Travel

An overview of all travel related information required to get to and from the conference. To plan other trips in the Netherlands you can use Google Maps, which has a very complete and up-to-date transport planner for the Netherlands. Alternatively, you can use the site and app of 9292.


Nearby airports

The airports in bold are the large airports servicing intercontinental flights. The others are smaller airports, servicing mostly low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, transavia.com, easyJet, and Germanwings.

Hotels and the conference venue are all within walking distance from Eindhoven's central train station. The following table details how to reach it from each airport.

Airport Minimum
travel time
Route (details on tickets below)
Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) 1:30 Train, direct connection (every 30 min., travel time 1:29)
Rotterdam / The Hague (RTM) 1:50 Bus 33 (every 15 min., travel time 0:22) to Rotterdam central station, then the train (every 30 min., travel time 1:13)
Maastricht / Aachen (MST) 1:30 Bus 59 to Beek-Elsloo train station (every hour, travel time 0:13), then train changing once at Sittard (every 30 min., travel time 1:08)
Eindhoven (EIN) 0:25 Bus 401 to Eindhoven central station (every 7–8 min., travel time 0:22)
Brussels (BRU) 3:10 Train, changing twice in Brussels and Dordrecht, or
Train, changing twice in Brussels and Rotterdam, or
Train, changing thrice in Brussels, Roosendaal, and Tilburg
(all three trains go once an hour)
Düsseldorf (DUS) 1:30 (bus)
2:15 (train)
Direct IC bus to Eindhoven (5 times a day), or
Train, changing twice in Düsseldorf and Mönchengladbach, or
Train, changing twice in Düsseldorf and Venlo (every hour one or the other goes)
Cologne / Bonn (CGN) 2:40 Train, changing once in Köln (several times daily), or
Train, changing twice in Mönchengladbach and Venlo (once every hour)

Dutch public transport (one-off tickets)

Taxis are expensive in the Netherlands. For instance, a taxi from Eindhoven Airport to the train station, which takes about 15 minutes, will cost roughly €25.00. The same trip by bus takes 22 minutes but costs only €3.50.

There is a unified smartcard system (OV-chipkaart) in use for all public transport in the Netherlands. This means that when boarding/exiting any transport during your journey you need to check-in and check-out by holding your chip card against the card readers. If you are traveling only to and from the conference, your best option is to buy one-off tickets for any buses and/or trains you use. For more extensive use of the public transport other options may be preferable (see next section).

Buses: Simply state the destination to the bus driver and pay him/her in cash (coins and/or bills of at most 20 euros). You will get a disposable, one-way ticket. The bus trips listed above cost between € 1.60 and € 3.50.

Trains: For purchasing train tickets you have two options:

  • Purchase a single journey card at the ticket machines of any train station. The ticket machines have Dutch, English, German, and French interfaces and accept bills as well as all debit cards that carry the Maestro symbol. Credit cards are currently only supported at a select few stations (such as Amsterdam Schiphol Airport). Note: When using credit cards in the Netherlands, you will need to know the PIN code of the card!
  • Purchase a single journey card at the service desk of any major train station. A Dutch railways employee (speaking Dutch, English, and possibly German and French) will sell you a ticket (at €0.50 extra charge) and answer any of your questions.

In all cases you will want to purchase one-way (“enkele reis”) train tickets, as return tickets are only valid on a single date. Be sure to select “full fare” (“normaal tarief”), as you are only eligible for discounts with a Dutch railway subscription card.


Dutch public transport (OV-chipkaart)

If you want make more extensive use of the Dutch public transport system (to do sight-seeing, for example), you should buy an anonymous “OV-chipkaart”. These can be purchased from the service desks at major train stations, as well as from supermarkets and convenience stores. The RFID-based OV-chipkaart is the universal method of payment for Dutch buses, trams, subways, and trains. It replaces the older system of paper tickets. Currency can be loaded onto the OV-chipkaart at all train-stations and many other places. OV-chipkaart logo The machines have Dutch, English, German, and French interfaces and accept bills as well as all debit cards that carry the Maestro symbol. Credit cards are currently only supported at a select few stations (such as Amsterdam Schiphol Airport). Hold the card against the area with the OV-chipkaart logo (shown on the right), and your current balance will be displayed. Follow the on-screen instructions to load money onto the card.

At the entrances and exits of buses and stations you will find devices with the same OV-chipkaart logo. To check in, hold your card in front of the device until it beeps. At your destination, hold your card in front of such a device again to check out. An amount will be deducted from your card based on the distance traveled. (Actually, the maximum tariff is deducted at the check-in, and you are refunded the difference at the check-out. So don't forget to check out!) You should check-in and check-out for every transport you take. So, for example, switching buses requires you to check-in and check-out for each bus you take. The only exception are the trains run by the railway company NS. When traveling with NS trains you only need to check-in at the start and check-out at the end of your journey by rail, independent of how many trains you take. Note this only applies when you solely take trains run by the NS!


International trains

Tickets for international trains have to be bought in advance, and is most easily done online from the railway website for the country of departure. When traveling, be sure to bring the tickets as well as a valid ID showing the same name as on the tickets.

From Belgium: Use the English booking webpage for international journeys for the Belgian railways (Dutch: NMBS, French: SNCB).

  • Brussels Airport (BRU) to Eindhoven.
    Select the following:
    From: Brussel Nat Luchthaven (Be) ( Brussels Airport, Zaventem )
    To: Eindhoven (Nl)
Accepted credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Dexia.
After payment, print out your tickets.

From Germany: Use the English booking webpage for international journeys for the German railways (Deutsche Bahn).

  • Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS) to Eindhoven.
    Select the following:
    From: DÜSSELDORF FLUGHAFEN (DUS)
    To: Eindhoven
  • Cologne / Bonn Airport (CGN) to Eindhoven.
    Select the following:
    From: CGN KölnBonn Airport
    To: Eindhoven
Accepted credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Dexia.
After payment, print out your tickets.