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Travelling to Rotterdam

There are two airports in the vicinity of Rotterdam: Schiphol International Airport and Rotterdam Airport.
Rotterdam is also fast and easy to reach by high-speed rail, such as the Thalys.

NEWS: Quarantine regulations lifted for participants from around the world!

The Dutch government is lifting all quarantine regulations for fully vaccinated travellers into the country in time for the UFI Congress, for example for travellers from the US and the UK. See a list of all accepted vaccines HERE.

Testing and other requirements vary, depending on the Dutch classification of the country you are travelling from.
Check what you need to arrange before you travel to the Netherlands by clicking HERE.

And of course: The UFI Global Congress 2021 will take place in accordance with all the health and safety guidelines set out by the local authorities and by the Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre.

Should you need assistance, please contact us at events@ufi.org

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Rotterdam is just 26 minutes away from the world’s 2nd largest international hub, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The direct
high speed train to Rotterdam Central Station departs five times per hour from the airport.


26 min to Rotterdam Central Station
300 direct destinations
4,633 flights per week
63 million passengers each year

Rotterdam Airport

Rotterdam Airport is a comfortable and easy regional airport, making it an ideal hub for your European delegates.
Travel times between the airport and
the city are excellent: 15 minutes by taxi and 20 minutes by public transport (airport shuttle & metro) to Rotterdam Central Station.

15 min to Rotterdam Central Station
40 European destinations
Quick and easy access
Low cost carriers

By Rail

One of the fastest and easiest ways to get to Rotterdam is to travel by train.
International direct trains from Belgium, France, the UK and Germany arrive and many times a day at Rotterdam Central Station.



Travel times
Schiphol Airport: 0 hr 26 minutes
Antwerp: 0 hr 30 minutes
Brussels: 1 hr 11 minutes
Paris: 2 hr 36 minutes
London: 3 hr 01 minute

By Road

Rotterdam can easily be reached by car, using the A4, A13, A15, A16 and A20 motorways. Exits to Rotterdam Centrum are clearly marked on signs.





By Water
Obviously, any true port city can be reached by boat!
You can travel to Rotterdam by ferry from the United Kingdom.

Rotterdam Ahoy new Convention Centre

Ahoyweg 10 - 3084 BA – Rotterdam- Metro Station Zuidplein

The UFI Global Congress 2021 will be hosted at the Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre, easily accessible by bus, metro & train.
The metro station Zuidplein (lines D and E) is facing Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre entrance.


Official hotels for the UFI Global Congress 2021

Rotterdam has a wide and varied selection of hotels that offer an excellent price-quality ratio
with over 8,000 bedrooms in 3-star, 4-star and 5-star hotels.
UFI and Rotterdam Ahoy have blocked 5 official hotels offering a great experience and competitive rates including breakfast and wifi.

nhow Hotel

Wilhelminakade 137, 3072 AP Rotterdam - Metro Station Wilhelminaplein

Other hotels are great if you just like sleeping. Book a room at nhow Rotterdam if you’re looking to get more out of your stay. Surround yourself with the latest design, art & architecture from Rotterdam, in a hotel designed by renowned architect Rem Koolhaas (OMA).

Bruno Room Mate Hotel

Wilhelminakade 137, 3072 AP Rotterdam - Metro Station Wilhelminaplein

Do you want to meet one of the most emblematic places of Rotterdam? Room Mate Bruno is a luxury place located in Pakhuismeesteren, it is a former tea warehouse of the Dutch East India Company.

It´s a great place to stay or host all kinds of events. It is located in the heart of Rotterdam, in the area of the Kop Van Zuid next to the Maas River. The area is beautifully transformed to an architectural hotspot where you can walk among the buildings of the most famous architects of the world, such as Rem Koolhaas, Cruz and Ortiz, Renzo Piano, Muller, Droogleever and Fortuyn.

Mainport Hotel

Leuvehaven 77, 3011 EA Rotterdam – Metro Station Leuvehaven


Mainport is the most luxurious and modern hotel in Rotterdam. It is not just a hotel, it’s a lifestyle. Mainport’s unique location, on the banks of the river Maas, offers sweeping views over the water and the skyline of Rotterdam.

Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre

Leuvehaven 80, 3011 EA Rotterdam – Metro Station Leuvehaven

This luxurious 4-star design hotel is located in a unique spot in the centre of Rotterdam and at the foot of the Erasmus bridge. The rooms have all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay.

Hilton Rotterdam

Weena 10, 3012 CM Rotterdam – Metro Station Stadhuis

Hilton Rotterdam is set in the heart of the vibrant city center - alive with cafés, restaurants and cultural events. An interior with classic elegance and stylish modernity, plus an exterior named a national monument, Hilton Rotterdam is the ultimate urban retreat.