Rotterdam

Would you like to go on a city trip in your own country or just a day out? Visit the modern city and admire the architecture and the large port. The cheapest way is to take the Flixbus Rotterdam and get off at Rotterdam CS or Rotterdam Zuidplein.

At EU-Lines, we will tell you more about traveling to and from Rotterdam, such as the train to Rotterdam from other Dutch cities or to other countries. We have summarized everything for you: travel times, popular routes by both bus and train, and the various companies that offer these trips.

Popular bus routes from Rotterdam

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Popular International bus routes from Rotterdam

Together with Utrecht CS and Amsterdam CS, Rotterdam train station is the busiest and largest train station in the Netherlands. It is not surprising that this station is very well connected to the rest of the Netherlands. International trains also depart from Rotterdam Central Station to cities in Western Europe.

Traveling by train to Rotterdam is very easy and of course, it is not just limited to Rotterdam CS. There are six stations spread throughout the large city, and a metro system has been constructed throughout Rotterdam to enable faster travel from A to B underground.

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The main international bus stop in Rotterdam

There are different ways to travel to Rotterdam from the Netherlands, including taking the bus. If you want to travel from Rotterdam to another country, the cheapest way is to take an international bus trip.

 Rotterdam Central Station

Address: Conradstraat 52, 3013 Rotterdam, Netherlands (Platform GG)

The Rotterdam Central bus stop is located in front of the station, and this applies to both regional and international buses. The Flixbus and BlaBlaCar Bus stop at platform GG to travel abroad. However, it is mandatory to buy a bus ticket online in advance.

Because this stop is located directly in front of Rotterdam Central Station, it is easily accessible by:

  • Trains: Intercity and Sprinter
  • Metro lines D and E
  • Bus lines 33, 38, 40, 44 824, 860, and 867

Rotterdam Zuidplein

Address: Gooilandsingel, 3083 Rotterdam, Netherlands

The second stop for the international Rotterdam bus is at the Zuidplein shopping center. Metro station Zuidplein is also located here, making it very easy to reach. In addition to the international bus, regional buses also stop here. In addition to a large shopping center, Rotterdam Ahoy and Zuiderpark are also located here with many sports clubs.

The stop is easily accessible through, among others:

  • Metro lines D and E
  • Bus lines 66, 68, 70, 76, 144, 146, and 172

The train stations of Rotterdam

There are a total of 6 Rotterdam train stations, each providing train connections to a part of Rotterdam. At most of these stations, only local trains, or Sprinters, run, but at Rotterdam Centraal, Rotterdam Alexander, and Rotterdam Blaak stations, you can also travel with Intercity trains. Therefore, we only cover these stations.

The remaining train stations are Rotterdam Noord, Rotterdam Zuid, and Rotterdam Lombardijen. Only regional local trains run here. For an international train journey, you need to go to Rotterdam Centraal.

Rotterdam Centraal

Address: Stationsplein 1, 3013 AJ Rotterdam

Whether you want to take the train to Rotterdam Centraal or travel towards Rotterdam, the large train station has up to 13 tracks. Inside the impressive station, you can find many shops and eateries, making it look like a covered shopping mall.

International train company Eurostar, which makes the Rotterdam-London train journey possible, is located at track 2. This track has been specially widened for the international train connection, where you also need to show your passport. The French Thalys train also mainly departs from track 2. The station is accessible via:

  • Trains: Intercity and Sprinter
  • Metro lines D and E
  • Bus lines 33, 38, 40, and 44
  • Tram lines 4, 7, 18, 21, 23, and 25

Rotterdam Blaak

Address: Blaak 1, 3011 TA Rotterdam

In addition to taking the train to Rotterdam Centraal, you can also take the train to Rotterdam Blaak station. The train station is located next to the Markthal, the Central Library, and the special Cube Houses. The train and metro tracks are located underground, limiting disturbance for visitors to the center of Rotterdam.

The train station has 3 tracks, with Intercity trains to Vlissingen, Amsterdam Centraal, Dordrecht, and Lelystad Centrum. Perhaps not surprisingly, the station is easily accessible through:

  • Trains: Intercity and Sprinter
  • Metro lines B and C
  • RET Frequentbus 32
  • Tram line 21

Rotterdam Alexander

Address: Pr. Alexanderlaan 50, 3067 GV Rotterdam

If you are traveling by train to Rotterdam, you can also get off at Rotterdam Alexander station. Intercity trains from Groningen, Leeuwarden, and Rotterdam Centraal also stop at this train station. The train station is located on the A20 motorway, close to Alexandrium Shopping Center and next to Capelle aan den IJssel in the northeast of Rotterdam.

Rotterdam Alexander train station is easily accessible through:

  • Trains: Intercity and Sprinter
  • Metro lines A and B
  • Bus lines 30, 31, 35, 36, and 190

Traveling to Rotterdam Airport

To the north of Rotterdam is Rotterdam The Hague Airport, which is the third-largest airport in the Netherlands. If you’re traveling from this airport, you can choose to take the Rotterdam Airport train. However, it’s good to know that Rotterdam Airport doesn’t have its own train station, unlike Schiphol Airport, for example. It’s advisable to travel to Rotterdam Central station first and then take the bus to Rotterdam Airport from there.

Rotterdam Airport Bus

The airport is easily accessible, but the easiest way to travel is still by your own car. Only the largest airport in the Netherlands has its own train station, making travel easier than at smaller airports. If you take the Rotterdam Central bus directly to Rotterdam Airport, you can take the RET Frequentiebus 33 directly to the airport.

Metro to Rotterdam Airport

In addition to traveling by Rotterdam Airport train, you can also take the metro to the airport. This is possible from both Rotterdam and The Hague. However, the metro does not stop directly at the airport, but rather at Meijersplein metro station on metro line E. From there, you can take bus 33. This bus runs every 15 minutes during the summer holiday period and on weekends, and stops directly at the departure hall.

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