Getting around in Amsterdam

See also FAQ Attend the Festival and the overview of our festival venues.

Transport to the Industry Office

The Industry Office is located on the first floor of Hotel NH Carlton at Vijzelstraat 4. The closest public transport stop is Muntplein. From there all primary screening locations, industry locations and most hotels are within walking distance.

From Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Center
By train: A one-way train ticket from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station costs €4,20 (2nd class). Trains from Schiphol to Amsterdam Central Station depart every 10 minutes or so and will take about 15 minutes.
By Uber: Uber works from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam and costs around €30,-. See below for a special discount.
By taxi: A taxi from Schiphol Airport to Muntplein costs approximately €55,-.

From Amsterdam Central Station to Muntplein
Take tram 4 (direction Station RAI), 9 (direction Diemen Sniep) or 16 (direction VU medisch centrum) in front of the station and get off at Spui. The Industry Office at hotel Carlton is a little way further up the road, past the Munt tower, on your right.

Public Transport

There are several tram and bus stops on and around Muntplein. Trams operate until approximately 12:30 a.m. The ferries between Central Station and EYE go all night long.

For the most up-to-date information on public transport in the Netherlands, timetables and prices please check or download the app (available through Google Play, the AppStore).

An OV-Chip Card is necessary to use all public transport in the Netherlands. You can purchase an anonymous card at all train stations, subway stations, as well as many tobacco shops and supermarkets. An anonymous card is valid for five years and costs €7,50. You have to charge this card and can always recharge it after. It’s also possible to buy single-use cards. These cards vary from 1 hour to 168 hours and vary in price from €2.90 to €33.-. More information about using the OV-Chip Card in Amsterdam is available at


There is a taxi stand on Muntplein, as well as numerous other taxi stands through the city. You can also hail a taxi in the street, though this is not common practice. To order a taxi by phone, call the following general number: +31 20 7777777.


Uber is available in Amsterdam. In most cases Uber works cheaper than regular taxis and is easy to use. For first time users: download the app (through Google Play, Appstore and Microsoft) and use the promo code hw952ue for a €10.- discount on your first trip in The Netherlands.


MacBike offers guests of IDFA a 25% discount on bikes rentals. Grabbing a rental bike is a super easy and comfortable way to get around the city. Shops MacBike has four shops near the festival locations:

Central Station East (Oosterdokskade 151 -1)
City Hall (Waterlooplein 199)
Dam Square (Rokin 26)
Leidseplein (Weteringschans 2)

Opening hours: Daily from 9:00 until 17:45 hours (the shop Central Station East offers the possibility to return the bicycle after opening hours). More information on
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