Practical matters


Travel

Getting to Rotterdam

Planes mostly fly into Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS, “Schiphol”), although some budget airlines from Southern and Eastern Europe fly into Eindhoven Airport (EIN, 2h20m by train). Rotterdam/The Hague Airport (RTM, 25 minutes by bus/metro) also exists, but has few flights and isn’t as easy to reach as Schiphol (although the ground transportation’s much cheaper).

Trains run from Schiphol every few minutes in midday: Schedules and prices are on ns.nl, where you’ll also see any current disruptions. You can pay with most bank/credit cards that have a chip, or get a paper ticket or national transit card (“OV Chipkaart”) from the train station attached to the airport. Read about the different payment methods here.

Express trains (“Intercity Direct”)
About 30 minutes and €18

Regular trains (“Intercity”)
About 50 minutes and €15

For those leaving the city late, Rotterdam is on the night train lines.

Long-distance buses arrive at Rotterdam Central Station (“Conradstraat”) and other (distant) places in the city. Make sure you have the right stop!

Local transit in Rotterdam is dense and frequent: See RET.nl for fares and schedules. As with trains, payment is made by bank/credit card, single ticket, or OV Chipkaart.

Rotterdam Centraal to Het Nieuwe Instituut17 minutes’ walk. Or take the #7 tram (destination Willemsplein) to Eendrachtsplein.
Rotterdam Centraal to Stayokay Hostel26 minutes’ walk. Or take the train (destination Dordrecht); or 21 or 24 tram to Rotterdam Blaak.
Stayokay Hostel to Het Nieuwe Instituut24 minutes’ walk. Or take the A, B, or C Metro two stops to Eendrachtsplein.

Parking can be expensive (12 hours = €25). Here’s a link to spots on Parkopedia around Het Nieuwe Instituut.

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Lodging

Beds in OFAF’s room block

We’ve reserved 30 beds at Stayokay Hostel Rotterdam. We’ll offer these first to international visitors who plan to stay both nights (18 & 19 October). We’ll announce details as they become available.

Price per bed/night:

  • 6-bed room: €48 (18 beds available)
  • 4-bed room: €50 (8 beds available)
  • 4-bed Family room: €52 (4 beds available)

Notes:

  • All rooms include a simple breakfast.
  • Only “Family” rooms include towels and soap; otherwise, bring your own towel or pay €3.50 to rent one.
  • Bike rental is €12/3 hours or €16/day.
  • Not all rooms have lockers. There’s a (small) luggage storage near the lobby, along with private lockers (€2/small, €4/large for 24 hours).

Other lodging

Of course you’re free to make your own arrangements. Rotterdam is a popular destination that becomes expensive as the dates approach, so book early!

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Food

Details to come.

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Fursuiting/Costuming

  • Het Nieuwe Instituut will have a “Headless Lounge”, staffed by a volunteer (“volundiertje”) during Saturday’s program.
  • We will be arranging at least one fursuit walk, in consultation with the Rotterdam city authorities.
  • The environments around both Het Nieuwe Instituut and Stayokay Hostel are rich with photo opportunities.

More details to come.

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