Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM) is the third busiest airport in the Netherlands and is located 6 km from the center of Rotterdam and approximately 60 km from the center of Amsterdam.
Below we show you how to get thereRotterdam airport to Rotterdam or The Hagueby public transport and then continue toAmsterdamand elsewhere in the Netherlands.
Transport options from Rotterdam airport: overview (2023 prices)
1.Local bus RET 33 to Rotterdam Central Station(€4.50 once, up to 6x per hour).
2.Local bus RET 33 to Meijersplein, then metro line E to Rotterdam Central, Haag Central or other metro stations in Rotterdam(€4.50 once, up to 6x per hour).
3.Intercity or the faster "Intercity Direct" train from Rotterdam to the center of Amsterdam(€17.90 one way, €1 extra for single tickets, Intercity Direct surcharge €2.90, runs regularly all day).Book train tickets here
4.Intercity train between The Hague Central and Amsterdam CentralIscheaper(€13.60 one way, €1 extra for single tickets).Book train tickets here
5.Rotterdam airport taxi prices: to Rotterdam station €25; to The Hague €55; to Amsterdam around €150.Book a fixed rate taxi with Sneleentaxi
Let's look at these travel options in more detail along with some tips and tricks for visitors.
1. Local bus to the center of Rotterdam
RET city bus number 33 serves Rotterdam Airport in The Hague.These electric buses run between Rotterdam Central Station and the nearby Meijersplein metro station,stops at the airport both ways.
During the day, buses depart approximately every 5 minutes from the bus stop to the airport - with the destination alternating between Meijersplein and Rotterdam Centraal. In the evening, the frequency of the buses is reduced to half an hour. The service runs from 06:00 on weekdays, 06:30 on Saturdays and 08:30 on Sundays and runs all day until just after midnight.
To get from the airport to Rotterdam Central, you can take bus 33 (journey time is about 20 minutes) or bus 33 to Meijersplein (5 minutes) and from there take metro line E to Rotterdam Central Station (3 stops, 7 minutes) or any other station on the network .
TheShort chipowa OV(chip card for public transport) is used in the Netherlands, which means you have to check in and out using the card readers on the bus.
For travel from Rotterdam airport to Rotterdam city centre, we advise most visitors to keep it simple and just buy itnormal one-way ticket. The "RET 2 hour" ticket costs money4,50 €and can be purchased from a ticket machine or from the driver. Children 0-3 travel free.
After exiting the terminal, turn left - the airport bus stop is a short walk away. At the bus stop is ARET ticket machinewhich sells a range of RET tickets - coins, debit and credit cards accepted. Please note that the driver does not accept cash payment,
Other tickets available:BACK 1 day(9,50 €),RET children 1 dayticket (€5, 4-11 years) and aDay ticket for tourists(€15.50, valid for 1 day journeys in the province of South Holland by RET Rotterdam, HTM The Hague, Arriva, Connexxion, EBS and Syntus). These tickets are valid on a "calendar day" basis, not 24 hours.
There is sufficient space for passenger luggage on board the bus.
If you have a personal or anonymous OV chip card, the bus ride to the center of Rotterdam is slightly cheaper at around €2.10. An anonymous OV-chipkaart card can be purchased from the ticket machine or from the AKO kiosk in the airport terminal.
Note,OVpayit's a new system where you can also check in and outcontactless payment/credit cardinstead of a card with an OV chip - to be introduced in RET at the beginning of 2023.
Bus 33 arrives at the bus terminal near Rotterdam Central Station.
2. Bus + Metro to Rotterdam or The Hague
To connect to the metro, takebus RET 33to nearbyMeijersplein metro station– it takes approximately 5 minutes. The bus stop is right in front of the metro station.
From there you can takeMetro RET (line E) is operated by RandstadRailwhich runs between Slinge and The Hague Central via Rotterdam Central. See oursRotterdam metro shortmore details - the airport is marked.
A standard 2-hour RET ticket (€4.50) allows you to get from the airport to any station in the network. To enter the metro station platforms, you must hold your ticket against the barriers in the gate.
If you are going towards Rotterdam, get on platform 2 (nearest). The journey to the center of Rotterdam takes only 3 stops and takes 7 minutes.
In the direction of Den Haag, cross over to the other side (Platform 1). Trip toCenter Hagiit lasts 25 minutes and is the 11th and last stop. The total travel time from the airport to The Hague is approximately 45 minutes.
Metro line E runs every 10 minutes.
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3. Train from Rotterdam Central to Amsterdam
NS trains often run betweenRotterdam Central and Amsterdam Central stations. There are many different services - fast national trains calledDirect intercitytakes only 40 minutes and runs 4 times an hour on a special high-speed line to Schiphol Airport and then on to the center of Amsterdam. Extra equipment on the Rotterdam-Schiphol route is mandatory for journeys on this train.
Alternatively, you can take the so-calledIntercity togto Amsterdam Central, which goes to Schiedam, Delft, Den Haag HS, Leiden, Haarlem and Amsterdam Sloterdijk. Journey times are just under 1 hour and 15 minutes, departing every 15 minutes.
there is also oneA sprinter stops a traina service (direction Uitgeest, 2x every hour) that runs via Gouda and stops at Amsterdam Bijlmer-ArenA, Amsterdam Amstel and Amsterdam Central. The journey time is just a little more than Intercity.
The OV chip card system is also used on Dutch railways and you must check in and out on your journey.
Standard one-way ticket from Rotterdam to Amsterdam city center costs€17.90 (2nd class)Lub€30.43 (1st class)- these rates also apply when using credit on a personal or anonymous OV chip card. There is€1 supplement for the purchase of a single ticket.
If you use an anonymous OV chip card for train travel, you must have a credit balance of at least €20. If you bought your card at Rotterdam Airport, you may need to top up at the station's ticket office or ticket machine - this will also activate your card for use on the rail network.
Intercity Direct Extrascosts extra2,90 €one-way - the supplement must be purchased before boarding the train, because it costs 10 euros on board. The allowance is available as a paper ticket or can be paid with an OV chip card using special red card readers on the platform. A discount of EUR 1.74 is given for off-peak journeys on weekdays - however, it must be paid with an OV chip card.
Children 4-11 yearspay only €2.50 each (plus €1 surcharge for a single ticket) perThe Railrunner ticketwhich is valid all day on the Dutch rail network, including Intercity Direct trains. Children 0-3 travel free.
At the station you can buy single train tickets, Intercity Direct supplements or anonymous OV chip cardsTickets and service desks (inside the "Service Center")or atyellow and blue ticket machines.
Both accept debit/credit cards (V-Pay, Maestro, Mastercard, Visa and American Express) with PIN and/or contactless. If you want to pay in cash, you must go to the service counters, as the machines only accept euro coins.
Buy online:You can buy Dutch domestic train tickets and allowances from the officialNS (Netherlands Railways) website here– Prices are in euros (€) and payments are accepted by iDeal or credit card (Visa/Mastercard/American Express). There are no booking fees, but tickets are non-refundable.
AlternativelyOmio website(official NS partner) sells Dutch train tickets. Offers a wider range of payment options in multiple currencies. There is a small booking fee, but the tickets are therefeedbackup to the day before the trip.
For speed and convenience, it's worth paying extra for Intercity Direct – especially if you have large suitcases. Intercity Direct trains have decent overhead storage racks. Standard double-decker Intercity trains have stairs for easy movement and small racks - although luggage compartments can be found between opposite seats.
For night owls, there is a night train every hour (0100-0500) running both ways between Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Amsterdam to Rotterdamreturn journey: just take the reverse train from Amsterdam Central to Rotterdam, then exit the bus station to take the RET 33 bus back to the airport. Or take the subway to Meijersplein and then take the bus to Rotterdam Airport.
Amsterdam Central er Amsterdams transportknudepunkt - seGetting around Amsterdamcost-effective public transport options in the city.
If you are traveling elsewhere in the Netherlands, there are direct trains from Rotterdam to Amersfoort, Breda, Dordrecht, Eindhoven, Groningen, Leeuwarden, Leiden, Utrecht, Venlo and Vlissingen.
International trains include Eurostar to Brussels and London, Thalys to Antwerp, Brussels and Paris, and Intercity Brussels to Antwerp and Brussels.
4. Train from The Hague Central to Amsterdam
As Den Haag is a bit closer to Amsterdam, it is actually cheaper to travel by train to Amsterdam Central from Den Haag Central than from Rotterdam Central.
You take the E-metro to Den Haag Central Station and then you have to get off at Den Haag Central Station.
Standard one-way ticket from The Hague Central to Amsterdam Central costs€13.60 (2nd class)Lub€23.12 (1st class)– plus a supplement of €1 for the purchase of a single ticket. Or orderonline on the NS website here
The direct intercity train takes approximately 50 minutes and runs every half hour.
5. Taxis from Rotterdam-The Hague airport
Taxis are available directly in front of the airport building.
From Rotterdam airport in The Hague, you should pay around €20-25 (Rotterdam city centre), €35 (Rotterdam Alexander), €55 (The Hague), €100 (Rotterdam Europoort), €125 (Schiphol) and €150 (Amsterdam). Note, Uber is present in Amsterdam.
Sneleentaxi offers slightly cheaper fixed prices to/from Rotterdam Airport to Rotterdam, Amsterdam or anywhere in the Netherlands.Book a fixed rate taxi with Sneleentaxi
There are also desks for many large at the airportCar rentalcompanies. If you need to rent a car in advance in Rotterdam, you can do sobook med Discover Cars herwhich checks all major sites.
This article was first published in 2010 and has been continuously updated since then.Last updated 19 December 2022
NS trains run frequently between Rotterdam Central and Amsterdam Central stations. There are a number of different services – a fast domestic train called Intercity Direct takes just 40 minutes and runs 4x hourly on a dedicated high speed track to Schiphol Airport and then onto Amsterdam Central.How to get from Rotterdam Airport to Centraal? ›
The airport's location means it's easy to get into the city centre by bus. Directly outside the arrivals hall you'll find a bus stop, where the number 33 bus will pick you up and take you to Rotterdam Central Station in the city centre – a journey of around 20 minutes.How to transfer from Rotterdam Airport to Amsterdam airport? ›
Dutch Railways (NS) operates a train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport every 20 minutes. Tickets cost €9 - €24 and the journey takes 25 min. Thalys also services this route every 2 hours. Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands.How to get from the airport to the city center of Amsterdam? ›
A direct railway line connects Schiphol International Airport with Amsterdam Central Station, and is the fastest and most convenient form of transport to the city centre. The ride takes 15 minutes and the trains depart day and night every day. From 6am to 1am train departs every 15 minutes.How do I pay for the train in Rotterdam? ›
Public transport payment
When travelling to Rotterdam, you need a public transport (OV) chip card or you can buy single tickets at the station or on the bus. Another option is the Tranzer app. With this app, you can buy tickets for all the train companies, the Connexxion buses and the RET.
The fastest route to the city centre is by hiring an Amsterdam airport taxi. Though it will cost approximately 39€, it will only take 15-20 minutes to reach your destination. The quickest method of public transportation is the train. Train tickets cost 5.40€ and it takes around 20 minutes to reach the downtown area.Do taxis in Rotterdam take credit cards? ›
Most taxis in Rotterdam, especially the ones dispatched by taxi companies online or over the phone, can accept payments by credit or debit cards.How long is the coach journey from Rotterdam to Amsterdam? ›
It's easy to get from Rotterdam to Amsterdam when you travel by coach with FlixBus, with , with 19 direct buses per day. The journey from Rotterdam to Amsterdam has only one stop in between and can take a minimum time of 45 minutes.Is the tram in Rotterdam free? ›
The costs are Euro 4.50. You can choose between a Personal and an Anonymous or a Disposable OV-chipkaart. The one-time chip card is more for occasional travel.Do you have to go through security when transferring in Amsterdam? ›
The minimum required transfer time at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is 40 minutes for Schengen flights and 50 minutes for non-Schengen flights. Please note, though, that if you travel to a non-Schengen country, you'll need to go through additional security and passport checks.
The price for a taxi ride to the centre of Rotterdam (central station) is € 22, while a taxi to The Hague will cost approximately € 55. The official partner for taxi transportation at the airport is Rotterdam Airport Taxi.Do I have to pick up my luggage on a connecting international flight Amsterdam? ›
If your baggage is not labelled for your final destination, you will have to collect it from the baggage hall at the Dutch airport and check it in again for your next flight. Warning: When you collect your luggage you will go through passport control and leave the international transit zone.Do Amsterdam taxis take credit cards? ›
Located outside the airport in the Schiphol Plaza, taxis are in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All taxi services from Amsterdam Airport accept cash payment. Not all services accept credit card payments. Find out more about these taxi services and how to book them.How much does a taxi cost from Amsterdam airport to city centre? ›
At Schiphol Airport, taxis are available at the airport's exit. Depending on the traffic, a taxi can take you to the city centre in half an hour. One-way rides between the airport and downtown range from €35 to €55. Trips to or from the airport are metered.How do you pay for public transport in Amsterdam? ›
Buy your ticket with your public transport chip card or PIN payment card. Of course, the public transport chip card is the easiest way to travel by tram, day bus, and night bus. If you don't have such a card, you can always obtain a ticket in the tram or bus and pay using a credit card or PIN payment card.Can you buy train tickets with cash in the Netherlands? ›
You can pay by cash (coins and banknotes), Maestro, and usually also by credit card. You'll get a disposable chipcard ticket, the same as you would get from the ticket machine. When you buy a ticket at a ticket machine or at the ticket office, you'll get a disposable chipcard ticket.Can I buy train tickets on the train? ›
Like all train companies*, you must buy a ticket before you board, or risk getting a penalty fare. Only undiscounted Anytime fares will be available from the conductor** - note that these are more expensive than purchasing before you travel.
Hold your OV-chipkaart against the card reader to the right of the gate. This will both open the gate for you and check you in for your journey. You will hear one beep when you check in. At the end of your journey, simply check out using the same procedure.Is it cheaper to take a taxi or Uber in Amsterdam? ›
Taxi fares are typically more expensive than Uber in Amsterdam. Taxis in the Netherlands are considered costly, and Amsterdam's taxi fares are among the highest in Europe. Uber is known for being cheaper. However, their rates fluctuate with the time of day, weather, and availability of cars.What is the best transport option in Amsterdam? ›
- OV chip card: The Amsterdam Travel Card. The cheapest way to travel around Amsterdam is walking but if you need to get somewhere fast, the use of an OV chip card is the answer. ...
- Amsterdam Bike Hire.
- Canal Cruising: Amsterdam Travel by water.
- UP NEXT: AMSTERDAM PASS ATTRACTIONS.
Is a taxi expensive in Amsterdam? Compared to other cities in the Netherlands, Amsterdam taxis are expensive. All taxis are charged using a taximeter based on distance. The starting fare is €3.19 and the price per km during the day and at night is €2.35.Do you need cash in Rotterdam? ›
Restaurants, hotels and department stores generally accept all major credit cards. However, paying by credit card is less common in smaller shops. Instead, you'll need to pay by cash or bank card. By what method are bills (such as rent and utilities) paid?Can you use Uber in Rotterdam? ›
Reserve a ride with Uber in advance in Rotterdam
Complete your plans today by reserving a ride with Uber in Rotterdam. Request a ride up to 30 days in advance, at any time and on any day of the year.
Gijs Boudewijn, general manager of the Dutch Payments Association has stated in the official announement that in most Dutch shops, customers can now also use Visa Debit and Debit Mastercard payment cards, just like in neighbouring countries.Is Rotterdam worth a day trip from Amsterdam? ›
Rotterdam's history means that visiting the city is very different to visiting Amsterdam, so if you have the time for a day trip to Rotterdam, it's absolutely worth the effort to see the city. If you have a few days to explore, Rotterdam makes a great base for exploring the south of the Netherlands. What is this?How much is a bus from Amsterdam to Rotterdam? ›
|Distance||35 miles (57 km)|
|Average bus ticket price||$5 (€4)|
|Bus frequency||17 a day|
|Direct bus||Yes, there are 17 direct buses a day|
|Bus companies||Movelia, BlaBlaCar Bus or Flixbus|
Passports. EU nationals: You are not required to show a passport or national ID card when entering the Netherlands. However, transport providers like airlines, train operators and ferry companies will require you to show your passport or ID card to prove your identity.Are trams free in Amsterdam? ›
GVB (tram, metro, bus) tickets
While using public transport in Amsterdam you have to check-in and check-out (present your ticket to a validator on board). The ticket becomes valid the first time you check-in. Children up to 4 years old travel for free. A ticket for children aged 4 – 11 in 2023 costs € 4,50 per day.
Where to buy tickets? The 1-hour ticket and 24-hour ticket are available in the tram and bus, or from Ticket Vending Machines at all metro stations. All other travel cards - like multi-day tickets, the child ticket, and OV-chipkaart - can only be purchased at: GVB Service Points How do you pay for public transport in the Netherlands? ›
Payment for public transport
The most common way to travel by public transport is with an OV chipcard. An OV chipcard can be bought at stations or tobacco shops. In trams and buses, you can buy a day ticket or disposable chipcard. Please note: you cannot pay cash in many buses and trams.
Do I have to get tested again at Schiphol to transfer? If you stay at Schiphol during your transfer, you do not need a new negative COVID-19 test result. The test result you had upon arrival at Schiphol remains valid during your transfer, including any potential delays.Do I have to pick up my luggage on a connecting international flight? ›
If you checked a bag, you'll have to collect it from baggage claim from the international flight. You'll need to clear customs and immigration. Next, you'll recheck your luggage for the domestic flight. Finally, you'll need to go through Transportation Security Administration screening.What documents do I need to transit through Amsterdam? ›
- Standard required documents for a Dutch Schengen Visa.
- Proof of booked flight tickets.
- Proof of further travel. Valid visa, residence permit or passport for the next country after stopping in the Netherlands.
The average cost of a taxi ride from Amsterdam airport to Rotterdam city centre is 150€. Tolls and surcharges may apply.How far is Rotterdam Airport from train station? ›
You will be at Rotterdam The Hague Airport within 30 minutes when travelling from Rotterdam Central Station. View the RandstadRail timetable for metro line E and bus line 33.Is Rotterdam Airport better than Schiphol? ›
Pros: Rotterdam is the only airport other than Schiphol that's located in the Randstad, the urban heart of the Netherlands. It has cheap flights and is not as crowded as Schiphol. Distance to Rotterdam City Center: A 15-minute taxi to the city center will cost about $25.Is luggage automatically transferred on connecting flights international? ›
When layover flights are booked with the same airline, your baggage will be automatically transferred through to your final destination. However, if the two flights are with different airlines, you may have to claim and re-check your baggage during your layover.Do you have to go through security again for a connecting flight? ›
Yes, a security check is mandatory when you take a connecting flight. This is because there is a time lag between getting off one aeroplane and getting on-board another to reach your destination.How long does it take to go through passport control in Amsterdam? ›
You then need to walk from the gate to passport control and the luggage/customs area – this process can take anything up to 60 minutes, depending on gate location, immigration queues and number of border posts open.Does Amsterdam accept US dollars? ›
In Amsterdam, as well as in all the Netherlands and many other countries of European Community the accepted currency is Euro (EUR, €), no other currencies are commonly accepted, so you will have to change your dollars, sterling, yens, etc to Euros.
Do you tip in Amsterdam taxis? The answer to this question is that people do not generally tip their drivers although if you do receive great service, rounding up the bill will be received well.Is it better to use cash or card in Amsterdam? ›
Be sure to carry cash
In the Netherlands, credit cards are not the most commonly used method for payments. In daily life, the Dutch hardly use them. Instead, payments are often made with debit cards. Please make sure to bring cash and ask personnel in advance whether you can pay by credit card.
A direct railway line connects Schiphol International Airport with Amsterdam Central Station, and is the fastest and most convenient form of transport to the city centre. The ride takes 15 minutes and the trains depart day and night every day. From 6am to 1am train departs every 15 minutes.How to get from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city center by train? ›
It takes an average of 17m to travel from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal by train, over a distance of around 8 miles (12 km). There are normally 171 trains per day travelling from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam-Centraal and tickets for this journey start from £5.23 when you book in advance.What is the best way to get a taxi in Amsterdam? ›
Amsterdam Taxi Companies
The most reliable taxi company in the city is probably TCA (tcataxi.nl) with 1,250 taxis and 1,500 drivers. Call them at +31(0)20 7777777 or use the TCA iPhone/Android app. Its taxis have red and black roof lights marked “TCA TAXI 7X7”.
Buses and trams don't accept cash, so it'll be very useful to get a ticket you can use across each form of public transport. You'll find more information about ticket prices and how to get them in our section about how to buy tickets.Can you pay cash on bus in Amsterdam? ›
The extensive network is operated by GVB and connects the city's neighbourhoods by train, tram, metro, bus and ferry. Please note: GVB's public transport network is cashless. You can only purchase a ticket or check in with a debit or credit card.Do you buy tickets on the bus in Amsterdam? ›
From 20 June you can only buy a ticket from the tram conductor. On trams without a conductor and on (night)buses it will no longer be possible to buy a paper ticket. Check in and out with your debit card or buy a ticket in advance.How much train from Schiphol to Amsterdam Central? ›
Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam summary (2023 prices)
1. TRAIN: NS (Dutch Railways) train from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central (single €5.90 including €1 surcharge for a disposable ticket, 15-20 mins).
You will be at Rotterdam The Hague Airport within 30 minutes when travelling from Rotterdam Central Station. View the RandstadRail timetable for metro line E and bus line 33.
The Dutch National Rail (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) offers trains from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station in an average of 14-17 minutes. This option will cost about €5.50 per person with a €1 surcharge for disposable tickets. You can purchase admission at either a ticket machine or a ticket desk.Do taxis in Amsterdam take credit cards? ›
Located outside the airport in the Schiphol Plaza, taxis are in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All taxi services from Amsterdam Airport accept cash payment. Not all services accept credit card payments. Find out more about these taxi services and how to book them.Do you tip in Amsterdam? ›
That's because, in the Netherlands, there is no social or written requirement to tip a restaurant worker. However, if you received good service or thoroughly enjoyed the food, it's customary to give a small tip — around 5-10% of the bill.Can I use Uber in Amsterdam? ›
Reserve a ride with Uber in advance in Amsterdam
Complete your plans today by reserving a ride with Uber in Amsterdam. Request a ride up to 30 days in advance, at any time and on any day of the year.
Taxi price from Amsterdam Airport to the city centre
Getting from Schiphol to Amsterdam's city center will not cost you an arm and a leg when you pre-book with us. Prices for a transfer from the airport to the city center range from € 35 to approx. € 46.75. In contrast, a metered fare can be as high as € 75.
General information. Rotterdam The Hague Airport is the third busiest airport in the Netherlands, close to the largest port in Europe (Port of Rotterdam). Transavia offers flights to 40 destinations (37 in Europe, 3 in Morocco) and is responsible for 75% of all passenger flights at Rotterdam The Hague Airport.How early should you get to Amsterdam Central? ›
If you're new to using the station, this can be confusing; so aim to be at Amsterdam Centraal a minimum of 10 minutes before your train departs.What is the central train station in Amsterdam called? ›
Amsterdam Centraal railway station. Amsterdam Centraal train station or often referred to by locals as CS opened on 15 October 1889.Where to buy train tickets in Schiphol Airport? ›
At Schiphol, you can buy the single paper ticket at the blue-grey 'Public Transport Tickets' machines. These are located at the baggage reclaim area of Arrivals 3 and just outside Arrivals 3, at the escalators, up to Departures 3. In these ticket machines you can also buy your Amsterdam Travel Ticket.