30th Meeting of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Travel to The Hague

The Hague is easy to reach from anywhere in the world. It is located in one of the best regions in Europe with easy access to two international airports and train stations. Furthermore, The Hague has an outstanding and sustainable system of public transport, which makes it easy to find your way around the city. Trams and buses are extremely efficient and punctual, making sure that all delegates will get to their meetings on time.  The distance between Amsterdam Airport (AMS) and Den Haag, World Forum is 41 km. The road distance is 45.1 km.

International airport Amsterdam Schiphol
Options to travel from Schiphol (Amsterdam airport) to The Hague:
By taxi:  http://www.schipholtaxicentrale.net/
Select English in upper right corner- pre-book and pay in the taxi by credit card.
Note: NON pre-booked taxis are much more expensive.

Combination by Train and Taxi :
Book tickets for the train through: http://www.ns.nl/en/travellers/home
Train departure station: Schiphol
Arrival station: Den Haag Centraal
*A taxi (or tram) will still need to be taken from The Hague Central Station to hotel

Public Transport
The Hague boasts an excellent public transport system. Over 30 bus and tram lines will quickly and safely take you and your delegates to your destinations in and around The Hague. For instance, it takes you 10-15 minutes to get from The Hague Central Station to World Forum. World Forum is accessible by public transport from all hotels in The Hague. Most of the hotels are on walking distance of World Forum.

From The Hague Central Station (CS) to World Forum:
Take tram no. 16 direction Statenkwartier. You get off at the Statenplein stop. The walk is roughly 9 minutes to World Forum. Check the maps widget below to show the route by foot to World Forum. You can enter Zipcode 2582 EX to check the route.

The Netherlands has an extensive network of railways. The Nederlandse Spoorwegen, or NS, is the Netherlands Railway company and one of the most modern in Europe. Travelling by train has many advantages: trains in the Netherlands are most often on schedule, they are very comfortable and clean and most of the staff speaks English. The NS operates a night train, which stops at the Hollands Spoor station.

Paying for public transport
The plastic OV-chipcard is the most common system of paying for trams and buses throughout the Netherlands. If you do not have an OV-chipcard, you can pay for your ticket in cash. Visit the website of HTM for more information about paying for public transport and the types of tickets available.

Travel planner
Use the 9292 door-to-door journey planner for your door-to-door itinerary by public transportation.

Driving and Parking
World Forum is centrally located between the city and the beach and easily accessible by car.
World Forum has its own spacious parking garage. It is located adjacent to World Forum so you arrive directly at the theater. The maximum vehicle height for the garage is 2.00 metres.

Rates & Payment Options for Parking

The following standard rates apply for the parking garage:
Per hour € 3.75
Day ticket (12 hours) € 14.00Exit cards for the garage are available through the front office of World Forum or you can pay at the payment terminals in the parking garage (payment per hour) using your debit card or credit card. Please note that it is not possible to pay with cash. Parking conditions can be downloaded here.

There is a taxi point in front of the World Forum.

Congress Card
The public transportation company HTM avails of a specialized Congress Card. With this card, delegates are able to ride on all trams and  busses in The Hague area during the conference period. This card will be printed with the name of the congress and the date it holds valid. 
Furthermore, a city plan detailing the various travel networks will be provided alongside the card. A true advantage for the foreign visitor is 
the fact that there is no need to check in and out every time he or she enters the public transport system, thus facilitating a quicker, more efficient process, which proves valuable especially if delegates are in a rush.

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