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Eurovision Song Contest 2020 Checklist

  • By Finnoy Travel
  • Updated: 10/09/19 | March 28, 2019
Eurovision Song Contest 2018

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Table of Contents

  1. Eurovision Song Contest 2020
  2. When Is the Eurovision Song Contest 2020?
  3. Where Will Eurovision Song Contest 2020 Be Held?
    1. Recommended Booking Sites
    2. Flights
  4. Tickets to ESC 2020?
    1. ESC 2020 Ticket Booking Advice
  5. Bottom Line

Eurovision Song Contest 2020

Yes, we know! Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel is over and The Netherlands was pronounced as the winner. Congratulation to The Netherlands' Duncan Laurence who paved way to claim back the Eurovision crown for his country after 40 years since the country's last win. Singing his winning ballad piece titled Arcade, it outpointed the other 25 competitors and this was witnessed by tens of millions of televiewers worldwide. Now it is time to prepare for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. This big event, Eurovision Song Contest has taken place every single year since 1956. This just means Eurovision is very much popular event that attendees need good preparation ahead of time. For the convenience of our readers, we created this short checklist highlighting important preparation tips.

When Is the Eurovision Song Contest 2020?

The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be held from May 11th to May 17th 2020.

Semi-finals are on Tuesday and Thursday and the grand final is on Saturday. Rehearsal shows are typically arranged a day before the live broadcast show. If you plan to attend Eurovision Song Contest 2020, keep the above-mentioned week free in your calendar.

Where Will Eurovision Song Contest 2020 Be Held?

The contest will be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This harbour city is 80 kms by road from the capital, Amsterdam.

The hotel prices in Rotterdam have already skyrocketed but in many other cities in the Netherlands the hotels are still reasonably priced. Luckily, we have booked our hotel in Rotterdam already many months ago. Amsterdam has much bigger hotel selection compared to Rotterdam and now Amsterdam is the best location to stay.

We have used an early booking strategy many years in a row with good results. Right after the winner has been declared, we have booked hotels quickly in anticipation for the next ESC of the succeeding year. Usually, we have made 5 to 10 refundable hotel bookings and cancelled them after a few months except our final choice for accommodation. We expect to have got our hotels 50 to 70% cheaper compared to people who have booked them later.

This time we have paid 80 euros / room / night for our hotels in Rotterdam. We saved a lot by being early birds.

A reliable place to book refundable hotels is booking.com. Another great tool which Finnoy Travel often use is hotelscombined.com that finds the cheapest booking sites fast and easily. Wherever you book, make sure there is no cancellation penalty if you are not sure about travelling yet. Read the booking terms carefully and keep personal accounting when the hotels need to be cancelled.

Check hotel prices in Amsterdam.
Check hotel prices in Rotterdam.
Check hotel prices in The Hague.
Check hotel prices in Utrecht.


Now it is also a good moment to plan flights to Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Having tentative accommodation options/bookings is more important and hence must be prioritized! Flying to Rotterdam is more expensive and complicated than flying to Amsterdam so we recommend Amsterdam to be your destination.

The best flight prices (the cheapest ones) are normally non-refundable. Of course, if you intend to fly in the business class, the tickets will have better conditions.

Tickets to ESC 2020?

Likewise, up to this moment, there is no need to worry about tickets for ESC 2020. The ticket sale will probably start between November 2019 and February 2020. Ticket prices will most likely start from 50 euros for rehearsal shows and a few hundreds euros to the grand final. The bigger the selected arena is, the lower the prices will be. For example, in 2019 the tickets for Eurovision were more expensive than they usually have been but we expect them to be much cheaper in The Netherlands. For example in Israel, the Expo during rehearsal shows had many free seats because of the high ticket prices.

The contest will be held in Ahoy Arena In Rotterdam. It's capacity is about 16 000 that is quite much. However, we expect ESC 2020 to be a popular event so tickets will most likely be sold out fast. So follow the official information channels to be ready to book your tickets as soon as possible.

What if the ticket will be sold out? That is more than probable. If you target to get final tickets, be warned that there are usually more demand than tickets available. We recommend you to consider also rehearsal shows. Attending the ESC does not mean just visiting a few hours this event itself but the host city will be full of other free and paid events too. Don't be too disappointed if you can't get tickets to the show.

ESC 2020 Ticket Booking Advice

When the sale starts, be ready right away. There is almost sure an electronic queue which you should join. Don't just use one computer but use many devices. Ask your friends to help. It is like a lottery, the better place in the queue you are assigned the more likely you will get tickets to Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

Bottom Line

Shortly said, Finnoy Travel's important preparation strategy when attending ESC next year is, Be one step ahead of others. Do your bookings before the prices get up (before the pronouncement of winner so keep well-track of the ESC event updates). You should remember every time, the higher the demand, the greater the prices will be. Book things also in the right order: First, accommodation; then the event ticket, and finally the flights. By following this step, it will lead you to a good preparation for ESC 2020. It other words, by following our recommendation, you would save huge portion of your travel budget while attending this world's most popular song contest event.

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Comments (2)

  1. It's very unlikely to be May 4th to May 10th 2020 as 4th of May is National Remembrance Day & 5th of May is Liberation Day throughout the Netherlands [That week sees many 75th Anniversary events through Europe in commemoration of VE Day] // Most likely dates are with the Final on 17th or 24th of May


    1. Hi Craig,

      Thank you for that information regarding The Netherlands National Remembrance Day and Liberation Day. Having that in mind, you made a wise guest saying that finals of ESC 2020 will either be on 17th or 20th of May 2020. Today it is confirmed that the Eurovision 2020 will be from May 11th to May 17th 2020. I supposed that we see soon next year in Rotterdam for this big event! :)

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