So it’s confirmed! The Eurovision Song Contest will be heading to Rotterdam in
Rotterdam is an amazing city and there are some great things to do here. But before we start looking at the main attractions in Rotterdam, it’s time to start thinking about travel plans. To help you plan your journey to Rotterdam, I’ve pulled together this quick guide packed with all the information you’ll need for travelling to Eurovision in 2021.
And the great news is that this city is very well connected, so there are plenty of options!
How To Get To Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Get To Rotterdam By Plane
Travelling by plane is one of the quickest options for reaching Rotterdam. The city has two airports which means you have a couple of options for your flight.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
This is the largest airport in the Netherlands and is around 60km from Rotterdam. Amsterdam Schipol has flight connections from across the globe and may be the best option for many international travellers.
From the station at Amsterdam Schiphol, catch one of the frequent Intercity or Intercity Direct trains to Rotterdam Centraal. The Intercity Direct is 20 minutes faster but you’ll pay a couple of Euros extra for this journey. The slower journey will still take less than an hour and will cost around â‚¬15 per person.
Rotterdam The Hague Aiport
Rotterdam has a small international airport which it shares with the neighbouring city of Den Haag. It’s probably the most convenient airport for travelling into the city but it has much fewer connections when compared with Amsterdam Schiphol. For example, only two airports in the UK connect here; London City and Edinburgh. Depending on your flight connections it may be worth flying to Amsterdam and catching one of the regular trains between Schiphol and Rotterdam.
If you are flying into Rotterdam The Hague Airport, here’s how to get to the city centre using public transport. The journey from the Aiport to Centraal station should around 30 minutes. A 2 hour ticket for public transport costs 3.50 which should be more than enough time to complete your journey.
- Catch the 33 bus from Rotterdam The Hague Airport to Meeijersplein metro station.
- From Meeijersplein, travel by Metro on the E Line to Rotterdam Centraal or your chosen destination.
Travelling by taxi, you can expect to pay â‚¬20-30 for the journey.
The Netherlands has great railway connections so travelling by train is a great way of getting to Rotterdam, especially if you like to travel more sustainably. The main trains station is Rotterdaam Centraal which (as the name suggests) is located in the very centre of the city.
For UK travellers, you can now get to Rotterdam Centraal directly from St Pancras International with Eurostar. The journey takes 3.5 hours. The main benefit if this is that you’re travelling directly between city centres so no need for airport transfers at both end. You can also benefit from fewer luggage restritions.
An alternative option is to travel with Thalys, a french-belgian rail operator connecting cities between Paris and Amsterdam, including Brussel and Rotterdam.
This option applies if you are travelling from the UK or Ireland. Let’s face it, if you’re in France, you don’t need to catch a Ferry with P&O.
At present there’s only one direct crossing between the UK and Rotterdam and this is the overnight service from Hull. That being said there are plenty of other channel crossings available if you’re prepared to travel onwards from there. If you are travelling with your car then this shouldn’t be an issue for you.
So you now having everything you need to visit Rotterdam for Eurovision 2021. Remember not to book anything until the Eurovision dates have been confirmed by the EBU.
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