Getting there

The Netherlands has a very good public transportation network, which makes it easy to get around. You can easily plan your trip with the door-to-door journey planner: or download the free 9292 app.

The OV-chipkaart

The OV-chipkaart is the means of payment for the entire public transport system throughout the country (bus, train, tramway and subway). The card is the size of a bank card and contains an invisible chip. The OV-chipkaart can be loaded with credit in euros with which you can travel anywhere within The Netherlands. You can click here for more information about the OV-chipcard.

You can also buy a single use/disposable OV-chipkaart at train stations.

How to get to Utrecht from Schiphol Airport

After arrival at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, you can take a train to Utrecht Central Station. The train station is part of Schiphol Plaza, just follow directions for ‘trains’. The airport and train stations are often very busy, so beware of pickpockets.

Prepaid or disposable OV-chipcards are available from the yellow machines near the platforms at Schiphol Plaza or from the ticket offices. There is a direct train to Utrecht every 30 minutes and the journey takes about half an hour.

When in doubt, you can always ask someone at the ticket office. For journey advice and time tables you can also check: or download the free NS Reisplanner Xtra app.

Travel within Utrecht

From Utrecht Central Station you can either take a bus or a taxi. Maps of Utrecht University can be found on

By bus

To pay for buses, trams and metro in the Netherlands you need an OV-Chipcard. To travel to De Uithof you can take bus 12 or 28 from Central Station.

By taxi

There is a taxi platform on at Utrecht Central Station, just follow the signs. Within the city there are several taxi platforms, for instance at Vredenburg and Janskerkhof.


Upon arrival in the Netherlands you will notice that almost everybody rides a bicycle. Special bicycle paths and traffic lights make it a safe and convenient mode of transportation. You can buy a second hand bike in several shops around town. Be sure to also invest in a good lock or two. You may also want to check out the student initiative What the Fiets?.

Studenten lopen over de Drift