Cycling in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s flat and open landscape makes it one of the most cyclist-friendly capital cities in the world, so it’s no surprise to see hundreds, if not thousands, of bicycles out in the streets every day. Given the locals’ prowess on 2 wheels, taking a cycling holiday to Amsterdam can seem daunting. That is, until you’ve seen for yourself the benefits of getting On Yer Bike in the Dutch capital and the surrounding area.

Follow the tours set out in this guide, and you’ll be pedalling like a local in no time, just look out for dawdling tourists!

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Perfect Photo Safari Bike Tour

Perfect Photo Safari Bike Tour

Amsterdam is a picture-perfect cycling destination, so it make sense that you’ll want to capture it in all of its photogenic glory, and this tour allows you to do just that. Whether you’re packing a DSLR or you’ve just got a little something to Instagram from, the Perfect Photo Safari Bike Tour will help you find the best photo opportunities in the city, and it even adjusts for the unpredictable Dutch weather, so rain or shine, Amsterdam will smile for you.

This tour departs daily from Dam Square at 2pm and costs just €42.50 per person. You can book here.

Yellow Bike Tours

Yellow Bike Tours

The Yellow Bike Tour company have a range of bicycle tours available to help you discover this amazing city and the areas around it. The Big and Small City Bike Tours take 3 or 2 hours respectively, and will see you explore spots like the Jordaan quarter, the Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark and more. Meanwhile the Countryside Bike Tour takes you through 35km of the spectacular Waterland area around Amsterdam, past centuries old villages, windmills, dikes and more.

These tours depart daily from various locations and at various times, costing from €27.50 per person. You can book here.

Amsterdam Bike Tour

Alternative Bike Tour

Let the locals show you around the real Amsterdam, on the only mode of transport that a real Amsterdammer would be seen dead on. The company provide an expert guide who can lead tours in English and this guide will take you on a different route each time, depending on what is happening in the city. You’ll find the coolest street art, the most beautiful buildings, witness the best events and more.

This tour departs daily from Frederic’s Rent a Bike (Brouwersgracht 78) and costs just €16.50. You can book here.

Mike's Bike Tours

Mike’s Bike Tours

A bike shop and rental, Mike’s Bike Tours have also been providing tours of Amsterdam by bicycle since the last millennium. Offering long or short city tours, a harbour tour, or a countryside escape alongside the Amstel River where you’ll pass funky houseboats, windmills and also visit a Dutch cheesemaker at his cheese-farm-cum-clog-factory!

All tours are provided by Mike’s friendly and knowledgeable team, including George the Monkey who kids are sure to love!

Mike’s Bike Tours offer a range of tours departing at various times, with prices dependent on the number of visitors. You can book or get in touch here​.

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