How to get to Leiden and where to stay?

All conference participants, including presenters, are kindly advised to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Only invited and selected papers will be entitled to travel and accommodation refunding. The refunding will cover plane tickets (economy class), train tickets (to and from Schiphol airport) and four nights accommodation in Leiden.


The city of Leiden
Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university of the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.

Leiden University
Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish.

Praesidium Libertatis
It was the first university in the Netherlands to practise freedom of belief and religion, as reflected in the university's motto, Praesidium Libertatis, Bastion of Liberty. It was this atmosphere of freedom of speech that provided the right environment for philosophers such as Spinoza and Descartes to develop their ideas.

How to get to Leiden?

Travel by plane
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
The most convenient wat to travel from Schiphol Airport to Leiden is by train. At Schiphol, the train station is situated underneath the Schiphol Plaza in the central hall of the terminal, where there are ticket desks and ticket machines. A one-way ticket (enkele reis) costs € 5,40 and a day return (dagretour) costs € 10,80. Direct trains to Leiden run every fifteen minutes and the journey takes around 20 minutes.

Travel by train
The Leiden University Visitor's Centre opposite the Station will be glad to help you with directions and other information.

You can buy your train e-ticket in advance. Please follow this link.

Public transport planning site:

Travel by car
Travelling from Amsterdam, the A44 is the best route to take. Make sure you take the A44, not the A4 which also connects Amsterdam, Leiden and The Hague, but runs along the other side of the city! Turn off at the "Leiden" exit, and drive towards the city. After a while you will pass under the railway line.

When coming by car from Rotterdam/The Hague, the A4 is the best route to take. Take the exit “Zoeterwoude” and follow the direction to Leiden (this is the N206). Turn left at the first junction in the direction of Katwijk (not the centre of Leiden) and very soon right at the first major junction (still in the direction of Katwijk). You are now on the Churchillaan.

When you reach the junction (with traffic lights) with the Haagweg, turn right at the traffic lights in the direction of Leiden centre. On the right-hand side, just past the railway crossing, there is a car park (see below).

Travel by taxi
Taxis and buses are located just outside the Station. The taxi fare to the city centre is approximately € 8.

You can also leave your car at the University’s central car park, which is located at the Maliebaan in the centre. It takes about 10 minutes to get from the car park to the Oude UB. Cross the Witte Singel and the little bridge on the other side. Follow the road. Then turn right and enter the Doelensteeg. This little alley will take you to the Rapenburg.

The other car park is on the Haagweg. It’s slightly further from the centre, but from there you can take advantage of the buses that will ferry you free of charge to the centre and back.

Where to stay?

All conference participants are kindly advised to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

You may find the following website useful for booking hotels in and around Leiden:

Please try to book your hotel room well in advance. Leiden receives many international visitors throughout the year, and many hotels may be fully booked.

The hotels most convenient to the conference venue are listed below:

Hotel Nieuw Minerva
Boommarkt 23
2311 EA Leiden
phone: +31-(0)71-5126358
fax: +31-(0)71-5142674

Hotel de Doelen
Rapenburg 2
2311 EV Leiden
phone: +31-(0)71-5120527

IBIS Leiden Centre
Stationsplein 240-242
2312 AR Leiden
phone: +31 71 5160000
fax : +31 715120990

Hotel Van der Valk Leiden
Haagse Schouwweg 14
2332 KG Leiden
phone: +31 (0)71 5731731
fax: +31 (0)71 5731710


Last Modified: 20-08-2013