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Travelling to MERU Vlodrop
Coming to MERU for a course or event? Read on to find the most common routes our participants use to reach campus.
Our activities are mainly held on our campus in Vlodrop Station, with accommodation in nearby hotels and bungalow parks. You can expect to arrive and register on our Vlodrop campus, unless the MERU Course Office informs you otherwise.
If you have a car, driving to campus will be the easiest transportation option since MERU is fairly deep in the Meinweg National Park. It is, however, possible to use public transportation to lower the overall cost of your trip.
Coming from Germany
One of the easiest ways to get to campus is to fly into Düsseldorf Airport and take a taxi or hired car to campus. The airport in Düsseldorf is about an hour’s drive to Vlodrop Station. Participants have used the taxi company Rabbit Cab with success.
A less expensive but longer option is to take the train from Düsseldorf Airport to Dalheim, with a connection in Mönchengladbach Hbf. Once you reach Dalheim, it’s about a thirty-minute walk to Vlodrop campus – a beautiful walk in nice weather. You can book train tickets online in advance through this site, which is cheaper than buying them in person. Note that when booking on bahn.com, you’ll want to select the train station with the single word ‘Dalheim’.
Click here for the walking directions from Dalheim train station to Vlodrop campus.
Coming from the Netherlands
Another popular route is to fly into the airport Amsterdam Schipol, and to take the Dutch trains to Roermond. There will be one stop, usually in Utrecht. The trip from Amsterdam airport to Roermond is a little more than two hours and costs about thirty euros one way. From Roermond, you can then take a taxi to reach Vlodrop campus, which takes about twenty-five minutes.
Alternatively, you can fly into Eindhoven or Maastricht airports, which are closer to Roermond than Amsterdam but have fewer connections.
To plan your trip within The Netherlands to Roermond, visit the Dutch transportation website. You can use Rabbit Cab to book your taxi ride ahead of time, or take one of the cabs at the Roermond train station.
Coming from Belgium
The biggest airport in Belgium is Brussels Airport. From there, you have a few options to get to MERU.
You can take the train through Belgium to Maastricht, and then take the Dutch train to Roermond using the Belgian train site and the Dutch transportation site to plan your trips. You can alternatively take an inexpensive bus from Brussels Airport with Flixbus to Roermond, which generally goes once per day, or take a bus to Roermond through the German operator DB Bahn.
From Roermond, it’s easiest to take a taxi to reach our Vlodrop campus. You can use the Dutch taxi company Rabbit Cab to book your taxi ride or take one of the cabs at the Roermond train station.
Sharing a ride
You are welcome to join and use our Facebook group to connect with other participants and share a ride to campus. This group is most active during the large assemblies like winter and especially our summer assembly Guru Purnima. Go here and request to join the group to connect with others travelling to MERU.
Planning your trip back home
As there is no wi-fi and spotty phone reception on campus, it’s ideal to plan your trip before you arrive, using the above information.
If you need to call a cab from campus, you’re welcome to ask the security guard at reception to call a taxi for you.
Have more planning to do?
See our frequently asked questions page to answer common questions