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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. Jury shows are arranged a day before the live broadcast show. There will also be a family show on Saturday before the real live grand final. 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 look for free rooms.
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.
Recommended Booking Sites
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.
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
The first and second waves of tickets were sold out in a few hours on 12th December 2019. The second wave will probably be sold in the middle of March, 2020.
Ticket prices vary between 28,50 and 248,50 euros. The Grand Final is more expensive than the semifinals. Also, the live shows cost more than jury and family shows. Ticket prices also vary depending on seating locations.
The venue, Rotterdam Ahoy Arena has the capacity of more than 15 000 people being one of the largest arena in the Netherlands. Even though the arena is bigger than last year in Israel, the event seems to be more popular.
What if all the tickets 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 jury and family shows. Attending the ESC does not mean just visiting a few hours the 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 are separate electronic queues for every shows. Be sure to join all the relevant queues early.
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.
One person (one payment card) is allowed to purchase maximally 4 tickets. Tickets will be named so they are personal. If the plans change, it is possible to trade tickets at Ticketswap for a fair price.
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.