located in the Dutch
river delta zone
The city can be reached easily from across the country and abroad. Whether you come by train, bus, car, plane,
boat, Rotterdam offers excellent connections in and around the city.
CARS AND PARKING
Rotterdam can easily be reached by car, using the A4, A13, A15, A16 and A20 motorways. Exits to Rotterdam Centrum are clearly marked on signs. You can find up-to-date information about traffic, congestion and accidents from the ANWB national motor association (Dutch).
You can also simply rent a car, making your stay in Rotterdam even more flexible. Sixt (00 32 10 462 72 21) has offices at Rotterdam The Hague Airport and several other locations in the city, providing an extensive fleet of cars.
Obviously, any true port city can be reached by boat! You can travel to Rotterdam by ferry from the United Kingdom. P&O Ferries and Stena Line offer regular ferry services between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Stena sails from Harwich, England to Hook of Holland, and it takes 30 minutes to travel from there to Rotterdam.
P&O sails from Hull to Rotterdam Europoort. De Jong tours operates a shuttle service between Rotterdam Europoort and the city.
P&O Ferries www.poferries.com or call +31 (0)10 714 54 64. Stena Line www.stenaline.nl or call 0900-8123 (€ 0,35 per call)
One of the fastest and easiest ways to get to Rotterdam is to travel by train. Intercity trains hailing from every corner of the Netherlands make a stop at Rotterdam Central Station, including the high-speed train. The fastest connection between Amsterdam, Schiphol, Rotterdam and Breda is the NS Intercity Direct. It runs twice per hour. When travelling between Schiphol and Rotterdam, you will have to pay an Intercity Direct surcharge.
When travelling from France and Belgium, you should take the Thalys (it runs ten times per day). When travelling from the United Kingdom, you will arrive by Eurostar (and transfer to the Thalys in Brussels).
You can find more information about routes, departure times and prices on www.ns.nl/en (domestic travel), www.nsinternational.nl/en (from and to destinations abroad) and www.thalys.com (Thalys).
An increasing number of European cities provide direct flights to Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Operators Transavia, CityJet, British Airways, bmi regional, Turkish Airlines, TUIfly , Lufthansa, Jetairfly.com, VLM, Vueling, Corendon, Onur Air fly to the second regional airport in the Netherlands. Check the websites of the operators for more detailed information.