Travel & Transport
Here you can find how to get to Rotterdam from around the world, and how to get around the city once you have arrived:
- Getting to Rotterdam…
- Getting around Rotterdam…
Getting to Rotterdam
Whether you take the train from a city nearby or a flight from overseas, Rotterdam is very well connected by international, national and local public transport systems and therefore easy to reach and access.
- Rotterdam The Hague Airport
The airport is the third largest in the country and located north of the city. Flights regularly land there from all major cities in the neighbouring countries. Airlines that fly to Rotterdam include: Transavia, City Jet, British Airways, BMI Regional, Turkish Airlines, TUI, Jetairfly, Fly VLM, Vueling. www.rotterdam-airport.nl
- Amsterdam Schiphol AirportSchiphol Airport is the main international airport of the Netherlands, located 20 minutes southwest of Amsterdam. It is Europe's fourth busiest airport and most major airlines operate flights to Amsterdam. www.schiphol.nl
Rotterdam is easily reachable from most major cities throughout Europe. Many international highspeed trains as well as intercity trains from all over the Netherlands stop at Rotterdam Central Station.
For delegates coming from France or Belgium, the Thalys high-speed train will probably be the best option. The train runs ten times a day and you'll be in Rotterdam in no time. Coming from the UK you should first take the Eurostar to Brussels and get on the Thalys there. More information on the Thalys can be found on their website.
Getting around Rotterdam
For tips on how to get around in Rotterdam and how to reach the Classical:NEXT venue from the airport or your hotel, see below for local transport and a map of Rotterdam, centered on de Doelen.
From the Airport to the City
- Rotterdam The Hague Airport to Rotterdam city centre
Taking a taxi or rental car is the fastest mode of transportation, taking only 10 minutes to get to the city center. Alternatively, you can go by RandstadRail + Airport Shuttle bus line 50, which will bring you to the city centre in approximately 15 minutes. Or you can choose the easy option of the Airport Shuttle bus line 33 taking you to Rotterdam's city centre in 20-25 minutes. Plan your trip to the city centre: www.ret.nl/en
- Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam city centre
Getting to Rotterdam from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is also very easy. The Intercity direct train by NS Hispeed (Dutch Railways) takes you from Schiphol to Rotterdam in just 25 minutes and runs twice every hour. Tickets can be purchased at the station or online via the NS website: www.ns.nl
By Public Transport
It is easy to travel around Rotterdam 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 Sales & Information points and top-up payment machines at metro stations, but also at other sale points for example 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.
For more information about public transport in Rotterdam, please visit www.ret.nl.
Classical:NEXT Shuttle Buses
On Thursday, a bus to BIRD will depart at 22:45 from in front of the entrance to Willem Burger Zaal/Jurriaanse Zaal.
On Friday, a bus to WORM will depart at 22:15 from in front of the entrance to the Grote Zaal.
For an overview of the parking spaces available at and around de Doelen, see the parking plan.
Depending on your needs, there are several options for taxis in and around the city:
- The taxi service recommended by our local partners, and the largest in the city, is the Rotterdamse Taxi Centrale: +31 104 626 060 or www.rtcnv.nl.
- For taxi services to and from Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Schiphol Airport, you can use the Rotterdam Airport Taxi: +31 102 620 406 or www.rotterdam-airport-taxi.nl
- Get a unique view of the city and get to where you want to go at the same time with the Watertaxi Rotterdam: +31 403 03 03 or www.watertaxirotterdam.nl/plan_uw_reis/
Rotterdam is a great city to discover by bicycle. The extensive network of cycle paths is well maintained and the city is part of a network of major bicycle routes in the greater Rotterdam area. You can rent a bicycle at Rotterdam Central Station via Rijwielshop, starting from about €8 per day. +31 104 126 220 or www.czwaan.nl.
You can also take guided tours on bicycle. Our local partners recommend Urban Guides: +31 104 332 231 or www.urbanguides.nl.
Map of Rotterdam