Rotterdam

With a contemporary art scene, fantastic food and pulsating nightlife, Rotterdam has it all.

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The Netherlands' second city it may be, but Rotterdam's contemporary art scene, fantastic food and pulsating nightlife mean it makes a strong case for the title of coolest. With The Hague and Gouda just a stone’s throw away, there’s plenty to do in the surrounding area too.

Flying to Rotterdam

Flying from London to Rotterdam The Hague Airport means you’ll be arriving within easy distance of The Hague, the Europoort industrial area and, of course, Rotterdam itself. There's every chance you're visiting the Netherlands' second city on business, but this commercial hub also makes a great city break, as well as being the entry point for exploring the southwest of the Netherlands. Flights from London City Airport to Rotterdam make it all easily accessible, with a direct journey from the heart of London. Here's what you need to know about flying on the route.

Flying from London City Airport to Rotterdam: Q&A

Got a question about flights from London City Airport to Rotterdam? Read on – we've covered the essentials with answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the route.

How long is the flight from London to Rotterdam?

Flying direct to Rotterdam The Hague from London City Airport takes just 50 minutes. On arrival, you can take a shuttle bus from the airport into central Rotterdam, which takes around 20 minutes, or you can take a cab for the four-mile (6km) journey, which should cost around €25.

How many flights a week are there from London City Airport to Rotterdam?

Because of Rotterdam's business hub status, flights from London City Airport to Rotterdam run seven times a day, throughout the day from early morning to late evening on every weekday. Then there are two flights to Rotterdam in the evening on Sundays, giving you the chance to get settled the night before a big week – whether you’re working or starting a city-hopping break.

What airlines fly most frequently between London City Airport and Rotterdam?

Flying directly to Rotterdam from London City Airport will most likely mean that you will be flying with British Airways. This also means that you may be able to choose from economy and business class tickets, as British Airways offers both options.

Practical information about flying from London to Rotterdam

Even though this flight takes under an hour, you’ll still be passing into mainland Europe and so you will need your passport handy to enter the country once you arrive in Rotterdam. If you’re only taking hand luggage, be sure to keep all your liquids in transparent 100ml bottles so you can pass through security as quickly as possible. Once you arrive, you'll find Rotterdam a fairly compact city with excellent infrastructure, making it easy to get around. Find out more about transfers with our guide to onward travel from Rotterdam airport.

What to expect in Rotterdam

Rotterdam has long had an unfair reputation for being the workaholic city of The Netherlands. While it has a huge number of global business headquarters within its small city limits, it’s also a vibrant and modern venue for many major concerts and open-air festivals. If you fancy partaking in some of the area’s club nights first-hand, you could start your night in Hofplein and end up in Maassilo – a giant ex-silo that’s now a club. If that’s not your style, don’t worry. Designer shopping, daytime spas, rooftop terraces and waterside fine dining restaurants are all here too.