HOW TO GET THERE
Leiden is ideally situated, close to major urban centres such as The Hague and Amsterdam, and is easy to get to from abroad, with Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport just 20 minutes away and the smaller Rotterdam The Hague Airport 25 minutes away. The coastal resorts of Noordwijk and Katwijk, the bulb fields and Keukenhof flower garden are also about 10 kilometres from Leiden.
Sited between the A4 and A44 motorways, Leiden is easy to reach by car. The city centre is a restricted-traffic zone, but there are more than 3,000 parking spaces in a circle around the historic heart, spread over several car parks. An underground car park is being built underneath the Meelfabriek garden, with space for at least 300 cars for residents and visitors. It will also have a large number of charging points for electric vehicles.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Leiden has excellent public transport links, with trains arriving at Central Station from all directions. It takes just 10 minutes to travel by rail from The Hague, and 35 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station. From Leiden Central you can simply walk into the centre. There is a frequent bus service covering virtually the whole city, and also the surrounding area. From Leiden Central, there are regular buses to De Meelfabriek (15 to 20-minute journey).
At the moment it is not possible to park on the Meelfabriek site because of ongoing construction work. One option is to park on Lakenplein just opposite.
BY BIKE AND ON FOOT
De Meelfabriek is situated on the route of the Singelpark, which provides a green belt around the historic centre of Leiden. More than 6 kilometres long, this urban park is laid out along the canal banks, making it a perfect, picturesque spot for walking and running.
Leiden is a dream city for cyclists and is easily accessible by bike. Bikes can be hired in various places, including De Meelfabriek and the railway station. In the city centre, there is free parking for bikes in the Waagstalling, a guarded storage facility with rack capacity for 880 bicycles. For further information about cycle parking, click here.
The historic centre of Leiden has a total of 28 kilometres of canals, which flow past the city’s museums, courtyards and many historic buildings with magnificent facades, not to mention numerous pavement cafés. Leiden is also an excellent starting point for great day trips to the surrounding area. The village of Kaag and Braassemermeer lake are close by, and places like Katwijk, Delft and even Rotterdam are within easy reach by boat.
Leiden is also easily accessible using your own boat, but please bear in mind that some bridges are quite low. There are plenty of mooring places, and there are plans for a jetty at De Meelfabriek. Bizon Events already organises boat trips on an electric sloop, departing from De Meelfabriek.