When arriving in The Netherlands, all delegates must present a valid passport with the appropriate visa (if required). It is not possible to apply for a visa at the border. Delegates who need to apply for a visa must do so in their country of residence.
The Netherlands is part of the Schengen Area. The Government website shows which passport holders need to apply for a Schengen visa and provides information about the application process.
If the nationality of the passport holder is not listed, a Schengen visa is not required to enter The Netherlands. We advises delegates to obtain their visa well in advance. Applying for a visa is possible as of three months before the start of the meeting. Please keep in mind that issuing a visa can take up to 14 days. Addresses of Dutch embassies, consulates and other representations can be found here.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
Delegates will be responsible for organizing their own transport to and from Amsterdam.
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Arrival at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Amsterdam is only 15 km from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. There are excellent public transport connections to and from the airport.
The Amsterdam Travel Ticket is the easiest all-in-one ticket. The ticket includes a 2nd class return ticket to and from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport by NS train, to any station in Amsterdam. Combined with unlimited travel on all trams, buses, night buses, metros and ferries within Amsterdam. Costs of the ticket: 1 day € 15, 2 days € 20, 3 days € 25.
Points of sale at Schiphol Airport
- NS Tickets & Service: Main hall, at Schiphol Plaza (open 24/7)
- Holland Tourist Information, Arrival hall 2 (Open every day 7AM –10PM)
- AKO Books & Travel, Arrival hall 4 (Open every day 7AM – 10PM)
- AKO Nieuws & Media, Passageway arrival hall 2 (Open every day 6AM–10 PM)
- AKO Kiosk Main hall (open 24/7)
Other points of sale
- GVB Tickets & Info, Stationsplein, opposite Amsterdam Central Station (Open weekdays: 07:00 - 21:00 hours, Saturdays- Sundays 10:00 - 18:00 hours)
You can also buy the ticket at several hotels in and around Amsterdam
Schiphol railway station is beneath the airport, and is accessed via Schiphol Plaza. The average travelling time to Amsterdam Central Station is 15 minutes. Trains depart for Amsterdam Central on a regular basis. For more information, click here.
A single-use chipcard can be bought from the (yellow colored) machines at the station or at the service desk of the NS (the Dutch Railways). It is recommended to buy a single-use return ticket (costs around €8). You must check in upon entering the station and out upon leaving the station. You can also purchase an e-ticket online in advance and print out the ticket yourself. You are required to show the e-ticket and valid proof of identity when tickets are checked on the train.
The bus station is in front of the arrival and departures hall at Schiphol Plaza. There are several scheduled bus services to Amsterdam.
The taxi rank is just outside Schiphol Plaza.
The registered tax companies at Schiphol can take you practically anywhere within the Netherlands. Just follow the signs above and on the floor toward the terminal to reach the offical taxi stands in front of Schiphol Plaza. From there, you can catch a metered taxi, so you’ll never pay more than you have to. The drivers accept credit cards, cannot refuse carriage, and will issue a printed receipt.
Attention: please avoid all unsolicited rides from taxi touts.
Arrival at Amsterdam Central Station
Travelling within Amsterdam by public transport goes by train, tram, metro, bus and ferry. The most convenient option for visitors is a disposable one-hour card (€2.90) or day card (valid for one to seven days). These tickets can be bought on the tram or bus (cash only), and are valid across the whole network from the time of purchase, allowing you to take as many journeys as you choose within your chosen timeframe. For more information, click here.
The taxi rank is at the North side of the Central Station. To get there you walk to the far North end and turn left. At the end of the hall, as soon as you go outside, you will find the taxi stand. Official taxis have a ‘TCA’ sign on the roof. TCA contact details: tel. +31 (0)20 777 7777 or website.
The conference venue is a 5-minute walk from the Central Station.
Arrival by car
In the immediate surroundings of Beurs van Berlage, there are a large number of carparks.
Parking garage De Bijenkorf (next to the Beurs van Berlage)
- Beursplein 15, 1012 JW Amsterdam
- 400 parking spaces;
- Maximum vehicle height 1.80 m / 5ft 11in;
- Opening hours 24 hours, 7 days a week;
- Rates: 20 minutes: € 2, maximum daily rate: € 50.
Parking garage Oosterdok (9 minutes walking distance)
- Oosterdokstraat 150, 1011 DK Amsterdam;
- 1,700 parking spaces;
- Maximum vehicle height 2.10 m / 6ft 11in;
- Opening hours 24 hours, 7 days a week;
- Rates: first 5 hours: € 1 per 12 min, 5 to 24 hours: € 13.
Park and Ride (P+R)
The Park and Ride (P+R) parking facilities are on the outskirts of Amsterdam near the ring A-10. The idea is that you park your car, van or coach in Amsterdam for a low fee only €1 or €8 per 24 hours (as from February 2014). You then continue your jorney using a public transportation chipcard – so called OV card (OV-chipkaart), or discounted P+R GVB cards (for travel on GVB bus, trams or metro).
The P+R rates:
- Weekdays before 10:00 hours: €8 for the first 24 hours, then €1 for subsequent 24 hour periods
- weekdays after 10:00 hours: €1 per 24 hours
- weekend: €1 per 24 hours Price of P+R GVB cards:
- 1 person: €5
- 2 persons: €5
- 3 persons: €5.90
- 4 persons: €6.80
- 5 persons: €7.70
P+R car parks are, open 7 days a week, 24 hours with the exception of the P+R Bos en Lommer (from 7 am to 10 pm). They are all supervised but we do not advise you to leave anything of value in your car because break-in's are common in Amsterdam.
The closest P+R car park to the Beurs van Berlage is P+R Zeeburg I and II,