The Saline Futures conference will take place in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. It will be organised by the EU Intereg North Sea partners in the SalFar project, in particular by the Wadden Academy. The conference venue is Applied University VHL, a short walk from Leeuwarden historic City Centre.
Travelling from Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) (150 km from Leeuwarden)
Most people fly in via Amsterdam International Airport Schiphol. From the airport, Leeuwarden is easy to reach via excellent train connections (approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes). The train station is at lower level beneath the airport, within walking distance of the luggage claim areas. The Dutch railway system is run by the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS). You will recognize it by its yellow and blue colours. Just follow the yellow illuminated signs that direct you ‘To the trains’. Every half an hour (10.04, 10.34, etc.) there is a train to Leeuwarden at platform 1 or 2. Trains at 10.34, 11.34 etc. go directly to Leeuwarden. Trains at 10.04, 11.04 etc. go to Groningen, but with a transfer in Zwolle you can connect to the train to Leeuwarden, usually located at the other side of the platform, platform 7. More information about buying train tickets is provided below. You cannot purchase train tickets on the train.
Other alternative airports in the proximity of Leeuwarden
Groningen Airport Eelde (NL) (70 km from Leeuwarden)
Groningen Airport Eelde has flights from and to: Copenhagen, London Southend, Antalya, Gdansk, Algarve, Gran Canaria, Crete, Gran Canaria, Mallorca, Brussel and Munchen. Not all flights have a daily service.
Groningen is easily reached from Groningen Airport Eelde by shuttlebus. The bus connection between Groningen Airport Eelde and the centre of Groningen makes it fast and easy to travel to your destination within 20 minutes. The shuttlebus is scheduled in accordance with the scheduled flights to London, Copenhagen and Gdansk, and makes a stop at the Central Station, from here you can take the train to Leeuwarden (3 times/hour), this railway is run by Arriva (the red trains). More information about buying a ticket: www.arriva.nl
Bremen Airport (Germany) (240 km from Leeuwarden)
Bremen airport might also be convenient for cheap intra-European flights. There is a direct bus connection from the Bremen airport to Groningen. The bus stop is situated close to the entrance/exit of the Ryanair terminal of the Bremen airport. It takes about 3 hours to reach Groningen Central Station (CS), from here you can take the train to Leeuwarden (3 times/hour).
Weeze Airport (Germany) (250 km from Leeuwarden)
Weeze airport might also be convenient for cheap intra-European flights because it hosts discounters Ryanair, AirBerlin, Germania etc.
Eindhoven Airport (NL) (240 km from Leeuwarden)
Eindhoven Airport might be another convenient option for cheap intra-European flights. From Eindhoven Airport you can take bus 401 to the train station. From the train station you can take the train via Nerderlandse Spoorwegen to Leeuwarden, this trip takes about 3 hours.
Information on travelling by train is available on the NS website.
The journey from Schiphol Airport takes approximately two hours and Leeuwarden is the last stop. The trains are quite comfortable and (most trains) feature free wireless Internet in all classes and 220V AC outlets in first class. Food and drinks are not sold on the trains, please make sure that you purchase these beforehand at the airport.
You will have to purchase a single-use chipcard (this is your train ticket) to Leeuwarden and to activate this chip-card before you board the train. Be careful: passengers travelling without a valid ticket will be fined. You can buy either a first-class ticket or a second-class ticket.
There are two ways of purchasing a ticket:
1. The ticket counter and the yellow and blue ticket-vending machines that you will find in the luggage claim hall and by every entrance to the train terminal. You can purchase tickets from the machines only by using your Credit Card or a Debit Card with the Maestro logo.
If you use a single-use chipcard or OV-chipkaart please make sure you check in and out; hold your OV-chipcard up against the NS card reader in one of the gates or free-standing posts.
2. You can also buy your ticket online and simply print it yourself. This allows you to take care of everything whenever and wherever it suits you. All you have to do, is complete the journey details, pay for the order, download and print your e-ticket. This means that you can board the train straight away!
Please note that car traffic in the city centre of Leeuwarden is restricted and street parking is very limited. Also be aware of the numerous cyclists that may not exactly follow the traffic regulations. There are seven parking garages near the city centre, more information can be found here.
Public transport in Leeuwardenmore information
Taxis in Leeuwarden http://www.etaxleeuwarden.nl/
Note: most hotels are within walking distance from Leeuwarden central station. You can check this easily with google maps and can save you money!
Planning your journey in the Netherlands
You might find the website http://9292.nl/en very useful for planning your journey in the Netherlands. The planner combines all available public transportation - trains, buses, trams, metro and ferries - to provide an optimal route. It also informs you real-time about the current delays and disruptions in public transportation.
The Wadden Academy strongly advises participants requiring a visa and/or other travel documentation to enter The Netherlands, to make their application in their home countries at least two months before the intended date of travel. Visa Information is available from the Dutch immigration and naturalisation service. In case you need a formal invitation letter, please send a request to email@example.com.
We have have made a list of the suggested accommodation options listed below. You must make your reservation directly at the hotel. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and limited places are available. Prices in the list are an indication.
Post Plaza - private room from 96,00 per night
Van der Valk - private room from 94,50 per night
Stenden Hotel – from 85,00 per night
Oranje Hotel Leeuwarden - private room from 79,00 per night
Paleis Stadhouderlijk hof - from 79,00 euro per night
budgethotel ’t Anker - from 66,00 per night
Bed and breakfast Leeuwarden - from 49 euro per night
Alibi hostel – shared room from 20.00 per night
If you want to experience Leeuwarden before or after the conference, see https://www.friesland.nl/en/discover/leeuwarden. Pre- and post-conference activities will be announced soon. Leeuwarden was the European Capital of Culture 2018. It is located in a worth-visiting province of Friesland.
The conference venue is the VHL Applied University at Leeuwarden. It is a short walk from Leeuwarden's historic city centre.