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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

    1. 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

    2. 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!

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

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Absolutely loved our tour with Mona. She was informative and concerned for our safety. She would check on the group and make sure we were all together. It is a long trip but the electric bikes really make a huge difference. Literally makes it doable for anyone. The farm and countryside were a lovely treat. A great way to spend a good part of your day out of the city.

Knowlegable guide fluent in several languages, for us, English. Great stories and humor with serious history and commentary. There are more bikes than people in Amsterdam so this is a great way to learn the rules and customs of the road before venturing out on your own on a very good means of transportation.

This was one of the highlights of my trip! The tour guide was so knowledgeable about Amsterdam, and shared all sorts of cool information and stories about the city. We were able to see a large portion of the city on the 2-hour tour. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Amsterdam!

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. My guide Mona had lots of knowledge to share. She was awesome! Would highly recommend!

Our guide, David was terrific! We got to see a lot of the city. I would recommend this for sure.