Alkmaar is around 20 miles and a 40 minute train ride north of Amsterdam. No
doubt most people will base themselves in Amsterdam.
These are the main options:
Jet2 - Leeds-Bradford and Newcastle or Manchester to Amsterdam
KLM - Leeds-Bradford, Manchester or Manchester to Amsterdam
- Doncaster to Amsterdam
- Hull to Rotterdam (minicruise including bus transfer to Amsterdam)
You might be tempted not to buy a ticket for the short train
ride from Schiphol to Amsterdam Centraal. However, it could end up an expensive
train ride if you're caught out by one of the frequent ticket checks, as some
people found out when we played Alkmaar in 2007.
Toon International Airport
Holland journey planner
Guides & info
Football Supporters Federation guide
hotels.nl (for Alkmaar or Amsterdam)
hotel-booking.nl (for Amsterdam)
hotelscomparison.com (for Amsterdam)
(for Alkmaar or Amsterdam)
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Accor Hotels (for
Where to drink
I'm assuming here that people will be able to sort themselves out in Amsterdam,
and so will be concentrating on possible watering holes in Alkmaar. According to
WikiTravel (see above) there are loads of bars, mostly centred around
Waagplein and Mient (map).
Bars are open until 02.00 on weekdays. The pub quide below recommends
Proeflokaal De Boom on Houttil (map),and
De Notaris on Kooltuin (map).
Naturally Alkmaar has an Irish bar, Maguire's. It's on Kanaalkade (on the
way from the station to the old town). Naturally it's not
Club and ground
AZ have only been playing at the DSB Stadion since August 2006. It's capacity is
twice that of their previous ground, but it's still only 16,800. The ground's right on the outskirts
around 2.5 miles from the station and a bit less from the centre. You catch the
163 bus from the station. The normal service isn't very frequent, but there are
supposedly extra FREE buses on match days. There wasn't much sign of them
when we played there mind.
The away section (the north east corner) is conveniently the nearest part of the
stadium to the town centre. Inconveniently there's a canal in the way though.
You have to follow the path along the north side of Smaragdweg, then go under
the underpass and walk all the way back again. Brilliant planning in a brand new
Official AZ site