Travel and Accommodation
Leiden is a city in The Netherlands ideally situated between Amsterdam and The Hague, at only 12 kilometres from the shores of the North Sea. Leiden has a great connection to other major cities in the country, whether you are traveling by train, car or plane.
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Traveling by train to Leiden is a very convenient mode of transportation. Most international trains run to Rotterdam Central Station (30 minutes from Leiden), Amsterdam International Airport Schiphol (15 minutes from Leiden), Amsterdam Central Station (35 minutes from Leiden), or Utrecht Central Station (40 minutes from Leiden). All these destinations have direct connections to Leiden running several times per hour throughout the whole day.
Leiden Central Station is located right in the city centre. It is at walking distance from all the points of interest, hotels and conference venues that you will want to visit.
The bus station is right in front of Leiden Central Station and there are many routes serving the city and the region. It is no longer possible to pay by cash for your bus ticket. Buy your busticket at the Arriva Store in the Tourist Information Office Leiden, Stationsweg 26.
Leiden is situated between two large motorways, the A4 and the A44. The city is therefore easily accessible for travelers coming in from Germany or Belgium. Cars can park on Haagweg, at the edge of the city centre. From there, free shuttle buses depart to every destination in the city, and visitors can be picked up with just one phone call.
If you are going by car to the center of Leiden, you can make a reservation for a parking space with discount in advance. Choose the date, time and length of your visit in advance. The longer you visit, the higher your discount. You can book & park at the parking garages Lammermarkt, Garenmarkt and Morspoort. These are within walking distance of the historic city centre and hotels. Visit https://www.visitleiden.nl/en/plan-your-visit/accessibility/parking to claim your discount.
Amsterdam International Airport Schiphol has direct connections to over 300 locations throughout the world, and is located a mere 15-minute train ride away from Leiden. This airport is amongst the largest of Europe, making it the perfect gateway to The Netherlands. Other great possibilities when traveling by airplane are Rotterdam Airport, located at 30 minutes from Leiden, or Eindhoven Airport at 1,5 hours from Leiden. All airports have excellent connections to public transport.