Plan your visit
Everything you need to know for your visit to Amsterdam.
Please be aware that the waterways are also used by commercial vessels.
Ensure that you know the navigation rules. Visit Safe boating! to be sure.
Look up your route in so-called ‘Junction Booklets’ which describe the most important waterway junctions in each region. You can download these booklets for free on varendoejesamen.nl (in Dutch).
Check to see if there is anything obstructing your passage through the sea lock at IJmuiden, Amsterdam’s canals or regional waterways before you leave.
Pay attention to signs saying what ports are not accessible to recreational vessels.
A visit to the Port is not free. Payment can be made via the City of Amsterdam or at one of the marinas.
- Make sure you understand which are the correct VHF channels to use in particular circumstances.
- View the marinas in the Amsterdam region.
- For rates, conditions and practical information related to your visit, check the City of Amsterdam website.
- For example, the Brazilië shopping centre on the Veemkade is convenient for shopping and is easily accessible by boat.