About The Hague
Welcome to the city that matters. In The Hague, we have over 150 international organizations, knowledge institutions, NGO’s and more who are working towards peace and justice every day. Its heritage of being a decision-making and influential place is how The Hague developed the reputation of being The International City of Peace and Justice. The Hague is one of the greenest cities in Europe. It is the only large Dutch city next to the sea, just a stone’s throw away from the historic city center you will find an 11-kilometer-long beach at Scheveningen.
The Hague is easy to reach from anywhere in the world. It is located in one of the best regions in Europe with easy access to two international airports and train stations. Furthermore, The Hague has an outstanding and sustainable system of public transport, which makes it easy to find your way around the city. Trams and buses are extremely efficient and punctual, making sure that all delegates will get to their meetings on time. The distance between Amsterdam Airport (AMS) and Den Haag, World Forum is 41 km. The road distance is 45.1 km.
International Airport Amsterdam Schiphol
Options to travel from Schiphol (Amsterdam airport) to The Hague:
Book tickets for the train through: http://www.ns.nl/en/travellers/home
Train departure station: Schiphol
Arrival station: Den Haag Centraal
*A tram (or taxi) will still need to be taken from The Hague Central Station to hotel / World Forum (see below)
Select English in upper right corner- pre-book and pay in the taxi by credit card.
Note: NON pre-booked taxis are much more expensive.
Thalys, HiSpeed trains coming from the South (France, Belgium) stop in Den Haag Hollands Spoor station (NOT IN DEN HAAG CENTRAL STATION). Get out here and take Tram 1 / taxi to World Forum. International trains coming from the North / Germany will likely mean changing trains either in Utrecht CS or Amsterdam CS from where you can take an Intercity express train to Den Haag Central Station. From there take a taxi or Tram 16 onwards to World Forum.
The Hague boasts an excellent public transport system. Over 30 bus and tram lines will quickly and safely take you and your delegates to your destinations in and around The Hague. For instance, it takes you 10-15 minutes to get from The Hague Central Station to World Forum. World Forum is accessible by public transport from all hotels in The Hague. Many hotels are within walking distance of World Forum. For further details on public transport, please visit: https://www.htm.nl/english.
From The Hague Central Station (CS) and The Hague Hollands Spoor (HS) stations to World Forum:
The two most convenient Tram lines are Tram 1 (Hollands Spoor) and Tram 16 (Central Station). So hotels near / on these routes would be most convenient! Furthermore – you can even consider hotels near the beach (Scheveningen) which is at the end of line 1 and is actually even closer to the World Forum than the City Center. Tram 1 travels from the city center / HS – take the tram going in the direction ‘Scheveningen Noordstrand’ and get out at the Stop ‘World Forum’ which is directly outside the conference location. From the Scheveningen end, take the tram traveling to ‘Delft’ and get off at the same stop. For Tram no. 16 from ‘Central Station’ take trams going in the direction ‘Statenkwartier’. You get off at the ‘Statenplein’ stop. The walk is roughly 9 minutes to World Forum. The tram map can be viewed online through this link.
The Netherlands has an extensive network of railways. The Nederlandse Spoorwegen, or NS, is the Netherlands Railway company and one of the most modern in Europe. See www.ns.nl/en. Traveling by train has many advantages: trains in the Netherlands are most often on schedule, they are very comfortable and clean and most of the staff speaks English. The NS operates a night train, which stops at The Hague Hollands Spoor station.
Paying for public transport
The plastic OV-chipcard is the most common system of paying for trams and buses throughout the Netherlands. If you do not have an OV-chipcard, you can pay for your ticket in cash. Visit the website of HTM (https://www.htm.nl/english) for more information about paying for public transport and the types of tickets available.
Use the 9292 website / app door-to-door journey planner for your door-to-door itinerary by public transportation.
Driving and Parking
World Forum is centrally located between the city and the beach and easily accessible by car.
World Forum has its own spacious parking garage. It is located adjacent to World Forum so you arrive directly at the theater. The maximum vehicle height for the garage is 2.00 metres.
Rates & Payment Options for Parking
The following standard rates apply for the parking garage:
Per hour € 3.75
Day ticket (12 hours) € 14.00
Exit cards for the garage are available through the front office of World Forum or you can pay at the payment terminals in the parking garage (payment per hour) using your debit card or credit card. Please note that it is not possible to pay with cash. Parking conditions can be downloaded here.
There is a taxi point in front of the World Forum and at Central and Hollands Spoor train Stations in the city center.