Rotterdam/The Hague Airport
Rotterdam/The Hague Airport is a comfortable and easy regional airport, situated at approximately 10 km from the city centre (15 minutes by taxi, 20 minutes by bus to the Central Station).
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, 72 km from Rotterdam and close to Amsterdam, is the most user friendly airport in the world and the 4th largest in Europe. Schiphol station has four direct train connections per hour to Rotterdam Central Station, which is situated in the middle of the city at walking distance of the proposed congress venue WTC Convention Centre Rotterdam. Transfer time from Schiphol to Rotterdam by train is about 45 minutes. The highspeed train from Schiphol to Rotterdam Central reduces transfer time to approximately 25 minutes.
International direct trains to Belgium, France and Germany depart many times a day from Rotterdam Central Station. Antwerp takes less than 25 minutes, Brussels 1 hour and 10 minutes and Paris can be reached within 2 hours and 36 minutes. By ferry from the UK, Rotterdam is directly accessible via two connections: Harwich-Hook of Holland and Hull-Europoort or via Belgium and France.
Despite its cosmopolitan style and facilities, Rotterdam’s inner city is compact. WTC Convention Centre is centrally located in the inner city and the shopping area, most museums and many other points of interest are within walking distance. The Rotterdam public transport system comprises a network of bus, metro and tramrail.
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The national emergency number is 112
Central European Time, GMT-1
The official currency in the Netherlands is the Euro (EUR/€). Coin denominations are 5, 10, 20, 50 cents and €1 and €2 with banknotes of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. Debit cards can be used to withdraw money from ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants. It is advisable to carry an identity card or another form of identification and to inform your bank or credit card company that you will be using your card abroad.
The electrical current in the Netherlands operates at 220–240 volts and with non-grounded type-C European standard sockets (two round-pin plugs). Appliances designed to operate on non-European outlets will need a voltage convertor and a plug adapter. This applies to Apple laptops as well.
In bars and restaurants, tips are usually not included. Tips of between 5 and 10% of the bill (waiters, taxi drivers, tour guides, etc.) are considered to be polite and usual.
The Netherlands has a mild climate with prevalent rainfall all year round. The summer months are reasonably warm, but hot weather is not very common. Wintertime is generally quite cold and snow can be expected.