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Cycling safety tips for a perfect Amsterdam bike tour

It sometimes feels like there are more bikes in Amsterdam than any other mode of transportation. Cycling is highly favored by the local population, so a bike tour is an ideal way to take in the city. To ensure fun, though, you need to take the right precautions!

What to wear while biking in Amsterdam

What to wear while biking in Amsterdam

Wear a helmet and more importantly, don't wear headphones. To be alert as possible, you want to make sure you can hear all traffic around you.

Be aware of the fast pace

Be aware of the fast pace

Locals often ride quite close to each other and quite quickly. Give yourself some time to adjust to the fast pace of the bike lanes, especially if you're not used to city cycling.

Follow the traffic rules!

Follow the traffic rules!

Sometimes seasoned bikers in Amsterdam will run red lights and dart in and out of alleys without looking. We recommend you leave the rule breaking to the pros and follow all traffic signs.

Watch out for the trams

Watch out for the trams

While you walk and bike around Amsterdam you'll notice that there's also a network of trams in the city. Be aware of the trams behind you as you cycle.

Use the bike path

Use the bike path

There are different types of bike lanes in Amsterdam. Some lanes are on street level and you'll be riding next to cars and others are on the sidewalk. Generally, there are symbols so you'll know which lane is yours. Make sure to follow the direction of traffic as most bike lanes are one-way.

Planning Your Visit

When is the best time to cycle in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam's locals cycle year round and it is one of the best ways to get around this city. We would recommend avoiding biking only when it's raining, as the roads can be quite slick.

Do I need to wear a Helmet?

Most cyclists in Amsterdam actually don't wear a helmet and car drivers are quite aware of bikers. However, if you are out of practice or simply nervous, we recommend wearing some protective headgear.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

Marco’s Enjoyable and Entertaining Amsterdam Bicycle Tour

Well, what can I say. Marco’s extremely enjoyable, entertaining and knowledgeable Amsterdam bicycle tour was the highlight of our two weeks in Europe. With so many people riding bicycles in Amsterdam, we did not know what to expect. Riding with Marco for the three hours taught us a lot about Amsterdam. The ride not only allowed us learn a lot of the Amsterdam history, but also gave us the confidence and experience of riding the bicycle in Amsterdam. The next day we rented the bicycles and rode them for 8-9 hours. I highly recommend the tour before heading out on your own. Thank you so much Marco for the entertaining and knowledgeable tour. Robert from Vancouver - Canada

3-Hour Guided Bike Tour of Historical Amsterdam Reviewed by Robert, 07/19/2019

Best in value, knowledge, time, fun, and seeing Amsterdam.

We picked up the bikes from Amster Bikes, and joined a group (6 of us in total) along with guide David. David is absolutely brilliant. I wish I’d have done this 3hr bike tour on my 1st day and not the 3rd. He is a wealth of information and knowledge...I learnt more in the first 15min than I had on two other tours. His English is outstanding...and he is the double of the late great Robin Williams...even down to his humour. We had a young rider in the group, and he was extremely patient and even praised her effort and ability at the end. I’d have paid double for this tour...ask for a tour with David!

3-Hour Guided Bike Tour of Historical Amsterdam Reviewed by Michelle, 04/27/2019

Got rescheduled after it started, but was a good ride

We originally scheduled our tour for a Sunday. We arrived on time, were given bikes, and set off. But about half way through, the guide discovered that there was a triathlon taking place along our route and we had to turn around. We were told we would get a refund. I was called later and informed that they would not issue a refund but that we could come back the next day and do it again. We did the latter and though the tour was nice, having to go twice ate up a bunch of time. I'm not sure what was done for people who could not come the next day.

Great insight into the ‘real’ side of Amsterdam

Our tour was cancelled on the initial day but we got a free 24hr bike rental (bonus) and put on the tour the following day.. our guide Kiefer was great! Very chilled and relaxed and always wanting to give us information to whatever was interesting. The cheese and clog making farm was really interesting and the workers were great!

Happy bikers in Amsterdam, good bikes and city stories

We were so happy with the tour, both the bikes and our guide were good. It's really nice to travel around the city on bike and have the oppurtunity to see maby more intresting places and get the history from local as you get by taking a tour like this, Backstreet and hidden gems of Amsterdam, we recommend it :-)