Welcome to Amsterdam!
From its humble beginnings as a 13th-century fishing village on a river bed to its current standing as a major hub for business, tourism and culture, Amsterdam has a strong tradition as a centre of culture and commerce. Each area of Amsterdam has its own character and charm as well as a unique variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, museums and attractions. Take time to discover the city's hidden treasures in Amsterdam's neighbourhoods.
Getting to and from Amsterdam
Amsterdam is very easy to reach by plane, train, car or even boat. The award-winning Schiphol international airport is centrally located and offers flights to 323 destinations. From Amsterdam, high-speed rail services connect to Paris, London, Berlin and Brussels, and the Port of Amsterdam is the third biggest cruise port in Europe. Here's a selection of up-to-date information and useful tips to make your journey as easy as possible, no matter which mode of transportation you choose.
Getting to the RAI convention centre
ECIO 2019 will be accessible from entrance G of the RAI convention centre.
The RAI railway station will be undergoing renovation until May 2019, so visitors are advised to use the city’s excellent metro and tram facilities instead. Tram 4 runs between Amsterdam Centraal station and the RAI (get out at Europaplein). Metro 52 will take you from Amsterdam Centraal or Amsterdam-Zuid Station to Europaplein Station, which leaves you directly in front of the RAI complex. Metro 50 runs between Amsterdam Sloterdijk and Gein and stops at Amsterdam RAI station. From Amstel Station you can reach the RAI by metro 51 (Amsterdam RAI stop), bus 62 (to Europaplein) or bus 65 (as far as Scheldeplein).
Directly on approaching Amsterdam via the motorway A1, A2 or A4 and entering the ring road (A10), the RAI is indicated on the roadsigns. RAI Amsterdam is located alongside the ring road (exit 9). From the exit, the route to the car parks is clearly indicated.
Public transport in Amsterdam
Estimates conclude that there are more bikes in Amsterdam than permanent residents! If you are disinclined to get in some cardio, however, rest assured that Amsterdam also boasts an impressive public transport network including metros, buses, trams, ferries and trains to help you get around the capital. Save money on travel with the I amsterdam City Card, which offers unlimited use of the GVB public transport system for 24, 48 or 72 hours. And before you see the sights, you can plan your journey with the excellent apps designed to help you find your way around the city.
Helpful apps and sites for planning your journey
Before venturing out, you may wish to consult the 9292 route planner or GVB website to help you find the quickest and most convenient way to get from A to B. In addition, there are a number of excellent apps available to help you find your way around the city.