Nov 12 – 16, 2018
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

Venue at ESA/ESTEC

The conference will be held at the Space Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency (ESA/ESTEC), located 35km south-west of Amsterdam International Airport.

Getting to ESTEC
ESTEC is located at the southern tip of Noordwijk.

From Den Haag (The Hague): take the A4 (direction Amsterdam) and exit at "Leiden". Follow the N206 towards Katwijk and Haarlem. Take the exit "Katwijk Noord". From there follow signs to "ESTEC" (small white squares).

From Amsterdam: take the A4 (direction Den Haag-Rotterdam) then at the junction follow the A44. Take the exit "Noordwijk-Voorhout", continue to Noordwijk and from there, follow signs to "ESTEC".


By train
From Leiden Centraal station, take the number 30 bus to Katwijk. The bus stops in front of the ESTEC entrance gate. Please note that this bus leaves four times an hour during peak periods and twice an hour during normal hours. Journey time is approx. 30 minutes.

By plane
From Schiphol airport, either take a taxi to ESTEC (30 min), or a train to Leiden (20 min) and then the number 30 bus (see train directions above) (30 min.). By rental car, follow the "By car" instructions as above from Amsterdam.

Alternative Transportation to and from ESTEC

A shuttle bus service is available from ESTEC to Schiphol airport from Monday to Friday. You can make your reservations and payments on-line via a dedicated ESTEC page: The price of a single trip is € 15.00. A receipt is sent to your email and shall be taken into the bus as proof of payment. If you wish to make reservations with ESTEC Reception (tel.+31-71-565 4000) or Taxi Brouwer (tel. +31-71-36 11 000) this should be done at least one hour in advance. The meeting point for the shuttle bus is at the large red and white cube in the Airport arrival area. 


The following URLs containing useful information about Noordwijk may be helpful. Please note that ESA accepts no responsibility for the contents of these sites.

• Noordwijk Information
Information on Noordwijk, please consult the Tourist Office website:  (Dutch)  (English)

• Travelling by train
Please note that the nearest railway station to ESTEC is Leiden Centraal and the Amsterdam Airport railway station is called: Schiphol

• Travelling by car
This site provides a planner for your route to ESTEC from any place in Europe. Please use the following address details:
Address: Keplerlaan 1
Postal Code: 2201 AZ
City: Noordwijk ZH

• Travelling by plane
Information on Schiphol airport can be found at:
Train connections from Schiphol Airport can also be found on this website.