Practical information

On this page, you can find useful travel information and practical information about the conference and your stay in Eindhoven. 

Download the information letter sent to conference delegates. The letter includes travel information, information about hotels and check in, presentations and coverage of the conference. 

You can also download our conference app Play the Game 2017 via App Store or Google Play. The conference app contains the programme schedule, speaker information and other useful information for your participation in Play the Game 2017 as well as networking opportunities.

Physical activities and wellness

  • Running - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday mornings
    Join us on a morning run from Van der Valk Hotel every morning at 07.00. Experience the rich nature and get some good stories on the local sports culture. Friendly pace. We meet outside the hotel reception.

  • Yoga - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday mornings
    Start your day with yoga at the Van der Valk Toucan Sportscentrum where the local teacher, Irina Paraschiv, will guide you through an hour’s yoga. Yoga mats are available.

  • Field hockey - Tuesday 28 November 06:50-08:00
    Begin your day with a game of field hockey, one of the most popular sports in the Netherlands. The training will take place on the Oranje Rot clubhouse nearby the hotel. We will meet outside the hotel reception at 6:50.

  • Sport & Wellness
    During your stay at the hotel, you can use the facilities of the exclusive Van der Valk Toucan Sport & Wellness Center for free. All facilities and activities are under the supervision of a qualified and motivated team sport. The instructors can help you with advice and guidance. Facilities include Fitness area/Indoor pool/Beauty treatments (fee and by appointment)/(Sports) Massage (fee and by appointment)/Bike/ E-bike rental (fee)/Personal Training. See opening hours

Getting around

There is a well-established network of public buses in Eindhoven. Tickets can be purchased on the bus (cash or credit card with chip.) One-way ticket is EUR 3.75 and one-day ticket is EUR 6. From the city centre and the Eindhoven Central Station to the conference venue you can take public bus 318 (direction Luyksgestel). Plan your bus trip.

Taxis are easily found (more expensive than public transportation). Taxis accept cash (only local currency) and the most common credit cards.

At the conference venue a number of bikes will be available for rent, either by the hour or on a daily basis. You can rent a bike at the hotel for EUR 8 per day

Weather and clothing
Expect 0-10 degrees Celsius. The weather can be quite nice and friendly in the late Dutch autumn but unfortunately it can also be rainy, windy and cold. Be prepared for anything. There is a wardrobe at the conference venue for coats and jackets but on your own responsibility.

Currency & exchange
The currency in The Netherlands is Euro (EUR). For currency conversion see:

Banks/ATM machines
Banks are usually open from from Monday to Friday between 09.00 and 17.00. Credit cards are widely accepted, in particular Visa & MasterCard. There are plenty of ATM machines in the city centre.

The local voltage is 220 volt AC, 50Hz current and uses two-pin plugs (remember to bring an adaptor if needed). Sometimes three-pin sockets can be found, but two-pin plugs also fit in these sockets (should however not be used for appliances that need grounding).

The official conference language is English. Remember that for most participants – and most speakers – English is not their native language. Take your time and speak slowly and clearly.

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