Planning a Football Trip to Amsterdam? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
Football Trip to Amsterdam – How to get to Amsterdam & How to get around
Football Trip to Amsterdam – Fly to Amsterdam
Multiple airlines fly to Amsterdam every day and you are able to fly direct from Amsterdam from most large airports in the UK
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Directions from the Airport
Amsterdam Schiphol has better links from the UK than any other airport in the world. British Airways (0844 493 0787; ba.com) flies from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City. KLM(0870 507 4074; klm.com) flies from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham Tees Valley, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heathrow, Humberside, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London City, Manchester, Manston, Newcastle and Norwich.
Frequent trains (€3.90 each way) from Schiphol airport take around 20 minutes to reach Centraal Station. Head to platform 1 or 2 in the main arrivals hall.
Taxis from the Airport
A taxi starts at 35 euros from the Airport to Central Station and then increases as you travel into the city, unless there is a group of you it’s probably best to get the train and then a taxi or tram from the station.
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Football Trip to Amsterdam – Travel By Train
In 4 hours and 19 minutes the Eurostar high-speed train and Thalys or Intercity Brussels will take you from London St. Pancras to Amsterdam Central Station with a change of trains in Brussels-Midi. Tickets start at around £50 via Voyages SNCF.
Football Trip to Amsterdam – Travel By Coach
Eurolines provide coaches to Amsterdam from London. They offer an overnight service leaving London around 19.00 and arriving at around 6:00 the next day. They also offer a service leaving at 6:00 and arriving in Amsterdam at 20:15 and another leaving at 10:00 which arrives at 21:45 Tickets start at around £52 each way
Football Trip to Amsterdam – Travel By Ferry
It takes between 3 and 4 hours to drive to Amsterdam from Calais. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways.
Football Trip to Amsterdam – Travel Around Amsterdam
Public Transportation – GVB (www.gvb.nl) is the public transport company of Amsterdam providing integrated metro, tram and bus service throughout Amsterdam and its surrounding areas. In 2010 one comprehensive OV-chipcard ticketing system has been introduced allowing you to travel on trams, metro, busses and even trains using one card. There are 24-, 48-, 72-, 96-, 120-, 144- and 168- hour OV-chipcards, which allow for unlimited travel on all trams, buses, metros and night buses for the duration of the card and provide economical way for visitors to explore the city. A one hour OV card can be purchased onboard from GVB drivers and conductors, however this is not recommended due the premium charged for this ticket: it costs € 2,70 for one hour unlimited travel on different busses and trains in the city, counted since the begin of your first journey. This card is not valid on another day or longer than one hour, even if your actual first journey has been very short.
Football Trip to Amsterdam – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Amsterdam – The Stadium
The Amsterdam ArenA officially opened on the 14th of August 1996 with a match between Ajax and AC Milan (0-3). The Amsterdam ArenA was the first football stadium in Europe with a retractable roof. It takes about 20 minutes to open or close the roof.
The Queen opened the Amsterdam Arena by making a curtain fall inside the stadium. This revealed the world’s largest painting De Zee (English: The Sea) of 80 by 126 metres (260 ft × 413 ft). Two-dimensional ships were placed on the sea representing the clubs in the Eredivisie.
The stadium has a retractable roof combined with a grass surface. It has a capacity of 53,052 seats during football matches and 68,000 places during concerts if a centre-stage setup is used (the stage in the middle of the pitch); for end-stage concerts, the capacity is 50,000, and for concerts where the stage is located in the east side of the stadium, the capacity is 35,000. It held UEFA five-star stadium status which was superseded by a new system of classification. On 15 May 2013, the Amsterdam Arena hosted the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final between S.L. Benfica and Chelsea F.C. which Chelsea won 2–1.
Football Trip to Amsterdam – Getting to the Stadium
Amsterdam Arena by metro – lines 50 and 54, from the Central Station take metro to the Amsterdam-Bijlmer-ArenA. Exit the station direction Arena Boulevard. Walk away from the station through the modern commercial centre. You will see the Amsterdam ArenA on your right, with the entry to the famous violent supporters F sector. Walk further, along the Perry Sport shop to see the E entry to the Amsterdam ArenA. by bus: lines 29, 158, 174, 177, 178, exit on a stop Station Bijmer Arena, walk direction the metro statioon and later direction Arena Boulevard.
If you want to visit a (home) match in the Amsterdam ArenA? You can fill in the form you’ll find below. You can select the match you prefer. After we’ve confirmed your request you will receive the invoice. http://english.ajax.nl/Tickets-Travel.htm
Ticket prices depend on the opponent. Expect to pay between €19.50 and €47.50 for a lower-tier seat and between €18.00 and €25.00 or an upper-tier seat for a low-profile match. Prices go up to between €27.50 and €78.00 for the classic versus Feyenoord.
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Buy your football tickets on the official site of LiveFootballTickets.com. We offer tickets for the best matches in England and European leagues online.
Football Trip to Amsterdam – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
The schedule for kick-off times in Holland can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Holland page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Amsterdam – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Amsterdam – Where to stay
A lot of people stay near Central Station or near the Red Light district where there are lots of bars. You could also stay up near Rembrantplien and Liedersplien which still have lots of bars and restaurants to choose from but are not quite as seedy as the Red Light area.
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Football Trip to Amsterdam – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Amsterdam it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.
Amsterdam Arena Tour – For more than an hour you will be in the Amsterdam ArenA with a football-passionate guide. You will stand along the line, touch the leather business seats next to the dug-out and you will visit the press stand. If Ajax is not training or playing, you can even visit the dressing room area. Adults: € 14,50 (Check on their websites for the dates when the stadium tour is closed due to fixtures. You can buy your tickets in advance.
Van Gough Museum – A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a unique experience. The museum houses the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It provides the opportunity to keep track of the artist’s developments, or compare his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century in the collection. The museum also holds an extensive offer of exhibitions on various subjects from 19th century art history. The Van Gogh Museum is located on Museumplein in Amsterdam, between the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum. The museum entrance is at (Paulus Potterstraat 7). Monday to Friday 10 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 5 pm. Adult – 15 Euros
Rijksmuseum (Museumstraat 1). A refurbishment that has taken most of the current millennium is now complete, making it the hottest ticket in Europe. Pre-book a €15 ticket at bit.ly/RijksT in order to dodge the queue.
Heineken Experience (Stadhouderskade 78) – The Heineken Experience is of course all about Heineken, from the history of the Heineken family, to the full process of beer making and of course trying out some samples!! It takes about one and a half hours to get around the whole Experience and includes lots of interactive activites including being brewed like a beer. With the ticket two drinks are included, plus an extra Heineken at an out tasting bar!
Amsterdam’s Red Light District (area around Oudezijds Achterburgwal) — one of the oldest parts of the city that is best known for its sex shops, adult theaters, and red-lit windowdisplays of young women selling their services.
Football Trip to Amsterdam – Eating & Drinking
Some Recommended Pubs & Bars
De Ooievaar (Sint Olofspoort 1) – Small locals bar with decent selection of ales.
Het Elfde Gebod (Zeedijk 5), Good friendly pub, A single room, the front section is mostly taken up by the bar and has few tables. To the rear are rather more tables, but this area seems to operate more as a restaurant. Expect 6 or 7 draft beers and 50 bottles.
Old Nickel (Nieuwebrugsteeg 11) – offers over 60 beers including good selection from Holland, Belgium and Germany
Haven van Texel has good draught selection from Texel a dutch microbrewer. Also has some good views of the canals. (St. Olofssteeg 11)
Lokaal’t Loosje (Nieuwmarkt 32-34) – Great beer selection, decent prices and a beautifully decorated pub interior.
Bierfabriek is a large micro-brewery in the centre. They offer several house beers. (Rokin 75)
Proeflokaal (Oudezijds Armsteeg) – Tasting room of the Brouwerij de Prael‘s, This modern, light and airy tasting room has lots of exposed brickwork and tiles, dark wooden floors, 3 very different feeling levels, a tiled bar and shiny stainless steel taps.
Batvia 1920 (Prins Hendrikkade 85) – It’s just along from the Zeedijk, facing Centraal Station. Very handy for a pub crawl. There are half a dozen other pubs in this guide within 100 metres. Offers an excellent choice of bottled beers.
Pollux (Prins Hendrikkade 121)– A late-night dive bar with two of the most charismatic publicans you’ll ever meet. The neon-lit 50s style jukebox is packed with classic rock and soul, making for some interesting moves on the stripper’s pole – a remnant from the bar’s former life as a go-go bar. Revellers have been known to stay well into the early morning – it depends what mood Frits is in and whether Tanja has drained the vodka supplies., cafepollux.com.
De Bekeerde Suster (Kloveniersburgwal 6-8) – Amsterdam’s first (and so far only) brewpub, it opened in 1992.
Café Gollem has served Belgian beers to thirsty patrons for almost 40 years. This location stocks more than 200 types of bottled beers and 10 beers on tap. (Raamsteeg 4, Amsterdam)
De Gekraakte Ketel (The Cracked Kettle) – Another great speciality beer bar, serving over 500 beers from all over the world ranging from Dutch to Norwegian and American. It specialises in beers from small independent brewers. ‘Westvleteren,’ reputed to be one of the best beers in the world, and extremely hard to come by, can be found here. Location: Raamsteeg 3, 1012VZ Amsterdam (tel: 020-6240745).
‘t Arendsnest is a lovely place with elegant ambiance and uniformed staff serving a wide variety of beers brewed in the Netherlands, as well as jenever and other liquors. The knowledgeable bartenders will assist you in finding a beer that suits your palate from the 30 beers on tap and more than 100 in bottle. (Herengracht 90, Amsterdam)
Wijnand Fockink (Pijlsteeg 37) – It’s a bit hidden down an alley, The easiest way to find it is to look for the Krasnapolsky hotel on Dam Square. Pijlsteeg runs down its right hand side. It’s a historic building and the interior is very traditional and un-touched. They sell amongst other things one of Belgium’s rarest beers – De Rijk Special
Cafe Belgique is a miniature bar serving special Belgian beers in a dark cozy atmosphere complete with melting candles. (Gravenstraat 2, Amsterdam)
Het Sheim (Spuistraat 189) – Schuim is a decent-sized pub in a rather bland new building, not far from Dam Square.
Café Karpershoek, (Martelaarsgracht 2) opposite Centraal Station. Dating from 1606 it claims to be the oldest in Amsterdam. Whilst the beer selection is not outstanding or even that good they did have a strange pricing policy in the past where some bottles of Belgium beer could be bought for a few Euros.
Pilsener Club is on an alleyway between Kalverstraat and the Bgijnhof. In many ways, it’s a typical Amsterdam brown cafe. But with one big difference: it has no bar counter. A cubbyhole at the rear functions as a servery. They stock, the outstanding Van Vollenhoven’s Stout. (Begijnensteeg 4)
In De Wildeman has 200 types of bottled beers and nearly 20 beers on tap. Located in a historic distillery, this two-room bar has plenty of tables (Kolksteeg 3, Amsterdam)
Beer Temple, serves specialty beers from the USA. There are 30 beers on tap and more than 60 in bottle. (Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 250, Amsterdam)
Café De Spuyt – close to Leidseplein this small bar offers more than 100 Dutch and Belgian beers in stock. (Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 86, Amsterdam)
De Zotte serves 130 different Belgium beers in the right glass, pint, vase or shoe. (Raamstraat 29)
Brouwerij Het IJ is a brewery and the bar is officially its ‘tasting bar’. That’s why it closes already at 20:00. (Funenkade 7) – http://www.brouwerijhetij.nl/
Oedipus Brewing: Across the river from Centraal Station is Amsterdam Noord, an area of the city that’s growing as a hip destination for locals. Although the founders have been brewing for a number of years, a taproom was finally opened in 2015 much to the support of locals. Besides brewing great beer in a wide variety of styles, Oedipus’ quirky branding and cheeky names make the beers difficult to pass up. The warehouse-esque taproom reflects the unique style of Oedipus, and the outside patio is a treat when the weather cooperates.
Butcher’s Tears: Located in the city’s southwest region, Butcher’s Tears is a brewery that truly goes back to basics. Leveraging traditional recipes, the brewery’s aim of making classic brews with modern twists has garnered it a spot in the hearts of locals. The taproom is bare bones allowing the beers to be the focal point. Only open Wednesday to Sundays from 4pm to 9pm so don’t miss your window.
Hanneke’s Boom has a great view on the centre from a unique side. If you want to get in touch with locals in their 20’s and 30’s, this is your place. Good prices and okay food for lunch and dinner. Service isn’t the greatest, but the variety of events compensate. Vinyl evenings, Jazz & Blues, DJ’s, 60’s & 70’s and lately even a curling event. Best in the summer as a big part of it is outside. (Dijksgracht 4) http://www.hannekesboom.nl/
Some recommended Restaurants
Cafe ‘t Gasthuys dishes up a delicious, giant cheeseburger for lunch or dinner. Their burger is topped with aged cheese, a yummy secret sauce and pancetta, and served with a heap of fries. Pair with a beer or glass of wine to warm you up on a cold rainy evening. (Grimburgwal 7, Amsterdam)
Van Kerkwijk (Nes 41) – Tucked down the Nes – what looks like a back alley running south of Dam square – Van Kerkwijk is unprepossessing from outside, but inside it’s habitually packed with customers at small wooden tables. Van Kerkwijk’s meat is generally good, with mercifully undercooked, well-seasoned steaks and generous, chunky chips. http://www.caferestaurantvankerkwijk.nl/
Buffet van Odette (598 Prinsengracht, tel. + 31 20 423 6034, mains about £8) for their doorstop-sized steak sandwich – and all with a view of the canal.
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