Getting around

Getting around Amsterdam and VU University



A comprehensive system of trains, buses, trams, and the metro ensure convenient public transportation in and around Amsterdam.


Travelling from Schiphol to Amsterdam

From the arrivals floor of Schiphol Airport, you can take an NS (the Dutch railway operator) train to the city center (via Amsterdam Centraal) or VU University (via Amsterdam Zuid). If you have a bank card with an appropriate chip and pin code, you can purchase your train tickets from the yellow NS machines near the airport exit. It is also possible to purchase tickets and ask questions at the NS desk, which is identified on the map below by the blue NS logo in front of Arrivals 2.

Trains from Schiphol leave several times per hour. Single, 2nd-class tickets cost approximately €2,60 to Amsterdam Zuid (~8 minutes travel time) or €4,00 to Amsterdam Centraal (~15 minutes).


Around Amsterdam with buses, trams, and metro

Once you're in Amsterdam, you'll want to switch to local transportation. Single-use tickets for trams and buses can be purchased on board for about €2,80 and are valid for one hour. However, we highly recommend purchasing a multi-day ticket for unlimited access to GVB buses, trams, and metro during your stay. You can purchase multi-day tickets in advance at the GVB ticket offices at Amsterdam Centraal and Amsterdam Zuid train stations. (Note that Connexxion buses and NS trains are not included in the multi-day tickets.) For more information, click here.


Getting to/from VU University

The university is a short walk from train station Amsterdam Zuid. Additionally, the following local (GVB) lines, as shown on the campus map, will bring you directly to the VU Hoofdgebouw (Main Building):

  • Tram lines 5, 16, and 24
  • Metro line 51
  • Buses 176, 241, 242, and 310


At VU University

All workshops, presentations and exhibitions will take place in the Hoofdgebouw (Main Building), which is located at de Boelelaan 1105.


The opening reception will take place at the Basket campus pub (next to the parking lots in the middle of the

main campus block).


Conference dinner

Restaurant Café In de Waag is located on the Nieuwmarkt in the city center. From VU University, metro line 51 towards Amsterdam Centraal stops directly at Nieuwmarkt, just aross the square from the restaurant. Alternatively, tram lines 5, 16 and 24 will all take you to Dam Square, an 8-minute walk from the restaurant.


Look out for the bikes!

Amsterdam is a relatively compact city and many locals prefer to get around on their fiets (bike). If you prefer a two-wheeled approach to getting around town, bikes can be rented from a number of shops around town, including Mac Bike.


The map below provides an overview of all important conference locations. For a full version of the map, click here.


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