Where and how to find us
Where and how to find the CLARIN and ELSNET Office at
Trans 10 in
Utrecht Includes directions for NH Centre
Utrecht Hotel (which used to be called Tulip Inn, or
Hotel des Pays Bas) and for Apollo Hotel City Centre
(formerly Best Western Hotel Amrath or Hotel Smits);
for Hotel Mitland please check the directions on their
We are part of the Utrecht institute of Linguistics UiL OTS. Here is a map.
UiL OTS has two locations. The old main location can be found at
indicated on the map by a solid red rectangle marked 13A (in
white). ELSNET and CLARIN are now (again) located at Trans 10, and that
is where the red circle is, marked 14. The dotted line tells
you how to walk to Trans
10 from the Central Station. As you can see there are
shorter routes, but this is the one described below. The red
squares indicate the hotels: BW = Apollo City Centre, NH = NH
By air Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or to Rotterdam
Airport. Our national airline KLM has the best
connections, but they tend to offer little value (uncomfortable
seats, extremely little leg room, poor service on
board) for a lot of money. Cheaper carriers may offer
the same (or sometimes even better), but at a lower price,
so it is worth checking for cheaper alternatives.
By car Don't even try. If you manage to get there at
all, the nearest place where you can park your car is
probably the place where you left. We have no parking
facilities, not for ourselves, and not for our guests. You
could try to park in a parking garage near the Central
Station or in the outskirts of the city and take a bus to
the Central Station from there. There is a P+R site called
Transferium, south of the city, close to the A12 (Arnhem -
Utrecht - Den Haag/Rotterdam). Please note that our whole
faculty is located in the inner city, and not in the
University Center 'De Uithof', where you will find most
By train Utrecht has excellent train connections with
the rest of the Netherlands (Utrecht-Amsterdam is only 30
minutes, with intercity trains every 15 minutes). On most
connections the minimal frequency is every 30 minutes.
There are direct train connections to Germany (and
beyond). If you arrive from Belgium or France, you will
normally have to change at Rotterdam CS (from there it is
ca 40 minutes to Utrecht CS).
From Schiphol Airport to Utrecht A taxi from Schiphol
Airport to Utrecht can easily cost you over 100 euro, so
we suggest that you take the train, which is both
cheaper and faster. From the Arrival Hall, follow the
train signs to the station hall. Buy a ticket to Utrecht
(ca 8 euro for a single ticket, return
tickets are ca 16 euro but can only be used on the same
day). There are direct trains from Schiphol to
Utrecht every 15 minutes (in both directions). Trains
normally leave from track 1/2, at *.17 and *.47
throughout the day, on weekdays between 6:14 and
23:44. Between 07:00 and 21:00 (and on Sundays between
12:00 and 21:00) there
are even trains every 15 minutes (*.00, *.30). Duration 32 minutes.
On your way back the pattern is similar, with direct trains from
Utrecht to Schiphol at *:13 and *:43 (at least between 06:43 and
23:43; between 07:00 and 21:00 also at *:28 and *:58). Duration 32 minutes. Departure track varies, but 5 or 7
is a good guess. Try to take a train from Utrecht that leaves not
later than 2.5 hours before departure of your (European) flight.
That will normally give you enough time to miss a train, check in
and have a coffee, but remember that Schiphol Airport has only
one security checkpoint for all Schengen gates so you might be
confronted with long queues. We recommend to use internet
check-in if available. If you are flying KLM (or one of its
partners) you can also check in by phone: 0900 649
During the night there are trains in both directions every hour,
but they normally go through Amsterdam Central Station; the
duration of the
trip will be 50-60 minutes, and you may have to change trains.
From Rotterdam Airport to Utrecht
Information about transportation between Rotterdam Airport and
Rotterdam Central Station is available on the website
of Rotterdam Airport. From Rotterdam Central Station there are ca
trains to Utrecht every hour. Duration 35-45 minutes.
From Utrecht Central Station to the Institute (UiL OTS, Trans
- Get off the train at Utrecht Central Station, take the
escalator or stairs up to the main hall on the 1st
- From the main hall follow the Bus and Taxi signs (direction
'Centrum'/'Clarenburg'/'Vredenburg', do not go
to 'Jaarbeurs' because you might end up in the North
Sea after 60 km)
- Once you have arrived at the escalators down to the bus
platform, decide whether you want to go
- by taxi -- cost ca 12.50 euro, proceed to 4 (also the
best option if you want to go to Hotel
- by bus -- cost ca 3 euro if you buy your ticket on
the bus, proceed to 5 (also for NH Centre Utrecht
-- takes 10-15 minutes (a nice walk if you are travelling
light), proceed to 8 (also for the Apollo Hotel, which is only 5
minutes from the station).
- Follow the taxi signs. Once you're in the taxi, tell the
driver that you want to go to Trans 10. This is
located in the Center of Utrecht, very close to the
Dom Tower. Get off the taxi and proceed to 18.
- Take the escalator (or stairs) down to the city bus
- Walk straight ahead, until you see the
stop of line 2 (direction 'Museumlijn' or 'Ringlijn',
mostly small buses or 8 person minibuses).
Normally the number 2 bus runs in a clockwise
direction, but during periods of road construction
works in the inner city the direction may
- Get on the bus, buy a ticket, and get off at the 4th stop
'Domplein', right in front of the Dom Tower. You can't
miss it. Proceed to 16. (If you are going to
Apollo Hotel City Centre, get off at the
first stop, and walk 200 meters up the road; if you are
going to the NH Centre Utrecht Hotel, get
off at the 3rd stop, 'Janskerkhof', and you will see
the hotel across the street, on your left, at the
- Walk past the exits that lead to the bus and taxi platforms
(keeping them on your right), and continue walking
through the shopping area, in the same direction
- Maintain the same main direction; there is one place (a
wide square, with in the middle a bronze bar with
a knot in it) where you have to keep the square on
your left, and turn slightly to the right.
- At the end you will find an escalator which will take you
down and, after 20 meters, outside.
- You will find yourself in the right hand bottom corner of a
large square (Vredenburg). Walk straight ahead
to the right hand top corner, and turn right there
(Steenweg). (If your destination is the
Apollo Hotel, head for the left hand top
corner, and you will walk right in to it.)
- Follow the shopping street (Steenweg). It turns
gradually to the left. Keep following it.
- By now you should see somewhere ahead of you, a tall church
tower (the 'Dom Tower', 110 m).
Use this as your landmark, because that is where our
- When the main shopping street ends, turn right (another
shopping street, the Choorstraat).
- Take the first street left, which leads you across a bridge
over a canal to the Servetstraat, through
(really!) the Dom tower to a square called
Domplein. Then turn right, where you will see
a line 2 bus stop (yellow sign).
- Walk 50 meters in the same direction as the bus, past the
church and the old main University building (both on
your left), cross the street, and take the first
street on your left. This is the Trans, where
our offices are.
- After 50 meters you will see the entrance of Trans 10
- Enter and follow de signs Trans 4, walk through the
inner court, enter the door marked Trans 4,
turn left, walk straight ahead until you see a narrow
staircase and walk up to the second floor.
- My office (2.39) is on your left.
- If you get lost,
don't despair. Just call me:
- extension 6050 if you are calling from one of the
- 253 6050 (if you have evidence that you are still in
- 030 253 6050 (if you managed to get out of Utrecht
- +31 30 253 6050 (from your mobile phone or if
you're not sure you are still in the