Rotterdam, The Netherlands
30 April - 4 May 2011


Travel

Details about travelling to Rotterdam.

Getting to Rotterdam

Rotterdam can be reached in a variety of ways: by car, boat, train, bus and by air. At Rotterdam Airport, flights are continually landing from the major cities of neighbouring countries. Inside the city, a network of buses, trams, water taxis and metro maintains excellent connections.

By plane

The city is served by its very own airport, which is just 8 km / 5 miles north-west of the city centre. Rotterdam Airport is relatively small and features regular flights to many European cities such as Birmingham, London, Manchester and Paris. Regular bus transport is on hand and provides a cheap way to travel into the city centre, with a journey time of no more than 20 minutes. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is also relatively close to Rotterdam and linked by trains in just under one hour or under 30 minutes by the fast train for a small surplus.

Rotterdam Airport (RTM) Guide - useful Rotterdam Airport (RTM) information.

By boat

From the UK you can reach Rotterdam easily by boat. In Hook of Holland, the Stena Line from Harwich docks; travellers can be at Rotterdam Central Station within half an hour. P&O Northsea Ferries from Hull arrives on the Maasvlakte, where a direct bus to Rotterdam is ready and waiting for foot passengers. Once in Rotterdam, the Fast Ferry brings you to the surrounding 'Drecht' cities. A water taxi offers you the opportunity to travel easily within the cityscape seen from the water.
P&O North Sea Ferries
Stena Line

By train

From France, there are up to 7 trains a day connecting Paris to Rotterdam in 3hr.10 min. From Belgium, the Thalys network covers all the main Belgian cities (offering also a special fare 'all Belgian stations'), providing easy connections

Thalys has a customer-focused strategy, offering ticketless travel and at the end of 2007 broadband internet access, as well as the services which customers take for granted: safety, high speed, frequent trains which are on time and comfort. For more information and bookings, please visit www.thalys.com

The Eurostar is the ultimate high-speed train for daily connections from Lille, Ebbsfleet and London to Brussels-South. From the Channel Tunnel to Brussels, the Eurostar travels at 300 km/h. The “crossing" takes only 21 minutes! Eurostar departs from London St Pancras International to Brussels-South and vice versa 10 times a day on Mondays through Fridays and 8 times a day on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information and bookings, please visit www.nshispeed.nl/en.


Valta


By car

Access to Rotterdam and the greater Rotterdam area is continually being improved. Various projects ensure that the traffic is kept moving effectively. The Rotterdam region manages a website on which up-to-the-minute information concerning the accessibility of the city can be found, such as information on traffic congestion, road works and parking, as well as a lot of news and information about public transport. Visit www.bereikbareregiorotterdam.nl to find out the latest information.

Parking
If you're planning to visit Rotterdam, it's useful to know that personal chip cards are the way to pay at parking machines. Chip cards can also be purchased at places like tobacco shops and car parks. For people that are unable to use a chip card, there are also many car parks in the centre of Rotterdam that accept coins and banknotes. At various different locations in the centre and at major attractions, payment is also possible with credit cards that display the VISA or MasterCard symbol.

Useful websites about parking in Rotterdam: Stadstoezicht Rotterdam (Rotterdam's city inspectorate - only in Dutch) www.bereikbareregiorotterdam.nl (only in Dutch)

Park+Ride
The cheapest and easiest way to park is on Park+Ride location just outside the city centre. On the P+R locations you can park your car for free and continue your journey with public transportation.P&R facilities can be found at the tube stations Alexander, Kralingse Zoom, Capelsebrug, Slinge, Hoogvliet and Noorderhelling.

By bike

Cycling is an ideal way to explore the city, as it allows you to view many of Rotterdam's most important attractions in just a short space of time. To rent bikes visit Fietspoint Rotterdam CS located near Central Station. You can also take a guided tour of the city. Rotterdam ByCycle offers various different bicycle excursions for groups. Bicycle hire:
Rotterdam ByCycle
OV-fiets (bicycle hire in conjunction with NS train travel - only in Dutch)

By coach

There are special designated parking spaces for coaches in the centre of Rotterdam. These can be found at the following locations:

  • Blaak (1 space at the Maritime Museum)
  • Mariniershof (1 space at the Savoy hotel)
  • Museumpark (1 space at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen)
  • Nieuwemarkt (1 space at the National Museum of Education)
  • Parkhaven (5 spaces at the Euromast Tower)
  • Schiedamsedijk (1 space at the Inntel hotel)
  • Willemsplein (17 spaces at the Spido terminal)

 

Car rentals

Car rental in the city is of course also possible. Sixt offers car rental in the city centre (located in the Hilton Rotterdam) and in other parts of the city.

Additional information about public and local transport:

train: www.ns.nl/cs/Satellite/travellers
bus, metro, tram: www.ret.nl/service-en-verkoop.aspx?sc_lang=en
all public transport: www.9292ov.nl

Local Transportation - Getting around in Rotterdam

By Tram / metro
Within Rotterdam a network of buses, trams, water taxis and metro maintains excellent connections.

Public transport from Rotterdam Central Railway Station:
Metro: take the metro, get off at the second station, 'Beurs', and take the exit 'Beursplein'
Tram: take tram 8, 20, 21, 23 or 25. Get off on stop 'Beurs', at the ABN-AMRO Bank.

For tram and metro an OV-chipcard is needed
RET OV-chipcards (http://www.ret.nl/service-en-verkoop.aspx?sc_lang=en)

OV chipcard info