A guide to traveling to Amsterdam

For your convenience, we have collected information on both traveling to Amsterdam, and moving around in Amsterdam. Moreover, we have added information that every Dutch person knows, but may be harder to find when you are not a frequent traveller to The Netherlands. For example, we have added a map that helps you find the nearest airport with a direct flight to Amsterdam, maps of the Amsterdam public transport, and advice on reducing travel cost.

Happy travelling!



To travel to ISHC 2018, we recommend flying to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport (AMS). Schiphol is one of Europe’s largest airports, with over 150 direct connections in Europe alone. To identify a direct flight connection near your location, we recommend using the Schiphol Flight Explorer. To reach the conference location, we recommend taking the train to Amsterdam Central Station. Alternatively, you can take a taxi. There are 4 trains per hour from Schiphol to Amsterdam CS. A trainride takes about 15 minutes. You can buy a train ticket in the Schiphol Arrival Hall for Amsterdam Centraal Station. A taxi ride takes about 25 minutes, depending on the traffic. Ask the taxi driver to take you to “Beurs van Berlage”. The address is address: Damrak 243. Expect a travel fare of about 15 Euros.


Amsterdam is connected by national train and Thalys. You can use the links to book a ticket. Beurs van Berlage is located near the Amsterdam Central train station (Amsterdam CS). When you arrive by train at Amsterdam Central Station Beurs van Berlage is only 300 meters away from you, less than a 5 minute walk. Beurs van Berlage is located on Damrak street, the main street in front of Amsterdam Central Station. When you exit the station via the main entrance and walk to Dam square Beurs van Berlage is the striking building on your left side, build by orange bricks with several towers. Train tickets can be bought at the ticket machines, or at the counter. The counter will charge you 50ct for their service.


A typical Dutch car 

Beurs van Berlage is located in the city centre of Amsterdam. The best way to get to Beurs van Berlage by car is via the A10, exit S116. Then, follow the roadsigns to Amsterdam Central Station. In the immediate vicinity of Beurs van Berlage several parking garages are situated. We advise you to use Parking Oosterdok. Parking Oosterdok has space for 1700 vehicles with 20 minutes at EUR 1,50. 5 till 24 hours for EUR 12,00. Oosterdoksstraat 150 1011 DK Amsterdam 0031 20 420 3381. Parking De Bijenkorf has space for 400 vehicles with 20 minutes at EUR 2,00. Maximum day rate EUR 52,00. Beursplein 15 1012 JW Amsterdam 0900-4466880



Taxi services are available in front of Beurs van Berlage. When you do like to make a taxi reservation please get in contact with Taxi Centrale Amsterdam, phone number +31 20 777 77 77. A taxi ride from Schiphol Airport to the conference location takes about 25 minutes, depending on the traffic. Plesae ask the taxi driver to take you to “Beurs van Berlage”. The address is address: Damrak 243. Please expect a travel fare of about 15 Euros.

Tram or bus


The nearest tram stops are The Dam/De Bijenkorf. The tram lines 4, 9, 16, 24, and 25 stop here. For further information, please check the website of the GVB (the Amsterdam Public Transport Company).



Cycling is a favourite means of transportation in The Netherlands. Cycling lanes are both safe and common. Most public buildings, such as the railway station above, have plenty of parking lots for bikes. Many railway stations also offer a rental service, enabling you to enjoy cycling where ever you go! The Beurs van Berlage offers a bike rental to those interested in renting a bike

Public transport apps

The GVB offers an online travel planner for the Amsterdam public transport. Alternatively, you may choose to use the OV9292 app. The OV9292 app also requires you to be online.

Public transport maps

Although apps are available, these may require you to be online. If you prefer not to be online abroad, you may opt to print a map, or to download it to your phone. Several maps to navigate the Amsterdam public transport are available: Night transport (pdf – 4MB), Tram and metro (pdf – 1MB), and All public transport (pdf – 4MB).

Travel fare

Tickets To pay for Dutch public transport, we recommended an anonymous “OV Chip kaart”. This is a card that you swipe both when entering and when leaving the bus, tram, metro or train. The OV Chip kaart is like the Oystercard used in London, but nation-wide. For the bus, tram and metro, it is also possible buy a ticket at the driver when boarding. Single train tickets can be bought at the ticket machines at the railway station.

Pricing A one-off OV Chip Kaart can be bought, commonly with a 1 euro surcharge. Alternatively, for 7,50 euros you can buy an anonymous card that can be charged multiple times. An OV Chip card can be bought at most-any trainstation, or at the airport. A train ticket from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam CS is just under 4 euros. When traveling by train with an OV Chip Kaart, you are to have a 20 euro deposit on your card. This is not required when you buy a single ticket. For more information, we recommend the OV-chipkaart for tourists website.

If you forget to check out If you have swiped OV Chip kaart when entering public transport, but forget to swipe when leaving, your travel fare may triple. In such cases, refunds can be negotiated at the public transport company.

Tourist card The I Amsterdam City Card may be an option if you decide to stay a few more days. This card allows you free access to major museums and attraction, free public transport, and more.