Planning a Football Trip to Nijmegen? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
Football Trip to Nijmegen – How to get to Nijmegen & How to get around
Football Trip to Nijmegen – Fly to Nijmegen
Nijmegen does not have an airport. There are several airports nearby;
• Amsterdam – It’s only an hour on the train and costs about £20
• Rotterdam – It also takes and how via Rotterdam Central Station and costs about £20
• Eindhoven – It’s only 40 minutes by Train and costs around £15
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Football Trip to Nijmegen – Travel By Train
The average journey time between London and Nijmegen is 8 hours and 19 minutes and the fastest journey time is 5 hours and 47 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 9 trains per day travelling from London to Nijmegen.
Football Trip to Nijmegen – 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
From Amsterdam it is one hour and 30 minutes on the coach to Nijmegen and costs about £6 one way
Football Trip to Nijmegen – Travel By Ferry
It takes between 3 and 4 hours to drive to Nijmegen from Calais. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways.
Football Trip to Nijmegen – Travel Around Nijmegen
Unless absolutely essential it is not a good idea to drive around Nijmegen. There are plenty of easily accessible buses in the city. The bus station is right next to the train station in the center of town and you are able to reach most destinations from there on foot.
Football Trip to Nijmegen – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Nijmegen – The Stadium
The Goffertstadion is located in the Goffertpark and was opened on 8 July 1939 by Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands. At the time, the Goffert was the third stadium of the Netherlands, after De Kuip and the Olympic stadium in Amsterdam. De Goffert was completely excavated by hand. A six meter deep pit, nine-meter slopes tall … A total of 80,000 cubic meters of land was moved! In the last year of the Second World War, the NEC site was almost completely destroyed. First by the war violence itself, after that, the English and Canadians used the fields as a military base.
The current capacity is 12,500
On 19 October 1983 NEC played a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup match against FC Barcelona, still seen as the most important match ever played in the Goffertstadion.
It was rebuilt into a modern stadium with all seats covered and heated and updated catering facilities. The first home-match in the new stadium took place in September 1999. The grand re-opening was on 25 January 2000.
Football Trip to Nijmegen – Getting to the Stadium
The Goffertpark where the stadium is located is about 3km outside the city centre. you can take a train to Nijmegen Goffert station and walk to the stadium from there, which takes about 15 minutes. Direct trains run from Arnhem, Nijmegen, and Den Bosch central stations. Alternatively, take either bus 4 or 8 from the central railway station. Take bus 4 in the direction of Wijchen and get off at stop Krekelstraat (12-minute ride). From there it is a 10-minute walk to the stadium. Take bus 8 to Hatert and get off at stop Heideparkseweg (8-minute ride), from where it is also a 10-minute walk to the stadium.
Football Trip to Nijmegen – Getting Tickets
You can buy tickets online via the club website
Football Trip to Nijmegen – 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 Nijmegen – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Nijmegen – Where to stay
There are a number of hotels in the centre so I would stay in one of them.
Football Trip to Nijmegen – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Nijmegen 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.
Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands, is situated on a range of hills near the River Waal. The city has attracted people since its very foundation. The surrounding area features hills, woods and polders, creating a varied countryside offering a range of recreational opportunities to both citizens and tourists.
What not to miss in Nijmegen:
the historic Valkhofpark, Hunnerpark and Kronenburgerpark;
the St. Stevens Church dating from 1254 (climb the 67 metre high St. Stevenstoren for a unique view!);
the museums, including Museum Het Valkhof (with many Roman finds) and the bicycle museum Velorama;
the Commanderie van St. Jan (from 1196) with coffee-roasting house, distillery and brewery;
the Waalkade, with the casino and various restaurants and (pavement) cafés along the riverbank;
numerous shops in historic buildings and modern architecture;
international films, debates and theatre in artplex LUX;
plays, concerts and opera in De Vereeniging concert hall or the city theatre;
summer open air pop festivals (Goffertpark);
many unique events, including the International Four Days Marches and the Four Day parties (i.e. seven days of festivities) attracting over a million visitors in the third week of July;
the bustling pavement cafés, pubs and restaurants and hospitable hotels.
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Football Trip to Nijmegen – Where to Drink
Brouwerscafe & Restaurant De Hemel (Franseplaats 1), offer around 10 craft beers.
Stoom Beer & Food (Waalbandijk 14D), Craft bear, good food. In addition to Oersoep brewery beers, they offer exclusive beers from small breweries from home and abroad from both tap and bottle. High quality pub food based on American cuisine: from juicy burgers to onion rings, falafel and whole cajun chickens.
The Shamrock Irish Pub (Smetiusstraat 17) Great place that offers a large variety of beers, very roomy and not crowded
Café Van Ouds (Augustijnenstraat 33) Recommended for Great Beer
Cafe In De Blaauwe Hand (Achter de Hoofdwacht 3) Best Beer Bar in Nijmegen – The Blaauwe Hand is truly world class. The bar keepers are very knowledgeable and are more than happy to make suggestions. They have a good variety of local and regional beers from the Netherlands and Belgium. The food is homemade and tastes great.
De Kluizenaar (Burghardt vd Berghstr 96) is situated in a more or less “bohemien” part of Nijmegen, near the center. The bar/serving staff gives good suggestions regarding which beers to drink
Football Trip to Nijmegen – Where to Eat
De Duivelsberg (Duivelsberg 1 | 6572BE Berg en Dal, 6572 BE Nijmegen) – Pancakes are great, surroundings even better (if you like to do some hiking).
Funkenstein (Lange Hezelstraat) – hey have local beer (serafijn is a must) and burgers, which come at a reasonable price (not cheap, but ok)
Bistro Romein (Ridderstraat 11) The 3-course menu is only 12,50! Fresh vegetables, french fries included.
Café Eten & Drinken (Groesbeeksedwarsweg 305) – Good cheap food and drink