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Transport in Rotterdam
Iris van den Broek

Transport in Rotterdam

Within Rotterdam you can travel well with public transport, bicycle, car and on foot. In the city with the largest port in Europe, water transport is of course also an option.

 

Public transport

Rotterdam has an excellent public transport system, provided by the RET. You can get all over the city by bus, tram and metro. In order to travel by public transport, use a valid public transport card. There are various types of public transport cards:
– RET 1 day: for sale at RET service shops and service centres, Rotterdam Tourist Information (Coolsingel and Central Station).
– RET 2 hours: for sale at Rotterdam Tourist Information, sales desks, ticket machines in metro stations, for sale from bus drivers and tram conductors.
– RET Tourist Day Ticket: One day unlimited travel throughout South Holland (bus, tram, metro & waterbus): for sale at RET service shops and service centres, Rotterdam Tourist Information (Coolsingel and Central Station).

Check the prices of the public transport cardon the RET website.

Metro
The metro system lets you travel quickly and easily in Rotterdam and the surrounding areas. There are five lines (routes), each marked with their own letter (A-E), their own colour and with their final destinations. Beurs station is the biggest metro hub, where all the lines intersect. Line E (RandstadRail) connects Rotterdam with The Hague. Travel times: Mon-Sat 05:30-0:15 / Sun 07:30-0:15 (times may vary per route).

Tram
Tram lines 8, 7, 21, 23, 21, 23, 24 and 25 all travel through the centre. All trams converge at Central Station, the perfect place to get on the tram. Travel times: Mon-Sat 05:00-0:30 / Sun 07:00-0:30 (times may vary per route).

Bus
The RET provides several bus routes which connect the centre with several city districts, neighbourhoods and the greater metropolitan area. Check the RET website for further information about routes and stops.

Transport with sightseeing

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Taxi

Of course you can also traverse Rotterdam by taxi. You have the choice between the car taxi or the bike taxi:

Rotterdamse Taxi Centrale (RTC) 010 – 462 60 60
Rotterdam Airport Taxi 010 – 262 04 06
Taxi St-Job 010 – 425 70 00
Stadstaxi Rotterdam 010 – 818 28 23
Fietstaxi (a kind of covered bike rickshaw) 010 – 411 02 22 of 06-15295901
Cycling in and around Rotterdam

Cycling in and around Rotterdam

It’s great cycling in Rotterdam and the surrounding areas, and you can – literally and figuratively – go in every direction: admire the architecture of the city, get windswept along the water, discover the port of Rotterdam or enjoy nature in the parks and outdoor areas. Good to know: Rotterdam has plenty of cycle paths and is part of the cycle junction network. In the city are several free bicycle parking areas where you can also charge your electric bike.

Transport by water

Watertaxi

Watertaxi

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Waterbus and Aqualiner

Waterbus and Aqualiner

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Ferry

In the direct vicinity of Rotterdam, you can also cross the Maas by ferry. The ferry from Maassluis and Rozenburg leaves every 20 minutes. During rush hour, a ferry leaves every 10 minutes. Check the schedule

The Waterbus also provides a ferry service for pedestrians and bikers between Plantagelaan (Kralingen – De Esch) and Piekstraat (Feijenoord). Line 19 is available several times between 07:00-18:52. Check the schedule.

Car rental

You can also simply rent a car, making your stay in Rotterdam even more flexible. Sixt (+31 (0)23 56 986 56) has five locations in Rotterdam. At Rotterdam The Hague Airport, next to Hilton Rotterdam and three other locations in the city, providing an extensive fleet of cars.

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