How to get there

EAZA 2017 will be held in Emmen, The Netherlands. Emmen is situated in the south-east corner of Drenthe along the German border, and adjoins the federal state of Niedersachsen. Travelling time from various airports is 1 – 2 hours. Emmen’s location on the A37 motorway makes it easily accessible by car. Emmen’s city centre is also a public transport hub. In addition to a train station, which has a direct connection to the city of Zwolle, it has a central bus station.

Travelling options to Emmen from nearest airports

Schiphol Amsterdam Airport:
The nearest airport with the most international connections is Schiphol Amsterdam Airport (130 km). From the airport, there is a Intercity Service to Emmen (on stop over) every 30 min (travelling time about 2.15 hrs., EUR 25,00 one way).

Groningen Airport Eelde:
This airport is 50 km from Emmen with limited destinations (e.g. London or Copenhagen). Travelling to Emmen by public transport will take approx. 1.5 hrs. by bus (on stop over) every 30 min.

  • Shuttle bus 100 Groningen Airport – Groningen railway station (25 minutes).
  • Train Groningen – Emmen (2.15 hrs.)

Please click here for more information about the airport and timetable.

Planning your journey

You can plan your public transport journey ahead using the following websites:


Travel to Conference venue

EAZA 2017 will be held in WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo Emmen. From Emmen railway station it is on 15 minutes walking distance or take bus 3, 4, 21 of 44 to Centrum-Emmen (two stops). From there it is only a few minutes by walk to the entrance of WILDLANDS.


WILDLANDS does not have its own parking lot. However, there are numerous parking possibilities near WILDLANDS.
We advise you to use the free parking area P-Oost at the Hampshire Hotel Emmen (Van Schaikweg 55, Emmen). From there, you can use the dedicated EAZA 2017 Conference shuttle service during conference days (more information will be available later).

Dedicated EAZA 2017 Shuttle Service
During the EAZA Annual Conference 2017 we have arranged a free shuttle service from and to WILDLANDS from the four different accommodations;
– Center Parcs Sandur
– Hampshire Hotel Emmen
– Hotel Ten Cate Emmen
– Van der Valk Hotel Emmen
Please note; the Hampshire Hotel and Hotel Ten Cate are located on approximately 15 minute walking distance from the conference venue.
Time schedule

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