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How to get from Rotterdam Airport to the City Centre of Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a bustling metropolis in the south of the Netherlands. It is the nation’s second-largest city and a central hub for commerce and transports with its important seaport. Millions of people visit the city every year for leisure or business purposes.

Once you land at Rotterdam The Hague Airport, there are three available ways to reach the city centre of Rotterdam; taxi, bus and metro. The bus and the metro are budget-friendly options and a good alternative if you’re travelling with light luggage. They will both take you to Rotterdam Central Station in 30 minutes. A single ticket costs €4 and is valid for 2 hours. A Rotterdam taxi or private transfer is the fastest and easiest transportation option. Travelling from Rotterdam airport to the city centre takes roughly 15 minutes, and with a convenient drop-off at your hotel’s doorstep will cost €40.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €40 15min 24/7
Metro €8 7min 06:06–00:53
Bus €8 20min 05:55–00:09

How to get from Rotterdam airport to the city centre by taxi

An airport taxi is the most convenient option for a door-to-door transfer to your destination. Taxis are available 24/7; you will find them right outside the airport building. In normal traffic conditions, the ride to the city centre of Rotterdam takes approximately 15 minutes.

Taxi fare from Rotterdam airport to Rotterdam

In Rotterdam, taxi fares are regulated by the city. All cabs charge the same rates based on a calibrated meter that considers the time and distance travelled to calculate the final fee. If traffic is not very heavy during your ride, the cost of your transfer will be about €40.

However, factors such as waiting, or excess luggage, could raise the final price. If you would like to take advantage of a fixed rate with zero hassle and delays, you can easily arrange a pre-booked private transfer from Rotterdam airport to the city with Welcome to smartly travel from Rotterdam Airport to the city centre.

Cost

€40

Trip Duration

15 min

*Rates may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

Taxis at Rotterdam The Hague Airport are available 24/7.

Where do I get a taxi from?

It is effortless to get a taxi from Rotterdam airport to the city centre. Once you claim your baggage and exit the arrivals hall of the airport building, you will see the rank of taxis waiting to board passengers. Get in line, and you will be on your way within a few minutes.

Convenience

The first time in a new city can be somewhat daunting, especially if it’s big. Wandering around downtown streets to find your accommodation can be a source of stress. Taking public transportation is budget-conscious, but going up and down flights of stairs with heavy luggage will get you exhausted, even more so at night or during the year’s cold months. A taxi or private transfer is way more convenient, as your driver will drop you off right at the doorstep of your destination.

Editor’s Note

A taxi or private transfer has undeniable advantages. Nevertheless, if you're travelling on a tight budget, Rotterdam's efficient and organised public transportation system will get you where you need to go without excessive hardship.

Useful Tips

Taxis in Rotterdam charge a single rate for all times of the day. There is no difference in fares, even at night or on weekends.
Most cabs accept payment by card. However, keep some cash on you in case the one you take doesn't.
Tips to taxi drivers are not mandatory, yet a roundup will always be appreciated.

How to travel from Rotterdam airport to the city centre by metro

The metro system of Rotterdam is very efficient and timely. Metro line E, which connects the airport to the Central Station in the city centre, departs every 10-155 minutes. Carriages run from 06:06 to 00:53 on weekdays, 07:08-01:39 on Saturday and 08:23-00:53 on Sunday. The metro journey takes just 7 minutes, excluding wait times.

 

Metro fare from Rotterdam airport to Rotterdam

The RET 2-hour ticket, which covers the bus ride to Meijersplein station and the metro journey to Rotterdam Central Station, costs €4.

Cost

€4

Trip Duration

12-15 min

*The line E of the Rotterdam metro runs every 10-15 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

The metro line E runs from 06:06 to 00:53 on weekdays, 07:08-01:39 on Saturday and 08:23-00:53 on Sunday.

Where do I get the metro from?

There isn’t a station right below the airport. To get to the metro, you must take bus 33 from the bus stop outside the airport and head to the Meijersplein metro station. The bus ride is very short (5 minutes) and itineraries are very frequent.

Convenience

The Rotterdam metro is very convenient. Metro cars run every 5 minutes, and take you to the city centre in 7 minutes, with tickets costing a fraction of the taxi fee. It is a good, budget-friendly option for solo travellers. However, a taxi might be the only way if you’re travelling with your family or arriving at the airport late at night.

Editor’s Note

RET (Rotterdamse Elektrische Tram) is Rotterdam's main public transportation operation and includes metro lines, buses and trams.

Useful Tips

The RET 2-hour ticket covers all transportation means for one-way or return journeys. No need to buy separate tickets for the bus and the metro.
Connections between bus 33 and metro line E are scheduled in such a way as to allow the smooth transfer of passengers.
You can buy your tickets from the ticket vending machines at the airport or online using the RET Barcode-app.

How to get from Rotterdam airport to the city centre by bus

Bus 33 is the line that connects Rotterdam The Hague Airport to the Central Station in the city centre. The ride takes about 25 minutes, and the waiting time is 15 minutes on weekdays and half an hour on weekends.

Bus fare from Rotterdam airport to Rotterdam

The RET 2-hour ticket for bus 33 costs just €4 per traveller.

Cost

€4

Trip Duration

25 min

*The trip duration, not including wait times, is under 30 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

The first bus passes by the airport stop at 05:55 on weekdays. On weekends, it's 06:42 on Saturday and 06:09 on Sunday.

Where do I get the bus from?

The bus stop is very conveniently located right outside the airport terminal. So, as soon as you claim your baggage and exit the arrivals hall, you will see the stop.

Convenience

The bus is the least convenient option of the three transportation options. Waiting times are longer, and conditions could get uncomfortable if it’s too cold outside.

Editor’s Note

The bus is a pleasant alternative if you would like to admire the views of the city as you approach the city centre. However, please keep in mind that it is not available if your flight lands after midnight.

Useful Tips

You can get your tickets from the vending machines at the airport or directly from the bus driver (contactless payment).
The RET 2-hour ticket allows you to travel 120 minutes on Rotterdam buses, metro lines and trams.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Rotterdam airport to the city centre?

There are three ways to get from Rotterdam airport to the city centre; metro, bus and taxi. The taxi is the most stress-free and convenient transfer option. The bus and the metro are also convenient but take more time.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Rotterdam airport to the city centre?

The cost of an airport taxi is approximately €40 for a 15-minute journey to the city centre in normal traffic conditions. Keep in mind that waiting times and excess luggage could increase the final bill.

What’s the distance from Rotterdam airport to Rotterdam city centre?

The distance from Rotterdam airport to Rotterdam city centre is 6 km, making it easy to reach, in just 15 minutes by car or taxi, or 30 minutes by public transport.

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