Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA is an area located in the south-east of Amsterdam. It is the city’s main entertainment hub with the Johan Cruijff ArenA stadium, AFAS Live and Ziggo Dome music venues. It also home to a number of large stores, the Arena Poort shopping centre and is a major business district.
Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA is very well connected to both the city and the airport, having a modern combined train and metro station. The bus station has local/regional buses as well as a number of Flixbus international coach services.
Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA has a number of surrounding hotels and is used as a base for some tourists and business travellers visiting the city.
In this article we will see how visitors can get to Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA from various points around the city.
Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA
TRAIN: The train is the quickest way to get to Bijlmer ArenA from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport taking only 13-14 minutes. Intercity trains run up to 4x hourly with final destination Nijmegen or Venlo.
The cost of a one-way train ticket (2021 prices) from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA is €4.20 (2nd class) or €6.93 (1st class) plus a €1 surcharge if purchasing a disposable train ticket.
The journey is also covered by the multi-day Amsterdam Travel Ticket, see public transport ticket options available for Amsterdam for further info.
BUS: Connexxion bus 300 runs from Schiphol Plaza to Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA station up to 10x per hour. However the journey time is 33 minutes, so we would recommend sticking to the much faster train. A 90 minute Bus Tram Metro (BTM) ticket costs €6.50.
TAXI: A taxi from Schiphol Airport to the Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA area will cost about €50. Uber is also present in the city and an UberBlack trip would be in the range €45-58.
Amsterdam Central to Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA
Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA lies about 8km south-east of Amsterdam Central station. The fastest way to travel from Amsterdam Central to Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA is to take either the train or metro.
TRAIN: The trip from Amsterdam Central to Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA by rail takes 15-16 minutes. There are up to 4x Sprinter trains services per hour running with final destination either Rhenen or Rotterdam Central.
The cost of a one-way train ticket (2021 prices) from Amsterdam Central to Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA is €2.90 (2nd class) or €4.79 (1st class) plus a €1 surcharge if purchasing a disposable train ticket. See how to buy train tickets in the Netherlands for more detailed info.
METRO: There is a direct metro service (line 54) from Amsterdam Central metro station to Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA. The metro runs more frequently than the train and the trip also takes 16 minutes. A GVB 1 hour ticket costs €3.20 – this is cheaper than buying a disposable train ticket. See our Amsterdam Metro map.
Transport company GVB runs metro, bus and tram services around Amsterdam and offers good value multi-day tickets. These are valid on a full 24 hour basis ranging from 1 day (€8.50) to 7 days (€37); a children’s 1 day ticket is €4.
These tickets are useful if you are based in Amsterdam Bijlmer-ArenA, allowing you to connect onto the metro and get all over Amsterdam. Note, these tickets are not valid for train travel so you can’t travel to Schiphol airport with them.
Book GVB multi-day tickets online here for pick-up at a GVB service point at Amsterdam Central Station, Amsterdam Zuid or Amsterdam Bijlmer-Arena. You can also pick-up at Amsterdam Schiphol airport at the Connexxion red van sales point at bus platforms B9-15.
TAXI: A taxi between Amsterdam Central and Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA will cost about €40. An UberBlack ride would cost €36-47.
Amsterdam Bijlmer-ArenA by Car
Amsterdam Bijlmer-ArenA is easily reached by road being close to the A2 and A9 motorways.
There is a Park and Ride (P+R) car park at ArenA with spaces for 500 cars. The address is Burg. Stramanweg 130, 1101 EP Amsterdam. Note, to get the P+R rate you must use public transport to go to central Amsterdam.
Facilities at Amsterdam-Bijlmer-ArenA
Johan Cruijff ArenA stadium
Ziggo Dome – large indoor concert venue
AFAS Live – indoor concert venue
Pathé Arena multi-screen cinema complex
Villa ArenA (homeware/furniture mall with 50 stores)
ArenA-Poort outdoor shopping centre – 160 shops including supermarkets Albert Heijn, Aldi and Lidl.
ArenA Boulevard with superstores Decathlon (sport), Espirit Outlet (clothing), Media Markt (electronics), Perry Sport (sport) and Prenatal (baby gear).
Hotels at Amsterdam Bijlmer-ArenA
There are a number of good hotels around the Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA area:
Last update 4 January 2021 (originally published in 2019).