See Amsterdam’s highlights in one day
If you only have one day to explore, you can cover a lot of this compact city. A good way to start your adventure in the Dutch capital is to do a full lap of the Canal Ring by boat or bus to decide which attractions you want to come back to. Stromma’s one-day Hop On, Hop Off Bus & Boat tour is an affordable way to switch from boat to bus and back again as often as you like. Begin your journey early in the morning to get the most out of it. You’ll quickly get your bearings as you sail past points of interest like the photogenic Prinsengracht canal, Vondelpark, Leidseplein and Amsterdam Noord on the boat. The bus takes you further out to the city’s namesake, the Amstel River, neighbourhoods like Oud-Zuid and De Pijp and the Heineken Experience.
A two-day tour of Amsterdam
If mornings don’t exist when you’re on holiday (we hear you), your best bet is the 24-hour ticket. From the moment you first board the boat or bus, your combination ticket remains valid until the same time the next day. This way, you can make the most of being transported through Amsterdam’s stunning cityscapes as you make your way from one attraction to the next. The routes have been designed so that many of the pick-up points for the bus and boat overlap, enabling you to change up your journey on a whim.
24 hours gives you plenty of time to take in the big-hitting attractions. There’s the Anne Frank House Museum where the Frank family hid during World War II (boat stop 6), the lush green surroundings of Vondelpark (boat stop 2, bus stop 6), the masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age at the Rijksmuseum (boat stop 1, bus stop 5) and Westerpark (bus stop 7): home to the city’s former gas works that now hosts festivals and exciting events.
Three days of discovery
When you’ve got a little more time to spare, it’s well worth venturing into the neighbourhoods that give you a sense of local life in Amsterdam. The 48-hour ticket is excellent value as it covers three days of transport and sightseeing. This gives you time to wander through the independent boutiques and galleries of the Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets – boat stop 6) and the shops and cafés around Haarlemmerstraat (bus stop 7). No trip to Amsterdam is complete without a visit to Amsterdam Noord across the River IJ, where you can get the most impressive view of the city at the A’DAM Lookout or delve into cinematic history at the EYE Filmmuseum (boat stop 5).
The unique combination of a bus and boat tour gives you the freedom to create your own journey at your own pace. When your tour doubles as your transport, you can take in Amsterdam’s most iconic attractions without giving tram schedules and Google Maps a second thought - simply hop on and hop off to experience the best of Amsterdam in one, two or three days.