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Amsterdam Canal Tour

Quick Question: Is it necessary to purchase the Canal tour online before you go to Amsterdam? Or is this something you can purchase the day of with little queue or trouble? We went online to purchase tickets to the Anne Frank House for September, and there are no tickets available. Just wanting to make sure this is not the case for the Canal tours. Thank you.

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518 posts

I've done the canal tour a couple of times and had no problems with purchasing tickets that day. Also, there are several different tour companies offering different routes and styles.

Posted by
7786 posts

There are boats sitting under bridges all over Amsterdam, so no prior ticketing is required.

If you go over to Anne Frank's house when they open, I bet you can walk straight in. Or, go an hour before closing. There's no way it's so busy that tickets are unavailable.

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9 posts

Extremely helpful. And will follow your suggestions for the Anne Frank House. Thank you!

Posted by
4535 posts

There are only limited numbers of Frank House tickets sold online. You can still purchase tickets at the house, but will have to wait in line.

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2040 posts

Last fall, we did a wine and cheese tasting for 15 euros each at a place called Reypenauer, and for another 5 euros each we got a one-hour canal tour, which was lovely. We went to the shop in the morning, signed up for a 3 pm tasting, took our canal tour, had lunch and went back for the tasting. It was a fun way to spend a day. (EDIT: you don't HAVE to take the canal tour on the same day as the tasting ... it just worked out for us.)

Regarding Anne Frank, we also waited too long to purchase tickets online. We were staying nearby so we walked over there several times, early morning and late evening, and the lines were always longer than we wanted to wait. We loved Amsterdam and intend to return, so we decided to save Anne Frank for the next visit (and purchase tickets FAR in advance)!