Getting to Utrecht
The Single Cell Genomics 2022 Conference will be held in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Utrecht is centrally located and easily accessible from the Netherlands and abroad. Utrecht is conveniently located near the international airport Schiphol, and the city’s ultramodern train station offers fast rail connections to various destinations in the Netherlands and abroad.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the international airport closest to Utrecht. A regular Intercity rail service (up to 4x hourly) connects Schiphol Airport to Utrecht Central. From Utrecht, the trains continue south to either Nijmegen (via Arnhem) or Venlo (via ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Eindhoven). The Schiphol-Utrecht journey takes just over 30 minutes and costs €9.70 (2nd class) and €16.20 (1st class).
A taxi from Schiphol to Utrecht would normally cost around €90 on the meter. Some companies can offer lower fixed fares.
Utrecht is easily accessible by car using the A2, A12, A27 and A28 highways – the A2, the major north-south artery linking Amsterdam to Maastricht; the A12 linking Arnhem and Den Haag; the A27 which connects Almere to Breda and the A28 which goes to Groningen via Amersfoort and Zwolle.
You can find affordable parking on the outskirts of the city at one of the Utrecht P+R sites and ride a bus or light rail downtown. Utrecht P+R sites charge €6 for car parking which includes public transport tickets into the city for up to 5 people. Locations are P+R Westraven, P+R Utrecht Science Park, P+R Papendorp and P+R Leidsche Rijn.
We don’t particularly recommend driving into Utrecht city centre, as car parking rates are high and some roads only allow travel by bus and taxi.
Utrecht Central Station is the largest transportation hub in the Netherlands and an important entry and transfer station.
The regular ICE International train between Frankfurt/Cologne/Dusseldorf and Amsterdam makes a stop at Utrecht Central. There is also a daily ICE service to/from Basel in Switzerland.
If you are travelling to Utrecht from Germany on the Berlin-Amsterdam IC train, then make a change at Amersfoort. From there connect onto a Dutch NS Intercity train which takes just under 15 minutes to get to Utrecht.
The ÖBB NightJet train service between Amsterdam and Vienna/Innsbruck makes a stop at Utrecht Central.
Arriving at Utrecht Central Station
Utrecht Central Station and the surrounding area has been undergoing a significant renovation for many years. Upstairs from the rail platforms is the main hall which has a spectacular undulating roof. Here you will find the gates for checking-in/out with OV-chip card tickets.
The station hall has two travel centres for NS domestic/international rail tickets and local Utrecht public transport tickets. Station facilities include ATM machines, a bureau-de-change, toilets, luggage lockers and various shops: AKO newsagents, Albert Heijn To Go mini supermarkets, ETOS chemist and HEMA store. There are also a good number of cafés, restaurants and fast food outlets.
If heading towards Utrecht city centre and the TivoliVredenburg, leave via the covered pavilion square at Stationsplein-Oost (located past platforms 1-4 and the city-side U-OV bus+tram station). Then continue walking through the redeveloped Hoog Catharijne shopping centre which will get you to Vredenburg square.
The opposite end of the station (past platform 20) leads you to the Jaarbeursplein (near the Jaarbeurs Exhibition & Convention Centre) where you will find more U-OV city buses, a taxi rank, U-OV trams to Nieuwegein and IJsselstein and regional/international bus services.
Utrecht Central Station has the biggest bike parking facility in the world, which has a capacity of 12,500 bikes.
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The City of Utrecht, with its inextricable combination of rich past and dynamic present, is a truly unique place. This 2000-year-old city teems with a wide range of interesting museums and cultural events with programs full of theatre, dance, art and more. Stroll down the quaint streets and along the canals in the Utrecht Museum Quarter and sample the pleasant, intimate atmosphere for which Utrecht is famous. 70,000 students enhance the character of this lively city of creative young people. Welcome to Utrecht!
Utrecht has developed from a medium-sized provincial city into a regional capital of European importance. The city’s current expansion, more rapid than any in the city’s long history, combines physical expansion with environmentally friendly innovation, major economic opportunities and a new urban dynamism. As a medieval treasure and a leading academic, technological and cultural center, Utrecht is now a pro-active player in the international community.
If you want to explore more of Utrecht, visit this site to see what Utrecht has to offer.
There is plenty to discover in Utrecht. Explore hidden inner courtyards, beautiful gardens and narrow alleys with an interesting history. Here are a few must-see Utrecht attractions:
The Dom District, featuring the Dom Tower, lies at the heart of the historic city center. Climbing the Dom Tower is a wonderful opportunity to explore the city of Utrecht in an entirely different way! Via 465 steps, a guide will take you to the top of the highest church tower of the Netherlands.
Tourist Information Centre – Dom Tower Ticket Sales
Domplein 9, 3512 JJ Utrecht
E-mail: only via contact form: https://www.domtoren.nl/en/contact
Phone: +31 (0)30 236 0010
Monday – Sunday | 10am-5pm
Adults € 10,00
Students € 7,50
Museum Catharijneconvent shows the history of Christianity in the Netherlands through centuries-old art as well as contemporary art.
Paintings by Rembrandt, Pieter Saenredam and Jan van Scorel, relics, video art by Guido van der Werve and others, sculptures of saints, ancient manuscripts, a huge stained glass window by Marc Mulders and all there is to know about holidays such as Christmas, Easter and St Nicholas. This and more is on display in the Catharijneconvent Museum in a magnificent medieval convent. This oasis of art and culture is located in the center and in walking distance from the Dom. The Catharijneconvent Museum tells the fascinating story of the past and present of Christianity in the Netherlands. With a collection consisting of Protestant and Catholic art and cultural objects, there is no other museum like this in the entire world.
Lange Nieuwstraat 38, 3512 PH Utrecht
Phone: +31 (0)30 231 3835
Tuesday – Friday | 10am – 5pm
Saturday, Sunday | 11am – 5pm
Adults € 14,00
65+ € 12,50
Students € 7,00
The Centraal Museum is your gateway to art and culture from the world of Utrecht. From Rietveld to the Utrecht Caravaggists, from Dick Bruna to Moesman and from Viktor & Rolf to the centuries-old Utrecht ship. A museum which leaves you inspired time after time.
The museum has been housed in this medieval cloister on the Nicolaaskerkhof since 1921 and currently consists of an eclectic collection of buildings with a large courtyard at their center. It’s a lovely place to wander through hallways and stairwells, and where you can be surprised by the various exhibitions.
Agnietenstraat 1, 3512 XA Utrecht
Phone: +31 (0)30 236 2362
Tuesday – Sunday | 11am – 5pm
Adults € 15,00
Students, 13-17 years € 6,50
The gothic Dom Church was built as a cathedral for the bishop of Utrecht and dedicated to St. Maarten.
The interior with many lavishly decorated tombs is impressive. The Dom church draws many people daily for a guided tour or a moment of silence and peace. The free Saturday afternoon concerts (3.30 pm) have been a household word in Utrecht for over thirty years.
Monday – Friday | 10am – 5pm
Saturday | 10am – 3.30pm
Sunday | 12.30pm – 4pm
No admission applicable, though donations are appreciated
Pandhof garden Dom Church
The Pandhof garden of the Dom Church is one of Holland most beautiful inner courtyards. This hidden garden is sandwiched between the Dom Church and Utrecht University Hall, and is a wonderfully idyllic spot, filled with flowers and herbs. De Pandhof is one of the most beautiful courtyards in the Netherlands and offers stunning views of the Dom Tower and church.
Monday – Sunday | 10am – 4pm
The garden can be visited free of charge and is accessible through the gate on Dom Square.
Utrecht from the Water
The Utrecht canals with their wharves and wharf cellars are unique in the world.
The 12th Century Oudegracht was built to change the course of the Oude Rijn river. Connecting the river Vecht in the north to the Vaartsche Rijn in the south, the Oudegracht was destined to become an elongated harbour. Large city castles were built along the canal and in the 13th Century, shipyards were built as second streets at water level. The deep cellars, serving as storage spaces, ran through to below the houses. Today, the canals and shipyards are home to shops, restaurants and private residences.
To get a truly up close sense of the pulse of the city, its terraces, unique lively wharf cellars and beautiful architecture, you have boat tours, pedal boats and canoes at your disposal.
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