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How to get to Leiden Observatory

Note: this is NOT the old Observatory ("Sterrewacht") located in the center of town

Leiden Observatory is located on the fourth and fifth floor of the Oort and Huygens buildings, which are connected by a glass corridor. The Oort building also houses the Lorentz Center for hosting international workshops on the third floor.

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From Schiphol Airport

  1. By train
    Schiphol Train Station is located directly below the airport, at Schiphol Plaza. Trains to Leiden Central Train Station (direction Den Haag or Vlissingen) depar t every 15 minutes and take about 20 minutes. You could buy an e-ticket online or buy a single-use smart card at the train station. The easiest is to find t he NS service counter to buy you ticket or use a NS ticket machine, both located in the arrival hall. A one-way train ticket costs € 5-10. Time Table
  2. By taxi
    A taxi stand is located directly outside the arrival hall at Schiphol Airport. A one-way trip to Leiden costs € 50-60.

From Leiden Central Train Station

From Leiden Central Train Station there are four possibilities to get to the faculty buildings:

  1. On foot
    Leave the train station via the 'LUMC' exit. Walk along the Rijnsburgerweg and at the first roundabout you turn left to the Wassenaarseweg. Keep walking along the Wassenaarseweg until you could turn left to the Niels Bohrweg, where our buildings are located. It is a 30-minute walk from the train station.

  2. By taxi
    Leave the train station by exit 'Centrum'. The taxicab stand is located on your left. A one way trip to the Lorentz Center costs € 10-15.

  3. By bus
    Leave the train station by 'Centrum' exit. The bus station is located directly outside the train station on your right hand. You could take either bus 43 (direction Den Haag) or bus 57 (direction Nieuw Vennep). It's about 7 minutes by bus. Tickets can be bought in the bus. A one-way trip costs € 4.

    Bus 57
    Get off the bus at bus stop 'Wassenaarseweg/Corpus'. Cross the road and you will walk straight into the 'Niels Bohrweg'.

    Bus 43
    Get off the bus at bus stop 'Universiteitsterrein'. Walk along the 'Einsteinweg', passing the red UFO-shaped building on your right hand and at the end of the road turn right into the 'Niels Bohrweg'.

    The timetables changes every so often, to check the latest timetable use this link.

  4. By car
    If you are using GPS Navigation Systems go to the Niels Bohrweg 1 or postal code 2333 CA.

Visitors coming by car should take notice of the parking regulations. Press the button at the barriers, mention that you are a registered guest, together with your name and the barriers will be opened for you. Please report to the reception upon arrival to obtain a parking permit for the duration of your stay.

Maps of Leiden city and the location of the university buildings can be found here.

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