Rotterdam is a major port city in the Dutch province of South Holland. The Maritime Museum's vintage ships and exhibits trace the city's seafaring history. The 17th-century Delfshaven neighborhood is home to canalside shopping and Pilgrim Fathers Church, where pilgrims worshiped before sailing to America. After being almost completely reconstructed following WWII, the city is now known for bold, modern architecture.
A major logistic and economic center, Rotterdam is Europe's largest seaport. In 2020, it had a population of 651,446 and is home to over 180 nationalities.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport (IATA: RTM) is located 6km north of the city center. There are direct flights to/from cities in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Commercial airlines that operate at the airport include Transavia, Lufthansa, British Airways, and Turkish Airlines.
To travel between the airport and the city center:
RET Bus #50 operates service to the Meijersplein Metro Station, from where you can transfer to metro line E to Slinge (total travel to Rotterdam Centraal about 20 minutes), or Metro Line E direction Den Haag (The Hague). Alternatively, Bus #33 runs frequently to Rotterdam Centraal Station; the journey takes 25 minutes.
Tinker offers private taxi bookings costing €19 to the city center.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (IATA: AMS) is 58km north of Rotterdam and, as the third busiest airport in Europe, has more flights than the Rotterdam airport from nearly anywhere in the world.
NS Dutch Railways operates frequent Intercity Direct high-speed rail service, every 15 minutes to Rotterdam. The journey takes 26 minutes and costs €14.80 one-way (this price includes a supplement ticket which is required next to the normal train ticket).
A cheaper intercity rail service is also available, which takes about 51 minutes and costs €12.40 one-way.
Eindhoven Airport (IATA: EIN) is 106km southeast of Rotterdam. Ryanair and Wizzair operate flights to/from this airport. The train from Eindhoven takes about 75 minutes.
Brussels Airport (IATA: BRU) is 140km south of Rotterdam. Many international carriers operate flights to/from this airport. The train from Brussels takes about 120 minutes and costs €35. Buses are also available, although less frequent.
Rotterdam is served by an international rail link, operating out of Rotterdam Centraal Station, from Belgium and France. High-speed trains from Antwerp (Antwerpen-Centraal, 30min), Brussels (Brussels Midi, 1h12), and Paris (Paris Nord, 2h37) are operated by Thalys. Book well in advance to secure the best ticket deals. Beyond that, a (very much) slower and (slightly) cheaper intercity service, operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), links Rotterdam Centraal to Antwerp (Antwerpen Centraal, 1h16), Mechelen (Mechelen, 1h35) and Brussels (Brussels Midi, 1h57).
Rotterdam is also well served by NS from other parts of the Netherlands, with direct connections to Amsterdam, Delft, Eindhoven, Gouda, Leiden, The Hague, Utrecht, and Flushing. See also the Netherlands page for further information on the national rail.
A high-speed rail link called Intercity direct connects Rotterdam with Breda, Amsterdam, and Schiphol Airport. ( only to Schiphol a surcharge of €2.30)
For onward travel, Rotterdam Centraal Station is well served by bus, tram, metro, and taxi.
Eurolines operates a bus service between Rotterdam and many cities across Europe. Buses arrive and depart at the office at Conradstraat 16, next to Rotterdam Central Station. Tickets can be purchased online or from the office. Buses are available to/from Berlin (€53, 12 hours), Brussels (2-3 hours, €15), Frankfurt (€31, 8 hours), Paris (€32, 7 hours), and many other cities.
You can also get to Rotterdam by ferry from the United Kingdom.
RET operates the buses, trams, and metro within the city. A system map is available here. You can find a journey planner here. Transport generally arrives every 10 minutes during the day. As in the rest of the Netherlands, unless you plan on only taking a couple trips using public transport, it makes sense to purchase an anonymous OV Chipkaart, a debit card used to pay for public transport that costs €7.50. For more information, see Netherlands#Get_around.
Rotterdam Welcome Card allows for unlimited use of all RET public transport for 1 day (€10), 2 days (€13.50), or 3 days (€17.50), and offers 25%+ discounts on 50+ attractions, museums, and restaurants.
Rotterdam Metro Map
There are five metro lines operated by RET. Lines A (green), B (yellow), and C (red), share tracks between Schiedam Centrum and Capelsebrug and offer an east-west connection. Lines D (light blue) and E (blue, also known as RandstadRail) share tracks between Rotterdam Centraal and Slinge and offer a north-south connection. The interchange between all lines is possible at Beurs station in the city center.
Lines A, B, and C operate each every 10 minutes which allows 3-4 minute intervals on the main section between Schiedam Centrum and Capelsebrug. Lines D and E operate every 10 minutes, which gives shorter intervals between Rotterdam Centraal and Slinge. There is a more frequent service during rush hours. The Rotterdam Metro operates from 06.00 until midnight. See also the Map of the metro system
Remember to check-in and out on metro stations without gates!.
RET operates 10 tramlines. All tram lines except line 2 will stop at Rotterdam Centraal. Tram stops provide a detailed map of the public transport system. All lines operate every 10 minutes with more frequent service during rush hours on some lines.
Multiple companies operate buses in Rotterdam, RET, ARRIVA and Connexxion. These companies share some of the bus stops, but the route numbers are not interchangeable. RET is the larger operator in the metropolitan area itself, while ARRIVA and Connexxion service areas outside the metropolitan area. Use the front door when boarding a bus.
RET operates a night bus service (BOB-bus) on Friday and Saturday nights (single fare: 4,50 with OV-Chipkaart, or 5,00 for tickets purchased by the driver).
1. Free walking tour
2. Euromast, Parkhaven
3. Spido harbour trip
4. De pannenkoekenboot
5. Shipyard 'Rotterdams Welvaren'
6. The Kuip
7. The area around train station Blaak
11. De Rotterdam
13. Truescape Rotterdam Escape Room The Asylum
The telephone country code for the Netherlands is 31, and Rotterdam's city code is 010. If making local calls to reserve hotel rooms or restaurants, or calls to other cities in the country, you will need a phone card (€5 minimum) as many green KPN telephone booths do not accept coins. Blue/orange Telfort booths accept both coins and cards. The KPN booths are currently being replaced by newer models, which will accept coins again. In case of an Emergency, dial 1-1-2 from any public phone for free. Be advised, however, that with the rise of cell phone use, many public phones have been removed, and can therefore be hard to come by. When staying for a longer time, buy a prepaid sim card for your mobile phone.
|Address||Laan op Zuid 2, 3071 AA Rotterdam|
|Phone No||+31 10 447 6777|