Amsterdam is as famous for its culture, nightlife and restaurants as it is for its business atmosphere and excellent transport links.
Free GVB Public Transport Pass
Once you have picked up your badge you can collect your free 5 day GVB public transport pass from any of the information desks.
Trams and Buses
Tram 4 runs between the RAI (stop Europe Square), the center of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Central Station. From Amstel Station you can reach the RAI with metro line 51 and bus 65. Metro 51 also runs to Amsterdam Central. Metro 50 operates a regular service between Amsterdam Sloterdijk and Gein and stops at RAI.
IBC provides a free shuttle bus service to and from a selection of the major hotels in Amsterdam directly to the RAI as well as a shuttle bus service from Schiphol Airport to the RAI and back. Watch this space for timetable and map.
The RAI has its 'own' station, Amsterdam RAI. This station is a stone's throw from the RAI complex and is easily accessible from all over the country by train. Follow the signs 'Amsterdam RAI' as you leave the station. For more information consult the NS planner on www.ns.nl.
Inexpensive, good fun and probably the fastest way to travel - Amsterdam is renowned for its abundant cyclists! Bikes are available for rent at most railway stations or at a bike dealers or rental agencies in town.
Please see the following map which highlights the car parks available for IBC Visitors to use. Visitors can purchase a one day parking ticket from the vending machines onsite which is valid from 00:00hrs until 24:00hrs. If you wish to park your car for more than one day then please go to any of the RAI information desks to have this arranged. One day parking will cost €17.00 including VAT.
IBC’s preferred Taxi Company is TCA taxis. A typical taxi journey from the RAI into the city centre should cost around €20.00 and from Schipol airport to the RAI it should cost around €40.00. You will find the taxi rank at the RAI next to the outside exhibition area. Contact details +31 (0) 207 777777.
Food and Drink
Enjoy a wide selection of delicious authentic food from Dutch, Lebanese, Japanese and Spanish to spicy Arabic and Indian. Click here to book a table at one of Amsterdam's best restaurants.
Bars and pubs Most of the bars are located in the city centre. As well as the typical Dutch bars, you can also enjoy the very best of Amsterdam's modern and stylish bars, serving the best cocktails and beers!
If you fancy a night out in a stylish underground or lounge club, then head down to Amsterdam's finest– they include old factories, underground churches, refurbished boats and stylish canal houses.
Theatres Amsterdam’s busy theatre scene offers a variety of performances. The majority of the theatres are situated in and around Leidseplein and are all within walking distance to one another.
Amsterdam has some of the world’s finest museums to attend. The Rijksmuseum showcases the classics such as Rembrandt and Vermeer and the Anne Frank Huis is also a must see for anyone interested in Europe’s 20th century history.
Cinema If you are a film fanatic, then head towards the beautiful Tuschinski Theatre, constructed in a rare combination of 1920 exotic art deco in collaboration with the Amsterdam School style. The cinema features a luxurious foyer, an attraction worth memorising.
One of the best orchestras in the world, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra can be seen performing in concert halls, clubs and jazz cafes. Amsterdam also offers opportunities to watch various live music performances across different venues to suit every taste.