The most common way to travel to The Netherlands is by plane through Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, you can reach Rotterdam really easy. Traveling by taxi (45-60 minutes) or public transport (train, direct connextion to Rotterdam Central station, 25-30 minutes). Train schedule: www.ns.nl/en
An increasing number of European cities provide direct flights to Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Operators Transavia, CityJet, British Airways, bmi regional, Turkish Airlines, TUIfly, Lufthansa, Jetairfly.com, VLM, Vueling, Corendon, Onur Air fly to the second regional airport in the Netherlands. Check the websites of the operators for more detailed information.
From Rotterdam The Hague Airport, you can reach the heart of Rotterdam very quickly, travelling by taxi (10-15 minutes) or public transport (RandstadRail and Airport Shuttle bus 50, 15 minutes or RET bus 33, 20-25 minutes).
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One of the fastest and easiest ways to get to Rotterdam is to travel by train. Intercity trains hailing from every corner of the Netherlands make a stop at Rotterdam Central Station, including the high-speed train. The fastest connection between Amsterdam, Schiphol, Rotterdam and Breda is the NS Intercity Direct. It runs twice per hour. When travelling between Schiphol and Rotterdam, you will have to pay an Intercity Direct surcharge.
When travelling from France and Belgium, you should take the Thalys (it runs ten times per day). When travelling from the United Kingdom, you will arrive by Eurostar (and transfer to the Thalys in Brussels).
Approximate travel times from various cities, domestic and abroad:
– Amsterdam 27 minutes, Intercity direct
– Schiphol, 25 minutes, Intercity direct
– Breda, 25 minutes, Intercity direct
– Antwerpen, 32 minutes, Thalys
– Brussel, 1 u 10 minutes, Thalys
– Parijs, 2 u 40 minutes, Thalys
Obviously, any true port city can be reached by boat! You can travel to Rotterdam by ferry from the United Kingdom. P&O Ferries and Stena Line offer regular ferry services between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Stena sails from Harwich, England to Hook of Holland, and it takes 30 minutes to travel from there to Rotterdam. P&O sails from Hull to Rotterdam Europoort. De Jong tours operates a shuttle service between Rotterdam Europoort and the city.
Rotterdam can easily be reached by car, using the A4, A13, A15, A16 and A20 motorways. Exits to Rotterdam Centrum are clearly marked on signs. You can find up-to-date information about traffic, congestion and accidents from the ANWB national motor association (Dutch). Or check VanAnaarBeter (Dutch) for the latest news on roadworks in this region.