To and from Utrecht
Amsterdam Schiphol airport, one of the main European hubs, is the closest and most convenient airport to Utrecht. It has flights to almost 300 destinations in many parts of the world and is quite efficient. Schiphol has its own railway station; there are four direct trains to Utrecht per hour during the day, that take approximately 30 minutes to get to ‘Utrecht Centraal’. The much smaller airports in Eindhoven and Rotterdam/The Hague might offer low-budget options for European destinations, but travel from these airports to Utrecht is much less convenient and more time consuming.
All public transport in the Netherlands is paid for using an ‘OV chipcard’. This is a great system if you live in the Netherlands, but is cumbersome for occasional visitors. To get from Schiphol to Utrecht it is easiest to get a single use OV chipcard from vending machines that are located in the baggage hall and upstairs in the railway station (‘Schiphol Plaza’), they accept all major debit and credit cards. The fare to Utrecht is € 8.70, and a small supplement is charged for a single use OV chipcard. Tickets are not issued for a specific train, just take any train (intercity) going to ‘Utrecht Centraal’ at your convenience. Do not forget to validate (check-in) your OV chipcard at an ‘OV chipcard pole’ which are located at the entrance to the escalators going to the platforms!
Utrecht is a city made for bikes, although public transport is also excellent. Utrecht has an extensive network of bike lanes and paths, many of them are completely separate from other traffic. The Star Lodge, the conference venue, and the city center all are approximately 10-20 minutes apart by bike, and take a little over half an hour by public transport. To encourage this typically Dutch, but also green and healthy way of getting around we provide bikes for all conference attendees. If you have a basic proficiency in biking, you will quickly get familiar with –and enjoy!– getting around this way. For participants that do not feel safe on a bike we can offer a public transport ticket (for the city of Utrecht) that is valid for the entire week for € 25.