Self-drive boat rental in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a few boat rental companies where you can rent a small boat to drive yourself. A nice and affordable way to explore the canals with your family or some friends!   
For that kind of boat tours Rent A Boat Amsterdam recommends Boaty Boat Rental and Boats4rent Boat Hire. They have decent boats and provide friendly service at the best rates in town.

How does it work? It’s recommended to book your boat in advance, in particular for weekends and holidays. You will receive a confirmation via e-mail and the boat rental staff will await you at the time of your booking.

You don’t need any license to drive a small rental boat on the Amsterdam canals. The staff will give you a proper briefing about the handling of the boat and the basic rules on the canals.  Your rental also includes a map of the canals (with suggested routes on it), foam seats to sit on and life vests for the kids and others on board that cannot swim.

Your canal tour with a self-drive boat always starts at the dock of the boat hire. Boaty’s dock is located in ‘De Pijp’, a popular and lively neighbourhood in the southern city center. It’s only a few minutes walking from metro station ‘De Pijp’.  If you prefer to start and end your rental in the western city center, you’d better go for Boats4rent. That has a dock at the cultural hotspot Westerpark, close to the northern Jordaan neighbourhood.

All rental boats are electric. They are zero emission, silent and easy to drive. Full batteries are included in the rental price.  Catering is not included in this kind of boat rental. So it’s recommended to bring your own food and drinks.

The maximum number of people per boat is limited to six, due to the license and insurance. Rates start at € 79,- per boat for a three hour rental.

Are you ready to book your self-drive boat rental? Or do you want some more information about it? Please get in touch directly with Boaty Boat Rental or Boats4rent Boat Hire. Enjoy!

Christmas in Amsterdam

Are you coming to Amsterdam during the Christmas period. Enjoy the many Christmas markets. Such as the Ice Village Amsterdam on the Museumplein. From December 13 to December 26 you can discover the cozy Christmas village. The winter chalets and skates are certainly skate a on the ice ring. Free entrance. Hopefully you can also skate on the canals of Amsterdam this year. It is also nice to visit the Amsterdam Winter Paradise at the RAI Amsterdam. From December 21 to January 5, you can go on après-ski, ride the Ferris wheel, go to the cinema or theater or listen to the performances that take place. Admission is 5 euros.

The Amsterdam Light festival can still be visited! The Light festival is best viewed from the water. The tallest Christmas tree in Amsterdam can be found in the inner gardens of Pulitzer Amsterdam. Are you more interested in some classical music? Like every year, music is played in different places. This year you can even enter the Gashouder for free if your name is “Maria”.

Are you still looking for a unique location for a beautifully arranged Christmas dinner? Our team at Rent A Boat Amsterdam have developed a delicious menu together with our partners. Enjoy together with your loved ones, friends or colleagues a delicious 4-course menu on one of our heated saloon boats. Do you want a little less formal? Then view the options together with our account managers.

Inspiration for a luxurious dinner

Are you looking for inspiration for a luxurious dinner? If you want to enjoy high quality food on the canals. Then you must be with Amsterdam Boats. We are known to serve delicious meals together with our catering partners. We are specialized in creating a tailor-made experience for you and your company.

You can enjoy a 3-course dinner or a buffet on Amsterdam’s canals. We have been working together with our caterers for many years and through our long history of working together we can guarantee the quality of the food. If you choose the 3-course dinner then you choose from a menu that you will receive on the boat.

Because of all our different caterers we can of course also offer a large assortment. From sushi to Indian, but also the traditional Dutch kitchen. We can bring the world to you in a culinary way. We can respond to all your needs. Our wide wine assortment will always find the matching wine for your dishes. Here you can enjoy a Chardonnay, Sangiovese and mutch more.

Do you want to enjoy a totally unique experience? View the options together with our account managers.

Enjoy a Luxury dinner together with us. See you on the water.


The event that emerged from the jubilee celebration that the city of Amsterdam existed for 700 years. Will be back in 2020! SAIL2020 gives us all the chance to admire all the beautiful Tall Ships up close. You’re coming too, right? This event, once every 5 years, gives a unique look at the ships history. It is possible to even sail with them due the SAIL-In parade. We do know from experience that this package is the most wanted of the weekend. Early booking is therefore justified. SAIL that started as an anniversary celebration for the city of Amsterdam has grown through the editions into a national event with even international prestige.

During this anniversary edition of SAIL, 40 iconic Tall Ships and more than 600 ships will come to Amsterdam. The boats such as ARC Gloria from Colombia, Santa Maria Manuela from Portugal and the flagship, the Clipper Stad Amsterdam are also back. SAIL also tries to guarantee its free character in this edition. “The freely accessible nature of this event is unique and we must cherish that. That is only possible with the support of a large number of suitable partners and the sale of business and private arrangements, “says Reineke Boot, director of SAIL Event Partners.

Please note that you are definitely renting from an accredited party such as Amsterdam Boats because only those can give you access to the Orange Ocean (IJhaven) with the Tall Ships.

Enjoy SAIL2020 together with us. See you on the water.

Amsterdam Light Festival 2019-2020

The most famous light festival in the Netherlands is back in Amsterdam. For 53 days, Amsterdam’s canals have been illuminated by art. The exhibition called “Disrupt!” will focus this year on the disruption of life and the world. Think of an earthquake or an economic crisis. A very radical event. With this theme in mind, artists from home and abroad have been inspired. They use light to be disruptive and to give us as a spectator a new impulse for our lives.

Gabriel Lester, one of the collaborating artists, draws his inspiration mainly from “mysteries” and “things that are unsolved.” His artistic ability embraces every medium. His work is implicitly narrative, explicitly visual or both at the same time. It is often about a way to relate to the world.

The work of Krijn de Koning often has a disruptive character. With his work he tries to break through the usual way we look at an object. De Koning’s art is not just a spatial intervention; his work can best be described as a mix between installation art, painting and architecture. For edition # 8, he transforms a famous Amsterdam landmark. This time not with bulkheads, but with light.

You can admire this exhibition on foot or from the water. The sailing route has been changed from previous years. We have developed wonderful offers for you so that you can enjoy the art and also the city of Amsterdam in style. It is also important to mention that the Amsterdam Light Festival takes place in the winter. You do not have to worry about the cold. Our boats are in fact heated.

Enjoy the exhibition together with us. See you on the water.

Amsterdam under the leaves

The 400,000 trees that connect the canals of Amsterdam give a magical image of our city. It makes Amsterdam one of the most leafy cities in Europe. We can no longer wait for the warm after summer days to share the last BBQ with loved ones and friends. Not in the mood for a BBQ? No problem! For the cooler days you can enjoy a piece of apple pie with warm chocolate milk. View the nice hotspots for hot chocolate milk here!

From 16 to 20 October, Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) will also take place in Amsterdam again. At more than 120 participating locations. Dancing outside until the late hours, you can also immerse yourself in dance music during the many interviews, discussions and various pop-up events. For ADE we have developed a “Happy Hour” offer so that you can enjoy a unique experience from the canals.

Are you more in a sporty mood? The Amsterdam marathon takes place on October 20th. The route starts in the Olympic Stadium and brings the runners under the Rijksmuseum, along the Amstel and through the Vondelpark back to the Olympic Stadium. This sporting spectacle provides a unique view of the city of Amsterdam not only for the participants but also for the spectators.

From November 28th you can enjoy the Amsterdam Light Festival again. The Amsterdam canals will be illuminated by numerous artists. Such as Gabriel Lester, Krijn de Koning and many others. With the exhibition “Disrupt!” The disruption is central. The artists were challenged to question the surroundings of the city with their light artworks, to test them and to wake them up. This exhibition is best viewed from our luxury boats. Enjoy the exhibition in peace. Be quick, we know from experience that these trips are very quickly fully booked.

Looking for something unique for bigger groups? Look here for our offers!

Enjoy the last months of 2019 together with us. See you on the water.

Update boats 2018

In our continuous effort to offer a selection of rental boats in Amsterdam that comply with our goal to offer a fully serviced boating experience on the Amsterdam Canals  as per 2018 three boats are no longer available on the Rent A Boat Amsterdam website. Please learn below which boats and how to contact the owners.


Are you looking for something special, something romantic, something that you and your partner will never forget? Take a romantic cruise on our lovely gondola and grant yourselves an once in a lifetime experience! No motor noise, maybe a bottle of champagne,  and just you and your loved one. We understand some situations are special and therefore we make sure it is. Feel free to send us an email for more information about cruising the gondola through the Amsterdam canals.


Cruise the canals in a classic wooden runabout from the early sixties. This boat is powered by a high-tech zero-emissions electric motor fed by onboard solar panels. A classic boat turned modern. Iconic Venetian style in contemporary Amsterdam. Naturally with a civilized multi-lingual captain / host (m / f) who is dedicated to the unique experience of the guests. Ambolux Classic Ecoboat transports a maximum of three passengers. Personal and exclusive, with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and delicious snacks and bites always included in the price.

Adam’s Boats

Cruise the canals like a local with an Adam’s boat.  With these robust electrically powered boats you can discover Amsterdam in an entirely unique way. Discovering the maze of canals at your own pace in one of these sturdy aluminum boats is a great experience. This is not the typical tourist boat, but a boat to be seen on! These sloops are easy to drive and a license is not required. There are 10 Adam’s boats so if you want to go out with multiple boats, no problem. Book, sail and enjoy!

Check out our open boats / sloops with skipper here.

More about Rent A Boat Amsterdam

About us

Rent A Boat Amsterdam is managed by Amsterdam Boats B.V. website, the leading (online) boat rental reservations agenacy in Amsterdam. The Rent A Boat Amsterdam website attracts thousands of visitors each month from all over the World looking for the perfect boat and related services for both leisure or businesses purposes. Since her establishment in 2005 Rent A Boat Amsterdam offers a wide variety of boats for rent as well as fully serviced boating packages tailored to fit the clients specific requirements.


Rent A Boat Amsterdam is committed to enhance the transparency within the Amsterdam boat rental market by offering an informative, user- friendly website with competitive rates enabling our clients to rent a boat on a efficient and cost-effective way.

The team

Rent A Boat Amsterdam currently employs 10 professionals that are ready to assist 7 days a week ensuring excellent service and support. Our personal approach makes it possible to tailor make a cruise to your specific requirements.

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  • Transparent: Rent A Boat Amsterdam creates transparency within the fragmented boat rental market and facilitates the possibility to compare all available boats.
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Unsere Website jetzt auch auf Deutsch

During 2012 the Rent A Boat Amsterdam website was visited from 152 countries, from all over the World.

Visitors by country | Rent A Boat Amsterdam .com

Visitors by country | Rent A Boat Amsterdam .com

A thorough analysis showed that a significant number of our visitors have German as their mother tongue. This fact made ​​us decide that the Rent A Boat Amsterdam website had to be offered in German in order to serve our customers in a better fashion. We take great pride to hereby present the full German version of the Rent A Boat Amsterdam .com website.

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German version of the Rent A Boat Amsterdam website. Boot mieten in Amsterdam?

We consider it of the utmost importance that we keep improving our service level, now and in the future. From that perspective we expect to add more languages to our website allowing more and more people to read all about boat rental in Amsterdam in their native language.

Do you have any suggestions? Please call us at +31 (0)20 624 76 35.