Rent a Boat in Amsterdam with Mokumboot to Cruise Around the Canals
Since moving to Amsterdam, I’ve rented a boat from three companies and have been on two canal cruises. I quickly learned the hard way that canal cruises are tourist traps and that renting your own boat is the way to go. Here’s why:
- It’s much more fun to be on a personal boat with a group of your friends than a bunch of strangers.
- It’s easy to drive and explore any part of the canals that you want.
- You can bring your own food and drinks onto the boat.
- Renting a boat can be just as cheap as going on a canal cruise.
Among the three boat companies I’ve rented from, I enjoyed Mokumboot’s boat the best because of comfort, ease, price, and convenience. Because of this, I’ve partnered up with them to show you what cruising around the canals of Amsterdam on your own is like.
Keep on reading to see which route I like to take, what food and drinks I like to bring on the boat, how much it costs, or at the very least, how beautiful Amsterdam is!
Cruising on the Canals by the Artis Zoo
One of my favorite routes to take while renting a boat from Mokumboot is to circle around the zoo. You get to see a different side of it and even get to see some animals like giraffes or goats!
This is definitely a treat to see this area because canal cruises don’t come here as well as most boaters. The only way to get this view is to rent your own boat.
If you rent a boat from Mokumboot, they will give you a map to help you get around. The route around the Artis Zoo is in orange, but if maps aren’t your thing, just ask them which way to go.
Picnicking on the Boat
For me, a boat ride on the canals isn’t complete without a picnic full of all things good like charcuterie, hummus, and bread from the Ten Kate Market. #nomnomnom
Since I hadn’t officially celebrated my one year of blogging, I also brought a bottle of wine* to toast to the blog and enjoy on this very fun and relaxing ladies only excursion.
– Say hello to Tiffany and Jessica! –
A big thanks to them for helping me capture the beauty of riding a boat around Amsterdam.
*As a note, drinking is allowed on the boat unless you’re the captain! Gotta stay sharp!
Enjoying the 17th Century Canal Rings
Of course, there’s no way to miss the 17th century canal rings of Amsterdam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while boating!
We cruised around these canals for about an hour or so basking in the sunlight and enjoying the last few days of summer weather while falling in love again with the quintessential Amsterdam scene– homes lining the canals and bridges all around.
If you rent a boat from Mokumboot, this is the green route on the map.
Sailing on the Amstel
After all the food was done, we started heading back to Mokumboot on the Amstel River to return the boat. We passed by the Amstel Hotel, which Tiffany said reminds her of the movie, the Grand Budapest Hotel. Isn’t it so cute and grand at the same time?
This is definitely an angle you only get to see from a boat.
All in all, I had yet another enjoyable experience with Mokumboot and hope you do too! Here’s some information that’ll help you sail away on the Amsterdam canals.
How do I book a boat?
Renting a boat with Mokumboot is really easy. If you’re booking day of, call +31 20 2105700. Otherwise you can book a boat online!
How much does it cost?
The rates vary by location, but if you’re picking it up in center like I did, it costs:
- €90 for 2 hours
- €110 for 3 hours
- €140 for 4 hours
- €165 for 5 hours
To see how much the other locations cost, click here.
Where does the boat leave from?
The center location leaves from Nassaukade 351, 1053 LZ Amsterdam. Check out the map below.
There are also two other locations on the Amsterdam and in the East. See the details here.
Can I hire someone to drive the boat for me?
If you’re still not confident enough to drive the boat, would rather not pay attention, or need someone to captain while you propose to your fiancé*, I can be your skipper! Let’s talk!
*Yes I’ve planned a surprise proposal before. Check it out here.
Any other questions or comments?
Feel free to leave any questions or comments on the post below, or check out Mokumboot’s FAQ page.
This post was written in collaboration with Mokumboot but only because I rented their boats before, loved it, and wanted to work with them. Thus, all opinions are my own!