When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Rotterdam?
The summer months offer the best temperatures in Rotterdam, but spring, from March to June, is also a good time to visit and take advantage of cheaper off-peak return flights. The city’s museums open late for Rotterdam Museum Night in March, while in July there’s the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Rotterdam Unlimited arts festival, and in September, the Maas River comes alive for the World Port Days.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Rotterdam?
The best time to book your return flights to Rotterdam is around two months before departure. With Netflights you can find cheap flights to Rotterdam by comparing direct flights and stopping services from top airlines to find the best deals. Last-minute flights are sometimes available mid-week, and it’s worth checking regularly for promotional offers.
Flying to Rotterdam The Hague Airport RTM
Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM) is an international airport serving Rotterdam, The Hague and the nearby areas. It’s just under six kilometres north-west of Rotterdam city centre, and operates a wide range of flights to and from European business destinations, as well as flights for leisure travel.
You can find direct flights to Rotterdam from British Airways, with departures from London City Airport several times a day. Rotterdam flights are also available from Glasgow International Airport, connecting at London City Airport for the rest of the journey to the Netherlands. To fly to RTM from other UK airports or regions, you may need to book a separate flight to London City Airport or travel there by other means, and connect to the British Airways direct service from there.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM) is a primarily business-focused airport, with an emphasis on providing speedy and efficient check-in and departure for passengers. It is open 24 hours a day and has a single terminal with a central hall, serving both arrivals and departures. When you arrive at RTM, you’ll find a range of useful amenities and facilities for travellers, including free Wi-Fi, cash machines and currency exchange services, restaurants, bars and baby-changing facilities. There are also facilities for meetings and conferences, and a terrace with views of the airport.
Getting to the City from Rotterdam The Hague Airport RTM
RTM is a short drive from the city centre, and you can reach it easily by taxi, bus or car. Taxis are located outside the airport terminal and the drive should take around ten minutes. If you prefer to take the bus, catch number 33 from outside the airport terminal, which will take you to Rotterdam’s central station in around 20 minutes. There are buses every 15 minutes. The airport also has car hire companies located in the arrivals hall if you would like to hire a car.
Why Visit Rotterdam?
Rotterdam is the Netherlands’ second-largest city, and it’s also Europe’s busiest port. It attracts UK business travellers but is also a fascinating destination for a weekend break. In the city centre, historic buildings rub up against glassy, futuristic architecture, such as the Markthal, a vast indoor market where you can find produce from all over the world, as well as delicacies from Dutch producers. You can also spend an afternoon immersed in one of Rotterdam’s world-class museums, or take a bicycle tour of the city’s street art.
Rotterdam is most famous for its unique maritime heritage, and if you’re in the city for the World Port Days in September you can enjoy ship tours, demonstrations, stunts and activities designed to give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the largest harbour in Europe. At any other time of year, you can experience the glamour of 1950s ocean travel with a tour of the SS Rotterdam, a historic cruise liner that’s now a restaurant, bar and hotel.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
British passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to any country in the EU – you can stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. You just need to make sure that your passport has at least six months validity left, on the day you travel. The local currency in Rotterdam is the euro; it’s a good idea to exchange some money in advance to save time when you arrive. There are also cash machines and currency exchange services located at Rotterdam The Hague Airport.