Getting to Utrecht:
Schiphol: The nearest airport is Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, accessible with most major airlines. There is a train station located directly below the airport, with trains traveling to Utrecht every 15 minutes (direction Heerlen or Nijmegen). The trip takes approximately 30 minutes, and costs 8.70 euros.
Eindhoven: Another nearby airport is the Eindhoven airport, which is connected to other (mostly European) cities by a number of budget airlines, for example Ryanair, Wizzair, and Transavia. The trip from Eindhoven airport to Utrecht Central requires both bus and train, and takes approximately an hour and fifteen minutes. Buses 400 and 401 are located at the airport, and take you directly to Eindhoven Station. From Eindhoven Station, there is a direct train to Utrecht Central (direction Schiphol or Amsterdam Centraal), which travels every 15 minutes. The total cost is 16.50 euros.
Planning: To plan travel from the airport to Utrecht Centraal station, see 9292.nl/en, with bus, train, tram, and metro travel advice. For only train advice, see www.ns.nl/en. See also the following 9292 website for more travel advice on getting from the airports of the Netherlands (also including Rotterdam Airport, Maastricht Airport, and Groningen Airport) to the cities.
Trains: Utrecht is also connected to other countries with its train system. See www.nsinternational.nl/en to book an international train ticket.
A note on train travel: Domestic train travel requires the use of a chip card. You can either purchase a single-use chip card, which is valid for a one-way or return trip, or an OV-chip card, which can also be used on trams, buses, and the metro. You can read more about the different types of cards here. Single-use chip cards can be purchased at the blue and yellow NS ticket machines, or at the NS Ticket and Service desks. They are valid only on the date purchased, and require a 1 euro supplementary fee. An OV-chip card can be purchased at NS ticket machines with an OV-chipkaart logo. They require a one-time fee of 7.50 euros. Once you have your chip card, you use it to check in and out at train stations, which involves swiping the chip card past a card reader both when arriving at a train station, and again, when leaving the train station. (The same check in / check out process applies on trams, buses, and the metro if using an OV-chip card.)
See booking.com for hotel and hostel bookings. Below are some suggestions based on proximity to the conference venue. See also Airbnb.com for privately owned rooms and apartments. Prices mentioned are as of Jan. 3 and may change.
Hotel NH Centre Utrecht is a 3-star hotel in a historic 1780 property, located a short distance (170m) from the conference venue. Rooms start at approximately 100 euros a night.
Mother Goose Hotel sits in the historic city center of Utrecht, a 6-minute walk (500m) to the conference venue. Rooms start at approximately 105 euros a night.
Apollo Hotel City Center Utrecht is a 4-star hotel, 300m from the central station and a 10-minute (750m) walk to the conference venue. It is also located on a main road, with buses stopping near the conference venue. Rooms start at approximately 95 euros a night.
Budget Hotels and Hostels:
Stone Hotel and Hostel is a 2-star hotel, located a 5-minute walk (400m) from the conference venue. There are both shared rooms and private hotel rooms. The mixed dorm rooms start from approximately 18 euros a night for a bed and private rooms from approximately 58 euros a night.
B&B Utrecht City Center is a 2-star hotel, located a 6-minute walk (500m) from the conference venue. There are both shared rooms with bunk beds and private rooms. The shared rooms start at approximately 19.50 euros a night for a bed, and private rooms from 57.50 euros a night. The price includes food.
Hostel Strowis is a 3-minute walk (250m) from the conference venue. There are both shared rooms and private rooms. The shared rooms start at approximately 20 euros a night for a bed, and private rooms from 57.50 euros a night.