Venue

iFM 2023 will take place at Scheltema Leiden, an old blanket factory situated in Leiden’s historical city center. Leiden Central Station is a less than 10-minute walk and parking is just around the corner, in the Lammermarkt underground car park.

Scheltema Leiden is a monumental building intimately linked to the history of the city. The conference will use the Theater room on the ground floor.

FMAS 2023 (on 15 and 16 November) will use the Expo room on the first floor, and the PhD symposium (on 16 November) will be in the Ketelhuis room.

All lunches, breaks, and the main conference reception (on 13 November) will use the Foyer and the Ketelhuis rooms.

Accommodation

There is no designated conference hotel, as most hotels are relatively small and scattered in different parts of the city. The following hotels are within 5-15 minutes walking distance from the conference venue:

The Golden Tulip Leiden Centre is a four-star hotel located 200m from Leiden Central Station.
Price per night:€ 125,- excluding breakfast

Attached to the Golden Tulip and a bit cheaper is the three-star Tulip Inn Hotel.
Price per night: ca. € 115,- excluding breakfast

The Ibis Leiden Centre is a three-star hotel located opposite the Leiden Central Station.
Price per night:ca. € 109,- excluding breakfast

The Hotel VIC is a new four-star hotel situated just across the street from Leiden Central Station.
Price per night: ca. € 119,- excluding breakfast

You could also book a room at one of the Bed and Breakfast stays in Leiden or find accommodation in Leden via Airbnb.

Travel to Leiden

Leiden is ideally situated just a stone's throw from major cities like The Hague and Amsterdam. Schiphol Airport is less than twenty minutes away, and Rotterdam The Hague Airport is twenty-five minutes. If you are arriving by public transport, the city center is just a few steps from Leiden Central Station. For those who prefer to come by car, it is easy to park in Leiden.

Plan your route: by plane
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the largest Dutch airport offering great transport links to Leiden and the rest of the Netherlands. You can easily take the train, catch a bus, or rent a car.
Schiphol Train Station is located directly below the airport. It only takes a couple of minutes to walk from Arrivals to Schiphol Plaza, where you can take the stairs, escalator, or lift down to the train platforms.
The airport is easy to reach and offers excellent parking facilities. You can also rent a car. Book the vehicle of your choice online or at one of the car rental desks in Arrivals 3.

Plan your route: by train
If you are flying to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport (AMS), the easiest way to travel to Leiden is by train.The airport has an underground railway station with frequent services to Leiden (as the final destination, or en route to The Hague/Den Haag, Rotterdam, or Vlissingen). The train journey from the airport to Leiden takes 15-20 minutes. You can book your train ticket in advance via the website of the Dutch Railways.

The Leiden city center is just a few steps from Leiden Central Station. The Hague is ten minutes away by train, and Amsterdam is thirty-five minutes.

Plan your route: by car
Leiden is located between the A4 and A44 highways and is easily accessible by car. If you are going by car to the center of Leiden, you can reserve a parking space with a discount in advance. Choose the date, time, and length of your visit in advance. The longer you visit, the higher your discount. You can book at the parking garages Lammermarkt, Garenmarkt, and Morspoort.

Plan your route: by public transport

Leiden is easy to reach by public transport. The bus station is right in front of Leiden Central Station and there are many routes serving the city and the region. The conference venue is a 10-minute walk from the train station.

Leiden

Leiden is a city in the Dutch province of South Holland. It’s known for its centuries-old architecture and for Leiden University, the country’s oldest, dating from 1575. The university houses the Leiden Botanical Garden, founded in 1590, where the tulip was introduced to Western Europe. The Museum de Lakenhal (a few meters away from the conference venue) displays work by Dutch Masters including Rembrandt, who was born in Leiden.

Here you can find more suggestions of tourist sights and attractions in Leiden.