Because of its central geographical position in the
country, the city of Utrecht has very good
connections with all the main cities and airports
in the Netherlands.
The Utrecht Centraal railway station is a main node of the Dutch railway
network and also serves as a major regional bus station.
check the visa
page for information about obtaining a visa for
coming to AAMAS.
any questions or problems concerning visa's please contact
the FBU Conference Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that invitation letters can, unfortunately,
only be written after registration and payment for the
conference has been completed.
by plane: Because of its centric position
in the country, Utrecht is well connected to several
airports in the area:
(40 minutes): Schiphol is a major international
airport and gateway for people traveling to Europe.
Direct flights can be taken from almost any country
in the world to Schiphol. From Schiphol Airport
there are trains leaving for Utrecht every 15
minutes. The train station is inside the airport,
and has direct access from Schiphol's main hall.
You can buy tickets at one of the several vending
machines or in the train information desk. The
train-ride to Utrecht takes about 35-40 minutes
(please note: for the fastest trip you
should change trains in Duivendrecht).
[RTM] (1 hour): this airport is
an alternative destination (specially for some
low-fare airlines). Bus service 33 operates between
Rotterdam Airport and Rotterdam Central Station.
Bus 33 departures every 10 minutes and the transit-time
is approximately 20 minutes. The bus stop is right
next to the terminal building. Travelcards suitable
for local buses can be purchased at the Information
Service Desk on Rotterdam Airport. From
Rotterdam Central Station there are direct trains
connecting to Utrecht Central Station. The train-ride
takes about 35-45 minutes.
Airport [EIN] (1 hour 20 minutes):
this airport is another destination for standard
and low-fare airlines. Bus service 401 connects
Eindhoven Airport to Eindhoven Central Station
and the transit-time is approximately 25 minutes.
From Eindhoven Central Station there are direct
trains connecting to Utrecht Central Station.
The train-ride takes about 50 minutes.
airports in the area with a good connection
by train: Quite some international trains
stop in Utrecht Central Station. For all those that
do not stop in Utrecht, travellers can change trains
in Amsterdam Central Station or Rotterdam Central
Dutch Railway System (NS) is
overall fast and efficient. Those interested
can find a travel planner (in English) at www.ns.nl,
but trains are often so frequent that it is
not uncommon for the Dutch to go to the railway
station unprepared and just see when the next
train goes. Reservations are not available for
domestic trains and are also not necessary;
there usually is enough space. For a few international
trains (like the superfast ICE to Germany or
the Thalys to France) there is a surcharge required
("toeslag vereist") when used for domestic trips.
Usually the best approach is not to bother and
take the next regular domestic train instead.
Notice that in the timetables (as posted in
the railway stations) only the departure time
is given, and not the time the train will reach
its destination. Furthermore, during the train
ride the stations are not always called in advance,
so one has to watch carefully when to get out.
Sitting in front of the train helps (as it is
easier to recognise the station names in a relatively
early stage). Another help is to bring with
you this handy
As the NS is cutting back on its staff, most
tickets are nowadays sold by vending machines.
Note that the new model vending machine does
not take cash; it accepts plastic only (debit-cards
as well as some credit-cards). It is still possible,
however, to buy a ticket at the counter; for
this, an extra fee of € 0.50 per ticket
Those who want to do more extensive train travel
(for which Utrecht is a good base, as it is
located centrally in the country), the railways
have an offer called "Zomertoer". For €
69 two persons can have unlimited domestic train
travel for three seperate days. Notice that
the normal price of a day-return ticket to Amsterdam
is € 10,80 so this action only pays off
for those interested in travelling somewhat
For the Dutch railways, a travel planner is
available on the
NS-website (click "English"). Also available
is a travel planner
that takes any two arbitrary addresses in the
Netherlands and calculates how to get from A
to B by all combinations of public transport
c) by car: The Netherlands has a very
extensive network of highways. Highways in the Netherlands
are free, in very good condition and have clear road
d) public transport: Utrecht and all
Dutch cities have a very good public transport system.
In the case of AAMAS-05, any hotel that is not within
walking distance of the Utrecht train station (which
are many) can be reached within 20 minutes. The conference
venue is accesible by several bus lines (e.g., bus
11 and bus 12).
transport inside a city (bus, tram, underground):
All Dutch cities have an extense network of
bus lines. Bigger cities (such as Utrecht and
Amsterdam) also have some tram lines. Amsterdam
even has a underground network. For any public
transport inside any city of the Netherlands,
travelers should buy either:
strippenkaart: it is a long card
that gives a limited number of trips. The
card is divided in several cells (strippen).
Depending on the duration of the trip, the
driver will stamp two or more cells.
OV pass: there is also the option
to buy a pass for a period of time (e.g.,
a week, a month or a year). This option
is good if one plans to make an intense
use of the public transport during that
PLEASE NOTE: with the registration to the
AAMAS conference you will get a 5-day OV
pass (Monday to Friday).
transport from city to city: see the
train section. (Please
note: you cannot use the strippenkaart
for inter-city transport).
taxis in the Netherlands are safe but a bit
expensive. Sometimes taxi drivers use to charge
extra fees to tourists, which do not know the
standard fees. Please take into account that:
taxi from Shiphol to Utrecht costs around
- A taxi from Utrecht Central Station to any location within Utrecht should
cost less than € 10.
plan your trips with the Dutch public transport
system, there is a travel
planner that takes any two arbitrary addresses
in the Netherlands and calculates how to get
from A to B by all combinations of public transport