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All you need to know about Rotterdam ahead of Northern Ireland's Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands

Rotterdam's Market Hall, opened in 2014, is one of the city's landmark buildings.
Rotterdam's Market Hall, opened in 2014, is one of the city's landmark buildings.

Are you on your way to Rotterdam for Northern Ireland's Euro2020 qualifier? Here's all you need to know about the city:

ON ARRIVAL

After arriving at Schiphol Airport, you can access the city of Amsterdam quite cheaply by bus (€6.50) or train (€5.50).

Buses are located outside the Terminal building and there’s a Railway Station within the airport, all well signposted.

Like most major cities, there are also multiple-use travel passes which give you access to Public Transport (train, bus, tram, metro and ferries) in Amsterdam for 1-3. These cost €17, €22,50 and €28. Tickets can be bought from the many dispensing machines throughout the Terminal.

GETTING TO ROTTERDAM

The regular train journey from Amsterdam to Rotterdam takes 50 minutes.

There’s an ‘Intercity Direct’ service, which takes 25-30 minutes (there’s a €2.60 surcharge for this service). Trains run through the night, our advice is to pre-book.

A one-way Second Class ticket from Schiphol Airport costs €13, a Return is €26 if purchased online.

There’s a group discount for four or more travellers (an example being €64 for four people).

Return tickets are time-limited, so best to check that a return ticket will cover the time between your journeys.

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.ns.nl/en/

You can also get the bus. Tickets range from €5-€7 each way and the journey takes between 50 and 70 minutes.

EATING AND DRINKING

You can get a bottle of beer from €3,80 but, as you’d expect, imported beers will cost more.

As with everywhere, have a look at the prices in a few places — it does vary.

A beer in the supermarket is €1.50-€2 depending on the brand. Not all of the supermarkets sell spirits (Spar stores do) and will cost from €14 for a bottle of Vodka. Also, not all of the stores accept Visa, so it’s probably a good idea to ask when you go in.

A main course in the restaurant starts from around €13. All the usual ‘fast food’ outlets are available (McDonald’s, KFC, Subway, Kebabs). Fast food ranges from around €6 for a kebab with chips and a soft drink. A Subway with a soft drink is around €7 and a ‘Big Mac’ meal Is just over €8.

AREAS TO EAT AND DRINK

The ‘Cool’ district and the area near the city hall (Stadhuisplein) are within reasonable walking distance of the Centraal Station.

There are numerous bars and restaurants in these streets as well as supermarkets and fast food outlets.

MATCHDAY

The Dutch police have suggested the ‘Oude Haven’ harbour area on matchday — this is their advice and this area has been used by many away fans as a meeting place.

It’s a walk and tram ride away from the other areas mentioned and there are fewer places to eat and drink. If you are going there, you can get Trams 21 or 24 from near Centraal Station and get off at the ‘Beurs’ stop.

GETTING TO THE GROUND

Due to distance, a walk to the stadium is not expected and the recommended means of transport to get to the stadium is by train. There’s a stop right at the stadium (Rotterdam Stadion).

You can get the train from Rotterdam Centraal.

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