The Floating Dutchman


The Floating Dutchman tour is one of the rare amphibious bus tours in the world. No matter the reason for being in Amsterdam, this is one tour you should definitely try out. The bus tour begins at the airport Schiphol or the Amsterdam City Center (opposite the Centraal Station) and heads into the city. It splashes directly into the canals to show you the sights and return you to the location where you departed. The bus complies with all road regulations as well as all water regulations, making this a rare and authentically Dutch experience.

All about the tour

When departing from the Van Gogh Café in the City Center, the Floating Dutchman tour takes about two hours in total. It first heads by road to the Science Centre NEMO where it splashes into the canal. From the canals, it is about a 45-minute trip through the famous canals of Amsterdam, where you go toward the Amstel River and the Skinny Bridge, where there's a great view of the Royal Theatre Carré. It turns and sails by City Hall and returns to NEMO to leave the water and drive back up onto the roads on its back to the Van Gogh Café.

Seeing Amsterdam the Dutch way

This amazing tour is a great introduction to Amsterdam whether you are stuck at the airport or train station for a long layover or just getting started on your vacation. There are guide services in both English and Dutch, and tours run on from Tuesday through Sundays with departure times spread through the day for convenience. Prices are €20 for adults and €15 for children aged 4-12. This tour is great for any day of the year—it’s especially exciting with a lot of other riders ready for a thrilling experience.