Cycling is one of the best ways to get around Amsterdam, and no visitor should leave without experiencing the city's world famous bike culture.
Even if you only pedal around for a few hours, riding a bike is an essential Amsterdam experience. Renting a bike or taking a guided cycle tour is a great way to discover the city and can be quite an adventure. Exploring the city on a bike lets you see more in a day, while blending in with the locals at the same time. Below you'll find all you need to know about cycling in Amsterdam, including where to hire a bike, cycling safety, rules of the road and the history of cycling in the Netherlands.
There are over 800,000 bicycles in Amsterdam. That’s more bikes than people! Cycling in Amsterdam is a way of life, made easier by the city’s unbeatable network ofbike paths, cycle routes and flat landscape. Amsterdam regularly comes out on top in lists of the world’s most cycle-friendly cities, and there’s no finer way to explore the city’s streets, canals and attractions than by pedal power. Cycling in Amsterdam is practical, enjoyable and healthy - so join the locals and hop on your bike.
A typical Amsterdam street scene sees countless cyclists either heading to or from work, transporting young children to school, or carrying anything from groceries or house pets to impressively tricky objects like big suitcases, ladders or even bulky furniture. From students to police officers and from bank staff to couriers, everybody’s on a bike – cycling is the most egalitarian mode of transport in Amsterdam.
Hop on your bike for a cycling lesson unlike any you've seen before as Dutch funnyman Maxim Hartman guides you through the potential pitfalls of cycling in Amsterdam.
Cycling in the city can be hectic, especially if you're not used to Amsterdam-style traffic! Here are a few things to keep in mind after you hire a bicycle.