How to get to Rotterdam

Rotterdam can be accessed in many different ways: by plane, boat, car or public transport. There are regular flights to Rotterdam Airport from all major cities in the neighbouring countries, and the city itself has an extensive network of buses, trams and metro.

By plane

Nearby airports in the Netherlands are Rotterdam The Hague (14 km), Amsterdam Schiphol (66 km), Eindhoven (110 km) and Maastricht (200 km). Other international airports close to Rotterdam are Antwerp and Brussels, and even Dusseldorf and Paris can be reached relatively easily. 

The International Office Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) organises a free pick-up service from Schiphol Airport at the beginning of every semester.

By car

Rotterdam is easy to access by car from Germany via the A15 or A16 and from Belgium via the A16.

Information about any traffic jams, roadworks or other traffic hold-ups can be found at TomTom. Visit Karzoo for carpool possibilities.

Check the route on Google Maps.

By bus

Rotterdam has a bus terminal, near the central train station. Eurolines coaches connect Rotterdam with over 500 towns and major cities across Europe and Morocco.

By boat

Rotterdam is very easy to reach by boat from England. Once you’re at Hook of Holland (Hoek van Holland), Rotterdam city centre is only half an hour away. You can book a crossing via P&O North Sea Ferries or Stena Line.

By train

You can reach Rotterdam by train from many directions, including Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland and the UK. We have listed a couple of options below.

TGV and Thalys

The five main TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse, the French high-speed train) routes provide fast travel to Rotterdam from all corners of France. For timetables and more information, go to NS HiSpeed or visit Thalys.


ICE International is the high-speed train that travels daily from Germany and Switzerland to the Netherlands. For timetables and more information, go to NS HiSpeed.


The Eurostar is the ultimate high-speed train with daily services to Londen, Ebbsfleet and Lille to Brussels South. From Brussels The Channel “crossing” only takes 21 minutes, and from the Channel Tunnel to Brussels, the Eurostart can travel up to 300 km/h. For timetables and more information, go to NS HiSpeed.