There are three airports in The Netherlands; Schiphol, Eindhoven and Rotterdam. We recommend you either fly to Schiphol or Eindhoven seeing as there is no train station at Rotterdam Airport. From Schiphol and Eindhoven you can take a train to Utrecht Centraal. The train from Schiphol will take you a little over 30 minutes and the train from Eindhoven about 50. At 9292.nl or ns.nl you can figure out which train to take.
Once you get to Utrecht Central Station you can either walk to the city center or take a bus. Bus tickets are available for purchase on the bus. Tickets to Utrecht University (bus stop Janskerkhof) are €1,12 but it’s just as easy to walk there from the Central Station, this will take you about 10 minutes. If you ever need to check public transport times, prices etcetera or plan a journey you can check out 9292.nl or download the 9292 app. If you need to get to the University College Utrecht you can take bus 12 from Utrecht Central Station to bus stop De Kromme Rijn and then walk for 8 minutes. This bus ticket will cost you €1,52.
Boon’s Supermarket, located at Ganzenmarkt 2-6, has quite a few lactose free and/or gluten free products. Besides that, Albert Heijn and Plus Market are good and cheap supermarkets. If you’re looking to go out for breakfast, lunch or dinner there are quite a few nice places in Utrecht. SLA is a healthy salad bar with plenty of vegetarian/vegan options and Gys and Mr. Smakers have some vegetarian/vegan options as well.
If you want to experience Utrecht the way locals do hiring a bike is always an option. If you’re looking for a bike rental place near you, check out https://www.visit-utrecht.com/explore-utrecht/cycling/bicycle-hire-companies. Cycling in Utrecht is relatively easy as the city is very bike friendly. We have safe bike lanes and there aren’t a lot of cars in the city center.
How to get to the registration from the station?
Warning: Utrecht central station can be confusing. There is an information stand in the central hall, near platform 1. They can always help you if you get lost.
If you arrive on Wednesday you can come to the registration straight from the station by bus or by foot.
Busses leave beyond the highest train platforms (21 being the highest) and are leaving from a couple of different bus platforms (C, D, E and F). There are electronic screens that will tell you when your bus leaves and from which platform it will depart. If you want to go to Drift 13, where the registration is taking place on Wednesday, you have to go to busstop ‘Janskerkhof’. There are a lot of busses going there. For example:
- 7 (To Voordorp),
- 8 (Wilhelminapark),
- 28 (Uithof P + R),
- 50 (To Veenendaal or Wageningen),
- 51 (To Driebergen-Zeist),
- 52 (To Amersfoort),
- 53 (To Zeist centrum),
- 77 (To Bilthoven)
Or if you’re not very lazy or directionally challenged, you can walk. You can go through the indoor shopping center, named ‘Hoog Catherijne’, located beyond platform 1. And follow the signs Vredenburg. You’ll arrive at a square. Go left on the square until you see the big street with all the busses. There, make a right. Follow that street until you arrive at Janskerkhof, the Drift is on your left hand. Or just use google maps 🙂
If you arrive on Thursday you can go straight to the registration as well, which will be in Café Fier that day. The address of the cafe is Korte Minrebroederstraat 11. This place is harder to get to by public transport. If you are carrying a lot of bags you could take any of the before mentioned busses to the busstop ‘Neude’. From here, cross the big square on your right when exiting the bus. Take the street on the left side of the square, between café de Beurs and Lefebvre. At the end of this little street there is another square on which you can find Café Fier.
Again you could walk from the station, which will probably be faster than the bus. Again, exit the station through shopping centre ‘Hoog Catherijne’ at Vredenburg. You’ll arrive at a square. Go left on the square until you see the big street with all the busses. There, make a right. Follow this street until you see a large square on your right called Neude. It has multiple cafe’s and a big hostel called Stay Okay by which you can recognise it. Once you get here, cross the big square on your right when exiting the bus. Take the street on the left side of the square, between café de Beurs and Lefebvre. At the end of this little street there is another square on which you can find Café Fier.
Of course you could also go straight to your host’s house. They can help you get wherever you need to go.