Travel to Amsterdam
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is located a mere 15 minutes from congress locations Amsterdam RAI. The Schiphol.nl website provides information including: up-to-the-minute flight information, connecting transport facilities to Amsterdam RAI and business facilities.
International Trains to Amsterdam:
• Thalys (Paris)
• ICE International (Frankfurt)
• Benelux (Brussels)
• IC (Berlin)
• CityNightLine (Basel)
Each year, about one million visitors arrive in Amsterdam by car. While the city is very hospitable to drivers, the inner city is quite an enclosed area. Before arriving, it is advisable to learn about the city's motorways, roads and parking options in order to make the most of your trip.
For those wishing to navigate Amsterdam by car, the most important road to be familiar with is the A10 ring road, which loops around the city. This road is intersected by 18 S-routes, each offering a direct path into a separate district of the city. If you know which S-route to use, your journey is likely to be much more simple.
When Amsterdam's streets and canals were built in the 17th century, they were obviously not created with the cars of residents, tourists and commuters in mind. In the popular central districts, it's also common to experience crowds on the streets, making driving conditions difficult for those new to the city.
In order to maintain the livability and accessibility in Amsterdam, the streets within the ring road A10 are all paid parking areas. The parking spaces in the city centre are the most expensive, since these spaces are the most scarce. These fees can be rather considerable, as are the fines if the rules are broken.
Parking in the outskirts of Amsterdam; it is typically recommended to make use of the parking garages and park & ride facilities outside of the central area. These offer excellent public transport connections which enable you to reach your final destination quickly and efficiently. During your stay in Amsterdam, travelling by bike, tram, bus or metro is a relaxing option for wherever you have to go.
Learn more about the parking options in Amsterdam.
From Schiphol Airport to congress location RAI
Amsterdam RAI is easy to reach by both public transport or by car and has ample parking facilities on and outside its site. Amsterdam RAI is situated 8 minutes from Amsterdam’s city centre and 15 minutes from Schiphol Airport.
The RAI has its 'own' train station, Amsterdam RAI, which is located a stone's throw from the RAI complex and is easy to reach from anywhere in the Netherlands. When you leave the station follow the signs for Amsterdam RAI. For further information consult the NS [Dutch railways] travel planner by visiting: www.ns
BY TRAM, METRO OR BUS
Tram 4 runs between the RAI (Europaplein stop), Amsterdam's city centre and Amsterdam Central Station. You can reach the RAI from the Amstel railway station by taking Metro 51 and Bus 65. Metro 51 also runs to Amsterdam Central Station. Metro 50 runs regularly between the Amsterdam Sloterdijk and Gein stations and stops at the Amsterdam RAI station.
The RAI is immediately signposted on roads signs on the ring road drivers end up on after approaching Amsterdam from the A1 motorway (Amersfoort/Amsterdam), the A2 (Utrecht/Amsterdam) or the A4 (Den Haag [The Hague]/Amsterdam). Amsterdam RAI is situated right next to the ring road (Exit 9). The RAI's car parks are signposted immediately after leaving the ring road.
Parking at the RAI complex is easy and affordable. The multi-storey car park is easily accessible thanks to its location next to the A10 highway by Exit S109 and has 2,300 parking spaces. During large-scale events, the outside areas also become available, which expands parking capacity to 5,000 parking spaces.
• The opening hours of our parking facilities are 07:00 till 24:00 hrs.
• For parking at Amsterdam RAI you will have to pay a fixed parking fee of €16,00. For this fee you can park your vehicle 24hours.You don't receive a ticket when you enter the parking. You can buy a parking ticket at the vending machine. When you have parked your vehicle for more then 24hours you can only pay at the exit barrier.
• The entrances are 1,90 meters high.
• There are four charging points for electric cars. Two in P1 and two in P7. The power is free of charge, but you will have to pay the parking fee.
From Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city centre
BUS - CONNEXXION
The Connexxion Amsterdam Tourist Ticket costs € 10,- round trip. The bus takes only 30 minutes from Schiphol Plaza to the centre of Amsterdam (Leidseplein). There are 6 to 8 buses each hour. Return journeys do not have to take place on the same day.
The taxi rank is located at the airport's exit. Depending on traffic, a taxi can take you to the city centre in half an hour. One ride will cost you approximately 40 euros. It is strongly advised not to take rides from drivers soliciting within the airport. These are not officially approved taxi drivers.
A hotel shuttle service enables you to travel to a number of large hotels that are situated in the airport area. The Connexxion Schiphol Hotel Shuttle connects Schiphol to over a hundred hotels in Amsterdam.
Schiphol train station is located directly underneath the airport. From here, intercities and slower trains from the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways - NS) can take you to Amsterdam Central Station (city centre), Amsterdam Zuid (World Trade Center) and Amsterdam RAI (conference centre). These stations are a maximum of 25 minutes away. For more information visit the NS International website.
Train tickets are available at the ticket office in the airport's main hall and from the yellow ticket machines. The latter are located near the baggage claims, shopping centre Schiphol Plaza and near the platforms. These machines accept Dutch cash cards, and some also accept coins, but not credit cards.
Frequency of trains
During the daytime, an average of five trains an hour run from Schiphol to Amsterdam Central Station. At night, you can use the late-night routes. From 01:00 to 05:00, the night train runs once an hour from Utrecht Central Station (CS) to Amsterdam Central Station (CS) – Schiphol – Leiden Central Station (CS) – The Hague Central Station (CS) – Delft and Rotterdam Central Station (CS) and back, not stopping at smaller stations in between.
Public transport smart card (OV-chipkaart)
In Amsterdam and beyond, the public transport smart card (OV-chipkaart) is used for travel on trams, buses and metros. The most convenient options for visitors are one-hour cards, (multi) day cards, or an anonymous card which you can add more credit to at any time.
Purchasing your OV-chipkaart:
• One-hour cards: Available from the conductor on buses and trams, at GVB ticket vending machines or GVB Tickets & Info locations
• (Multi) day cards: Available at GVB ticket vending machines or GVB Tickets & Info locations
• Anonymous (refillable) cards: Available at GVB ticket vending machines, GVB Tickets & Info locations, and select newsstands and supermarkets
• A detailed overview of ticket types and sales locations is available on the GVB website.
BY TRAM, METRO OR BUS
The most important tip for using your OV-chipkaart is always remember to check in and check out! At the start of your journey, hold your card up to the card reader until you see a green light and hear a beep. Do the same every time you leave the tram/bus/metro or change over to another line. In buses and trams, card readers are located inside the vehicle next to each door. If travelling by metro, the card readers are on free-standing poles throughout each station. If you forget to check out, your card may no longer be valid and/or you may risk a fine.
Discount & day passes for visitors
Depending on your travel plans and the duration of your stay, there are a number of different public transport passes that are especially valuable for visitors:
• I amsterdam City Card
Free entrance to the city's top attractions, plus unlimited use of the GVB public transport system for 24, 48 or 72 hours.
• GVB day passes
Available from 1 to 7 days, with prices starting from € 7.50. Valid on trams, buses and metros operated by GVB in Amsterdam.
• Amsterdam & Region Day Ticket
24-hour public transport pass valid on all public transport operated by GVB, Connexxion and EBS in Amsterdam and the greater metropolitan area, including night buses. Price: € 13.50
• Amsterdam Tourist Ticket
Offers unlimited travel on Connexxion buses operating in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area for one day (€ 10) or three days (€ 20).