Practical Information

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Please see the interactive map here to see the location of the IIRE. On the map you can also see the nearest ATM's post office, supermarket, public transportation, exchange bureau, swimming pool.

Internet access

There is wireless internet throughout the building. The networks are "Ambon", "Lombok", "Flores" and "IIRE Bedrooms" - the password for all of them is "indonesia".

In the library there is a computer with internet access, free to use for visitors (whenever staff is present)

You will also find WLAN outlets throughout the building.

Rooms / KeyCards

Everybody staying at the IIRE will get a key card which opens the front door and the door to your room. Cards will be de-activated at 10.00 at the day of departure, by when the room should be left and emptied.

You do not need to bring sleeping bag or bedding. But you will have to bring your own towel.


The IIRE library is open whenever staff is present. Books can not be removed from the building, but you are welcome to take photocopies for 10 cents per copy.


The nearest ATM is at Sumatrastraat, just before Javastraat. Turn right from the IIRE front door, right again when you reach Borneostraat (where the tram rails run) and the first to your left is Sumatrastraat. The ATM is on your left hand side.

Getting around

Public transportation

As from summer 2010, the 'OV-chipkaart' is the only valid ticket on public transportation in Amsterdam (except on trains where paper tickets remain valid). The chipcard is an electronic pass that you load money on, which then deducts by use. You have to check in with the card and again to check out when you leave the bus/tram/metro. You can get an anonymous card at the "GVB info" at the Central Station, which can be reloaded at numerous locations throughout the city (including most Albert Heijn supermarkets). The card itself costs € 7,50.

  • On buses and trams you can buy 1 hour ( € 2,60) or 24 hours ( € 7,00) tickets on board. If you go by metro (not likely because of our location) you will need to have a chipkaart.
  • Buses, trams and metro run from 06.00 to 00.30. In the night there is a less regular service of night buses. Night bus 359 runs from the Central Station to Javaplein, near the IIRE.
  • Tram 14 runs from Timorplein to the city centre (Waterlooplein, Dam, Jordaan)
  • Bus 22 runs from Javaplein to the Central Station
  • Tram 3 runs from Muiderpoort to Albert Cuypstraat and Museumplein.
  • The Amsterdam Muiderpoort station can be handy for trains connecting to the airport, the central station and other destinations. There is a journey planner at here
  • See Information on trains in the Netherlands for schedules and fares. At most train stations tickets can only be bought at the vending machine, which usually accepts neither bills nor foreign cards. You should therefore make sure to have sufficient coins with you.

Bike rental

It is possible to rent bikes from StayOkay.


There are no laundry facilities available for visitors. It is possible to do laundry at StayOkay, tokens can be bought from the reception at StayOkay.


The IIRE has a folder with information about Amsterdam. The StayOkay reception is equally helpful, and they sell tickets to museums, canal cruises etc.


The Studio K art cinema located in the same complex offers reduced price (5,50 / 6,00 euro) for holders of IIRE and StayOkay keycards. All foreign language movies are Dutch subtitled.

Other Sources

The I Amsterdam website has lots of up to date information on what is happening in Amsterdam.