Amsterdam is 6 hours ahead of US - Eastern Standard Time, and 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Amsterdam has a moderate, maritime climate largely influenced by the North Sea and other surrounding waterways. Water holds temperature longer than land; it heats and cools more slowly. In watery Amsterdam, this means the crisp, rejuvenating spring and cool, breezy autumn can linger for months, as warm summer air and cold winter chills arrive quite gradually. Average temperatures are 17°C (62.6°F) in mid-summer (July) and 3°C (37.4°F) in mid-winter (January). Rainfall occurs an average of 120 days annually and is spread evenly throughout the year.
The power supply in the Netherlands is 220/240 V. Most electric outlets adhere to the continental standard (Schuko). Appliances from North America require a transformer and British ones an adaptor for the two-pin sockets in use in the Netherlands.
Amsterdam offers over 30,000 hotel rooms in total, of which 2,500 are situated in the immediate vicinity of RAI Amsterdam. A large variety of hotels is available; we can offer 2 star hotels (including hostels) as well as 3, 4 or 5 star hotels.
All hotels are located within 20 to 25 minutes travel distance from the RAI Amsterdam. Tram 4 stops in front of the Convention Centre and stops near many hotels in the city centre. Metro line 51 is a direct line to the RAI train station, where trains to and from the Airport stops every 15 minutes. This station is located 7 minutes walking distance from RAI Amsterdam.
ECI 2018 has officially appointed RAI Hotel & Travel Service as a partner for accommodation. RAI Hotel & Travel Service has reserved a large number of hotel rooms in various hotels in different price categories. A booking link will be available soon.
The Netherlands’ capital city has been a centre of creativity and culture for centuries. Works by 17th century Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer grace the walls of Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum. The Van Gogh Museum houses several of the artists’ masterpieces. Other cultural treasures include Anne Frank’s House, the baroque Royal Palace on Dam Square and the Rembrandt House. Amsterdam can even satisfy the cultural pallet of the most experienced visitor.
Churches, Synagogues, Mosques
In Amsterdam all religions are allowed and practiced by many citizens. Historical churches and places of worship of different religions in the Old City of Amsterdam certify to the city’s multicultural traditions. Please contact your hotel concierge for current times of services or nearby churches.
Restaurants & Nightlife
Amsterdam is home to an array of bars, nightclubs and cafés. Authentic 19th century pubs or ‘brown cafés can be found all over the city, alongside their contemporary counterparts: designer grand cafés and sleek lounge bars. The most popular bar areas are around the Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. There are also jazz cafés, late night bars and a large casino in the city. Best of all, nightlife venues are located less than a few square miles of each other.
On the restaurant front, Amsterdam is offering a culinary melting pot reflective of the city itself. City restaurants offer everything a hungry visitor craves: from Indonesian to tapas, from Mediterranean to modern Dutch.
If you are happy with the service then tipping the staff is acceptable. What is common is to round up. Taxi drivers, theatre and cinema usherettes, luggage handlers are also given a token amount as a tip for their services, but you are not compelled to do so.
With everything from multi-storey department stores and exclusive boutiques to antiques and contemporary Dutch design, Amsterdam inspires even the most discerning shopper.
Monday 11:00 – 18:00
Tuesday - Saturday 09:00 – 18:00
Thursday evening until 21:00
Sunday 12:00 – 17:00
Pay phones are available at the Congress venue, both for local and long distance calls. Public phones in Amsterdam operate by using phone cards which can be purchased at tobacconists and VVV tourist offices.