Hotel reservations:

Novotel Den Haag World Forum

Johan de Wittlaan 42-44,2517 JR Den Haag

Book with reduced pricing here. (reduced pricing untill July 22nd)

Crowne Plaza Den Haag

Van Stolkweg 1, Den Haag - 2585 JL, Netherlands 

Book with reduced pricing here

Directions to conference location "World Forum":

From the airport: take a train to The Hague ("Den Haag") (+/-30 minutes)

From The Hague Hollands spoor (+/- 30 minutes by public transport)

  • tram 1 (stop World Forum)

Public transportation in the Netherlands
To be able to use public transportation there are two options:

a) The single-use chip card

If you are NOT planning on travelling a great deal in the Netherlands, the single-use chip card is the best option. This is a paper ticket that contains a chip inside. This paper chip card can be purchased from an NS ticket machine or a Tickets & Service desk, and is valid for all train operators. You do not have to add any credit to this card!

When you purchase a single-use chip card you always pay the full fare. There is a € 1 supplement on single journeys, return tickets, and day travel cards to cover the additional costs of the card. If you want to travel by bus, please bring enough cash with you (between €3 and €5 per ride).

Important: When you travel with a single-use chip card you must check in and out with each train operator through the gates or posts!

If you decide to buy a paper card, buy a one way ticket (“enkele reis”) to Den haag HS. Intercity trains are faster than local trains (“stoptrein” or “sprinter”).

When in doubt, you can always ask someone at the ticket office. You will soon notice that almost everyone in the Netherlands speaks English fairly well. For journey advice and time tables you can check: http://www.ns.nl/en/travellers/home

 

b) The OV-chip card

If you plan to travel in the Netherlands a great deal, you can buy an anonymous transportation card (OV-chip card). The OV-chip card is the public transport smartcard that is used as a ticket for all public transportation in the Netherlands. The same card allows you to travel on the train, tram, bus and metro. The OV-chip card is usually more convenient if you are staying in the Netherlands for a longer period. You use this card to check in for each mode of transport as you depart and to check out again when you arrive.

There are two options to obtain this OV-chip card.

1. At the NS service desk (central hall Schiphol)

2. At one of the yellow vending machines available at all train stations in the country.

These vending machines are also available at the Schiphol train station.

Sales points are indicated by the pink OV-chip card logo.

The card itself costs € 7,50. Each person has to buy his/her own card, since it is not allowed (and not possible) to check in several persons with 1 card.

If you have bought an OV- chip card at an NS service desk or an NS ticket machine you will be able to use it immediately for your NS train journeys. All you have to do is to add credit to the balance on your card and check in before starting your train journey. If you have bought an OV- chip card from another public transport operator you have to activate the OV-chip card at an NS ticket machine by adding credit to its credit balance. You can then also choose whether you want to travel first or second class. You can do that this at an NS ticket machine at the station. The minimum boarding fee for travelling with the OV-chip card is € 20. If you have a bank card that is valid within the EU, you can top up the credit balance at any NS ticket machine as well as at NS Tickets& Service desks. At the service desk on most train stations, it is also possible to pay by credit card.

 

 
 
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