Practicalities

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Your stay on Texel

DEMOCRACY ALIVE will take place on Groeneplaats, in the centre of Den Burg on Texel. There are places to stay directly in and around Den Burg for easy access to the festival, and there are also options around the island if you'd like to explore further.

We are excited to be working with VVV Texel to help you find travel, accommodation, activities, restaurants and lots more.

Click here to be redirected to their site, where you can explore what the island has to offer and even book your stay!

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Festival map

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Getting to Texel

Getting to Texel is easy. You can take the train to Amsterdam Central station from anywhere in Europe or fly to Schiphol airport, one of the most well-connected hub airports in Europe.

Once in Amsterdam, you can then take a train from Amsterdam Central station directly to the port of Den Helder. Details on train timetables and how to book your tickets can be found here.

Once in Den Helder, the ferry crossing to Texel takes 20 minutes. The company operating the ferry, TESO, will ensure a greater number of trips during the festival period, but bear in mind that you can't reserve a spot ahead of time so it's first come, first served. All tickets from Den Helder to Texel are return tickets. You can check the timetables here or below.

At the Den Helder train station, you can get a combined ticket for bus and ferry for €1.50 per person at the 'Connexxion counter' in the station or from the bus driver (only with debit or credit card). Considering the expected great amount of people, we recommend that you buy it at the counter (with cash or card). The bus 33 takes you from Den Helder station to the ferry departure point. Bus 28 leaves from the ferry arrival point on Texel and takes you directly to Den Burg.

At the counter you can also buy a ticket for the public transport on Texel. A one-way ticket costs €3 per person, a daily ticket €7.50 or a week ticket €37.50. You can also travel with your OV chip card.

Getting around the island

On the island of Texel, the bus 28 leaves from the ferry arrival point and takes you directly to Den Burg and De Koog. Please bear in mind the limited capacity. If you will go to any other destination on Texel, you need to reserve a Texelhopper minibus (suitable for 8 persons), via www.texelhopper.nl or call +31 222-784000. These buses need to be reserved at least 30 minutes in advance. We recommend that you reserve the Texelhopper minibus well in advance due to the great amount of travelers we’re expecting. The Texelhopper minibuses will be available until 22:00.

About the ferry

Monday through Friday
Boats run from Den Helder to Texel every hour on the half hour between 06:30 and 21:30. 
Boats run from Texel to Den Helder every hour on the hour from 06:00 to 21:00.

Beginning Saturday, April 13, boats will run every half hour between 09:30 and 16:00.

Saturday 13 April
Boats run from Den Helder to Texel every hour on the half hour between 06:30 and 21:30 (every half hour between 09:30 and 16:00). 
Boats run from Texel to Den Helder every hour on the hour from 06:00 to 21:00 (every half hour between 09:30 and 16:00).

On Sundays service starts an hour later:
Boats run from Texel to Den Helder every hour on the hour from 07:00 to 21:00 (every half hour between 13:30 and 20:00).


TESO ferry timetable

Den Helder to Texel : Wednesday 10 April through Friday 12 April

06:30 07:30 08:30 09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30
14:30 15:30 16:30 17:30 18:30 19:30 20:30 21:30

Den Helder to Texel : Saturday 13 April

06:30 07:30 08:30 09:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30
16:00 16:30 17:30 18:30 19:30 20:30 21:30  

Texel to Den Helder : Wednesday 10 April through Friday 12 April

06:00 07:00 08:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00
14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00

Texel to Den Helder : Saturday 13 April

06:00 07:00 08:00 09:00 09:30 10:00 10:30 11:00
11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00
15:30 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00  

Texel to Den Helder : Sunday 14 April

07:00 08:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 13:30
14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:30
18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30 20:00 21:00    

Why Texel:

  • Island setting with good connections to a major airport (Amsterdam) and trains
  • Potential for use of local airport on the island
  • Local experience with event hosting (Annual air show and music festivals with up to 10.000 visitors)
  • Vibrant local business community (900+ small businesses on the island)
  • 45.000 tourist beds ranging from up-scale hotels to budget options
  • Large amount of potential event venues (cinema, cafes and bars)
  • Dedicated and professional local authorities