Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about entering and attending the World Architecture Festival




This year’s festival takes place on the 4-6th December 2019 at the RAI Amsterdam

Airport Information:

Amsterdam is served by Schiphol airport which is a major European hub airport. The RAI is located a mere 15 minutes from the airport where you can easily arrange onward journey's by car, train, taxi or bus. A taxi from Schiphol to the RAI will cost around 35€. Details of the various travel options from Schiphol can be found here.

By train:

The RAI has its own station, RAI Amsterdam, which is located a stone's throw from the RAI complex and is easy to reach from anywhere in the Netherlands. When you leave the station follow the signs for RAI Amsterdam. For further information consult the NS (Dutch railways) travel planner.

By tram, metro or bus:

Trams and buses run directly from outside the RAI to both Schiphol airport and the centre of Amsterdam. From 22 July 2018 the new metro line will take you in 8 minutes from Central Station to RAI.

Taxis / Uber:

There are plenty of taxis and Ubers available but we recommend delegates only used licenced taxi companies. There is a taxi rank situated at the RAI. Taxicentrale Amsterdam (TCA) is the preferred taxi partner for the RAI. Book online: or telephone +34 (0) 207 777 777.

The easiest route is via train/metro.

TRAIN ONLY: The easiest is to get a NS Dutch Railways sprinter train from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam RAI station (direction Hilversum or Almere Oostvaarders). The journey takes about 10 minutes and runs up to 4x hourly.

Amsterdam RAI is the second stop on the trip just after Amsterdam Zuid. Check the overhead boards at Schiphol Airport station platform to ensure your train stops at Amsterdam RAI. You should not take a train to Amsterdam Central which goes via another route.

Amsterdam RAI station is about 300m away from the exhibition centre on Europaplein. Note there is some construction work ongoing until 2019 in and around the station.

The cost of a one-way train ticket (2018 prices) from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam RAI is €3 (2nd class) or €5 (1st class) plus a €1 surcharge if purchasing a disposable train ticket. See how to buy train tickets in the Netherlands below for further information.

TRAIN+METRO: Alternatively, get the train from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Zuid and then change to the new North-South metro line 52. You then travel one stop (direction Noord) to Europaplein station which is very near to the RAI Amsterdam convention centre entrance - actually much closer than Amsterdam RAI station.

Yes. Only ticket-holders are permitted to enter any part of the festival. You can purchase a ticket online here.

If you have provided your guest names prior to the event, you will have been sent an email with a barcode, which will allow you to print your badge on site and gain access to the event.

Please ensure you have sent your delegate names in advance. Providing you have done this, you will receive your WAF badge barcode via email on Wednesday 27th November. This email needs to be either printed and brought with you or available to scan on your phone. If you miss the deadline, the second email batch will be sent on Monday 2nd December.

If you require a visa letter, please contact James Hyder at

Registration will be open on Tuesday 3rd December from 17:00-20:00 in the Atrium of Hall 5 at RAI if you wish to collect your badge. The event will be open from 09:00 hrs from 4- 6 December in Hall 5, RAI Amsterdam.

We have a limited amount of delegate packages with accommodation included.View the packages.

We have also appointed RAI Accommodation Services as our preferred accommodation partner. They have secured discounted hotel rooms surrounding the RAI and these can viewed via the dedicated web page, please click the link below for more details.

Discounted Accommodation

You can see the different pass types of packages and what they include here

Client Pass will be “Standard delegate" passes unless anything extra has been bought separately.

For more information on all fringe events, including the gala dinner, please see the link below.

Whats on at WAF

Or download the full festival guidehere

  • For any entry query please contact the WAF team on +44 203 953 2540 or via email at
  • For queries relating to your ticket please contact James Hyder at  James is available Monday to Friday between 09.00 – 17.00 GMT





You can book online <a href=">here


Click here to begin your entry

There are various festival packages available to attend. See them all here.


You can pay via credit or debit card online.

You can pay via invoice up until 5 weeks before the event. After 5 weeks all payments have to be made by credit or debit card.

For any finance queries please feel free to contact the WAF finance team by phone on +44 203 953 2650 or via email at

  • For any finance queries please feel free to contact the WAF finance team by phone on +44 203 953 2650 or via email at


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