Travel to Utrecht
Driving to Utrecht can be a difficult task and be quite costly. Parking costs are €4,20 /hour and its hard to find a parking spot in or near the old town. If your coming from out of town, parking at one of the four Park and Ride places is your best option. If you’re determined to drive into the Old Town then look for a parking garage. There are 12 located in and around the centre. You can find them easily by following the blue signs, which will also tell you how many free spaces are available. Parkeergarage Springhaven is the nearest parking garage to the conference site, The University Hall (Academiegebouw).
If you arrive at Schiphol you can easily take the train to Utrecht. When you leave the arrivals hall, follow the signs to the train station. The trains in the direction of Utrecht Central leave from platforms 1, 2 or 3 and leave every 15 minutes. The trip takes about half an hour and costs about €10. From Eindhoven Airport take the bus to Eindhoven train station, after which you can travel onward by train. The trip takes about 90 minutes and costs about €15.
The station area is under construction; inconvenience has been limited as much as possible but can’t be avoided completely. You will arrive at Utrecht Central (there are several railway stations in Utrecht, check out that you go to Central). If you get off at the central station there are two exits: the rear exit leads to the De Jaarbeurs events hall and the front exit leads to the city centre. If you follow the signs for Hoog Catharijne, you’ll walk in the direction of the centre.
If you want to visit other cities (like Amsterdam), buy you trainticket at the station. The blue-yellow ticket machines are easily recognizable and can be found at various places in the central hall. They work with the help of a touchscreen and can also display a menu in English. Choose, on the left side of the screen what type of ticket you’d like. Next, choose your destination, first or second class, fyll price or discount etc. The ticket machine takes all cards with a Maestro logo, but to be sure, it’s safer to have some cash. Don’t forget to take your ticket from the dispenser at the bottom of the machine.
There are always people to assist you and lead the way if necessary. Don’t hesitate to ask!
Once in the central station follow the blue signs marked ‘Jaarbeurs’. These will take you to the bus platform automatically. There are two bus platforms: one with citybuses, and one with regional buses. Check out where your bus arrives and departs; you can take bus 2, exit at Domplein for Hotel NH Centre or the Courthotel.
It is possible to rent a bike at the central station. These city bikes are called ‘OV-fietsen’. Do make sure that you have good locks on your bike, as bike thefts are unfortunately quite common in the city centre. Also it’s a good idea to make use of the free bike parking areas provided by the city council. They are usually guarded and are a safe place to park your bike.
The Apollo hotel is located within a five minutes walking distance of the Utrecht Central Station. Follow the Centre Exit signposts and then you can choose, a pleasant stroll through the Hoog Catharijne shopping centre or a refreshing walk along the Catharijnesingel, which takes you to the Vredenburg.
The Courthotel and NH Centre Hotel are also in close range of the Central Station. In about 15-20 minutes you can reach both locations, also by following the Centre Exit signposts, walk along the Apollo Hotel, go straight ahead untill you reach the Janskerkhof. On your right hand side you’ll find the NH Centre Hotel. Walk towards the Dom, and you’ll find the Courthotel in the Lange Nieuwstraat on your left hand side (almost next to the University Hall, or Academiegebouw).