Local Information

General Information

Delft is a city and municipality in the province of South Holland, Netherlands. It is located between Rotterdam, to the southeast, and The Hague, to the northwest. Together with them, it is part of both Rotterdam–The Hague metropolitan area and the Randstad.

Delft is a popular tourist attraction in the country. It is home to Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), regarded as center of technological research and development in the Netherlands, Delft Blue pottery and the currently reigning House of Orange-Nassau. Historically, Delft played a highly influential role in the Dutch Golden Age. Delft has a special place in the history of microbiology. In terms of science and technology, thanks to the pioneering contributions of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek and Martinus Beijerinck, Delft can be considered to be the true birthplace of microbiology, with its several sub-disciplines such as bacteriology, protozoology, and virology.

Getting There

By Air


Schiphol Airport, the largest airport in the Netherlands, is 35 minutes away from Delft. Every day, various intercontinental and European flights land here. From Schiphol you can easily travel to Delft by train in 40 minutes or by car in 50 minutes.


You can travel to Delft quickly and easily from 40 European destinations via Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Several major airlines fly at Rotterdam The Hague Airport, of which Transavia handles the most flights.

The Airport is only a 15-minute drive from Delft.

You need an OV chip card to travel by public transport. As a tourist you will purchase an anonymous OV-chip card or a disposable OV-chip card. You can buy single tickets at one of the NS vending machines at the train station for a small extra charge. Do you not have a public transport chip card and do you want to travel by bus or tram? That is no problem, for a small surcharge you buy a ticket from the driver.

By Train

Delft has two train stations; Delft Zuid and Delft Center. From Delft Centrum station you can walk to the city center in a few minutes.

Delft is centrally located between The Hague and Rotterdam. As a result, trains run regularly to and from the city, so you never have to wait long. It only takes 10 minutes to get from Rotterdam and/or The Hague to Delft by train, 45 minutes from Amsterdam, and around three hours from Groningen and Maastricht. View the current departure times of the NS to plan your trip.

The new ‘Delft Centraal’ train station was opened in 2016. Delft is worth a visit just for the station alone! From the station you can see the towers of the Old Church and walk to the city centre in only a few minutes.


In Delft two tram lines run from the HTM. A fun and fast way to get to your destination.

This tram runs from Scheveningen beach to Delft South. On the way you will pass all the great highlights of both The Hague and Delft. For example, step out for a visit to the Municipal Museum, Mauritshuis, the Oude and Nieuwe Kerk or the Vermeer Center.

This tram runs from Leidsenhage to Delft Station. Get off at the Prinsenhof stop to cross directly to Museum Prinsenhof Delft. Do you want to go to the historic city center? From stops Prinsenhof and Station Centrum you walk straight into the center.

Consult the current departure times of HTM before departure.

There is a large bus platform in front of the new station. Almost all city and intercity buses will stop here. Transport companies are RET and Veolia. Consult the current times of the buses before departure.

The Netherlands Schengen Visa

Depending on the purpose of your travel to the Netherlands, there are different types of visas that will apply to the occasion.

Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study or work and reside in Netherlands permanently, you will have to apply for a different Dutch Schengen Visa, accordingly.

You can apply for the Netherlands Schengen Visa since 1995 when the Netherlands as an EU Member State also became a member state of the Schengen Area.

See the list of countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Netherlands by clicking Do I need a visa to visit the Netherlands?

General required documents for the Netherlands Visa Application:

* Firstly, download the application form, fill it completely and with sincerity. You can also fill the Netherlands Schengen Visa application form electronically and then print a hard-copy.

* 2 photos must be attached; the photo should be of passport format – a recent whole-face capture with a light background. Learn more about visa photo requirements and specifications.

* Your passport and copies of your previous visas – valid for at least 3 months beyond return date – are required. Your passport must have at least two blank pages.

* A copy of your return-ticket reservation. It is not recommended to purchase the ticket before obtaining the visa – if not otherwise required.

* Travel Visa Insurance confirmation of minimum 30,000 € coverage within the Netherlands and the entire Schengen area

* A cover letter stating the purpose of a visit to the Netherlands and itinerary

* Flight itinerary reservation with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the Netherlands

* Proof of accommodation for the whole duration of the intended stay in the Netherlands

* Proof of civil status (marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, ration card if applicable)

* Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of stay in the Netherlands.

Invitation Letter

The invitation letter will be sent upon the request only when you register successfully.