The city of Utrecht lies in the center of the Netherlands and is about 45 km south of Amsterdam.
Utrecht Central railway station is the main domestic railway hub of the country with direct rail services to most of the major Dutch cities. There are also some international trains and coaches serving Utrecht.
Getting to Utrecht from Amsterdam Schiphol airport
If you arrive at Schiphol airport, follow the signs to the trains. You can buy a full-fare one-way ticket at the yellow ticket machines at the airport (close to the entrance to the train station). There are English instructions available, and tickets can be paid using coins or debit card.
There is a regular rail service from Schiphol to Utrecht Central which makes stops at Amsterdam Zuid and Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA. The train continues south to Nijmegen or Venlo. The journey takes 31-34 minutes and costs €8.70 (2nd class) or €14.80 (1st class).
A taxi from Amsterdam Schiphol airport to Utrecht would normally cost around €90 on the meter. Some companies can offer lower fixed fares. For example, local Utrecht taxi company UTC has a fixed €55 Utrecht-Schiphol fare either way.
Getting to Utrecht from Amsterdam Central railway station
Train services run every 15 minutes via Amsterdam Amstel. The journey takes 27 minutes. One-way tickets costs €7.50 (2nd class) or €12.80 (1st class).
Getting to Utrecht from Rotterdam
Train services run every 15 minutes from Rotterdam to Utrecht, via Rotterdam Alexander and Gouda. This 37-minute trip costs €10.30 (2nd class) or €17.50 (1st class).
If you are heading to Utrecht by rail from France/Belgium/UK, you should change at Rotterdam and not Amsterdam. This can include Eurostar passengers from London who changed in Brussels, Thalys passengers from Paris/Brussels/Antwerp and Intercity passengers from Brussels/Antwerp.
Getting to Utrecht from Eindhoven
An intercity train service runs from Eindhoven to Utrecht via Den Bosch every 15 minutes. The 49-minute trip costs €14.30 (2nd class) or €24.30 (1st class). More information for those arriving at Eindhoven airport can be found here.
International train services to/from Utrecht
The regular ICE train between Frankfurt/Cologne/Dusseldorf and Amsterdam makes a stop at Utrecht Central railway station. There is also a daily service to/from Basel in Switzerland. In addition, all the night train “sleeper” services to/from Amsterdam (Basel/Zurich/Munich/Berlin/Copenhagen/Prague/Warsaw) make a stop in Utrecht.
On arrival at Utrecht Central railway station head upstairs from the platform to the main hall. From there, you could walk to the conference venues and city center in approximately 20 minutes. Exit through the Hoog Catharijne shopping center. If you want to take a bus, head towards the Jaarbeurs exit of the railway station. All buses depart from the bus station under the railway station, near the Jaarbeurs exit. Bus services run very frequently to Janskerkhof bus stop, which is 5 minutes away from the conference venues. Once every 15 minutes you can take bus number 2 to Domplein, which is the nearest bus stop to the conference venues.
For information about the Dutch railways (NS) and for train schedules, see www.ns.nl. For information about local public transportation in Utrecht, see www.u-ov.info. For general information about public transportation in the Netherlands and the OV-chip card, see www.ov-chipkaart.nl. For a general public transport route planner, see www.9292.nl.
Driving to Utrecht – We don’t recommend visitors to drive to Utrecht if they only need to visit the city centre, as parking rates are high. Utrecht is a central motorway hub surrounded by the following roads – the A2, the major north-south artery linking Amsterdam to Maastricht; the A12 linking Arnhem and Den Haag; the A27 which connects Almere to Breda; and the A28 which goes to Groningen via Amersfoort and Zwolle. We recommend to use Google Maps to plan your route in the Netherlands.
Since it is difficult to reach the conference venues by car, we advise to park your car in the parking garages and walk for 5 minutes to the venue. There are few parking places in the area. There are no special parking places for disabled people in the area. The nearest parking garage is on the Springweg.
Parking garage Springweg
Strosteeg 83 3511 VR Utrecht