There are two airports in the vicinity of Rotterdam: Schiphol International Airport and Rotterdam Airport. Rotterdam is also fast and easy to reach by high-speed rail, such as the Thalys.
Best option for the US and Asia attendees is Schiphol International Airport.
Feel free to use the instruction video to familiarize yourself with travelling from Schiphol to Rotterdam.
An increasing number of European cities provide direct flights to Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Operators Transavia, British Airways, TUIfly Belgium, TUIfly Nederland and Corendon 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 very heart of Rotterdam very quickly, travelling by car (rental through Sixt), taxi or public transport:
RET (bus 33) 20-25’
www.rotterdamthehagueairport.nl or 010 446 34 44
for example from the US
Atlanta – Amsterdam – Atlanta approx. 600 EUR
New York – Amsterdam – New York approx. 600 EUR
Los Angeles – Amsterdam – Los Angeles approx. 800 EUR
for example from the EU
direct flights are available from all major cities from 100 EUR
for example from the Asia Pacific region
from Australia flights are available with one stopover to Amsterdam
from Japan flights are available with one stopover to Amsterdam, Tokyo offers direct flights
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 direct by Eurostar.
Approximate travel times from various cities, domestic and abroad:
|– Amsterdam||40′||Intercity direct|
|– Brussels||1h 10′||”|
|– Paris||2h 40′||”|
|– London||3h 01′||Eurostar|
Congress venue is right across central station.
|Destination||Travel time to Rotterdam Central Station||Cost one-way ticket|
|Schiphol Airport||26' (4 x per hour)||€15,60|
|Paris||2 h 40'||variable|
|London||3 h 01'||variable|
How to get from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam central station.
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. Your ticket will appear in your app after purchase and it allows you to travel immediately, using your phone. Checking in and out and a chip card is not required. Various taxi services, such as Uber, can also be ordered with Tranzer.
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.
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.