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About Rotterdam

Rotterdam was established on Rotte River in 1270, and is an important trade and tourism center today. Located in the south Netherlands, the city is especially famous for being home to Erasmus University and the largest port of Europe. Rotterdam has a mild ocean climate and the temperature hovers around 20  °C  in the summer months. In the winter months the temperatures can easily reach to below freezing.
 
Rotterdam Central Train Station with its architecture, Erasmus Bridge in Nieuwe Maas River and Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Museum Park are the places that must be seen by visitors. Although train, bus and taxi are used for transportation, bicycle is the primary vehicle that is commonly used. Witte de Withstraat is the most ideal street for the ones that look for entertainment places. The city is also home to several festivals and special events.   
 

 

Transportation to Rotterdam City Center from Airport

Rotterdam Airport

There are many ways to get to the city center from Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Immediately after landing, you can see the shuttle, bus and taxi stops right next to the exit. There are also car rental companies that you can easily access within the airport. Public transportation cards used by the Dutch are not usable by the visitors unfortunately.  If the visitors want to use public transport, they can buy standard one-way tickets, or if they use public transport frequently, they can get a visitors’ card validity for 4 or 5 years. It is possible to get these cards from the newsagent at the airport. In order to use these cards for train travel, extra credit is required. Transportation is free for children between 0-3 years old.

If you have any questions about public transport, you can contact the information center within the airport.

Bus

There are three different bus companies in Rotterdam; RET, ARRIVA and Conexxion. Among these, the most widely used company is RET. Although these companies commonly use the same bus stops, it is not possible to transfer between buses from different companies. If you turn left at the exit of the airport, you can reach the departure point of the services within a short walking distance.

The bus number 3, departing from this point, arrives at the center of Rotterdam in about twenty-five minutes. The bus is moving every ten minutes during the day and every half an hour during the evening hours. If you want to buy a single ticket, you can get the ticket from the bus driver. Other RET buses passing through the city center include bus number 38 travelling between Schiedam Center and Kerkhoflaan, bus number 40 from the city center to Delft Buffer station and bus number 44 from Zentral to Zuidplein.

It is possible to reach many other bus services from the central districts of the city. There are also night busses called BOB-bus providing access to well-known entertainment centers of the city operating on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Shuttle

Shuttle number 50, departing from the same point, takes you to Meijersplein metro station in about ten minutes. The shuttle departs every half an hour, both during the day and in the evening.

Metro

The metro is the most widespread and most widely used alternative for transportation within the city and to neighboring cities. Metro provides access to every corner of the city from the city center. Once you reach the Meijersplein metro station from the airport, you can reach The Hague in about twenty-five minutes using the E-line.

The E line provides transportation between Rotterdam and The Hague city centers. From the city center of Rotterdam you can reach the Beurs, Slinge, Rhoon, Tussenwater and Spijkenisse centers with the D line in the direction of De Akkers. You can transfer from the Beurs station to lines A, B and C.

You can transfer to C line from the D line and reach the direction of De Terp or De Akkers following Parkweg, Troelstralaan, Vijfsluzien and Pernis stops.

The lines A and B, which you can get by transferring from the D line from the city center, are travelling to the north of Rotterdam. You can travel to Binnenhof via line A and Nesselande by line B, or you can reach the Schiedam Center in the west by taking the other direction.

Tram

Another option you can choose to travel within the city is the tram. From the airport to the city center, there are trams 4, 7, 8, 20, 21, 23, 24 and 25 which travel to different parts of the city.

Water Vehicles

You can reach New York Hotel from the places near the city center such as Leuvehaven and Veerhaven by water taxi which you can find about every ten minutes around the Maas River. You can also travel between Erasmusbrug / Spido, Katendrecht, St. Jobshaven and Heijplaat-RDM stations by taking the ferry called Aquliner.

Train

The Rotterdam city center railway station connects other means of public transportation such as buses, metro and trams, as well as connecting different cities with the railways. The train is a good option if you want to travel between the cities quickly and at reasonable prices.

Intercity Direct

Intercity Direct train travels from Rotterdam Central Station, stopping only at Schiphol, to Amsterdam Central Station in about forty minutes. In addition, the Intercity Train arrives in Amsterdam via Delft, Laheyne, Leiden and Schiphol.

Taxi

If you are looking for a faster and more convenient way to reach your destination, taxi is a good alternative. It is possible to book a taxi via phone before your flight, or to find you’re a taxi at any hour from the taxi stop located in Rotterdam The Hague Airport. However, it should be noted that taking a taxi is not an economical alternative in Rotterdam.

Car Rental

If you are looking for an independent, fast, and more flexible option in the city, we would recommend you to rent a car. You can find the best car rental companies in various points of the city or at the airport, and rent a car.

Last Updated: February 13, 2017
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