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Gong UnConventional Gathering
getting there
is half the fun
reminder:  Passports now required for UK subjects travelling abroad! Indeed, for anyone travelling from overseas, or outside the contiguous EU nations, and not a bad idea for everyone. If you have a passport, find it now and make certain it will not expire before you arrive home. If you need a passport, apply now - the process can take some time…
air:  AMS - Amsterdam Schiphol - 18 km (11 miles) southwest of the city centre - [map]
  • Rail connection inside the terminal - inexpensive 20 minute service every 15 minutes to Centraal Station
  • KLM bus connects the airport with 15 or so city hotels every half hour. More expensive than train.
  • Taxis take as long (20-45 minutes, depending) and cost way more.
Airlines and brokers
  • Aerlingus: Cork ORK, Dublin DUB
  • Baby BMI (British Midlands): Birmingham BHX, Cardiff CWL, London Heathrow LHR, Nottingham East Midlands EMA
  • EasyJet: Aberdeen ABZ, Belfast BFS, Bristol BRS, Cork ORK, Edinburgh EDI, Glasgow GLA, Inverness INV, Liverpool LPL, London Gatwick LGW, London Luton LTN, London Stanstead STN, Newcastle NCL, Nottingham East Midlands EMA, Shannon SNN
  • flybe.com: Exeter EXT, Norwich NWI, Southampton SOU
  • Jet2.com: Blackpool, Leeds Bradford, Manchester T1, Newcastle
rail:  Centraal Station - city centre - [map]
ferries:  UK services UK brokers
coach:  Amstel Station - Metro connection - five stops to Centraal Station and town centre.
car:  About a six-hours from Paris or Calais.

Parking is either non-existent, expensive (and often insecure), or if free, a long ways off…. One-way systems and narrow canal side streets mean you're better off on foot, cycle or public transport.
agents:  Enquire at your local travel agents', or try:
medical:  European Health Card (old E111) assures you reciprocal medical services - by post (a form is available at the Post Office), phone 0845 606 2030 or online Health Advice for Travellers. Name, address, date of birth and NHS or National Insurance Number.