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Postal address:
European Space & Technology Centre
P.O. Box 299
2200 AG  Noordwijk (The Netherlands)

Visiting address:
European Space & Technology Centre
Keplerlaan 1
2201 AZ  Noordwijk (The Netherlands)

General telephone number:
+31 71 565 6565
+31 71 565 6040


ESTEC is located at the southern tip of Noordwijk.

From Den Haag (The Hague): take the A4 (direction Amsterdam) and exit at "Leiden". Follow the N206 towards Katwijk and Haarlem. Take the exit "Katwijk Noord". From there follow signs to "ESTEC" (small white squares).

From Amsterdam: take the A4 (direction Den Haag-Rotterdam) then at the junction follow the A44. Take the exit "Noordwijk-Voorhout", continue to Noordwijk and from there, follow signs to "ESTEC".

By train
From Leiden Centraal station, take the number 32 bus to Katwijk. The bus stops in front of the ESTEC entrance gate. Please note that this bus leaves twice an hour during peak periods and only once an hour during normal hours. Journey time is approx. 30 minutes.

By plane
From Schiphol airport, either take a taxi to ESTEC (30 min), or a train to Leiden (15 min) and then the number 32 bus (see train directions above) (30 min.). By rental car, follow the "By car" instructions as above from Amsterdam.


The following URLs containing useful information about Noordwijk may be helpful. Please note that ESA accepts no responsibility for the contents of these sites.

Noordwijk Information
Information on Noordwijk, please consult the Tourist Office website:

Travelling by train
Please note that the nearest railway station to ESTEC is Leiden Centraal and the Amsterdam Airport railway station is called: Schiphol

Travelling by car
This site provides a planner for your route to ESTEC from any place in Europe. Please use the following address details:
Address: Keplerlaan 1
Postal Code: 2201 AZ
City: Noordwijk ZH

Travelling by plane
Information on Schiphol airport can be found at:
Train connections from Schiphol Airport can also be found on this website.