How to Get There
Arrival by Plane
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), the primary international airport in the Netherlands, is located about 20 kilometres from Amsterdam. You can reach the city from Schiphol in less than half an hour by train, taxi or hotel shuttle.
Taking the train is the fastest and most convenient way to get to the city center. The train station is located directly underneath the airport and trains to Amsterdam Central Station run about every 10 minutes. The platforms can be entered at Schiphol Plaza. You can buy train tickets at the yellow ticket machines near the platforms or at the ticket offices, situated close to the red/white-checked cube at Schiphol Plaza. More information on how to travel by train in the Netherlands can be found here link: https://www.ns.nl/en/travellers/home.
Arrival by Train
If you arrive by train, the nearest station to our conference venue and hotels is Amsterdam Central Station. There are frequent train connections from Germany, Belgium, France, UK and Austria.
Location venue and hotels
The conference venue Beurs van Berlage, the hotels and Amsterdam Central Station are all located within close walking distance.
Getting Around in Amsterdam
GVB (en.gvb.nl) is the public transport company of Amsterdam providing integrated metro, tram and bus service throughout Amsterdam and its surrounding areas. There are 1 up to 7 days GVB day cards available, which allow for unlimited travel on all trams, buses, metros and night buses of GVB for the duration of the card and provide economical way for visitors to explore the city. Another alternative is the I amsterdam city card for 1 to 3 days unlimited travel with GVB transport and free entry or substantial discount for museums, canal trips etc. The GVB day card and I amsterdam city card can be bought at the GVB ticket machines in the Amsterdam train stations and the Visitors Information Centre at Schiphol Plaza, Arrivals 2 (open daily 7am-10pm) or the GWK Travelex offices at Schiphol airport or in Amsterdam. Note that these cards are not valid for trains.
If you have been in Amsterdam before and used the strippenkaart, we should inform you, that these tickets are no longer valid in the Netherlands.
Walking: Amsterdam is a wonderfully walkable city with most major sites located in or near the city center.
Biking: Of course biking is the preferred Dutch way to travel. Bicycle rentals are readily available throughout the city. Central Station, Leidseplein and Dam Square are all major rental hubs. Day rates average 8€ with some multi-day rates as low as €4.
Trams: Trams provide the best way to get around in Amsterdam and run regularly until 12:15am.
City Buses: Buses are primarily used to reach outlying suburbs and are also used after the trams have stopped running. Night buses run from midnight until 7am with routes connecting to Central Station, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein.
Metro: The four metro lines will quickly carry you to the distant suburban areas of the city. Three of the Amsterdam metro lines start their run from the Central Station.
Rental Cars: Although driving in Amsterdam is not recommended, car rental services are readily available at Schiphol Airport. All major agencies are represented including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Alamo.