Live like a local and travel by bike on the flat, cycle-friendly paths through Amsterdam. Whether you hire a bike for an afternoon or the whole of your trip, you’ll quickly fall in love with the freedom that two wheels brings in this beautiful city.
With more bikes than residents, Amsterdam has one of the best cycle networks in the world. As you pedal alongside canals and through narrow streets, it’s easy to see why cycling is so popular with locals and tourists alike. To make the most of the wide cycle lanes, hire a bike from one of the city’s many bike shops and make your own way from sight to sight. Alternatively, you can book onto a bicycle tour and travel in a group accompanied by a professional guide.
While on your bike, look out for locals heading to and from work, students on their way to class, and even police on their two-wheeled patrol. With 400 kilometres of bike routes across the city, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to exploring. Make the most of it as you cruise along with the wind in your hair, cycling between iconic sights including the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank’s house.
Amsterdam can get quite busy with cyclists, especially during rush hour, so it’s worth brushing up on the rules of the pathways before you go. Remember to use the designated bike lane, avoid all pavements, and be careful as you ride over tram rails. And of course, don’t forget to wear your helmet!