Rotterdam The Hague airport (RTM) is the third busiest airport in the Netherlands and is located 6km from Rotterdam city centre and around 60km from central Amsterdam.
Below we show how to get from Rotterdam airport to Rotterdam centre by public transport and then beyond to Amsterdam and The Hague (Den Haag) or elsewhere in the Netherlands.
Rotterdam airport transport options: summary (2014 prices)
1. Local RET bus 33 to Rotterdam Central station (€3 single, up to 6x hourly).
2. Local RET bus 50 to Meijersplein then Metro line E to The Hague (€3 single, 2x hourly)
3. Intercity or Intercity Direct train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam Central (€14.50 single, €1 extra for disposable tickets, Intercity Direct supplement €2.30, run regularly all day).
4. Rotterdam airport taxi rates: to Rotterdam station €25; to Den Haag €55; to Amsterdam approximately €150.
Let's take a look at these travel options in more detail with some tips and advice for visitors...
1. Local bus to Rotterdam central
The OV-chipkaart (public transport smart card) is in use in the Netherlands which has made public transport a bit more complicated for visitors.
For the Rotterdam airport to Amsterdam journey you can keep it simple and just buy standard single tickets for both the local bus and intercity train; if you plan to use a lot of public transport however, you may want to purchase a plastic anonymous OV-chipkaart (costs €7.50 and lasts 4-5 years) to which can be added travel credit - travelling using credit (checking-in and -out using the card readers) works out a little bit cheaper than standard singles.
The AKO newsagent (open daily 0600-1900, closes 1800 Sun) at Rotterdam airport sells anonymous OV-chip cards with €10 travel credit for €18 - this will work for the local RET bus but at the station you would need to add further credit and activate it for train travel
RET city bus 33 runs from Rotterdam airport to Rotterdam central station and this journey takes about 25 minutes. Come out of the terminal and head left - the airport bus stop is a short walk away.
Buses leave approximately every 10 minutes during the day and every half-hour in the evenings. The service runs from 0600 weekdays, 0630 on Saturday and 0830 Sunday and operates all day until just after midnight.
A single ticket ("RET 1 hour") costs €3 and can be purchased from the driver. Children 0-3 travel free.
If checking-in and -out using a personal or anonymous OV-chipkaart the single journey is a bit cheaper at around €1.66.
The 33 bus arrives at the bus terminus near Rotterdam central station.
2. Bus + Metro to Den Haag (The Hague)
Take RET airport shuttle bus 50 which goes half-hourly from Rotterdam airport to the nearby Meijersplein metro station - this takes 10 minutes.
Note, other RET tickets available are the RET 2 hour (€3.50) and the RET 1 day ticket which costs €7.10.
If you have any queries about public transport you can always ask at the Information Desk at Rotterdam airport terminal. It is open daily from 0830.
3. Trains from Rotterdam Central to Amsterdam
Alternatively you can take an Intercity train to Amsterdam central which travels to Delft, Den Haag HS, Leiden and then via either Schiphol or Haarlem. Journey times take around 1 hour 10 minutes with departures every 15 minutes. Avoid the slower "Sprinter" stopping train service (2x hourly) which runs via Gouda unless you are travelling to stops at Amsterdam Bijlmer-ArenA or Amsterdam Amstel.
The OV-chip card system is now used on Dutch railways and you will need to check-in and check-out of your journey. The standard one-way fare from Rotterdam to Amsterdam Central costs €14.50 (2nd class) or €24.70 (1st class) - these fares apply when using credit on a personal or anonymous OV-chip card. There is a €1 surcharge for buying a disposable ticket.
You will need to have a minimum of €20 credit balance if using an anonymous OV-chip card for train travel. If you bought a card at the AKO newsagent at Rotterdam airport you will need to add further credit at the station desk or ticket machine - this will also activate the card for use on the rail network.
Intercity Direct supplements cost an additional €2.30 (2nd class) or €3.00 (1st class) each way - buy the supplement before boarding the train as it costs €10 on board. The supplement is available either as a paper ticket or can be paid with an OV-chipkaart.
Children 4-11 only pay €2.50 each (no surcharge) for a Railrunner ticket which is valid the whole day on the Dutch rail network including Intercity Direct trains. Children 0-3 travel free.
You can buy disposable train tickets, Intercity Direct supplements or anonymous OV-chip cards at the station Tickets & Service desks or at the yellow and blue ticket machines. Both accept debit cards (Dutch PIN/Maestro/V-Pay) and credit cards (Mastercard/Visa chip and pin only, €0.50 surcharge). If you want to pay by cash go to the service desks as the machines only accept euro coins.
For more rail ticket tips see our guide How to Buy a Dutch Train Ticket.
For speed and comfort it is probably worth paying the Intercity Direct supplement - especially if you have large suitcases. Intercity Direct trains have decent overhead storage racks. Standard double decker Intercity trains have stairs to navigate and tiny racks - though space for luggage can be found between opposing seats.
For night owls, an hourly night train (0100-0500) runs both ways between Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Amsterdam to Rotterdam return trip: Just do the journey in reverse - train from Amsterdam central to Rotterdam, then walk out to the bus station to get RET bus 33 back to the airport.
Detailed rail timetables can be found at ns.nl.
Amsterdam Central is the transport hub of Amsterdam - see Getting Around Amsterdam for cost-effective public transport options in the city.
If travelling elsewhere in the Netherlands there are direct trains from Rotterdam to Amersfoort, Breda, Dordrecht, Eindhoven, Groningen, Hoek van Holland, Leeuwarden, Leiden, Utrecht, Venlo and Vlissingen. International trains include the Thalys to Antwerp, Brussels and Paris and the Intercity to Antwerp and Brussels.
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4. Taxis from Rotterdam Airport
Taxis in Netherlands are not particularly cheap. From Rotterdam airport expect to pay about €20-€25 (central Rotterdam), €35 (Rotterdam Alexander), €55 (The Hague), €100 (Rotterdam Europoort), €125 (Schiphol) and €150 (Amsterdam).
The airport also has desks from many major car rental companies.
Rotterdam Hauge airport is served by the likes of British Airways (3x daily to London Heathrow), CityJet (shuttle to London City), Lufthansa (to Munich), Transavia (destinations around Europe) and Turkish Airlines (to Istanbul).