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The Huygens Building

How to find your way to Nijmegen and the Department of Astrophysics:

The Department of Astrophysics can be found at the second floor of wing 7 of the Huygens building which is located at

Heyendaalseweg 135, 6525 AJ Nijmegen

Secretariat Astrophysics: room HG02.708, tel: +31 (0)24 3652844

To get around in Nijmegen and on the campus see this simple map of Nijmegen and the campus map.

Coming to Nijmegen by plane/(international) train

  • If you intend to come by plane to the Netherlands/Nijmegen, there are multiple airports in the vicinity:
  1. Schiphol airport near Amsterdam serves almost all flight carriers. From Schiphol, there are direct train connections to Nijmegen Central Station, as well as numerous train connections for which you transfer at (e.g.) Utrecht Central Station. For all connections and to buy tickets, from Schiphol airport to Nijmegen, please check nmbs b-europe;
  2. Düsseldorf Weeze airport, which serves mainly the budget-airlines such as Ryanair;
  3. Eindhoven Airport, which serves Ryanair and a few other smaller airlines;
  4. Rotterdam Airport, just for charters mainly, for instance Transavia/TUI;
  5. Köln/Bonn International Airport, from which the travel time to Nijmegen is still 2.5 hrs by train, but serves a wide variety of carriers.
  • Coming by international train from either Germany, France or Belgium (or otherwise within Europe), it is best to check nmbs b-europe, on which you can also buy all tickets for international as well as national trains (with credit card). It is possible to buy tickets at the stations in the Netherlands, but through vending machines - of which not all accept credit card payments, or, if there is the counter, that is the 2nd option.
  • Travelling by boat from overseas (UK/Ireland) to the Netherlands, you will probably arrive at Hoek van Holland. At Hoek van Holland you should take the train to Rotterdam Central station, from where you change trains for Utrecht and further on to Nijmegen. By train it takes 2-3 hours in total, from Hoek van Holland. Check on nmbs b-europe for train connections and buy tickets, or on the dutch railways website and click on English in the left upper corner.

Once in Nijmegen, you can either continue by train to Nijmegen Heyendaal station, which is only 5 minutes from the department on foot, or take a bus (see below).

By train, take the (Veolia) short-track train that leaves every 8 minutes past the whole hour and 8 minutes past every half hour, from track 1b from Nijmegen Central Station to Station “Nijmegen Heyendaal”. From this station, walk south wards, and cross the 'Heijendaalseweg' at the crossing with the traffic lights, to the 'Huijgensbuilding', which is the large green building you see on the picture above.

When travelling by train, keep three things in mind:

  • Always check at the railway station (or if possible at home) to verify that the travel information mentioned is still correct. To find out about up-to-date train times and routes (including train interruptions) in the Netherlands, please check the Dutch railway website, and choose 'English'.
  • In the Netherlands, trains do not run all night. If you arrive on a very late international train, it is possible that you will not make it to Nijmegen that day. The latest possible arrival time ranges between 0.30 A.M. and 1.30 A.M.
  • Do not buy a ticket every time you change trains. In most European countries, you will be able to buy a ticket to Nijmegen in your hometown. If this is not the case, buy a ticket to Nijmegen at the first station in the Netherlands you enter, regardless of how many times you may have to change trains. This will save you much time (and money).

Coming to the department by bus

Once you have arrived at Nijmegen Central Station, the easiest way to get to the university is by bus. There are many direct lines from the station to the university (3, 9, 10 en 11), amongst others the 'Heyendaal Shuttle'. Get off at stop 'Station Nijmegen Heyendaal' after only 6 minutes. Ask your bus driver to announce your stop, as it is not clearly indicated. The Huygens Building, in which the dept. of Astrophysics is located, is only a minute away on foot.

In bus, tram or metro (and also by train) in the Netherlands, you can either buy single fare tickets or use a 'OV-chipkaart', a Public Transport Chip card, which you have to buy, in advance, at a train station and, to which you should transfer credit (through the same machine with which you bought the card or at the ticket counter) to be able to travel with it. Travelling with the OV-chipkaart, make sure you check in and check out!! When you check-in, the boarding rate of € 4,- will be automatically deducted from your card. When you check-out, the boarding rate will be set back, and the actual travel fare will be deducted. When you do not check-out, you will pay the full boarding rate of € 4,-!

On http://9292.nl/en, you can find connections for all sorts of public transport in the Netherlands, from door-to-door.

Coming by car

Nijmegen is a city in the eastern part of the Netherlands, a mere 10 kilometres from the German border. It is located on the banks of the river Waal, the main tributary of the Rhine. With a good road map, Nijmegen should be easy to find. In Nijmegen, follow the 'Universiteit' signs. See this simple map of Nijmegen(in Dutch) and campus map.

All car parks on the campus are equipped with boom barriers and pay-point terminals. Regular parking cost €2 per hour up to a maximum of €10 per day. Tickets can be paid for with creditcard and pin. After 6 P.M. and during weekends regular parking is free. Disabled parking is possible at the designated parking lots at Radboud University´s campus. It is most convenient to park your car at P11 (which is right underneath the Huygens building) or P12 (a few minutes on foot). More information about parking at the Radboud University

Google Maps

Once you have entered the Huygens building through the main entrance, you go left, towards the elevators and go to the 2nd floor, or go all the way to the end of the left hall, to the staircase. Our department is located on the 2nd floor in wing 7 (which is written above the orange doors), which is all the way to your right, when leaving the elevator. Our secretariat is room HG 02.708, the first door on the right hand side.