Amsterdam is a beautiful city, and after dark, it acquires a unique charm, which is better seen during a canal cruise.
Thousands of glittering lights illuminate hundreds of bridges and canal houses to give the city a magical twist.
No wonder Amsterdam canal cruises at night are as popular with the tourists as the day cruises.
There are many types of night cruises that can be overwhelming for first-time tourists.
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What to expect on a night cruise
Canal Cruises scheduled after dark also take you through the impressive waterways of Amsterdam, including the 17th-century Canal Belt.
You will float on your tour boat as the city comes alive with evening activity around you.
The beautiful merchant houses glimmer in the darkness, and the lights glitter on the waters of the world-famous canals.
You will pass by 100s of illuminated canal bridges as your boat captain narrates the dramatic 800-year-old history of Amsterdam.
The cruises come in many flavors, some with dinner and drinks, while the others focus on sightseeing.
Depending on which nighttime canal cruise you book, the boat will be different. However, all are modern and comfortable.
Timing of evening cruises
Nighttime Amsterdam Canal Cruises depart every day, all year round.
Evening cruises start around 6 pm and continue till 10 pm, depending on the time of year.
Tourists with hectic daytime itineraries love evening cruises because they can sit down, relax and enjoy the views.
Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night
On this private canal tour, see how Amsterdam lights up at night, which is ideal for romantic couples.
So much so most couples vow to return soon enough.
Along the route, you will pass by seven of the city’s most stunning and well-known bridges and learn about the 17th-century canal houses.
You can cuddle up with your partner under a blanket and have a warm cup of mulled wine or a crisp glass of Prosecco.
Along the way, the captain tells you stories of the city’s impressive history, culture, landmarks, and tales of legends and lovers in English.
Ticket price: €178 for two guests
Blue Boat’s 90-minute Evening Canal Cruise
On this 90-minute long evening boat tour, tourists take to Amsterdam’s canals and admire the beautiful traditional merchant houses, the picturesque bridges, the typical houseboats, etc.
You will be cruising over some of Amsterdam’s most gorgeous waterways, passing illuminated buildings, bridges, and boats that give the city its fairytale appearance.
Besides listening to the city’s history, you also learn about the local hotspots, including notable restaurants and nightclubs.
The top-class Blue Boat Company offers this tour, whom you can identify from their deluxe Blue Boats.
Adult ticket (12+ years): €20
Child ticket (5 to 11 years): €17.50
Infant ticket (up to 4 years): Free entry
If you want a cheaper canal cruise after nightfall, check out this tour which comes with an audio guide.
Guided Luxury Evening Canal Cruise
This boat tour is a 1-hour evening cruise through Amsterdam, where you get some of the finest canal-side views.
During this quintessential Amsterdam experience, your skipper and hostess regale you with tales of old Amsterdam and stories about modern life in the Dutch capital.
Get yourself a drink and a blanket and enjoy the ride as you drift along, passing famous landmarks and quaint canal houses.
This experience happens on a luxury boat and is ideal for those that need something extra above the regular.
Adult ticket (13+ years): €19
Child ticket (3 to 12 years): €10
Infant ticket (up to 2 years): Free entry
Amsterdam Evening Pizza Cruise
Onboard a beautiful canal boat in Amsterdam, enjoy freshly prepared pizza while taking in the city’s sights.
During this 90-minute trip, you will combine casual dining with relaxing views of the UNESCO World Heritage canal region, which is a winning combination.
After boarding the boat, you will order an appetizer and a pizza of your choosing from chefs from the New York Pizza company.
Your pizza will be served fresh from the oven to the boat, along with wine, beer, and soft beverages.
Adult ticket (13+ years): €36
Child ticket (4 to 12 years): €26
Infant ticket (up to 3 years): Free entry
Tourists can choose from other kinds of Amsterdam Canal Cruises as well. Some of the most popular ones are – dinner cruises, pizza cruises, cruises with unlimited drinks, luxury cruises, private cruises, etc.
Evening Canal Cruise with Burgers & Hot Dogs
This Amsterdam Canal Cruise with dinner is ideal for children, families, and senior citizens.
With a delicious burger, hotdog, and cool drink in hand, you take in the sights of Amsterdam from the water.
Guests can customize their burgers and hotdogs with typical toppings such as lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, jalapenos, and cheese.
Passengers also have unlimited access to the bar, where they can order as many drinks as they like, including Heineken beer, house wines, and soft drinks.
Adult ticket (12+ years): €42
Child ticket (3 to 11 years): €35
Amsterdam Nightlife & Canal Cruise Ticket
Go beyond the nighttime canal cruise in the Dutch capital if you want to step up the game.
Youngsters prefer this combo package that gets you a 2-day ticket to Amsterdam’s nightlife and a 1-hour canal cruise ticket.
You will get access to more than 20 nightclubs, special events, experiences, and extras in Amsterdam.
After seeing the vibrant city’s incredible club scene, you sit in a canal boat and experience the city in a relaxed state.
During the 1-hour cruise, see all of Amsterdam’s highlights from the perspective of the water.
Note: You must be at least 18 years old to take part in this activity.
Ticket price: €26 per person
Popular attractions in Amsterdam
# Van Gogh Museum
# Anne Frank House
# Keukenhof Gardens
# ARTIS Amsterdam Zoo
# Heineken Experience
# A’dam Lookout
# Stedelijk Museum
# Amsterdam Canal Cruise
# Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
# Body Worlds Amsterdam
# Rembrandt House Museum
# Ice Bar Amsterdam
# Johan Cruyff Arena Stadium