Travel and hotels


Please find below our list of recommended hotels in Utrecht. Our travel agent has negotiated preferential rates for attendees to GFIA Europe - view our hotel document for further information on each hotel and booking links.

Please contact our travel agent for further assistance on arranging travel, accommodation, visas or transfers:

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  • NH Hotel **** (located next to Jaabeurs exhibition centre - highly recommended)
  • Park Plaza Utrecht ****
  • Apollo Hotel Utrecht City Centre ****
  • IBIS Utrecht ***
  • Hotel Mitland ****
  • Star Lodge Hotel ***
  • Karel V ***

Getting to Utrecht

VISA INFORMATION: To check whether you need a visa to enter The Netherlands please read this document.

The city of Utrecht lies in the centre of the Netherlands and is about 45km south of Amsterdam. Jaarbeurs is located in the centre of Utrecht, right next to the Central Station and within walking distance of the historical city centre. This makes Jaarbeurs easy to reach, both by public transport and by car.

Travelling by car
If you are travelling by car, follow the blue ANWB signs that read ‘Jaarbeurs’ from the Utrecht Ring Road. Jaarbeurs has 6,500 parking spaces on its own grounds. The parking rates amount to € 4.00 per hour to a maximum of € 16.00 per day (24 hours).

Please note: The centre of Utrecht is classed as an environmental zone. This means that cars and trucks from before 2001 running on diesel are not allowed to enter this zone.

Travelling by train

Utrecht Central Station is the main domestic railway hub of the country with direct rail services to most Dutch cities and several international destinations. From the Central Station, follow the signs that read ‘Jaarbeursplein’. It is a five-minute walk to the venue. Plan your trip here.

Getting to Utrecht from Amsterdam Schiphol airport - There is a regular Intercity rail service (up to 4x hourly) from Schiphol Airport to Utrecht Central that takes just over 30 minutes and costs €8.70 (2nd class) and €14.80 (1st class).

A taxi from Schiphol to Utrecht would normally cost around €90 on the meter. Some companies can offer lower fixed fares. For example, local Utrecht taxi company UTC (+31(0)30 2300 400) has a fixed €55 Utrecht-Schiphol fare either way if booked in advance.

Getting to Utrecht from Amsterdam Central - Intercity services (direction Maastricht and Nijmegen) run every 15 minutes to Utrecht Central. The journey takes 27 minutes with a single stop at Amsterdam Amstel. One-way tickets costs €7.50 (2nd class) and €12.80 (1st class).

Getting to Utrecht from Rotterdam - There is a 4x hourly service from Rotterdam which goes to Utrecht via Rotterdam Alexander and Gouda. This 37 minute trip costs €10.30 (2nd class) or €17.50 (1st class).

Getting to Utrecht from Eindhoven - Intercity services run from Eindhoven to Utrecht Central via 's-Hertogenbosch 4x hourly (direction either Schiphol Airport or Alkmaar). The 50 minute trip costs €14.30 (2nd class) and €24.30 (1st class).

International train services to/from Utrecht - The regular ICE International train between Frankfurt/Cologne/Dusseldorf and Amsterdam makes a stop at Utrecht Central. There is also a daily service to/from Basel in Switzerland. In addition, all the night train sleeper services to/from Amsterdam (Basel/Zurich/Munich) make a stop in Utrecht.

If you are heading to Utrecht by rail from France/Belgium/UK - then you should change at Rotterdam and not Amsterdam. This can include Eurostar passengers from London who changed in Brussels, Thalys passengers from Paris/Brussels/Antwerp and Intercity Brussels passengers from Brussels/Antwerp.



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