Travelling by Air
Amsterdam’s International Airport Schiphol, is situated 20km from Amsterdam centre. Ninety airlines fly to and from Schiphol and have offices at the airport or in Amsterdam. You can reach the city from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in just half an hour by train, taxi or bus. For a full list of air carriers, and up to date timetables follow the link to the airport website: www.schiphol.nl/index_en.html
Schiphol train station is located directly underneath the airport. From here regular direct trains can take you to Amsterdam Central Station (city centre) in approximately 20 minutes. For timetables and prices go to: www.ns.nl/cs/Satellite/travellers
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.
The Connexxion Amsterdam Tourist Ticket costs €10 for a 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. For more information see: www.iamsterdam.com/en/placestogo/connexxion-amsterdam-tourist-ticket-schiphol---amsterdam/69707e8d-1ac3-467e-a1a1-50ba3260977b?
GVB is the public transport company of Amsterdam providing an integrated metro, tram and bus service throughout Amsterdam and its surrounding areas. 24, 48 and 72 hour GVB passes allow for unlimited travel on all trams, buses, metros and night buses for the duration of the pass and provide the most economical way for visitors to explore the city. For more information see: www.gvb.nl/english/Pages/default.aspx
Bike Hire: The easiest way to get around Amsterdam is by bike. Avoid parking problems, traffic queues, and experience the city like a local. There are bike hire shops all over the city.
The official language of the conference will be English.
The Netherlands is set to CET. In October, the Netherlands is +9 hours ahead of US Pacific Time, +6 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time and +1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
As in most countries in northwest Europe, the weather in the Netherlands can be very changeable from day to day at all times of the year, and the character of each season may vary from one year to another. The average maximum temperature in October is 14°C and the minimum is 6°C. It is recommended that you bring warm clothing and a waterproof jacket.
The currency used The Netherlands is the Euro €
If you are travelling within the European Union you are advised to check entry requirements with your travel agent or consulate before travelling.
Voltage is 220-volt, 50-cycle alternating current and European 2 pin sockets are used. Those travelling from overseas with electrical appliances will need an adapter.