How to find Dept Theoretical Biology VUA
De Boelelaan 1081 Amsterdam

From Schiphol airport

take the slow train north, direction Amsterdam-Rai, and go for NS station Amsterdam-Zuid (= South); it is the first stop, some 5 minutes, 4 times per hour. The VU-buildings are 10-15 min walking from that station. Take the west-exit of the station (it is where train from Schiphol came from and few people go to; most take the north exit). While walking to the west-exit on the long platform you can already see the VU-logo (a griffion) on the high main building at your left-front. At the end of the platform, there is a stair down, turn left and follow the road Buitenverdertselaan southward. At the traffic lights you continue in the same direction till the tram stop, turn right to enter the campus. Take door 1081 of the Science building, which is on your left hand site, before you enter an open space. Take the elevator (or staircase) to level 5, counting from 0. Bas Kooijman is at room T534 (T-wing; all doors are labelled).

Tel: 020 5987130 (within Nederland, outside district Amsterdam) Outside Nederland: Start with 031, skip leading 0. Inside district Amsterdam: skip 020

Train tickets

Dutch rail is not user-friendly, especially not for aliens. You can buy a train ticket from yellow machines at the station entry (one machine is also in the luggage collection erea of Schiphol airport). It needs coins (foreign credit cards probably do not work). The instructions on the machines are in Dutch only. Here is some key-info.

First select station of destination by number. Then:


Schiphol means "ship's hell". In earlier days Shiphol was in the south-west corner of the Southern Sea, now the much smaller lake IJsselmeer. The dangerous combination of wind and stream made many victims among ships. Have a nice journey.