Travel

Getting to Rotterdam is easy!

You can fly directly to Rotterdam, but with over 320 direct destinations, why not fly in to Amsterdam? You can then take the high speed train straight from the international Schiphol airport to the doorstep of the congress centre in just 25 minutes.

3 easy steps to Rotterdam:

1. Arrive at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

2. Follow signs from arrivals to the Schiphol Plaza, buy tickets for the Fyra train near to the red and white checkered box.  Take the escalators down to your platform (spoor).

3. Arrive at Rotterdam Centraal station.  The De Doelen is a 5 minute walk away!

By plane directly to Rotterdam

Flights regularly land at Rotterdam The Hague Airport from major cities in neighbouring countries, operated by various airlines:

  • Transavia.com: Alicante, Antalya, Barcelona, Bergerac , Biarritz, Bodrum, Corfu, Chambéry, Dalaman, Faro, Friedrichshafen, Genève , Girona, Grenoble, Heraklion, Innsbruck, Kos, Las Palmas, Madrid, Malaga, Milan, Montpellier, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Prague, Rhodos, Rome, Salzburg, Split, Tenerife, Toulon, Vienna
  • City Jet: Guernsey, Jersey, London
  • British Airways: London Heathrow, London City Airport
  • Corendon: Antalya
  • Lufthansa: Munich
  • Onur Air: Antalya
  • Sky Airlines: Antalya

Continuing your journey to Rotterdam Central Station is quick and easy:
• By car (via Sixt) or taxi: 10 min.
• By RandstadRail + Airport Shuttle bus 50: 15 min.
• By Airport Shuttle bus 33: 20-25 min.

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

Thalys

Rotterdam can be reached easily from France and Belgium with the Thalys high-speed train. The Thalys high-speed train makes Rotterdam just a short trip from France and Belgium. The Thalys now runs ten times a day. Travellers from the UK can take the Eurostar to Brussels and transfer to the Thalys there.

• Antwerp - Rotterdam 30 min.
• Brussels - Rotterdam 1 h 12 min.
• Paris - Rotterdam 2 h 36 min.

Fyra

The Fyra of NS Hispeed is the comfortable train that travels over the high-speed rail line. This offers the fastest connection between Amsterdam and Breda via Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam. The Fyra boards twice every hour from early in the morning till late in the evening. When travelling with the Fyra, you need an NS ticket plus Fyra ticket supplement. This paper ticket supplement is available via the NS website, NS self-servcie ticket machines, the NS Service Desk, the NS Hispeed Desk, NS Hispeed Telesales and travel agents. The stretch between Amsterdam Central Station and Schiphol is free of charge. Here you can travel with your NS ticket. The Fyra makes Rotterdam just a short trip from:

• Amsterdam - Rotterdam 41 min.
• Schiphol - Rotterdam 25 min.
• Breda - Rotterdam 25 min.

More info

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)