amsterdam River Cruises/De Ruyterkade (summer only)Stop 3 - Passenger Terminal AmsterdamStop 4 - Gassan DiamondsStop 5 - Jewish Historical QuarterStop 6 - Royal Theatre CarréStop 7 - Heineken ExperienceStop 8 - Museum SquareStop 9 - Leidse SquareStop 10 - JordaanStop 11 - Westerdok

Zaanstreek Bus Day Ticket to Zaanse Schans & Zaanstreek

2. Zaanstreek Bus Day Ticket to Zaanse Schans & Zaanstreek

Go to the bus platform of Amsterdam Central Station and get on the red/grey public transport bus 391. Show your ticket to the bus driver, then take a seat and make yourself comfortable. Enjoy the beautiful city of Amsterdam before you go under the IJ-tunnel. Once you leave Amsterdam, you be surrounded by stunning landscapes as you soon enter the city of Zaandam. Either choose to depart there, or remain on the bus and go directly to de Zaanse Schans, one of the highlights of the Dutch history. De Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh cookies, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. Be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry, and the various windmills.

Amsterdam: 30 Historic Tram Ride on Lijn 30 to Amstelveen

3. Amsterdam: 30 Historic Tram Ride on Lijn 30 to Amstelveen

Immerse yourself in old-timey nostalgia with this ticket for the Lijn 30 tram from Haarlemmermeerstation in Amsterdam to Amstelveen. Hear the conductors blow the whistle and ring the bell. Have the conductor punch your ticket with this authentic experience.  Hop aboard the historic Lijn 30 tram at the Electric Tram Museum Amsterdam. Step back in time as you board a tram that has been restored and maintained to retain the utmost authenticity. Get your ticket punched and begin your journey. Listen as stops are called out and decide if you would like to get off the tram or not. Stop at the Olympic Stadion, Amsterdam Forest, lake Bosbaan, the Heemtuinen wildlife garden, and the redbrick buildings in the Old Village in Amstelveen. Immerse yourself in the past as the conductors blow the whistle or ring the bell to signal the driver they're ready for departure. View how crossings are secured with red flags. At the terminal station see how the tram is prepared for the return journey.

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Amsterdam?

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Hop-on hop-off tours in Amsterdam: Everything you need to know

Amsterdam’s hop-on hop-off sightseeing trips can be quite a ride, so make sure you don’t miss them. Dutch Masters paint the walls at the Rijksmuseum, and culture takes on new meaning at the Amsterdam Cheese Museum. You can pause for a history lesson at Anne Frank’s House or to groove at Electric Ladyland. Maybe discover what is trendy in Dutch in Jordaan or get your shopping on in De 9 Straatjes.

These trips can also show you the “dam” in Amsterdam, Edam, Volendam, and more. There, maybe try some wooden clogs, or see those famous windmills in action.

Why should I take a hop-on hop-off tour of Amsterdam?

Find out why Amsterdam is also known as the “Venice of the North.” People still travel and live along the canals, so you can hop on and hop off boats as well as buses here. Relax in the bus or cruise along the canals. Alternatively, do both and get a view of the city from both land and water in addition to some postcard perfect pictures.

Whichever option you choose, you can explore at your own pace. Dive into a neighborhood or go straight for a destination. Don’t feel like walking? Sit back and enjoy the scenery. Most buses and boats are climate-controlled, so you’ll be comfortable no matter the weather outside. The audio commentary can be a good start while chatting with a guide can be an experience in and of itself. You might pick up some local lingo or learn a tip or two to go authentically Dutch!

Some tours feature routes through the countryside. No need to rent a car or try to convert kilometers into miles - they’ve picked the beauty spots for you. Just sit back and make sure your camera is charged and ready.

What attractions can I visit on a hop-on hop-off Amsterdam tour?

Ready to experience centuries of culture and history? Or check out some cool, quirky spots? Here’s a list of some of both that you can find on a hop-on hop-off journey through Amsterdam.


Art lovers come for the Rembrandts and Vermeers. Miniature fans swoon for the 17th century doll houses. Foodies flock to the Michelin-starred café. Then, there’s the Delft blue pottery, musical instruments, ship models, armory, and so much more. Download the museum’s app so you don’t miss anything.

Van Gogh Museum

You won’t find “Starry Night” here, but you will find “Sunflowers”, in addition to the artist’s self-portraits, including the one after he cut off his ear. This place celebrates his art and you may find yourself captivated.


Take an elevator with a light and sound show up 20 stories. Then look out onto Amsterdam and beyond. Get pics of you and your friends hanging off the edge with a little digital help. Or for a real adrenaline rush, try the “Over the Edge” swing. Yes, over the edge, 330 feet up.

Heineken Experience

What to do with a 120-year-old brewery? Turn it into an attraction! Take a walk and learn about this world-famous beer, then drink a couple! If you’re under 18, you can drink sodas. Note that tickets are allocated by time, so you may want to book in advance, or check with your guide first.

Anne Frank House

A solemn stop, but important. See the small space that hid eight people for two years and learn about the six people who defied the Nazis to help them.

Electric Ladyland 

Of course, visitors to “The First Museum of Fluorescent Art” become part of the art, so don’t miss out. You need an appointment, so this might take a little coordinating. Ask the guide for help. But rocks that burst into colors in the dark? Trippy glow-in-the-dark collages? Hendrix fans will understand.

In’t Aepjen: 

One of Amsterdam’s oldest taverns used to accept monkeys as payment. You can’t do that now, but it’s still a funky stop for food or drink.

Tips and good things to know for hop-on hop-off Amsterdam tours

Tickets for trips within Amsterdam usually last 24 or 48 hours. Those that go into the countryside may be more limited, such as going one way only or valid for just the day. Check the schedules and terms to make sure you get what you want. 

Some include entrance to certain attractions like the Heineken Experience. Also, check for apps - many operators offer audio tours, maps, walking tours, and sometimes more on their apps. Others have onboard audio (check if you have to rent headsets) and hand out booklets and guides. Some operators change schedules and routes during the different seasons, so make sure they’re going your way!

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 2,214 reviews

We were only here for a day trip. Great way to get an overall tour of the city then hop on/off to those sites you want to visit when you are limited on time. Thank you!

I liked it a lot, I would have liked to arrive and start the tour earlier to make the most of it

It was very nice, you saw a lot of Asterdam and a lot of interesting things were told

Bus on time took about 45 minutes to the destination. Regular buses on return route.

clean and comfortable bus, friendly drivers and timely