How to get to Delft
Delft is very easy to reach from anywhere in the world. It is at a short train ride from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, which is extremely well-connected with direct flights to/from all major and many smaller European cities, a score of cities in the USA, and many Asian destinations. It is also possible to fly to Rotterdam-The Hague airport, which is even closer to Delft. In addition, it has very good railway connections to other European countries
From Schiphol Amsterdam Airport
Schiphol International Airport is one of the most central airports. All the well-known airlines are flying from and to Schiphol on a daily base. Transportation from Schiphol Airport to Delft is possible by public transport or the special taxi service called Schiphol Travel Taxi. There is a direct train connection between Schiphol International Airport and Delft railway station. Travelling time is about 45 minutes; the frequency is 5 times per hour.
Trains from Schiphol to Delft
Trains from the airport to Delft are very comfortable and take approximately 45 minutes. There is a train every 15 minutes. One-way train tickets cost € 10.50 (€ 17.33 for first-class). Schiphol railway station can be entered in the main hall of the airport. After clearing customs, you have to go through two rows of shops to get to the main hall. Depending on the train you take to Delft, you will need to go to track 5 or 6. There are ticket windows in the main hall on the side of track 1. Alternatively, you can use the yellow ticket machines in the baggage claim area or in the main hall, which (only at Schiphol Airport) take credit cards.
You should take a train to the main railway station of Delft (not to Delft-Zuid), which is situated between the railway stations Den Haag (The Hague) HS and Rotterdam CS. For the best connections between Schiphol and Delft, you have to change trains in Leiden or Den Haag HS. Trains departing from Schiphol at hh.27 or hh.57 require a change in Leiden to another train. For the train time table, please check the updated information at the train station and see the website of Dutch Rail (NS) (https://www.ns.nl/).
Taxis from Schiphol to Delft
A taxi from Schiphol to Delft will cost anywhere between € 79 and € 95 (prices vary, and these are approximate prices).
From Rotterdam – The Hague Airport
Apart from Schiphol International Airport, there is the smaller and more Western European-oriented Rotterdam – The Hague Airport.
There are direct flights from several European cities to Rotterdam – The Hague Airport (https://www.rotterdamthehagueairport.nl/en/), which is very close to Delft (approximately 15-minute drive from the centre of Delft). A taxi from Rotterdam Airport to Delft will cost around € 30. If you prefer to travel to Delft by public transportation, you will first need to take bus 33 to Rotterdam Central Station, which takes about 20 minutes. From there, you can take a direct train to Delft; these run every 15 minutes. See also the website of the RET (local Rotterdam transportation, in Dutch – https://www.ret.nl/) and Dutch Rail (NS – https://www.ns.nl/).
Train, tram and buses
The new ‘Delft Centraal’ train station was opened in 2016. Delft is worth a visit just for the station alone! From the station, you can see the towers of the Old Church and walk to the city centre in only a few minutes. It only takes 10 minutes to get from Rotterdam and/or The Hague to Delft by train, 45 minutes from Amsterdam, and around three hours from Groningen and Maastricht.
Tram line 1 and buses stop right outside the front of the Delft Central station. Bus 40, 69 and 174 will take you to the bus stop ‘Aula TU Delft’, which is right in front of the IDE faculty. Tram 1 will take you to The Hague in about 30 minutes and to Scheveningen beach in about 45 minutes.
Participants coming from the UK or Scandinavia can take one of the ferries from and to Rotterdam or the Hook of Holland. A train-ride from the Hook of Holland takes about 40 minutes to Delft, one from Rotterdam approximately 13 minutes.
Coming to Delft by car
If you plan to come to Delft by car we advise you to have a look at a website such as Mappy to help you plan your route.
Parking in Delft
Visitors are advised to use the official car parks, such as the one in Zuidpoort (see https://parkerendelft.com/en/). To find the car parks, just follow the signs to P-route Centrum. The parking fee has to be paid when you collect your car. The parking spaces in the streets of Delft are clearly marked. Find a parking metre and get a ticket after parking your car. The cheapest option is to park your car in the University area. You might have to search for a space, but since the University is outside the city centre, parking there is free.
Parking at TU Delft
Parking at TU Delft is free in the designated parking lots.