How to get to Utrecht
The historic city of Utrecht is situated in the heart of the Netherlands. Cities like Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Eindhoven are just a stone’s throw away.
Utrecht does not have its own airport, but there are several (inter)national airports within an hour’s to three hour’s drive from the centre of Maastricht. This ensures that Utrecht and its region is easily accessible from all over the world.
Within an hour’s drive:
- Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
- Rotterdam Airport
- Eindhoven Airport
Within two hour’s drive:
- Maastricht-Aachen airport
- Liège Airport
- Weeze Airport
Within three hour’s drive:
- Düsseldorf Airport
- Keulen-Bonn Airport
- Brussels Zaventem Airport
- Brussels Charleroi Airport
Utrecht is easily accessible through various highways, as it is a motorway hub surrounded by the following highways.
- The A2: the major north-south artery linking Amsterdam to Maastricht;
- The A12, linking Arnhem and The Hague;
- The A27, which connects Almere to Breda;
- The A28, which goes to Groningen via Amersfoort and Zwolle.
Check the detailed route descriptions on www.routenet.nl.
Once in Utrecht, there are plenty parking options in the direct area of the venue. You can park in one of the various parking garages of Hoog Catharijne (P1 to P6). In addition, there are a number of other parking garages within walking distance (Paardenveld, Bijenkorf LaVie and Springweg).
Other cheaper locations are P+R Westraven, P+R De Uithof, P+R Papendorp and P+R Leidsche Rijn. From here you easily take the bus or the tram to the city center with a combi-ticket for one of the Utrecht P+R locations and public transport.
An up-to-date overview of parking garages in the city center can be found here.
Utrecht Central Station is the main domestic railway hub of the Netherlands with direct rail services to most of the major Dutch cities and abroad. Tivoli-Vredenburg is situated next to this Central Station and is therefore easily accessible by train.
On the website of the Dutch railways you can easily buy e-tickets for yout train journey. Please click here for more information.
Amsterdam Schiphol airport to Utrecht
There is a regular Intercity rail service (up to 4x hourly) from Schiphol Airport to Utrecht Central which first makes stops at Amsterdam Zuid and Amsterdam Bijlmer. 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 € 8.80 (2nd class) and € 14.80 (1st class).
Amsterdam Central to Utrecht
Intercity services (direction Heerlen, Maastricht and Nijmegen) run up to every 10 minutes from Amsterdam Central to Utrecht Central. The journey takes around 30 minutes with a single stop at Amsterdam Amstel. One-way tickets cost € 7.60 (2nd class) and € 12.80 (1st class). It is also possible to travel on the non-stop ICE international service between Amsterdam and Utrecht (25 minutes, runs every 2 hours) if paying the domestic supplement of € 2.40.
Rotterdam to Utrecht
There is a 4x hourly service from Rotterdam which goes to Utrecht via Rotterdam Alexander and Gouda. This 35 minute trip costs € 10.50 (2nd class) or € 17.60 (1st class). Some trains continue to either Groningen or Leeuwarden.
If you are heading to Utrecht by rail from France/Belgium/UK - then you should change at Rotterdam and not Amsterdam. This can include Eurostar passengers from London, Thalys passengers from Paris/Brussels/Antwerp and Intercity Brussels passengers from Brussels/Antwerp.
Eindhoven to Utrecht
Intercity services run from Eindhoven to Utrecht Central via 's-Hertogenbosch up to 6x hourly (direction either Schiphol Airport or Alkmaar, Schagen or Enkhuizen). The 50 minute trip costs € 14.50 (2nd class) and € 24.30 (1st class).
From Eindhoven airport there is a direct coach service to Utrecht operated by AirExpresssBus. which stops at the P+R Westraven. A one-way trip costs € 15.50, a return € 28.50. For this service you can book your tickets here.
For up to date schedule information about trains and busses, we advise you to visit www.9292.nl.
Walk from the Central Station into the direction of Hoog Catharijne shopping center. Enter Hoog Catharijne and turn left at the entrance. Follow the path to the right (direction H&M), walk straight ahead and go down the escalator. On the left you will see Tivoli-Vredenburg.
In this route you can use escalators and lifts and it is also accessible in the evening and at night.