Tilburg is the sixth largest city in the Netherlands. It has a population of over 200,000, representing many nationalities. Tilburg is rightly proud of its reputation as a centre of learning: A student population of over 27,000 makes Tilburg one of the Netherlands' principal educational centres. The city has a mix of traditional and modern architecture, from factory houses and villas to sprawling housing estates. Surrounded on all sides by woods and scenic areas, Tilburg is also a green city. Tilburg is situated only 10 kilometres from the Belgium border and 100 kilometres from Germany. Amsterdam and Brussels are only 1,5 hours away. In an hour you can be on the beach.
Tilburg’s city center is compact, so you can easily get around on foot to many places. The city center, which is located immediately south of the central train station, is where most of the hotels and restaurants are located. It is a small but lively area in the evenings and weekends.
The conference proceedings will take place at the Tilburg University campus, which lies approximately 4 km to the west of the city center. You can take buses from the city center to the campus, or you can take trains from the central station to the Tilburg University train station. Buses run more frequently than the trains and will drop you off closer to the campus.
To navigate the public transport, we recommend that you use the site www.9292.nl/en. This site also manages a free app (9292) which you can use on your phone in English. This provides up to the minute information regarding both busses and trains, allowing you to enter the address you wish to travel and advising the fastest route at that moment.
If you are staying at a hotel outside of the city center you will need to pay particular attention to public transport options. Most bus lines will run via the central train station where you will likely have to transfer to a new bus line headed towards the campus.
To use public transport in the Netherlands we suggest that you purchase an ‘OV chipkaart’ – a digital transport card that operates much like the oyster card system in London. You will need to purchase one of these cards at the main train station in Tilburg and add money to the card in order to use it. Then you can ‘check-in’ whenever entering a bus or entering the train station, and ‘check-out’ when leaving the bus or train station, and the payment will be automatically deducted. This card will work for both trains and buses throughout the entire country. More information is provided under the heading ‘Getting to Tilburg’.