Travel & Accessibility

Amsterdam has excellent accessibility by air, by rail and road.


Public transport: 5-day pass

All registered delegates for the main congress will receive a transportation pass (on request) when they pick up their name badge. The five-day transportation ticket provides you with unlimited travel on all GVB trams, buses, and metros, both day and night. The ticket becomes valid the first time you check in.

By air

Attractive discounts on a wide range of fares on all Air France and KLM flights worldwide.Please book you flight via this link. Event ID Code to keep for the booking: 30824AF 

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is one of the world’s most modern and efficient airports, which is why is designated ‘Best Airport in Europe’(and fourth best in the world) in the Business Traveller Awards. Scheduled services fly into Schiphol from at least 128 destinations within Europe and from 108 non- European destinations. Some 110 airlines (including low cost carriers EasyJet and Transavia) fly from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to more than 265 destinations worldwide. In 2014, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol served over 48 million passengers. Schiphol train station is located directly below the airport and by train you arrive at Amsterdam Central Station within 15 minutes.

Flight times

Atlanta – USA 8.30 h
Bangkok – Thailand 11.30 h
Beijing – China 9.30 h
Berlin – Germany 1.20 h
Buenos Aires – Argentina 13.20 h
Dubai – Dubai 7.10 h
Guangzhou – China 11.20 h
Istanbul – Turkey 3.20 h
Johannesburg – South Africa 10.20 h
Lagos – Nigeria 8.40 h
London – UK 1.10 h
Mexico City – Mexico 10.40 h
Moscow – Russia 3.10 h
New Delhi – India 7.50 h
New York – USA 7.30 h
Paris – France 1.10 h
Rio de Janeiro – Brazil11.50 h
Rome – Italy 2.10 h
Sao Paulo – Brazil 12.00 h
Shanghai – China 11.40 h
Singapore – Singapore12.40 h
St Petersburg – Russia 2.50 h
Stockholm – Sweden 2.00 h
Tokyo – Japan 11.00 h
Toronto – Canada 7.20 h

AIR FRANCE & KLM Global Meetings – preferred supplier

KLM and AIR FRANCE, operating worldwide scheduled passenger services to more than 244 destinations in 120 countries. KLM offers 73 direct intercontinental flights and 75 direct European flights from her home port, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. By this extensive network KLM and AIRFRANCE enable the ISHAM delegates easy and on time access to the conference. AIR FRANCE&KLM Global Meetings offers a simple to use online program: for organisers to register conventions, conferences and seminars. Participants benefit from discounts up to 10% off KLM and AIR FRANCE’s published fares which they can easily book online and are valid on all KLM and AIR FRANCE flights and their codes share flights including Alitalia, CityJet, Delta Air Lines and Kenya Airways. For all benefits and conditions please see

Attractive discounts on a wide range of fares on all Air France and KLM flights worldwide.
Please book you flight via this link. Event ID Code to keep for the booking: 30824AF

By train

The Dutch Railway company transports some one million travellers a day over the busiest railway network in the world. The NS Group comprises a number of operating companies which ensure the transportation of travellers and the development and exploitation of transport junctions. NS International operates the international transport of passengers by train. Thalys Nederland, ICE International, IC, Benelux and CiyNightLine transport passengers to various destinations including France, Germany and Belgium.


Thalys (Paris & Brussels)
ICE international (Frankfurt)
Eurostar (London via Brussels)
IC (Berlin)
CityNightLine (Basel, Munich)

By bus

Long-distance Euroline busses connect Amsterdam with most European cities. Within the country, buses are used for regional transport rather than for long distances. They do, however, fill the rail gaps in the north and east of the Netherlands. Bus stations are typically situated next to the main railway station in a town. In towns with no rail service they are usually located in the town centre.

By boat

Most travellers go overland through Belgium and France to catch a boat to England, however ferries also run between the Hoek van Holland (Hook of Holland) and Harwich, UK; Europoort (near Rotterdam) and Hull, UK; IJmuiden (near Amsterdam) and Newcastle, UK; and Ijmuiden and Kristiansand, Norway.

Local infrastructure

The compact size of Amsterdam means that almost everything is within walking distance of each other. Nevertheless the public transport network of buses, trams and metro is efficient, modern, reliable and inexpensive. The GVB is the public transport company of Amsterdam. One million passengers within greater Amsterdam travel by tram, bus, metro and ferry every day.


The city of Amsterdam has 750,000 inhabitants and 600,000 bicycles. It is rare to have a moment in the city when a bicycle does not zip by you. The Dutch use their bicycles as a means of transportation – to go shopping, commute to work and so on – rather than for recreational purposes. With beautiful scenery, flat landscapes and some 15,000 kilometres of specially designated bicycle paths and routes, cycling in the Netherlands is not only practical, but also very enjoyable.