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How to get from Rotterdam The Hague Airport to Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the “Venice of the North”, is a stunning city that attracts millions of visitors each year. Besides its historic canals, it is also famous for its unique architecture, important cultural hubspots (such as the Van Gogh Museum), and vibrant nightlife. You can find some of the world’s most celebrated nightclubs here.

There are three available ways to get from Rotterdam The Hague Airport to Amsterdam; taxi, train and bus. The bus is the most cost-effective option. Prices for a one-way adult ticket range from €3 to €10, with several departures throughout the day. The average travel time is 1 hour and 10 minutes. The train is another convenient way for the budget-conscious, with tickets starting at €16.90 for 2nd class and departing every 15 minutes. Lastly, an airport taxi is the easiest and quickest option for a stress-free door-to-door transfer. The cost is significantly higher in this case, as a ride from Rotterdam Airport to Amsterdam amounts to about €143. Still, the perks of it make it an attractive choice, since the cost will be split between the members of your group and you won’t have to carry around your heavy luggage.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €143 80min 24/7
Train €33.80 75min 24/7
Bus €12 90min 04:50–00:15

How to get from Rotterdam airport to Amsterdam by taxi

Taking an airport taxi to get from Rotterdam airport to Amsterdam is as easy as it gets, with zero hassle and minimum wait times. After your flight lands and you collect your suitcases at baggage claim, follow the exit signals to the outdoor space of the arrivals hall. There, you will see a rank with cabs lined up. Go to the first cab in line and board your vehicle to start your transfer.

Taxi fare from Rotterdam airport to Amsterdam

Rotterdam taxis calculate their rates based on the official tariffs set and regulated by the city. A taximeter records the time and distance travelled to sum up your fare. However, as this is an inter-city journey, the driver could probably propose a set rate for your transfer. Overall, the door-to-door trip to Amsterdam will cost you around €143.

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Cost

€143

Trip Duration

1 hour

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

Taxis are available 24//7 at Rotterdam Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxis are readily available 24/7 at the exit of the airport terminal. Once you claim your luggage, get past the arrivals hall, and you will see the taxi rank. Get in line, and if there aren’t many passengers queueing up, you will be onboard your transfer vehicle in a few minutes.

Convenience

The unquestionable advantages of a door-to-door transfer for a 60km trip are self-explanatory. Nevertheless, it is worth mentioning the comfort of just hopping on the back seat of a vehicle and waiting to be dropped off at your accommodation address without having to change public transport means and go up and down stairs.

Editor’s Note

Due to the 60km distance from Rotterdam airport to Amsterdam, the taxi fare, in this case, is a bit pricey. If your budget is limited or you are travelling solo without too much luggage, the other transport options would probably be more cost-efficient.

Useful Tips

Not all cabs accept cards at Rotterdam airport. Ask your driver before you board the vehicle, and keep some cash on you.
Tips are not mandatory for Rotterdam taxis. Yet, if you received excellent service, a small roundup of your sum will be a token of appreciation to your driver.

How to get from Rotterdam airport to Amsterdam by train

NS operates all the trains connecting Rotterdam Central to Amsterdam Central. The service is very reliable and runs 4x hourly. Intercity trains, which make stops on the way, need 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach Amsterdam. Intercity Direct trains use a dedicated high-speed track and will get you to Amsterdam Central in about 40 minutes, with just one stop at Schiphol Airport.

Train fare from Rotterdam airport to Amsterdam

A one-way Intercity train ticket costs €16.90 for 2nd class and €28.22 for 1st class. If you plan on taking the Intercity Direct, there is a €2.70 supplement for passing through the Schiphol sector.

Keep in mind that these fares apply if you use the OV-chip card system to check in and out of your trip. You can buy and top up an anonymous OV-chip card at any vending machine or the service desk of stations. For disposable paper tickets, there is a €1 surcharge.

Cost

€16.90

Trip Duration

1 hour and 15 min

*Intercity Direct trains have a €2.70 supplement.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

Intercity trains run every 15 minutes. From 01:00 to 05.00, they are hourly.

Where do I get the train from?

Intercity trains to Amsterdam depart from Rotterdam Central Station. To get there, you can either take bus 33 outside Rotterdam The Hague Airport and stay on it until you reach Rotterdam Central, or take bus 33 to Meijersplein metro station, and then take line E (direction Slinge) to Rotterdam Central.

Convenience

Though not as convenient as a door-to-door transfer, Dutch trains are reliable and punctual. There are services during the day and night, and wait times do not exceed 15 minutes. The trip itself is not too long either.

Editor’s Note

For a return trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam airport, just make the journey in reverse: take the train from Amsterdam Central to Rotterdam Central, and from there, board bus 33 to get directly to the airport or by metro via the Meijersplein station.

Useful Tips

Children aged 4-11 can travel the entire day on all Dutch rails with a single ticket costing €2.50. Younger children travel for free.
The vending machines only accept coins and cards. If you want to pay in cash, you must visit the service desk of the station.
If you decide to use an anonymous OV-chip card to travel by train, remember that the card must have at least a €20 credit balance. You can top it up at the service desk or the ticket machines.

How to get from Rotterdam airport to Amsterdam by bus

The bus routes from Rotterdam Central to Amsterdam Central are operated by a handful of bus companies (Flixbus and Blablacar Bus being the biggest), that compete with each other for passengers. Depending on the stops of each journey, the time needed to reach Amsterdam ranges from 1 hour to 1 hour and 40 minutes. Buses run from 04:50 in the morning until right after midnight.

Bus fare from Rotterdam airport to Amsterdam

There are no set fares for buses. Prices range from €3 to €10, depending on the daily offers of each company, peak and off-peak hours, etc. However, the average price is €6.

Cost

€6

Trip Duration

1 h - 1 h and 40 min

*Bus ticket prices range from €3 to €10.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

Buses run daily from 04:50 to 00:15.

Where do I get the bus from?

Buses to Amsterdam depart from Conradstraat, the central Rotterdam bus station, next to the Central Railway Station. Like with trains, you can get to Conradstraat directly with bus 33 from the airport or via metro by line E from Meijersplein station.

Convenience

The bus is the least convenient out of the three available options. Wait times are longer, and buses drop off passengers at Sloterdijk, the central bus station of Amsterdam. From there, you will have to look out for other transport means to other city centre locations.

Editor’s Note

Bus routes from Rotterdam to Amsterdam have either Schiphol Airport or Amsterdam Sloterdijk as their final destination.

Useful Tips

Buses have WC, free Wi-Fi and power outlets on board.
Within the framework of precautions against Covid-19, buses are regularly disinfected.

Frequently asked questions

Is there a direct Rotterdam airport to Amsterdam train?

No, Rotterdam airport does not have a train station, so a direct connection isn’t available. Intercity trains depart from Rotterdam Central Station, so you must get there by bus, or bus & metro first.

How do I get from Rotterdam airport to Amsterdam?

There are three ways to get from Rotterdam airport to Amsterdam; taxi, train and bus. Depending on your budget, you can take a taxi for a door-to-door transfer or use the reliable and comfortable public transport system.

How far is Rotterdam Airport from Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is situated 73km northeast of Rotterdam The Hague airport – a distance that can be covered in approximately 1 hour by taxi or a bit longer if you choose public transport – 1h 15mins by train or up to 1h 40mins by bus, excluding wait times.

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