Travel and Accommodations

Accommodation

There will be no official conference hotel for ATCE 2014. SPE has instead block booked a number of hotel rooms throughout Amsterdam. The RAI hotel and travel service is the official accommodation provider for 2014 and you can book your accommodation via the RAI hotel and travel service website.

Visa Information

Prior to departure, please ensure that you have current travel documents and if necessary, an entry visa for The Netherlands. Travel directions are available on the Dutch visa website. Delegates are advised to check local travel and transport conditions prior to departure.

You can automatically generate an invitation letter to assist with your visa application through the registration page.

Transportation

All full conference delegates will receive a travel card which will be valid on all GVB trams, buses, night buses and metros within the city of Amsterdam.

The card will be active for the four days of the conference, from Sunday to Wednesday and will be available for collection on 26 October upon registration.

The following lines operate from approx. 07.00-00.00, with the most frequent services operating with the intervals shown below (during the hours 08.00-19.00) These services transport to the Amsterdam RAI:

Line From Via ToInterval

Tram 4

Central Station

Dam, Rembrandtplein, Ceintuurbaan, Victorieplein, RAI

Station RAI

Every 10 minutes

Metro 51

Isolatorweg

Sloterdijk,Lelylaan, Zuid WTC, RAI, Bijlmer

Gein

Every 8 minutes

Metro 50

Central Station

Waterlooplein, Amstel, RAI, Zuid WTC, Amstelveen centrum

Amstelveen
Westwijk

Every 8 minutes

Bus 62

Station Lelylaan

VU Medisch Centrum, RAI

Amstelstation

Every 15 minutes

Bus 65

Station Zuid

Scheldeplein, Amstelstation, Middenweg

KNSM laan

Every 15 minutes

How to get from the Amsterdam RAI to the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel:

Line From To Interval

Metro 50, 51

Station Amsterdam RAI

Zuid, Amsterdam

Every 8 minutes

Tram 5 and Bus 358

Amsterdam, Station Zuid (140m from the Metro station)

Amsterdam, Apollolaan

Every 5-10 minutes

How to get from the Amsterdam RAI to the Mercure Amsterdam City Hotel:

Line From To Interval

Metro 50, 51

Station Amsterdam RAI

Overamstel, Amsterdam
(750m to the Hotel)

Every 8 minutes

To plan your Public Transport in Amsterdam please visit: http://en.gvb.nl/pages/home.aspx.

Train

Trains are typically used for travel between different towns, but sometimes they are also the most efficient way to get from one side of Amsterdam to the other (ex: Central Station to Amsterdam Zuid). It is possible to use an OV-chipkaart on the train, but you must first request activation of this service and then add sufficient credit. Most visitors will find it more convenient to purchase tickets at the station from one of the ticket machines or ticket counters. You can also buy tickets on the NS website: www.ns.nl/en/travellers/home.

Tram 

Trams are ideal for short journeys around the city centre, as well as for travelling to other districts. Only one-hour disposable tickets can be purchased from the conductor. Other types of tickets can be purchased at GVB Tickets & Info offices or GVB ticket vending machines.

Metro 

Amsterdam's metro system radiates from Central Station to the city's outer districts. While not very useful for the city centre, it's the fastest way to reach districts like the Bijlmer, Amstelveen and Diemen. An OV-chipkaart cannot be purchased inside the metro. You must buy them in advance at a GVB Tickets & Info counter or GVB ticket vending machines.

Bus 

Amsterdam's extensive bus network will take you nearly anywhere you want to go. Just like the tram, only one-hour tickets can be purchased on board. Other types of tickets can be purchased at GVB Tickets & Info offices or GVB ticket vending machines.

Air France / KLM official carrier for SPE ATCE 2014

Air France / KLM is the official carrier for SPE ATCE 2014 in Amsterdam. Visitors and exhibitors benefit from 5 – 10% discount on a wide range of public fares in Economy and Business class. For more information please visit the website:  www.klm-globalmeetings.com/?eid=21764AF
Airport Transport Services

  • Buses and trains: Train tickets for domestic travel are available from the yellow ticket machines near the platforms at Schiphol Plaza. Tickets (for domestic and international travel) are also available from the ticket offices, which are situated close to the red/white-checked cube at Schiphol Plaza. Staff at the ticket offices will also be able to provide you with train departure information.

    You can also purchase your train ticket well in advance. You can either buy one from a ticket machine or ask for a ticket without a date at one of the NS-service desks. It is possible to do so for both the outward and return journeys. All you have to do on the day of travel is stamp your ticket at a machine on one of the platforms.

    Trains run from Schiphol airport to the Amsterdam RAI and Amsterdam Centraal Station, here are the details:
  • Taxis: taxis are waiting outside the arrivals hall at Schiphol airport.
  • Car rental: Schiphol Airport has representatives from Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and National.