The Rotterdam Centraal Station dates from 1957 when the building designed by architect Van Ravesteyn opened.
In 2007 a major reconstruction and extension started, to accommodate the building for the new High Speed train to France and the increasing requirements for the local transport. There will be 3 metro lines platforms at the new station and a platform for the RandstadRail connection to Den Haag Centraal (The Hague Central).
New Station design impressions.
In 2013 a contest was held to give the new station building a new name. The winning name was: KAPSALON.
Travelling with (young) kids.
Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.
Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."
Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!
We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.
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Rotterdam Centraal March 2013
Having just had a quick in-and-out here enroute back to Hoek I note that the station's construction work is almost finished. There's a new, higher, roof and the platforms seem more spacious and light.
It is still a bit of a building site though and has that cold, concrete, feel to it that hopefully will be warmified once the work is completed.
It's still easy to use though with plenty of train information screens and the platforms are well signed - I'm just waiting for them to put in a decent bar!
So watch out for my next update - hopefully this time next year.
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From Amsterdam to Rotterdam
I visited Rotterdam two times in December of 1995. First time I came there by bus from Schiphol airport to Rotterdam airport on business. Driving along the A4 road about 60 km and spending an hour in a way. Second time I came there on excursion from Delft by train about 10 km and 15 minutes in a way. When my excursion was over I came back to Delft where I lived in a hotel in half of an hour!
Nothing to compare in Moscow! In half of an hour I’ll be only on a half way to the centre of the city from my home, haha! The Netherlands seems to be a tiny country for us, Russians, I should say.
You can watch my 4 min 34 sec Video Rotterdam part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
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Travelling by car
Rotterdam is easy accessable by car and there always will be a free spot at one of the following parkings:
Vroom & Dreesmann, Oosterhof
World Port Center
Free parking is available at a number of Park + Ride parks at the entrances to the city:
With public transport you will be at your downtown destination within 20 minutes.
Parking on the street cost an average of Euro 3.20 per hour.
Rotterdam road works
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The fastest way to travel in the citycentre of Rotterdam is to take a bicycle. At several places you can rent bicycles in Rotterdam. You can find your own way, but there are also guided bike tours. For example you can rent a bike at a few minutes walk from Central Station at the Conradstraat 6 at your right hand side coming out of the building. Costs are 6 euro for a day, 5 euro for every day extra. A guided cycletour for 2 or 3 hours will cost 15 or 17 euro for groups starting from 6 persons.
At the waterbus you can take your bicycle for free to several suburbs and towns in the neigbourhood of Rotterdam like to the famous mills of Kinderdijk. Here you can make for example the mill cycle tour of 43 km.
We arrived here after an hour or so train journey from Amsterdam. There was nowhere to buy a map and no-one to ask for directions. There is a train info desk though but they don't help with directions. We did ask the girl serving in the cafe for directions and she thought there *maybe a hotel...... over there* (waving her arms in a non-specific way).
Anyway... you can get trains here to Amsterdam and other major Netherlands cities and probably other places in Europe. Check the website for further info in Dutch and English.
A one-way ticket from Amsterdam to Rotterdam cost 12.40E at the time of writing.
In the region of Rotterdam you can travel with RET (Metro, Trams and busses) ConneXXion (Regional busses), NS (Dutch railways) and FastFerry (between Rotterdam and Dordrecht). Public transport in Rotterdam brings you evrywhere in the city.
Get here by car
Well getting here by car is one way. But take not that parking prices vary depending on where you park. Also check before thinking you won't have to pay for parking because it's late in the evening. Paid parking may be necessary as late as 23:00 hours.
If you park at the roadside you need to get a ticket from a machine in the zone you are parked in, you can use creditcard, chipcard and in somecases just money. On the chart at the machine are the prices displayed for your zone, red zones are the most expensive ones, green the cheapest.
Parking in a garage cost about € 2,00 per hour.
During special events it's beter to get here with public transportation, and park your car outside of the town else you might end up standing in line.....
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Get here by little Queen Mary 2
Well on July 21th, 2004 Rotterdam had it's first visit of the Queen Mary 2. This is world largest Cruiseship ever. So if you want to go to Rotterdam in style come on this ship...
You can choose your restaurant while you sail from the north sea into the Rotterdam Harbour.
- Main dining room "Britania Restaurant"
- "Princess & Queens" Grill Restaurant
- "Todd English"
- "Kings Court"
- "Golden Lion Pub"
- "Boardwalk Café"
- "Winter Garden"
I don't have any pictures from the inside sorry....have to save some money first to sail on this boat...
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Historical Tramline 10
Trams from 1930 take you on a round trip past hypermodern buildings, the vibrant centre and historic parts of the city. During the round trip, which takes 75 minutes, you get a good idea of contemporary Rotterdam and its past. The route takes you along all kinds of fun attractions, interesting museums and attractive places to eat and drink. Tickets are available for € 8 at the Tourist Office at the Coolsingel.
If you want to go to Antwerp
Normal trains go every hour and take 1 hr 8 min. from station to station. No reservation needed.
Thalys goes 6 times a day, takes 1 hr and 25 min. Reservation needed and you have to change trains at Antwerpen Berchem (one stop before Antwerpen Central).
Earliest train (not a Thalys) goes at 5.19 hrs
Latest train (not a Thalys) goes at 22:25 hrs
Because you cross a boundary into another country, the fare is not shown on the website.
To give an idea: the fare from Rotterdam to Roosendaal (the last Dutch train station before crossing the border with Belgium):
Single ticket € 8,10
Return ticket € 14,30
You'll be using Dutch Railway which means you can check all this the national railway website (in English)
Free parking in Rotterdam
Free parking near center of Rotterdam.
- take A15 east
- take exit Rhoon
- turn right at traffic lights at the end of the exit
- turn right at the 4th traffic lights (Slinge)
- when you see the metro over the road, park car either in the streets or on the parking platform
- get on the metro from there.
- get out at either Beurs, Stadhuisplein or Central Station (= last stop = ca. 10-15 min. from Slinge)
- Click the link below for English info on public transportation in Rotterdam
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Take the Tram in Rotterdam
The public transportation in Rotterdam is excellent. You can take a train from the Centraal Station to different parts of the Netherlands and to other countries in Europe. The RET (tram/bus/underground) system is a very convenient and reliable way to get around the city; a one-day pass is 5 euros.
Public transportation in Rotterdam
Rotterdam has a good tram, metro, bus service. First of all, it's easily reachable by train, there are several stations but the one you will most want to use is Rotterdam Centraal or maybe Station Blaak (near the cubic houses).
Find your way around using public transport scheduler (tram, bus, metro) for any itinerary in Rotterdam.
The link below brings you to the page where you can find out you can buy tickets for tram/bus/metro and also how to handle those tickets (called OV-chip cards).
If the English versio of www.ret.nl does not show up, then click the language link at the top right.
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