When it comes to accommodation, there are a few choices.
Travel from home
If you live within the Randstad or Het Groene Hart, traveling back and
forth is an option. The train to Alphen takes 30 minutes from Utrecht,
15 from Leiden, 20-25 from Gouda, and from Amsterdam the
interregional bus takes about 45 minutes. Coming by car
is not likely to be a problem as well, since the traffic jams in the
morning tend to be from Alphen to the surrounding cities, and not the
other way around.
The first and most obvious choice is to stay at the symposium site at the
Van der Valk Hotel Avifauna. More information on prices and how to reserve rooms
can be found here
. It is possible to book additional nights directly before and/or
directly after the conference for the prices listed.
Other hotels in Alphen aan den Rijn
As far as I know, there are two other hotels in Alphen aan den Rijn.
The first one is right across the river from Avifauna. It is called
's Molenaarsbrug Hotel Restaurant. They have a
, but it is in Dutch.
From their website I found that a 1-person bedroom with
breakfast is 87.50 Euro, and a 2-person bedroom with breakfast
is 113.00 Euro.
The second one is adjacent to the railway station.
The website is
The distance to Avifauna is 2.5 km.
Staying in Utrecht
As shown here
, the train from Utrecht Centraal
to Alphen is direct and takes 30 minutes. There are quite
a few hotels to choose from.
Staying in Amsterdam
Some people might find it fun to stay in Amsterdam, and then travel
back and forth to Avifauna everyday. This is possible.
There is no direct train from Amsterdam to Alphen aan den Rijn, but
bus 370 starts in Amsterdam around Leidseplein
and passes by Avifauna (consult this page
for more information).
It takes about 65 minutes according to the schedule.
It is also possible to take a train from Amsterdam to Leiden, and then
switch trains to go to Alphen aan den Rijn. In Alphen you can then take
a bus to get near to Avifauna. This takes about the same amount of time,
but you need to transfer a few times and it probably costs a bit more.