Delft is located in the province of South Holland, between the cities of The Hague and Rotterdam, and can be easily reached through different modes of transportation.
Amsterdam Schiphol is one of the largest airports in the world by passenger volume and just ~40 min away from Delft. It is the hub and main base of KLM (direct connections from 50+ locations in Europe and from 50+ in the rest of the world), the European hub for Delta Airlines (direct flights from 10 airports in the USA), hub for the budget airline EasyJet (direct flights from 30+ destinations in Europe), and hub for low-cost carrier Transavia (direct flights from 20+ destinations).
There is a train station in the central terminal building with direct train connections to Delft running every 30 minutes, currently departing at :13 and :43 from platform 5 or 6. The travel time to Delft is 38 minutes and the fare is 10.50€ with OV Chipkaart or online ticket and 11.50€ for a disposable ticket. There is an additional connection with a transfer in Leiden on the same platform that also operates twice per hour at :27 and :57. The service pattern can differ in case of maintenance work or other disruptions, especially on Sundays. In order to plan your trip and get realtime updates, use the travel planner 9292.nl or the app of the national railway company NS www.ns.nl.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport is a local airport in the municipality of Rotterdam with a limited number direct international connections including London City, Vienna, Lisbon, and Barcelona.
The airport is served by the bus line 37 that operates on an irregular service pattern centered around the main plane arrival times and reaches Delft central station in 20 minutes. The bus line 33 connects to Rotterdam central station and the Metro Line E.
The new underground Delft Station is the central train station in Delft and located in close proximity to the historic old town and the TU Campus. Both inter-regional trains (InterCity) and local trains (Sprinter) connect Delft with the main traffic hubs:
- Rotterdam: 10 minutes travel time, up to 10 trains per hour, connections from/to Thalys (France and Belgium), Eurostar (England and Belgium), and Intercity Brussels (Belgium)
- Amsterdam Central Station: 45 minutes travel time, direct trains every 30 minutes, connections from/to ICE International (Germany, Switzerland), Intercity Berlin (Germany), and (from Dec. 2020) ÖBB Nightjet (Germany, Austria)
In addition, there are direct connections to national traffic hubs:
- The Hague Central Station, 10 minutes travel time, direct trains every 20 minutes.
- Breda, 36 minutes travel time, direct trains every 30 minutes
- Eindhoven, 1:15h travel time, direct trains every 30 minutes
Most major railway stations in the Netherlands, including Delft, are equipped with fare gates. If you travel with an international ticket, you should have a QR code printed on it which needs to be scanned to exit the station. Note that most gates are only equipped with readers for the contactless OV Chipkaart so you need to locate one of the gates which has a barcode scanner (behind a round glass surface, as shown below), such as the wider gates for people traveling with luggage.
Delft is connected to the highways A13 and A4. Parking on the campus is free (as of now). Street parking in the city center is very limited and daily rates start at 12€. Parking garages charge at least 3€ per hour.
When driving in the city, be mindful of bicycles which often have the right of way at intersections.