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Rotterdam

Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam

Practical Info about Rotterdam

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Two-pin round European-style plugs are used.

Currency

The official currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Major credit cards are widely accepted. Foreign currency can be changed at banks, post offices or bureaux de change (usually indicated by the letters GWK). Banks are closed on weekends but bureaux de change are open. ATMs are widely distributed and most are open 24 hours a day.

Communication

The international access code for the Netherlands is +31. Local mobile phone operators have the Netherlands extremely well covered with GSM 900 and 1800 networks, which have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are widely available.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2014 2015
New Year’s Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Easter Sunday 20 Apr 5 Apr
Easter Monday 1 Apr 21 Apr
Good Friday 18 Apr 3 Apr
King’s Birthday 26 Apr 27 Apr
Ascension Day 29 May 14 May
Whit Monday 9 Jun 25 May
Pentecost 8 Jun 24 May
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec
Boxing Day 26 Dec 26 Dec

Climate

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Like most of the Netherlands, Rotterdam has a temperate oceanic climate, though its position on the coast gives it slightly milder weather than cities further inland. Summers (June to August) are warm but rarely get too hot, with average temperatures staying between 60°F (16°C) and 72°C (22°C) and roughly ten rainy days each month. The days are long and sunny, and many residents head to the beach. Temperatures cool off a bit as autumn gives way to winter; however, it stays fairly mild and doesn't often dip below 25°F (-4°C). Late autumn and early winter (October to December) tend to be the wettest months, while April and May are the driest. The best time to visit Rotterdam is in late spring (May and June); however, the weather tends to be unpredictable and visitors should always be prepared for sudden showers or swings in temperature.

Getting around the city

To use public transport in Rotterdam, you'll need to buy a 'OV-Chipkaart' (Public Transport Chip Card), which is usable for all metro, tram, and bus lines operated by RET. Tourists can buy an anonymous OV-Chipkaart for €7.50 from ticket machines in all metro and train stations. ARRIVA and Connexxion buses operate outside the metropolitan area. Taxis are available from taxi ranks or by telephone: the minimum charge is €2.30, and each subsequent kilometre costs €2.20. A cheaper option are the Thai-influenced tuk-tuks, which operate on a zone system and charge fares starting at €3.50 for one person and €5 for two people. Like most Dutch cities, Rotterdam is very bicycle-friendly with separate lanes and traffic lights for cyclists. Bicycles are often the fastest way to travel in Rotterdam, and are available to hire near the Central Station.

Rotterdam The Hague Airport

www.rotterdam-airport.nl

Getting to the city

RandstadRail, a high-speed train, connects the airport from The Hague, Leidschendam, Pijacker, Zoetermeer and Rotterdam Central Station. From the central station you can catch trains to Antwerp, Brussels and Paris. To use public transport, you'll need to buy a 'OV-Chipkaart' (Public Transport Chip Card) from a newsagent at the airport. The RET bus 50 connects to the Meijersplein metro station, where you can transfer to Line E to the city centre; a round trip of about 20 minutes overall. For a more direct route, the No. 33 bus will get you to Rotterdam Central Station in about 25 minutes. The B12 line operates at night and in the early morning.

Car rental

Major car rental companies such as Avis, Hertz, Budget, Sixt and Europcar have desks in the arrivals section.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available directly outside the terminal building.

Transfer between terminals

There is just one terminal building, easily navigable on foot.

Facilities

Airport facilities include banks, ATMs and currency exchange, information desks, conference facilities, and a business lounge, a post office, travel agents, baby-changing stations, and a variety of shopping and dining options.

Parking

Parking is available in any of the three parking lots: P1, P2 and P3. P1 and P3 are the long-term lots, while P2 is the short-term lot. All the parking lots are easily accessible from the terminal.

Internet

Wifi is available for free throughout the airport.