Getting around Utrecht
Utrecht's central station is conveniently located in the city center, and from there you can easily take a tram, bus or taxi in order to get to your destination.To pay for public transport in the Netherlands you need an OV Chipkaart. Check the OV-chipkaart website for information about how traveling works and this UU page to take a look at the map of Utrecht University.
While trams do not connect the entire city, they are useful to reach our campuses from the central station. Checking-in in the tram is not possible, you need to do this at the yellow check-ins on the platforms.
Science Park: You can reach the stop “P+R Science Park” by tram number 22 within 20 minutes.
International Campus: You can reach the stop “De Kromme Rijn” by tram number 22 within 10 minutes.
Buses connect most of the city. Below are the buses you can use can use to reach our campuses from the central station.
Science Park: To travel to Utrecht Science Park, you can take bus 28.
International Campus: To travel to the International Campus, you can take bus number 8 in direction “Wilhelminapark” and stop at “De Hoogstraat”.
City Center: To reach the city centre, you can take a bus to Janskerkhof, for example buses number 2, 4, 28, 50, 73 or 74 stop in Janskerkhof.
There is a taxi platform at Utrecht Central Station, just follow the signs. Within the city there are several taxi platforms, for instance at Vredenburg and Janskerkhof.
Bikes, bikes, bikes
Upon arrival you will notice one thing very quickly: almost everybody in the Netherlands rides a bike. These bikes generally are old, have two locks and are ridden at speed. More often than not people seem to carry everything with them on their bikes: shopping bags, beer crates, a passenger or multiple children.
There are a number of companies shipping to and operating in the Netherlands that offer adapted bicycles for people with motor disabilities such as the ArmBike for wheelchair users. See one example at the ArmBike website.
The Netherlands started actively encouraging riding a bike in the 1970s. This means there are a lot of separate designated bike paths and places to park your bike. Even specific traffic laws have been introduced to protect cyclists. The Netherlands has made it a priority to make it a perfect place to ride your bike.
However, there are some things you will need to know before you enjoy this biking paradise. Check out our Cycling Crash Course below!