The Johan Cruyff Arena is home to Ajax, Amsterdam’s favorite soccer club.
The stadium was inaugurated in 1996 as Amsterdam Arena, but in 2018, its name got changed to Johan Cruyff Arena to honor the city’s most famous soccer player.
Locals and tourists love to tour Johan Cruyff Arena and learn about the home of Ajax club.
Table of contents
- What to expect on the stadium tour
- How to reach Johan Cruyff Arena
- Stadium Tour timings
- How long does it take?
- Johan Cruyff Arena Stadium Tour Tickets
- VIP Tour of Johan Cruyff Arena
- Johan Cruyff Stadium Tour and Canal Cruise
- Free entry into the stadium
What to expect on the stadium tour
You don’t need to be a soccer player or Ajax fan to go on a tour of Johan Cruyff Stadium in Amsterdam.
During the stadium tour, you will walk through the players’ tunnel like a pro footballer to where it all happens – the pitch, the dug-outs, and the main stand.
You will also visit the Ajax locker and the visitors’ locker room and see where your favorite players get ready for the action on the field.
At Ajax Gallery of Fame, you will meet the past and present Ajax heroes. Here, you will also learn about Johan Cruyff, the greatest footballer produced by the Netherlands.
Do not miss out on the virtual reality experience, which lets you step into the shoes of a professional football player and experience the roar of the crowd in a packed stadium.
During your guided football stadium tour, you will also explore the mixed zone and the press room.
Note: The Ajax dressing room is not part of the stadium tour during the Ajax team’s away games. When the Ajax club plays at home, the stadium tour itself is not available.
How to reach Johan Cruyff Arena
The Johan Cruyff Arena is located approximately 10 km (6 miles) from the city center.
The stadium is best reached by train or metro, and Bijlmer Arena is the nearest station.
Many trains from Amsterdam Central Station can take you to Bijlmer Arena, and the ride usually takes 15 to 20 minutes.
All Stadium Tours start in the main building from Entrance E, next to the Ajax fan shop and the restaurant.
From the Bijlmer Arena station, Entrance E is just 500 meters (one-third of a mile), and you can walk the distance in 6-7 minutes. Get Directions
If you are driving to the stadium, you can park in P1 (the Transferium), under the stadium.
Stadium Tour timings
Johan Cruyff Arena tours are available from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, every day of the week.
On weekdays, guided tours depart every half hour with a maximum of 25 people per tour.
On Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays, self-guided tours depart every five minutes.
Since these days are crowded, the guides don’t lead the tours but position themselves near the major exhibits and help answer visitor queries.
When the Ajax team plays matches at home, the tours aren’t available.
This is why it is better to book Johan Cruyff Stadium tickets online – you won’t land up at the venue only to be turned away.
How long does it take?
On weekdays, the guided Johan Cruyff Stadium tour lasts 75 minutes.
On weekends and public holidays, since visitors see the exhibits on their own, they can stay on for as long as they want.
The VIP tour of Johan Cruyff Stadium lasts two hours, including a drink in the skybox to relax.
Johan Cruyff Arena Stadium Tour Tickets
Why buying online is better
Tourists can buy Johan Cruyff Arena stadium tour tickets at the venue on the day of their visit or book them online, which is what we recommend.
The attraction often gets fully booked, especially on the weekends. When you buy your tickets in advance, you are assured of a spot at your preferred time and date.
When you buy tickets online, you also skip the long lines at the ticket counter.
If you land up at the venue on an Ajax match day, you can’t explore the stadium because the tour gets canceled. When you book online, you can avoid this disappointment.
Tickets at the venue are €2 costlier than the online tickets.
How online tickets work
When you book your Amsterdam stadium tour tickets, you select your preferred time and date of visit.
Immediately after purchase, your tickets get emailed to you.
You don’t need to take any printouts.
On the day of your visit, you can enter the Johan Cruyff stadium by showing your tickets on your smartphone.
Your ticket for entry into Cruyff Stadium in Amsterdam includes a whole lot of exhibits and experiences.
It gets you access to the players’ tunnel, the pitch, dug-outs, main stand, Ajax locker, Visitors’ locker, Ajax Gallery of Fame, Johan Cruyff’s corner, mixed zone, and the press room.
You will also love the virtual reality experience, which lets you step into the shoes of a professional football player.
The Arena tour ticket also gets you a 10% discount at the Fanshop and Febo Boulevard, one of the restaurants.
Note: The dressing room is not included in the tour on the home team’s match days (even away matches).
Cost of the stadium tour
Johan Cruyff Arena Stadium tickets are priced at €16 for all visitors 13 years and above.
Kids aged 5 to 12 pay a discounted price of €11 for their tour ticket.
Children four years and below can enter for free, but this Amsterdam museum doesn’t offer discounts to seniors or students.
Adult tickets (13+ years): €16
Child tickets (5 to 12 years): €11
Infant tickets (up to 4 years): Free entry
VIP Tour of Johan Cruyff Arena
On the 2-hour long VIP Tour, a guide will show all the highlights of the stadium and lead you through several exclusive spaces.
Just like a real VIP, enjoy the view from a Skybox with a drink in your hand.
You will savor the view of the pitch from the upper level (2nd tier) and visit the Boardroom.
While the regular stadium tour has up to 25 participants, the VIP tour only has 12 people to keep it exclusive.
Adult tickets (13+ years): €45
Child tickets (5 to 12 years): €25
Infant tickets (up to 4 years): Free entry
Johan Cruyff Stadium Tour and Canal Cruise
Since the Johan Cruyff Stadium tour lasts 90 minutes to two hours, some tourists prefer to add a Canal Cruise to the day’s itinerary.
Once you have seen the stadium of AFC Ajax, you board one of the canal cruises and see the UNESCO-listed canal district in Amsterdam.
You will love the elegant houses lining the canals and passing under low, romantic bridges during the cruise.
Adult tickets (14+ years): €27.50
Child tickets (4 to 13 years): €18
Infant tickets (up to 3 years): Free entry
Free entry into the stadium
I Amsterdam City Card helps you enter the Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam for free.
When you buy the Discount Card, you get free access to 70 Museums and attractions in Amsterdam, one free canal cruise, and free travel on public transport for a flat fee.
If you already have the I Amsterdam Card, you do not need to reserve a time slot – reach Entrance E of the stadium and present your valid City Card to enter.
Else, find out more about the hugely popular I Amsterdam card.
Cost of I Amsterdam Card
24 hours card: €65
48 hours card: €85
72 hours card: €105
96 hours card: €120
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