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.
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 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.
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.