Getting to the GÉANT Amsterdam office
Please note: TERENA and DANTE joined forces in October 2014 to become the GÉANT Association. From 1 May 2015 the organisation is known simply as 'GÉANT'. 'GÉANT' no longer means a single project or organisation, but stands for the entire community collaboration. This website will continue to provide some to provide information about current as well as past activities until the full, permanent GÉANT website is ready. In the meantime, ever more information about GÉANT and its activities can be found on the current GÉANT website.
The GÉANT Amsterdam office is on Koningsplein, at the north end of the Singel flower market, in a distinctive turn-of-the-20th-century building with a pleasant outlook south towards the Munt.
From Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station
There are trains from the airport to Amsterdam Centraal Station roughly every 15 minutes. Taxis are quite expensive and are not normally reimbursed under GÉANT travel rules. You will need to buy a train ticket at the airport before getting on a train. Tickets can not be bought once you board a train and you will incur a fine if you do not have a valid ticket. Schiphol station is directly below the airport.
You can travel on NS (the Dutch Railways) with either a single-use chipcard or a multiple-use OV-chipcard. Both are available from the Ticket- and Service desks, which are situated close to the red/white-checked cube at Schiphol Plaza, or from the yellow, automated ticket machines (which take credit/debit cards). At Schiphol airport these machines have a blue sign overhead reading ‘traintickets’ and are located near the platforms. If you have a multi-use OV-chipcard you can also use the ticket machines to load extra money onto your card.
Your chipcard 'ticket' is only valid for travel if you check in before your journey. You must also check out with your ticket at the end of your journey before leaving Centraal Station.
At Schiphol the check-in/out points are on posts close to the entrance of each platform's stairs / escalators. At Amsterdam Centraal there are barriers where you should check out, even if the barriers are open.
To recognise the check-in/out logo, see the NS YouTube video (in Dutch).
NOTE: There is more than one station in Amsterdam and not all trains from Schiphol go to Centraal Station, so ensure that the platform-level destination indicator shows Amsterdam CS or Amsterdam Centraal.
From Central Station to GÉANT Amsterdam
Tram lines 1, 2 and 5 leave from the front of Central Station and run past the GÉANT Amsterdam office. You will need to get off at Koningsplein (quite often referred to as the flower market by the conductor).
Map of the area
If you wish to stay overnight in Amsterdam, please contact the GÉANT Amsterdam office to make hotel reservations for you. GÉANT has special arrangements with two local hotels and can often arrange a discount.
However, if you would rather contact the hotels directly, the details are:
Guests are welcome to use our wireless network (both eduroam™ and a guest network are available). Once connected, you can also use our guest printer. Please note that GÉANT Association has no-smoking offices.