Hotel and travel information for Amsterdam

Providing information to make your travel and onsite logistics the best possible experience
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Welcome to Amsterdam

Amsterdam - capital of the Netherlands and located within the province of North Holland. Known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. The city is also home to the Museum District and houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Amsterdam is also famous for housing more bicycles than citizens, more canals than Venice, and more bridges than Paris. We hope you will join your colleagues in this unique and exciting city for the 2023 event. Visit Amsterdam

RAI Amsterdam

A world-class experience. Learn more about the conference centre and all it has to offer.

Travel to Amsterdam

Helpful information for:

  • airport travel
  • shuttle service
  • public transit services
  • car rental
  • driving directions and parking
  • tourist attractions

Explore Amsterdam

Visa information

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Transportation information

Airport information

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), known informally as Schiphol Airport, is the main international airport of the Netherlands. It is located 9 kilometres southwest of Amsterdam.

Preferred Carrier


SPIE has nominated AIRFRANCE / KLM as preferred carriers for the event. Attenedees are eligible to attractive discounts, up to -15%, on a wide range of public fares on all AIR FRANCE, KLM and their code-shared flights worldwide.

Event: SPIE Sensors and Imaging
ID Code: 40317AF
Travel Valid Period: August 27, 2023 to September 13, 2023
Event Location: Amsterdam - Netherlands

It will be possible to offset travel at the point of booking.

Transportation from the airport 

From Amsterdam airport to the city centre

A direct railway line connects Schiphol International Airport with Amsterdam Central Station, and is the fastest and most convenient form of transport to the city centre. The train stops at the RAI on the way, and this ride takes about 15 minutes with trains departing day and night every day. From 6am to 1am train departs every 15 minutes (night schedule differs). At the time of going to print, a single ticket from the airport to the RAI is EU 3.50.

To purchase online tickets

Public transportation

Public transport system & tickets

The official public transport system in Amsterdam is GVB (Gemeente Vervoerbedrijf), and attendees can book their travel and tickets in advance.

Book here


Parking at the RAI can be prebooked. Check here for further information

Restaurant and city information

Amsterdam has a huge selection of restaurants in the city centre. Please use a tool such as Trip Advisor to narrow down your selection.

Family care while attending the meeting

SPIE believes that individuals with significant caregiving responsibilities should have an equal opportunity to share their research and participate in conferences and symposia.

SPIE Family Care Grants are designed to supplement caregiving costs incurred by SPIE Members who are registered to attend an SPIE meeting, either in person or virtually. See hotel details in the reservation system to find hotels that offer onsite childcare. 

Find information and apply for an SPIE Family Care Grant