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Using the public transport in Rotterdam is an easy and efficient way to travel around the city. The bus, tram and metro in Rotterdam connects all the parts and the outskirts of the city. But, even though public transport in Rotterdam is quite efficiently arranged, we understand that it’s not as straightforward and easy for everyone. That is why we figured it’s convenient for you to have some basic information about the city’s public transport easily combined together. On this page you can find the basic information you need to travel around Rotterdam with the bus, metro and tram. We also have information about the train in Rotterdam.
To travel around Rotterdam you’ll need an ov-chipcard.
Tip: use 9292 to plan your trips with the bus, metro or tram.
Public Transport in Rotterdam
Bus in Rotterdam
The bus network in Rotterdam is well-connected, so definitely a convenient way to travel. The city center, the outskirts and surrounding towns can be reached by bus. There are three different bus organisations operating in Rotterdam:
- In the center you have the RET. These buses run very regularly and can be recognized by the green colour.
- The night bus, also known as the BOB bus, drive from 1 o’clock at night until 6 o’clock in the morning. These actually take over the work of normal buses that drive during the day. However, it is a bit limited in times and does not stop everywhere.
- If you want to travel to surrounding cities, you can use Arriva or Connexxion. Most of these come from Rotterdam Centraal, Zuidplein and Alexandrium. Among others, they travel to Barendrecht, Capelle aan den IJssel, Hoogvliet, Spijkenisse, Papendrecht and Schiedam.
The buses in Rotterdam run from 05.30 until 00.30. On weekends and public holidays, buses often travel according to another schedule.
Metro in Rotterdam
It’s easy to travel with the metro in Rotterdam, there is a good network and almost everything in the city can be reached. In addition, it’s also fast, safe and comfortable. At most stations a metro leaves every 4 minutes. Next to traveling in the center of Rotterdam, it is also easy to get to the outskirts by metro, such as Capelle aan den IJssel, Hoogvliet, Poortugaal, Rhoon, Schiedam and more. You can even travel to The Hague with the metro line E, also known as the Randstalrail.
Click here for the map and of the metro in Rotterdam and here are all the metro lines in Rotterdam:
Line A: Schiedam Centrum and Binnenhof
Line B: Schiedam Centrum and Nesselande
Line C: De Akkers and De Terp
Line D: De Akkers and Rotterdam Centraal
Line E: Slinge and Den Haag Centraal.
After you used the metro in Rotterdam for a while you even get to know each line. On each platform it’s clearly shown which line you are on and to which end station it’s heading on a digital screen, plus how many minutes it takes before it arrives. In each metro you can also find the map of all the lines.
The most central stations in Rotterdam are Beurs, Blaak and Rotterdam Centraal. From these stations you are right in the middle of the city and you can easily get other means of transport such as the bus, train or tram.
The metro in Rotterdam runs from 05.30 until 00.30. On weekends and public holidays, metro’s often travel according to another schedule. On Friday- and Saturday nights the metro runs longer than the rest of the week; at the most central stations, it runs until about 1:30 AM. Keep in mind that the weekend metro does not travel to all stations and often runs according to a different schedule. The same goes for the metro during the holidays. Therefore always plan your trip well in advance via the trip planner or 9292.
Tram in Rotterdam
The tram network in Rotterdam is also well-connected and an easy and fast way to travel around Rotterdam. The city center, outskirts and surrounding towns can be reached by tram.
All the tram lines come together at Rotterdam Central Station. Tramlines 4, 7, 8, 20, 21, 23, 24 and 25 drive through the center of Rotterdam, but there are more tram lines that go to the suburbs and outskirts of Rotterdam.
If you’re looking for a way to combine a tram ride with all the highlights of Rotterdam, go on a tour with the historic tramline 10!
The schedule of the tram is from Monday to Saturday at 5 am (Sunday 7 am) and ends at 12.30 am.