BigSurv20 Hotel & Travel Information


BigSurv20 Conoravirus Monitoring Decision: BigSurv20 will NOT be held in person in Utrecht in November 2020. For more information, visit the BigSurv20 home page

Please note that the text below reflects conference planning information prior to the Coronavirus monitoring decision. As a result, it may not include the most accurate and up-to-date information. The BigSurv20 Scientific Committee plans to update this webpage in June 2020.


Conference Location
Utrecht Science Park
Heidelberglaan 2
3584 CS Utrecht

Short courses, keynotes, and sessions will all take place in the buildings ‘Ruppert’ and Educatorium, accessible at the address above. Or see the google maps location here.

The reception on Wednesday, November 4 will take place at the Academiegebouw, Domplein 29, 3512 JE, Utrecht. See the google maps location here,

All BigSurv20 attendees are responsible to make their own travel arrangements and obtain necessary travel documents (e.g., visas). For questions please email [email protected].

Visas are granted by Dutch embassies or consulates abroad. If you have questions regarding visas or travel to the Netherlands, please refer to the nearest Dutch consulate or embassy.

Utrecht is a historic and scenic city in the heart of the Netherlands. It is generally a safe place to visit, explore, and walk around. As usual, it is good practice to take care of your belongings. The weather conditions in Utrecht are an average of 11 degrees Celsius (53 F) and an average low of 5 degrees Celsius (43 F). There is a fair chance of some rain.

If you have questions regarding vaccinations, currency (Euros), or driver’s license regulations, please refer to the nearest Dutch consulate or embassy.

Transportation from the Schiphol Airport

  • Schiphol airport is located just south of the city of Amsterdam, and about 30 km northwest of Utrecht. Schiphol has connections to almost all European destinations, and very good connections to the rest of the world.
  • Getting to and from the airport is straightforward. There is a direct train to Utrecht Centraal station (Central station) leaving from an underground train station at the airport. Trains leave every 15 minutes during the day, and 30 minutes later in the evening. Trains cannot be booked; it is a hop-on service. However, you cannot buy tickets on the train. Use one of the vending machines or counter service in the main hall of Schiphol airport. We do not recommend taking a taxi from the airport. They  are slower and much more expensive than a train.

Transportation by Train from European destinations
Utrecht is the train-hub of the Netherlands, and so is well connected to many European destinations. It is directly connected to Germany and beyond by the German ICE-trains, and can be reached from Belgium and France with a transfer in Rotterdam. Please book your tickets at the German or Dutch railways.

Transportation within the city
Utrecht central station is the main transport hub within the city. The hotels for which we reserved rooms (booking open in June) are all located within walking distance of the station. Note that parking space at some of the hotels is very limited, so if you plan to travel by car, please check whether parking is available.

Tickets for the bus have to be bought in advance or can be paid on the bus. However, on the bus it is not possible to pay tickets with cash. You will need a bank card (EC/Maestro) to pay this. Credit cards are not accepted on buses. Therefore, the best way to travel around the conference is to book a 3-day travel pass for all public transport in and around the city that can be booked when registering for the conference. Alternatively, Ov-chipcards with credit (much like the London Oyster cards) can be bought at Utrecht Central Station, or Schiphol airport.

Transportation to the conference
The reception on the first day of the conference will be in the Academy building of Utrecht University. The best way to get here is by taking a walk through the historic centrecenter of Utrecht. Alternatively, you can take bus 2.

The conference will take place at Utrecht Science Park, about 4 km / 2.5 mi from the city center. The Science Park is served by a new tramline (22) that leaves from Utrecht Central Station every few minutes. Alternatively, bus 27, 28, or 128 take you through the city center. Get off at stop “Heidelberglaan”. Trams and buses leave every 5 minutes during the day.

Hotel reservations
Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel or accommodation. We have block-booked rooms at several hotels around the city center that are all easily reached from the conference and main train station. Hotel reservations will open when conference registration opens, in June.