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Transportation to the City of Delft

The Netherlands is easily accessible by airplane from all parts of the world. Amsterdam Schiphol International (AMS) Airport is one of central hubs for intercontinental as well as for European flights. The Rotterdam-The Hague (RTM) Airport  is only 15 minutes (12 kilometers) from the center of Delft by taxi. This airport primarily serves European destinations.

The Netherlands is also easily reachable from most of Europe via high-speed trains, e.g. Thalys from Paris via Belgium or ICE from Germany.

From Amsterdam Airport by train
Arriving at Amsterdam Airport, the Schiphol train station is located directly below the airport. After collecting your luggage, it only takes a couple of minutes to walk from the arrival halls to Schiphol Plaza. From there, the escalators and lifts descend to the platform.  Direct trains to Delft (final destination Vlissingen) leave every 30 minutes from platform 5 and 6. The journey by train will take approximately 39 minutes. A one-way ticket will cost € 9,60 (full fare, 2nd class) and € 16,30 (full fare, 1st class)

Where to buy train tickets?
You can purchase single-use train tickets at one of the many ticket kiosks located near the train platforms at Schiphol Plaza. There are many attendants available to help with questions. Look for the yellow ticket kiosk with the blue overhead sign reading ‘train tickets’.

Tickets can also be purchased online ahead of time at NS for International travelers.

Travelers do not have to purchase train tickets ahead of time; tickets can be purchased from kiosk at the Schiphol Airport.  However, be aware of potential wait times at the kiosk. A ticket MUST BE scanned to enter the train platform.

Train ticket FAQs
• The NS App is extremely helpful and informative. Download the NS International App for iOS and Android for free.
• When purchasing a ticket, Select the Delft Station, not Delft Zuid or Delft South.
• For more information, please check the NS App or website.
• Free Wifi is available on the train (between Schiphol and Delft) and at Schiphol airport.
• Taxis are available at the Delft station.  However, due to roadwork, taxis should be in the back instead of in the front of the station.  Check to see if your hotel is within walking distance from the Delft station.

From Amsterdam Airport by taxi or rental car
A taxi from Schiphol to Delft will cost anywhere between € 79 and € 95 (prices vary, and these are approximate prices).  Rental cars are also available.  Visit the Schiphol website for more information.

From Rotterdam The Hague Airport by bus and train
Arriving at Rotterdam The Hague Airport there is no direct public transport to Delft. First take bus #33 (direction Rotterdam Centraal, 20-25 minutes) to go to Rotterdam’s central station. A one-way journey will cost € 1,70 for the bus (full fare). The buses stop right next to the departures hall.

Rotterdam central station has fast and regular railway connections to the city of Delft; almost every ten minutes trains to Delft leave from the platforms 8 or 9. A one-way journey will cost € 3,20 (full fare, 2nd class) or € 5,40 (full fare, 1st class) for the train.

The total journey from the airport to Delft station will take approximately 40-50 minutes.

Where to buy bus and train tickets?

On board of the bus you can purchase the bus ticket to the central station. At Rotterdam’s central station you can purchase a single-use chip card from the yellow ticket machines with the blue overhead sign reading ‘train tickets’.

Tickets (for domestic and international travel) are also available at the Ticket- and Service desks, which you can find in front of the luggage lockers and the washrooms in the public area of the central station.

From Rotterdam The Hague Airport by taxi

You can take a taxi to get to Delft. The taxi stand is located directly in front of the entrance/exit of the airport terminal. The fare to Delft (about 12 kilometers) will take 15-20 minutes (longer during rush hour traffic) and will cost approximately € 33.

For more Information on Delft, visit  DISCOVER THE BEST OF HOLLAND.

Local Transportation Within Delft

Delft is a walking city so there is very little need or opportunity for a car.  In fact, Delft city centre is a restricted area for cars. This means visitors cannot drive or park in the restricted zone. The streets in Delft are very narrow and many are blocked for pedestrians only.  Bicycles and pedestrian traffic are the two primary methods of transportation. If you do rent a car, check with your hotel as many hotels do not offer parking.

For travelling on local public transportation (bus), you need a OV chipkaart. You can get a disposable card, valid for a short period of time, at the desk at Schiphol Airport and in various locations around Delft. If you plan to use public transportation throughout your stay in the Netherlands, you should consider getting an OV chipkaart.

Walking Map 
Area Map
Bus Information

Travel Documents

You will need a valid passport and/or a proof of identity (EU citizens) in order to visit the Netherlands. You are required by law to carry your proof of identity with you at all times in the Netherlands. This means that everyone aged 14 and over has to produce a valid identity document if asked to do so by the police.


Schengen Visitor Visa

A Schengen Visa allows a foreign national to stay and travel in the Schengen area for up to 90 days within a six month period. If you have a Schengen Visa for your visit to the Netherlands, you will also be permitted to travel to other countries within the Schengen area.

Please note that foreign nationals from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are exempt from the visa requirement. The visa requirement is also waived for nationals of certain non-EU countries. Please visit the European Commission’s Schengen Visa site for more information.

Letter of Support
If you require a letter of support for your visa application, conference organizers will be able to issue one once you are fully registered for the conference and have paid applicable registration fee. If you have any questions about travel to Delft, please contact us at conference@oeconsortium.org.

Currency

The Netherlands is a member of the European Union and uses the European currency EURO.

Weather

The Netherlands has a mild sea climate. The summers are never extremely hot and the winters are never extremely cold. In both the summer and winter there are very pleasant dry and sunny periods, but there are also periods with cloudy skies, wind, rain, and snow in the winter. So when you go on holiday in the Netherlands you should always take your sunglasses and an umbrella, and some warm clothes just in case. Temperatures by the end of April average 59-60°F/15°C during the day and between 44-45°F/7°C in the evening.

Voltage

The Netherlands has a 230 Volt power supply. C or F plugs are used.

Mobile Networks and Internet

The 4G mobile networks of various providers can be accessed almost everywhere in the Netherlands. Roaming charges have recently been abolished in the European Union. Please note: if you come from a country outside the EU, you will still have to pay roaming charges. If you want to avoid paying extra charges in a foreign country, switch your telephone to airplane mode or deactivate roaming. There is free WiFi in the four public squares in the centre of Delft, and most hotels and other tourist attractions have free WiFi as well.