If you are planning to travel to the Netherlands for the fairs, this page offers you some useful information about the cities of Hilversum and Amsterdam, as well as general information about getting around and things to see and do.
Schiphol International Airport is conveniently located, right on the outskirts of Amsterdam and only a 30 minute drive from Hilversum.
There are plenty of car hire options from Schiphol Airport including Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, and Thrifty. Prices between the different companies are quite competitive. Roads are well sign-posted and driving in the Netherlands is generally quite straightforward (just watch out for cyclists!).
The Netherlands is also serviced with an excellent public transport system. In particular, the train runs a direct line between Schiphol Airport to Hilversum (about a 30 minute journey), and Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station (about a 15 minute journey). Alternatively, you can pay an additional small supplement to catch the ‘NS Intercity Direct’ train which will reduce this journey to less than 30 minutes! The train station and ticket booths are well sign-posted at the airport, and the attendees are usually very helpful and have a good level of English.
Useful website for public transportation services in the Netherlands are:
We are often asked about recommendations for where to stay when exhibitors are coming to visit. Whilst we always try to be as helpful as possible, we’re hesitant to make specific suggestions as it really depends on which city you want to stay in, and what your budget is. Hopefully the links on this page can guide you to a variety of offerings that suit your personal preferences and travel budget.
We recommend finding accommodation in either of the cities of the fair, Amsterdam or Hilversum. It is only a 30 minute drive from door to door or a little over an hour if using public transport.
Although the seat of the Netherlands government is in The Hague, Amsterdam is the nominal capital. It is the largest city in the Netherlands, but it is not a big city and all sites of interest are within an acceptable distance. There is a broad spectrum of attractions in Amsterdam, and in particular, many fascinating museums. This list of top 10 Amsterdam attractions may be useful for you. Amsterdam, despite its stereotypical reputation for hash bars (‘coffee shops’) and the Red Light District, is actually a beautiful city and very walkable.
Find out more about Amsterdam (things to do, where to stay, eateries, and more): www.amsterdam.info
Hilversum is often called “media city,” since it is the principal centre for radio and television broadcasting in the Netherlands. It is home to an extensive complex of radio and television studios and to the administrative headquarters of the multiple broadcasting organizations which make up the Netherlands Public Broadcasting system.
Hilversum is the largest urban centre in the area. It is surrounded by beautiful woods, meadows, lakes, and smaller towns. Hilversum is part of the Randstad, one of the largest conurbations in Europe and it has a great public transportation network. Located close to larger cities, such as Amsterdam (24 km/15 mi) and Utrecht (15 km/9.3 mi), it is a great location for those who wish to enjoy a city trip while spending time in a quieter area.
See a list of things to do in and around Hilversum here!
Any questions? Meet Marina, your direct contact person for all your questions regarding your visit, the fair or sponsorship packages, or your stay in the Netherlands!