Travel directions, as well as other tourist information, can be found on wikitravel Amsterdam. Directions to the VU University can be found on the website of the university. Below we give a description.
Getting to Amsterdam
Amsterdam can be reached by plane through Schiphol Airport, with connections to all main airports in the world. There are very frequent and direct train connections from the airport to:
Train tickets can be bought at Schiphol airport from the yellow & blue ticket machines near the platforms at Schiphol Plaza. The machines accept payment by various means - all accept Dutch PIN chip cards, only some take euro coins. Note payment with euro notes is not possible.
A Weekend Return is similar to the Day Return and costs the same, but your return journey does not have to be on the same day as your outward journey. A Weekend Return is valid from 19.00h Friday evening to 04.00h Monday morning.
With a normal train ticket you can just jump onboard any normal service (Intercity and Sprinter trains) and free seating in your class is in effect.
Note: Use the disposable cards. The plastic anonymous cards, costs an additional €7,50 for the card and €20 boarding rate.
Note: Be careful when going by taxi to and from Schiphol. Some drivers do not like to make short trips. Our experience with taxis from Connexxion is generally positive. This company also runs a hotel shuttle service. To order a taxi directly, please dial: TCA +31 20 777 777.
Amsterdam Central Station has intercity and high speed connections to mainland European cities and to London. Schedule information and booking via nshighspeed.nl.
By far the best option to reach Amsterdam by car is to use the so-called “Park & Ride” [P+R] facilities, i.e. drive to a secured parking site in the outskirts of Amsterdam and travel by public transport to your hotel or campus. [P+R] Parking costs are € 8 per 24 h and include free public transport (with some limitations).
Watch out: Except for parking at the [P+R] facilities, parking anywhere else in Amsterdam is surprisingly expensive! And parking violations have very annoying and expensive consequences: fines are high and your car may be towed away, costing additionally € 150.
Students can get around Amsterdam by public transport, or the very Dutch way: by using a rented (not stolen!) bike. Public transport and bikes are the main and quickest means of transport in Amsterdam, an own car needs a parking spot, which is expensive in Amsterdam.
By public transport
Public transportation (tram, metro and bus) is one of the easiest ways to get around Amsterdam. Public transport in Amsterdam is run by the GVB. One of
Note: Use the disposable cards. The plastic anonymous cards, costs an
chipkaart. Tickets can be purchased from vending machines or in the bus or
tram. Prices and places to buy these tickets can be found on the GVB website.
You can plan trips on the journey planner.
Note: With this OV-chipkaart, you must check-in and check-out when boarding or disembarking from a tram, bus, or metro. Make sure you do not hold the card in front of the reader twice because you will not only be checking in but also checking out. If an inspector checks the tickets and you are not checked in you will be fined!
Even when you transfer from one modality to another you need to check out. You will again check in when you use the next transport modality.
Biking is the most flexible way of getting around in Amsterdam. Your hotel should be able to give you information about the nearest bike-rental shops.
Getting to the VU University
The iGEM Jamboree takes place in the Main Building (Hoofdgebouw) of the VU University.
By public transport
VU University Amsterdam (De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam, on google maps) is accessible by different means of transport. At the end of this page you can find a few maps to help you orient.
From Amsterdam Central Station
From Amsterdam Zuid railway station
The A-10 Amsterdam ring road can be reached from all directions. Follow the A-10 to the Zuid / Amstelveen exit S108. Turn left at the end of the slip road onto Amstelveenseweg: after about three hundred yards (at the VU University hospital building) turn left again onto De Boelelaan. VU University Amsterdam can be reached via city routes S108 and S109.