Take a waterborne bus tour through Amsterdam with new service
Tuesday 12 July 2011
Passengers flying into Amsterdam now have a unique sightseeing route around the city thanks to the launch of an "amphibious bus" July 8.
The bright blue bus collects passengers from Schiphol Airport, making the bulk of the journey to the outskirts of Amsterdam by land before it dives into the canals.
From here, passengers are taken onwards on a 45-minute water cruise, taking in sights such as the Skinny Bridge, Royal Theatre Carre, Oude Schans and the Oosterdok.
The bus, which is operated by Dutch boat tour firm Rederij Lovers, has a capacity of 48 and will run tours three times a day, with each one taking approximately two hours 45 minutes.
Rederij Lovers says that the bus is electric and powered by 198 batteries, making the journey carbon neutral.
Unfortunately, passengers can't leave the tour once they're on board, meaning that those needing an airport-city transfer will still be best taking the short train ride from Schiphol to Amsterdam Centraal station.
Although Amsterdam has to rank as one of the world's prettiest city to see by amphibious bus (Amfibus), it's not the only one - the city of Glasgow in Scotland launched a similar service last year as a commuter service across a river for the locals.
Later this year, the Dutch company that produces the buses also plans to launch an amphibious car, the " Amfibug" which can carry two adults and two children and could one day be available for tourists to rent.
See the bus: http://youtu.be/tckW5eDvTUA
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Germanwings crash: Police make 'significant discovery' at home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz
- 3 Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
- 4 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 5 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
Germanwings crash: Is cheap air travel the greatest achievement of 21st-century European life?
Dreamland: Britain's oldest amusement park is set to reopen this summer in Margate
Win a trip to Tobago for two
Germany's great outdoors: The Black Forest, wine country and Saxon Switzerland
The 10 Best hiking boots
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Andreas Guenter Lubitz intentionally crashed flight 9525 into the Alps in act of mass murder and suicide – latest
£24,000 pa, plus benefits: SFL Group: Looking for a hard-working and self-moti...
£16000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This rapidly expanding travel c...
£24000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Do you have a strong record of ...
£24000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: You will have demonstrable unde...