Amphibious Bus debuts in Amsterdam

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Netherlands The Floating Dutchman began service last month in Amsterdam employing amphibious coaches.

The two hours and 45 minute tour travels from Schipol through the city centre and enters the river near the museum. The river ride is fully electric, powered by 198 batteries charged during driving.

Freek Vermeulen, MD of Great Amsterdam Excursions, said: “A lot of places have Duck Tours, but use old army vehicles. This is a real touring bus, with a license to be on the road and in the water.”

The company said it may eventually pick up and drop off passengers in the city, but for now the focus is at Schipol, where at least a million passengers a year have more than a four-hour wait to transfer between flights.