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Directions to the Conference Venue

Here is some helpful information for those of you traveling to Amsterdam for the ISTR Conference.  You can also download a print version of these instructions, or get it off the ISTR Conference mobile app.

The conference will be held at VU University Amsterdam, which is located at the South of Amsterdam. The Campus is easily accessible from the center of Amsterdam by various numbers of public transport (metro/tram).

Address: Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1081, 1081 HV Amsterdam

Transit stop: De Boelelaan/VU

Here is a photo of the main building where the conference will be held and a map showing it’s location on campus.  It’s the tallest building on campus so you can’t miss it.

From Schiphol Airport to VU

  • Take the train to Station Amsterdam Zuid
  • Express tram 51 (1 minute), direction Amstelveen Westwijk
  • Tram 5 (1 minute), direction Amstelveen Binnenhof
  • It is a 10-minute walk to the VU from Station Amsterdam Zuid. From the Amsterdam South Train station, take exit ‘VU / Parnassusweg’ and follow the signs à From there it is a 600 meter walk to the main entrance of VU Amsterdam. After descending the stairs, go left and walk straight. You will see the tall concrete building just in front of you.     

From Central Station to VU

  • Metro tram 51, direction Amstelveen Westwijk (16 minutes), stop at: De Boelelaan/VU
  • Tram 5, direction Amstelveen Binnenhof (25 minutes), stop at: De Boelelaan/VU
  • Tram 16 or 24, direction VUmc, final stop

Tram, bus, metro tickets

The GVB day or multi-day ticket provides you with unlimited travel throughout Amsterdam, both day and night, on the bus, tram, and metro, for the number of days that best fits your plans.

1 hour                                 € 3.00

1 day (24 hours)               € 7,50

2 days (48 hours)             € 12,50

3 days (72 hours)             € 17,50

4 days (96 hours)             € 22,50

5 days (120 hours)           € 27,50

6 days (144 hours)           € 31.50

7 days (168 hours)           € 34,50

Buy those tickets at the airport Schiphol (AKO), Holland Tourist Information, yellow ticket vending machines, and GVB Tickets & Info desks at major metro stations.

You can also buy the tickets in advance online: GVB day ticket or multi day ticket

Bringing your kids? A children’s day ticket is also available for a heavily reduced fare. This ticket is for children 4 through 11 years. The child ticket can only be purchased via GVB Tickets &, and our Service points

By Car to VU

The A-10 Amsterdam ring road can be reached from all directions.  Follow the A-10 to the Zuid/Amstelveen exit S108.  Turn left at the end of the slip road onto Amstelveenseweg; after three hundred yards (at the VU University hospital building) turn left again onto De Boelelaan.  VU University Amsterdam can be reached via city routes S108 and S109.


There is a limited amount of parking space around VU University Amsterdam in De Boelelaan, which has parking bays, and also in Karel Lotsylaan.  There is paid parking on VU Amsterdam parking lot to the right of the Hospital Outpatient Clinic.

Schiphol Airport to Downtown Amsterdam

Please note that if you are traveling from the airport to the conference venue directly, you should refer to the instructions above.

Amsterdam Airport Express

airport express logo

Need a quick connection between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and the city centre of Amsterdam? Take the Amsterdam Airport Express (bus 397)! Please note: this used to be bus 197.

The Amsterdam Airport Express provides a quick and easy transfer from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to the city centre of Amsterdam. Departing every 7,5 minutes from bus platforms B15-19, this bus takes you directly to Museumplein, Rijksmuseum or Leidseplein. From there on you can get to many hotels in Amsterdam very easily.

Buy your e-ticket now!

·         (single e-ticket)

·         (return e-ticket)

You can also buy this ticket at the Info & Ticket bus or directly from the bus driver.

Helpful Links:

Timetable bus N97 (Niteliner) Schiphol Airport – Amsterdam Centre


NoFo Best Western

Just a quick update for those of you who have been trying to make reservations at the NoFo Best Western Hotel and Loftet.  We have finally resolved the glitch in the system that was telling people that all of the rooms were booked, when they were not.

This hotel is a very nice place near the conference venue.  It’s actually two hotels in one.  The Hotel offers rooms with private baths, and the Loftet offers less expensive rooms with a shared bath down the hall.  The rooms I see online at the Loftete have either 2 or 3 twin beds, making them an excellent choice for those who want to find a roommate and reduce costs in this way.

To book the Loftet: Use the following promotion code “Block Id 74451”

To book at the Hotel: To obtain the discount, do not book online. Email the hotel at or call +46 (0) 8-503 112 00 and mention code ‘ISTR’

Looking for a roommate?

ISTR has been approached by some conference participants looking to share a hotel room in Stockholm to try to save on costs.  If that is something you would like to do, feel free to comment on this post and use it as a forum to find a match!

As a reminder, ISTR members are able to access our member database to find the email addresses of those who comment on this post.


ISTR Hotels and Provisional Program

We’ve posted a provisional program on our website so that you can get a sense of the daily schedule and a map showing the locations of the various conference venues.  A few items are worth noting.  The bulk of the conference – all of the paper sessions – will take place at the Ersta Conference Center Ersta Skondal Campus (they are one block apart from each other).  At the end of the first day, we have been invited to host our opening reception at the fabulous Stockholm City Hall.  (Please note that only those who register by May 25 will be allowed to attend as we need to give them a complete list of attendees well in advance for security reasons).

(Stockholm City Hall)

The second day we will start things off at the Hotel Rival for the opening plenary with Theda Skocpol.  Then, after lunch that day we will all move back to the Ersta Conference Center and Ersta Skondal Campus for the paper sessions.

Fast forward a couple of days, past the paper/poster/roundtable sessions and many other exciting activities to be described later in other posts, we will close things up with the ISTR Lecture by Stanley Katz, award presentations, and gala reception at Norra Latin, the City Conference Center.

This will all mean a bit of hopping around town, but we feel very fortunate to have been able to secure these beautiful venues for our members.  It also adds a bit of variety to our conference and affords us the opportunity to see a bit more of the city.

So, given the location of these venues, where should you stay in Stockholm?  

We’ve had a number of inquires about this so here are some thoughts.  We’ve secured rooms at several hotels at a variety of price levels in Stockholm, which you can review here. All of these hotels were chosen because of their proximity to the conference – generally from 10-30 minutes walking distance – and/or their price.  The exception to this is the Langholmen, the former prison, which is father but we couldn’t resist booking because of the novelty of the idea.

We are working out the bugs in the booking systems posted on our website but with your help we’ll get it all sorted.  We have heard from some that the booking codes aren’t working for everyone, or that they are finding prices cheaper on other websites. We also don’t have booking codes listed for every hotel yet, but these are in progress and will be posted shortly.  Stay tuned.

Be sure to be in touch (comment on this blog or send us an email to if you have any insights of tips to offer to others.  Where are you staying and what would you recommend?