Practical Information


About Amsterdam

In general, Amsterdam is a charming, laid-back city. It’s appeal lies in its rich cultural heritage, diverse and creative culture, commercial dynamism and high quality of life.

More information on visiting Amsterdam can be found on www.iamsterdam.com

Hotels
If you are looking for a hotel near the meeting venue, then search for a hotel near Dam Square. There are many hotels of different class and price in that area. Average hotel room rates top €155 a night. Alternatively, make arrangements to stay in someone’s home and book a place on Airbnb: www.airbnb.nl

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Travelling to Amsterdam

By train

Amsterdam is easy to reach by train. International railway lines, including high-speed trains Thalys and Eurostar, link the Netherlands and surrounding countries. Direct trains run between Utrecht/Rotterdam/Schiphol/Amsterdam and different cities in Belgium, France and Germany.
For more information please check the following websites.

Dutch railways: www.ns.nl
International train traffic: www.nshispeed.nl

By car

Amsterdam is located near the A1 (direct route from Germany) and A2 (direct route from Belgium), which makes it easy to reach by car. Travel time depends on the amount of traffic and road works. Avoid peak traffic hours on weekdays and weekend peak times. Driving in the city centre can be stressful for even the most experienced driver due to the narrow streets, the volume of traffic and public transport, and the prevalence of cyclists. Parking in Amsterdam is very expensive (see Venue).

By plane

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the main international airport of the Netherlands, located 10 km southwest of Amsterdam.

From here it is a 15-minute train ride to the Central Station, in Amsterdam city centre. Tickets cost just €4,20 each way. They are available from the yellow ticket machines with the blue overhead sign reading ‘traintickets’ or from the Ticket- and Service desks, situated at Schiphol Plaza.

If you wish to travel in comfort, a Schiphol Taxi will take you directly to the city centre in about 25 minutes. The standard metered fare will be €45-€50.

More information on www.schiphol.nl