Travelling to Leiden

The following information will help you get to Leiden, as well as help you find your way around the relevant locations in Leiden.
Leiden can be reached easily by air and railway. Schiphol is a major hub in international air transportation, and The Hague, Schiphol and Amsterdam are linked to two high speed train connections: to the south (Brussels and Paris) and to the east (Cologne and Frankfurt). Regular Dutch railways offer connections to Leiden, also at night.

1. Arriving by plane, travelling from Schiphol Airport to Leiden
Taking the train is the best means of getting to Leiden. Trains depart from Schiphol Airport to Leiden every 10 to 15 minutes. The trains to Leiden usually depart from tracks 5 or 6. Travelling to Leiden will take about 20 minutes. Tickets can be bought at a ticket dispenser (in front of the stairs leading to the tracks) or at the booking office near Schiphol Plaza. A 2nd class ticket costs 5,40 euros; 1st class costs 9,20 euros.

2. Walking from Leiden Central Station to the Academy building and Faculty Club From Leiden Central Station, take the main exit towards the Centre. Cross the station square and keep to the right side of the road. Take the Stationsweg and then the Steenstraat and continue across the Blauwpoort bridge. On leaving the bridge, turn right and take the Prinsessekade, which will continue into the Korte Rapenburg. Cross the street and you are on the Rapenburg. You will find the Academy Building on your right hand-side.

3. Walking from Leiden Central Station to the WSD-complex (Lipsius building and Matthias de Vrieshof)
From Leiden Central Station, take the main exit towards the Centre. Cross the station square and keep to the right side of the road. Take the Stationsweg and then the Steenstraat and continue across the Blauwpoort bridge. On leaving the bridge, turn right and take the Prinsessekade, which will become the Korte Rapenburg. Cross the street and you are on the Rapenburg. Take the second street on your right. This the Doelensteeg. You will reach the Lipsius building at the end of this street. For the Mathias de Vrieshof: after reaching the Lipsius complex: walk around the building by turning right and then left. Cross the white bridge and then the road. The central building in front of you is the University Library. The building complex to the right of it is the Matthias de Vrieshof.

4. Walking from Leiden Central Station to Hotel de Doelen (about 5-10 minutes)
On arrival, follow the signs indicating “Centrum.” When you exit the station, walk south on Stationsweg, which leads to the Steenstraat. Cross the Oude Vest canal and turn right on Prinsessekade. Cross the Galgewater canal and continue south on Kort Rapenburg, which leads to the Rapenburg. Hotel de Doelen is near the corner of the Rapenburg and Breestraat, on your left hand side.

5 . Walking from Leiden Central Station to Hotel Mariënpoel
On arrival, follow the signs indicating “Centrum.” When you exit the station, keep to the left hand side, and walk south on Stationsweg. After about 250 meters, take a left at the bar/restaurant "De Bruine Boon" onto Schuttersveld. Continue heading straight for about 400 meters, until the road leads to Rijnsburgerweg. Continue walking straight until you reach Hotel Mariënpoel on your right hand side.

6. Walking from Leiden Central Station to Hotel Nieuw Minerva
On arrival, follow the signs indicating “Centrum.” When you exit the station, keep to the left hand side, and walk south on Stationsweg which leads to Steenstraat. Keep going straight until you arrive at a bridge. Cross the bridge, then take a right along Prinsessekade. Keep going straight until you arrive at the second street on your left called "Boommarkt". Walk down this street until you reach Hotel Nieuw Minerva on your right hand side.

7. Walking from Leiden Central Station to Hotel Golden Tulip
On arrival, follow the signs indicating “Centrum.” As soon as you exit the station you'll notice an underground bicycle parking on your left, taxis usually park above it. Take a left, walking over the parking until you come to a junction. Keep going straight along "Schipholweg", until you reach the Golden Tulip Hotel on your right hand side. 

8. Arriving by car, parking in Leiden
The city of Leiden is divided in two parking zones: a high rate parking zone in the canal area (city centre) and a low rate parking zone for the rest of Leiden. Fees for parking should be paid at a parking meter. The parking meter will indicate what parking zone you are in.

Parking fees
Parking should be paid for on Monday to Saturday from 09.00 to 21.00 and on Sunday from 13.00 to 21.00. Outside these intervals parking is free. Within the high rate zone parking costs € 2.00 per hour. In the low rate zone the fee is € 1.50 per hour.

Parking garages (see Parking Map in the PDF document below)
Parking for a longer term is more convenient and cheaper in a parking garage. There are three parking garages in the city center of Leiden:

Parking garage Breestraat (P1 on map)

Location: Breestraat, above supermarket ‘Hoogvliet’
Open: Monday to Saturday from 07.00 to 24.00
Sunday from 11.00 to 18.00
Day ticket:    € 5.00

Parking garage Haarlemmerstraat (P2 on map)

Location: Middelstegracht 50, behind supermarket ‘Albert Heijn’
Open: Monday to Saturday from 08.00 to 24.00
Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00
Day ticket:    € 8.00

Parking garage Langegracht (P3 on map)

Location:    Langegracht, next to supermarket ‘Digros’
Open: Monday to Wednesday from 07.00 to 22.00
Thursday to Friday from 07.00 to 23.00
Saturday from 07.00 to 21.00
Sunday from 09.00 to 19.00
Fee: after four consecutive hours: € 2.50 per half hour

To reach the above mentioned parking garages, follow the red route on the map in the PDF document below.

 
Last Modified: 29-03-2011