The Netherlands is a true front runner

2 · Connectivity

The Netherlands is a true front runner

Unparalleled accessibility

The Netherlands is keen to host EMA. With this bid, the Netherlands offers a high level of international connectivity that is superior to the Agency’s current UK location. The new location will provide EMA with unparalleled accessibility, due to its geographical location and the vicinity of the proposed headquarters to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, with direct connections to all EU capital cities and a vast number of international destinations. Upon arrival at Schiphol, efficient and highly frequent and direct ground transportation runs directly to the EMA headquarters, literally minutes away. For visitors and experts, a broad range of hospitality functions and hotel accommodation is available in the immediate vicinity of the proposed new premises. 

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the third-largest airport in the EU, with over 63 million passengers a year and serving 322 non-stop destinations in 95 countries. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has daily connections to all EU Capitals and many international destinations, including in the USA and Asia.

Furthermore, several airports with European and international flight connections can also be reached within one to two hours travelling time, including Rotterdam-The Hague Airport and Brussels-Zaventem Airport respectively.

With 4,861 direct flight connections per week, it has the highest number of direct flight connections in comparison with other airports in Europe.

worldwide destinations

108 airlines offer direct flights from Amsterdam to 322 destinations in 95 countries all over the world.

transfer connections

Schiphol is the second hub airport in the world.

63 Million

In 2016 Schiphol welcomed 63 million passengers from all over the world.

Europe’s preferred airport

Business traveller Traveller award Award of 2015 on Best Airport of Western Europe and Zoover Award 2015: Best Airport.


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Ground connections

The ground connections to-and-from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol are excellent. The airport is connected to one of the most high-frequency domestic rail networks in Europe and has direct High-Speed rail connections to Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, and London.

The Netherlands has an extensive road network and high frequency rail network. By car, every destination within the Netherlands can be reached in less than 2.5 hours. The rail network operating from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has high frequency services (8-12 connections per hour) to the future EMA premises, as well as to all major Dutch cities. High Speed services are available from cities in nearby countries such as Belgium, France, Germany and the UK (Thalys, ICE). From 2018, Eurostar plans to operate direct connections between London St. Pancras and Amsterdam Central Station twice daily.

The rail network operating from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol offers 8-12 connections per hour to the future EMA premises.

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Düsseldorf (Germany)

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The Netherlands is renowned for having one of the fastest average broadband speeds in the world.

Information technology

The Netherlands is a veritable front-runner in Europe when it comes to digital infrastructure. It is home to the world’s largest data transport hub: Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX). The Netherlands is renowned for having one of the fastest average broadband speeds in the world, as well as having one of the highest levels of broadband penetration in Europe. Additionally, the Netherlands is home to some of the world’s most reliable broadband and telecom providers. The Netherlands currently ranks 6th for best ICT infrastructure worldwide.

The Netherlands is a frontrunner in mobile connectivity with a coverage of 98% for 4G network. One of the first testbeds for 5G is located in the northern part of the Netherlands. Amsterdam will start another 5G testbed in 2020.

The Amsterdam Area is home to a pool of 250,000 experienced IT professionals; 55% of whom hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree. The outstanding quality of life continues to attract top talent to the area. 

The outstanding quality of life continues to attract top talent to the area. There are roughly 578 international IT companies in the Netherlands, collectively employing around 35,000 people. Roughly 170 of these companies have located their headquarters in Amsterdam. Around one-third of European data centres (including Interxion and Equinix) is located in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.

“With its many direct flights, high-speed rail links to European capital cities and excellent public transport Amsterdam is so close to London that employees can, if necessary, choose to commute during the early phases. No other city can offer quite that level of connectivity.”

Kajsa Ollongren – Deputy Mayor and Alderman to the City of Amsterdam