Rotterdam is very easy to get to by plane from 317 cities in 104 countries via Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam The Hague Airport:
• Road and rail links between Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam are excellent. It takes just 27 minutes to travel by Thalys or Intercity Direct trains from the airport to the city’s international gateway, Rotterdam Central Station.
• Flights to Rotterdam The Hague Airport serve 40 European destinations. The airport is just 15 minutes by taxi or car from the centre of Rotterdam. The journey takes 20 to 25 minutes by public transport, using RandstadRail and the Airport Shuttle Bus 50 or bus 33.
It is also easy to get to Rotterdam by train. High-speed trains such as the Thalys and Intercity Direct, formerly Fyra, stop at Rotterdam Central Station, as do many Dutch domestic intercity trains. Intercity Direct and Thalys journey times to and from Rotterdam.
Paris, Gare du Nord
1 hr 10 min
2 hr 37 min
There are good ferry services between Rotterdam and Great Britain. Stena Line vessels sail from Harwich to Hook of Holland which is just a 30 minutes’ journey from Rotterdam. P&O Ferries sail from Hull to Rotterdam Europoort where a De Jong Tours bus is waiting to take you directly to Rotterdam.
There are dozens of public car parks in Rotterdam. Most of them allow you to pay in various ways e.g. with cash, by bank or credit card.
Park & Ride points
Park & Ride points are on the edge of the city and allow motorists to park, often free of charge, and continue their journey by public transport. You need a public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart) to do this.
‘Pay and Display’ with registration number
It is likely that on-street parking will require use of a payment and registration machine situated in the vicinity. The motorist has to key in the registration number of the vehicle, decide how long it will be parked for and then pay with a bank or credit card. No ticket needs to be displayed in the vehicle itself.
Parking payment via mobile phone
Paying for a parking place can also be done via a mobile phone if the motorist is registered with one of the five providers of the mobile parking service (06-parkeren): ANWB Parkeren, Sms-parking, Yellowbrick, Parkmobile and Park-line.
It is easy to travel around Rotterdam itself by bus, tram, metro or water taxi. Rotterdam’s public transport company is called the RET. You will need a public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart) to use the RET’s metro, tram or bus services. The chip cards can be bought at sale and information points and top-up payment machines at metro stations, but also at other sale points e.g. at post offices, Primera shops, Rotterdam Info (the city promotion centre) and via ov-chipkaart.nl/webwinkel.
Besides public transport, there are also lots of taxi stands, where taxis (cars, cycle-rickshaws and tuktuks) wait for customers.
A car can be rented from car rental services. There are several providers available in Rotterdam.
A13 in the direction of Rotterdam, at Kleinpolderplein follow the signs in the direction of Centrum, at the second traffic light follow the signs for Euromast/Maastunnel. Take the right tunnel after the traffic light and go left at the next traffic light. You will now be on the Weena Boulevard.
A20 in the direction of Den Haag / Hoek van Holland, take the Rotterdam Centrum / Schiebroek / Hillegersberg exit, at the end of the exit follow the signs to Centrum (Schieweg / Schiekade). You will now be on Hofplein square.
Take the right lane on the A16 motorway (follow Kralingen / Rotterdam Centrum). Cross the Van Brienenoordbrug and take the first exit (Rotterdam Centrum). Turn left at the end of the exit lane (roundabout in the direction of Centrum), and turn onto the Maasboulevard. Continue straight ahead (along de Boompjes). At Hotel Inntel (on your right-hand side), turn right onto the Schiedamsedijk. Continue until you have reached the Coolsingel-Westblaak intersection. Turn left onto the Westblaak and continue in the direction of the Hofplein.
Thanks to its central location, de Doelen is easily accessible by car as well as by train. There are several secure car parks in the direct vicinity of the venue.