The location for yapc::Europe 2001 will be
Holland in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
It is possible to reach Amsterdam by train from most places in Europe, and
by plane from much of the world. From the UK it is also possible to
travel by boat.
The best airport to travel to is 'Schiphol'. Underneath the
airport is a train station which provides the best means of
reaching other parts of Amsterdam.
The nearest train station to the conference venue is 'Diemen Zuid'.
Note that 'Diemen' and
'Diemen Zuid' are not the
same station. In fact, they are on completely different
'Amsterdam Centraal' is the main station in Amsterdam.
For train information from other countries to the
Netherlands, see the
From the UK:
From the UK there is also the option of traveling by boat.
Boats are operated by Stena Line and depart from Harwich,
arriving at Hoek van Holland. From Hoek van Holland, there
is a train to Amsterdam. Arrangements must be made in advance.
International trains depart from 'London Waterloo International'.
The quickest route is operated by Eurostar and involves a change-over
at 'Bruxelles Midi'. Reservations are required for this service.
Most public transportation in the Netherlands does not run late in the
evening, although special busses (night busses) are available during
the night. These busses run about once an hour and require that you
pay a surcharge in addition to the regular transportation fee.
It is a good idea to check the time of the last train/metro/bus/tram
when planning an outing.
Use the domestic planner
for route information.
To find a route between one place in the Netherlands and another,
you can use
travel guide. Simply enter the city ('Plaats') and street ('Straat')
for both the departing address ('Vertrekadres') and the arrival address
('Aankomstadres'), as well as the date ('Datum', in day month year format),
and the time ('Tijd') which can be either the departure time ('vertrek')
or the arrival time ('aankomst'). The place (Plaats), location
('Locatie'), arrival time, track number ('Spoor'), arrival time,
track number and method of travel ('Type') will be given at the
bottom. For example, to travel from Schiphol plaza/station to Diemen
Bergwijkdreef at 15:24 on 29 March, I am instructed to walk (Lopen),
which should take me 1 minute, and get the train at 15:27 on track 2
to Diemen Zuid (ns diemen zuid), which will arrive at 15:44 on track
1, and from there to walk for 7 minutes to Bergwijkdreef, arriving
By bus or car:
See Hogeschool Holland's
for detailed information about traveling by bus or car.
The nearest train station to the conference is 'Diemen Zuid'.
If you are within Amsterdam, it is probably easier to take
another form of transportation. Information on trains within
the Netherlands can be seen at the
Do not use the main exit. Instead, go to the end of the platform
(the train platform lines up with the metro platform at one
end and extends beyond it in another. Go to the end which
matches the end of the metro platform.), walk all the way down the
stairs and turn right along the 'Roerdomppad' parallel to the
water. Follow the 'walking from Diemen Zuid' directions below.
By subway/underground ('metro'):
When catching the metro you should stand near the section of the track
which is red and marked 'korte.' Shorter trains will only stop within
that zone of the platform.
The nearest metro station to the conference is 'Verijn Stuartweg' which is
located on the 'Gaasperplas' line (53). Verijn Stuartweg is two
zones away from Centraal Station (meaning that you would be in 3 zones,
and would need 4 stamps on a strippenkaart) and for that reason people
sometimes opt to get off at 'Diemen Zuid' (the previous stop),
which is 3 stamps away from Centraal Station. The stops are about 5
minutes apart by foot. If you approach from the other direction
(Gaasperplas), Verijn Stuartweg is 2 stamps away.
Refer to 'walking from Verijn Stuartweg' or 'walking from Diemen
Zuid for further directions.
This metro can be caught directly from any of the following
stations: Centraal Station, Nieuwmarkt, Waterlooplein,
Weesperplein, Wibautstraat, Amstel Station, Spaklerweg, Van der
Madeweg, or Venserpolder (direction 'Gaasperplas'), or Gaasperplas,
Kraaiennest, or Ganzenhoef (direction 'Centraal Station').
You can transfer to this line from any of the other 3 lines.
Walking from Diemen Zuid:
(continued from 'By train' or 'By metro')
Take the 'uitgang Bergwijkdreef' exit. At the base of
the stairs, turn right on to the path 'Boeroomppad'.
'Bergwijkdreef' runs parallel to the path and is just beyond
it. Walk along the path; you will pass 'Waterhoenpad' on your
left, then go under a road ('Eekholt'). At the left far side
of the intersection with Zilvermeeuwpad is the corner of
Wildenborch 6. Turn left and walk alongside the building until
you reach the parking lot, then turn right and continue to the
main entrance, which is near the pond/fountain.
Walking from Verijn Stuartweg:
(continued from 'By metro')
Walk down the stairs and turn left, on to 'Eekholt'. You will
pass UUnet on your right. When the road turns to the right (near
XS4ALL on the right), continue straight. The road is Nienoord.
Continue past a path which is named 'Stormmeeuwpad' on the left
side and 'Wildenborch' on the right. A building with a large
sign reading 'De Wildenborch' should be on the right. To the
left is a parking lot with a sign on the gate reading '6'.
There is also a Hogeschool Holland sign on the fence.
Walk to the opposite corner of the parking lot. The main
entrance is located by the pond/fountain.
Train tickets can be purchased in the train stations either from the
counter or the automatic machine (the machine will not take paper money).
The person at the counter can also
provide you with a schedule of your journey including transfers.
Note that in smaller stations the counters will close early.
Train times can be found on the yellow boards seen at many points
in the station. You must have a valid train ticket
before boarding a train. Tickets can be purchased either for the
day of travel or for an unspecified date. If no date is specified,
you will need to stamp the white portion of the ticket in the yellow machine
by the stairs leading to the platform. If a date has been specified,
this section of the ticket will contain a row of hashes (that's #, not %).
For metro, tram and bus:
It will be cheaper to buy a 'strippenkaart' or a day pass. Strippenkaarts
can be purchased at train stations and magazine shops in 15 and 45 strips
and are cheaper per strip than the 2, 3 or 8 cards which are sold on
busses and some trams (some trams do not sell them, but you are still
expected to have a valid pass if they are inspected). Day tickets are
another option; these are 11 NLG for 1 day, 17,50 for 2 days, 22,50
for 3 days, 27,50 for 4 days, and 32,50 for 5 days.
A strippenkaart must be stamped before traveling. On busses this will be
done by the driver; on trams it is done either by the person sitting in
the back or by the stamp machines throughout the tram. On the metro
it should be stamped in the machine before the stairs to the platform.
The cost of transportation is the number of zones traveled plus 1.
For 1-3 zones the ticket is valid for any number of transfers within
the hour (more than 3 zones allow additional time).
Maps of the city
in the metro stations and tram stops indicate the number of zones.
For night busses there is an additional charge which varies depending
upon the bus company.
You can contact the Nederlandse Spoorwegen Bureau Assistentieverlening
Gehandicapten on weekdays between 08:00 and 16:00 at +31 (0)20 230 5566.
If you provide the date and time of travel, you can call on assistance
when getting on and off the train.
We also have someone with a van who can drive two or three
people in wheelchairs between their hotel and the
conference. Please contact us at
if you want to use that option.
Please read about accessibility
at the campus.
A map of the metro lines showing the zones can be found
A map of the area near the school shows
walking from Diemen Zuid and Verijn Stuartweg to Wildenborch 6 with
For other maps, use the school's address (Wildenborch 6, 1112XB Diemen)
at a map site such as
The best way to catch a taxi in Amsterdam is to wait at a taxi stand,
which will have a phone to call a taxi in case one isn't already there.
You can also call 020 677 77 77 or Taxi Direkt at 0900 07 24 (22 cents/minute).