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, Central Station and Hoek van Holland).
  • RET 2 hours: for sale at Rotterdam Tourist Information, sales desks, ticket machines in metro stations, for sale from the bus driver (only pin, no cash) and for sale in the trams (pin and cash).
  • 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, Central Station and Hoek van Holland) or vending and recharging machines in metro stations.

Check the prices of the public transport card on 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.

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.

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

Heritage Tram 10

Heritage Tram 10

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Bus lines 32 and 40

Bus lines 32 and 40

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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 600 kilometres 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. No bike with you? Then hire one from a bike rental company.

Transport by water

Watertaxi

Watertaxi

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Waterbus/Blue Amigo

Waterbus/Blue Amigo

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Blue Amigo

Blue Amigo

Public transporter by water

Ferry & Watertaxi

The Waterbus from Blue Amigo is the main daily fast ferry service in the Rotterdam-Dordrecht area. There is a stop in Rotterdam city centre next to the Spido boat tours at the Erasmus Bridge. The Waterbus sails between Rotterdam and Dordrecht (line 20). There is also a direct boat connection between Rotterdam and UNESCO World Heritage Site Kinderdijk (line 21).
Plan your trip on the website.

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

If you want to make a truly spectacular entrance, try arriving by water at 50kph in the Watertaxi! And with 50 stops in metropolitan Rotterdam, sometimes it’s actually the easiest way to get from point A to pont B. The Watertaxi fleet has 5 eightseater and 5 twelve-seater boats, with stops all over the city of Rotterdam and Schiedam. The area is divided in three zones and you pay a fixed price per person. Trips father away, or guided tours can be arranged by request.

The Watertaxi Ferry Services also provides ferry crossings for pedestrians and bikers:

  • In zone West between RDM/Heijplaat and Marconistraat/M4H
  • In zone Centrum/Centre between Charloisse Hoofd and Katendrechtse Hoofd
  • In zone Oost/East between Plantagelaan and Piekstraat

Check the Watertaxi Ferry timetable on the website.

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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