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Tickets for Amsterdam Light Festival - Open Top Boat (Last Chance)

Wrap up warm and take to the canals for Amsterdam Light Festival!

Flexible ticket: cancellable up to 24 hours before visit date
Instant ticket delivery
Starting time: Departs from Central Station every 30-45 minutes between 17:00 and 22:00
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Audio guide: Dutch, English
Smartphone tickets accepted
  • See the Amsterdam Light Festival in the best way possible – from the water!
  • Get comfy aboard an open-top boat, complete with an informative audio guide in English and Dutch. Remember to wrap up warm!
  • From November 28 to January 19, see Amsterdam come to life with illuminated artworks decorating its famous canals

The Amsterdam Light Festival is an unmissable annual experience, inviting a troupe of international artists to transform the city into a glittering playground – but how about seeing it from an open-top boat? Amsterdam's greatest winter attraction just got even greater!

Forget peering through foggy windows and experience the Amsterdam Light Festival in true panoramic style. The open-top boat is perfect for anyone looking to get the most intimate experience of the ALF.

The 2019 edition brings together work from 21 artists, crafted from twinkling lights and spread throughout the city. The theme is Disrupt!, and the artists have put particular focus on the effects of global warming and how humanity's disruptive force has influenced our planet.

At the same time, our power to disrupt can help create social change and bring about a better planet. You can listen to the audio guide and learn more, in Dutch or English, as you snuggle up and see Amsterdam like you've never seen it before.

Insider tip

You're welcome to bring your own (wired) headphones, so you can have a comfortable listening experience and avoid using the single-use headphones provided on-site.

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What's included
90-minute Water Colors Cruise
Audio guide in English and Dutch
Cancellation policy
  • Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date
  • Changes are not possible for this ticket

Go to the pier located behind the A-tram sign, which is on the left side when you leave Amsterdam Central Station, next to the GVB office, and board the boat.

It can be busy around central station, so arrive in plenty of time. If you have any questions, look for staff wearing a Lovers Canal Cruises uniform who can point you in the right direction.

How to get there
Amsterdam Light Festival Cruises
Stationsplein 8, 1012 AB, Amsterdam
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Ratings & reviews
174 Reviews
Jan 20, 2020
Very enjoyable. Glad we did it.
Jan 14, 2020
The boat was a closed top boat because it was cold, so the heating was on and it was nice and warm. The tour was an hour and 15 minutes long and there were many lights to be seen. The tour was informative and enjoyable.
Jan 8, 2020
Really enjoyable once we found the right place to board the boat.

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