Getting there

Rotterdam is easily accessible and has a compact city centre. Rotterdam can be reached in a variety of ways: by car, boat, train, bus and air. There are two airports in the vicinity of Rotterdam: Schiphol International Airport and Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Rotterdam is also fast and easy to reach by high-speed rail, such as the Thalys.

Rotterdam The Hague Airport

Rotterdam The Hague Airport is a comfortable and easy regional airport, situated at approximately six miles from the city centre. Travel times between the airport and the city are excellent: fifteen minutes by taxi and twenty minutes by public transport (airport shuttle & metro) to Rotterdam Central Station. At the Airport, flights are continually landing from major cities of neighbouring countries. Serving 40 destinations, Rotterdam The Hague Airport has regular flight connections to many major European cities with national and low-cost carriers.

Schiphol Airport

Schiphol International Airport is the most user friendly airport in the world and the 5th largest of Europe. It has already repeatedly earned the accolade of being the world’s favourite airport. Schiphol is a major international hub and the gateway to Europe. We’ve made an instruction video about the ease of travelling from Schiphol to Rotterdam Central Station.

Travel time by train to Rotterdam Central Station

00:26 hrs – Schiphol Airport
00:30 hrs – Antwerp
01:11 hrs – Brussel
02:36 hrs – Paris
03.15 hrs – London

Where to stay

Rotterdam has a compact and easily accessible city centre. Downtown Rotterdam offers a wide variety of flexible conference centres, hotels and social venues that are all close by, mostly within walking distance.

Useful information

Official language

The official working language at WCGALP is English. No translation will be provided.

Passport and visa

Entry formalities for the Netherlands vary according to the country of origin. Nationals of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA), as well as third-country nationals holding a residence permit of a Schengen State, do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands. All non-EU citizens are asked to contact their local embassies for specific requirements. All foreign citizens entering the Netherlands must have either a valid passport or a national ID card.

Official invitation and certification

An official letter will be sent upon request to assist in meeting administrative requirements. However, this invitation implies no obligation, financial or otherwise, by the WCGALP Organizing Committee.

Liability and insurance

The Organizing Committee cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss or damage to private property of participants and companions. Participants are advised to acquire their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.