Getting Around

Travellers will need to buy an 'OV-Chipkaart' (Public Transport Chip Card) to use public transport in Rotterdam. It's usable for all bus, tram and metro lines operated by RET. Tourists can also buy an anonymous OV-Chipkaart from ticket machines in all train and metro stations. Arriva and Connexxion buses operate outside the metropolitan area.

Taxis are available from taxi ranks or by telephone; Uber and Bolt operate in the city. The Thai-influenced tuk-tuks operate on a zone system and are a cheaper option.

Like most Dutch cities, Rotterdam is very bicycle-friendly, and has separate lanes and traffic lights for cyclists. Bicycles are often the fastest way to travel in Rotterdam, and can be hired near the Central Station.


Rotterdam Airport

The airport is located five miles (8km) north of Rotterdam.

Rotterdam Airport (RTM)


The airport is located five miles (8km) north of Rotterdam.

Getting to the city

A high-speed train called RandstadRail connects the airport to The Hague, Leidschendam, Pijnacker, Zoetermeer and Rotterdam Central Station. Travellers can catch trains to Antwerp, Brussels and Paris from the central station. They'll need to buy an 'OV-Chipkaart' (Public Transport Chip Card) from a newsagent at the airport to use public transport.

The RET bus connects to the Meijersplein metro station, where travellers can transfer to Line E, which heads to the city centre. For a more direct route, travellers can take the No. 33 bus to Rotterdam Central Station. Night transport is available into the early morning.


GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

Car rental

Major car rental companies such as Budget and Sixt have desks in the arrivals section.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available directly outside the terminal building.


Airport facilities include banks, ATMs and currency exchange, information desks, conference facilities, travel agents, baby-changing stations, and a variety of shopping and dining options.


Parking is available in various lots, which allow for short-term and long-term stays. Travellers can reserve parking spaces via the airport's online booking system. They will have to pay a 'drive-in' charge if they don't.