The city can be reached easily from across the country and abroad. Whether you come by train, bus, car, plane, boat or possibly even by bike, Rotterdam offers excellent connections in and around the city.
Compact city centre
Rotterdam has a compact and easily accessible city centre. Downtown Rotterdam offers a wide variety of flexible conference centres, hotels, restaurants, museums and attractions that are all close by, mostly within walking distance.
From Rotterdam Central Station it is only a 5 minute walk to the International Congress Centre De Doelen.
Rotterdam is easily accessible from international destinations. Connections from the major hub at Schiphol Airport (with well over 350 European and Intercontinental destinations) are excellent by road and rail. With the direct high speed train you can transfer in only 26 minutes from Schiphol Airport to the city centre of Rotterdam.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport, located just outside the city, serves over 40 destinations in Europe. 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:
Car/taxi | 10-15 minutes
RandstadRail | 15 minutes
RET (bus 33) | 20-25 minutes
More information: www.rotterdamthehagueairport.nl or 010 446 34 44
Public transportation to Rotterdam
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. Please note that a supplement is needed for the Intercity Direct in addition to your NS ticket. Click here for more information.
When travelling from France and Belgium, you can take the Thalys (it runs 10 times per day). When travelling from the United Kingdom, you can use the Eurostar connection.
Public transport in the Netherlands in general
The Netherlands and Rotterdam have excellent public transport systems. You can get around the city by bus, tram and metro. In order to travel by public transport, you need to have a valid public transport card.
You can either buy a ticket at the station, in the bus or tram, or in the NS app (available for iOS and Android). If you are traveling by train, you can buy a ticket at the station. Important: always check in at the station of departure and out at the station of arrival by swiping your ticket on the yellow card readers (train) or the readers inside the bus/tram.
You have three options to buy a train ticket:
1. Buy a public transport ticket at the station: buy a ticket from the yellow ticket machines at Schiphol, located outside the arrival and departure halls or at the baggage belts, or any other train station.
Ticket machines at Schiphol:
2. Buy a ticket and plan your journey in the NS app: You can also download the NS app on your phone to find everything you need to plan your entire trip, from door to door. In the app, fill in your destination, select a trip and buy your train ticket right inside the app! (Note: your ticket is valid for one entire day for your chosen journey, and is thus not restricted to a specific time; also a ticket does not guarantee a seat).
3. (new!) OVpay is a new way of checking in and out in public transport in the Netherlands. You can check in and out with your smartphone (through Apple or Google Pay) or credit/debit card. Read more: https://ovpay.nl/en
Trains to Rotterdam generally leave from track 5-6 at Schiphol. Please check the signs above the platform to make sure you are boarding the right train. Also be aware that for some trains (marked as Intercity Direct) a supplement is mandatory, payable at a Supplement Pole on the train platform.
RET Metro map & payment
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 (for planning your trip check the following website: https://9292.nl/en). Another option is the Tranzer app. With this app, you can buy tickets for all the train companie and the Connexxion buses. It is not applicable for the RET (metro, bus). 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.
You can also simply rent a car, making your stay in Rotterdam even more flexible. Sixt (+31 (0)23 56 986 56) has five locations in Rotterdam. At Rotterdam The Hague Airport, next to Hilton Rotterdam and three other locations in the city, providing an extensive fleet of cars. Please note that parking on the street in Rotterdam is not free of charge. There are some parking garages with special prices. Please check www.parkereninrotterdam.nl
For applying for a visa, please check this website.
Visas are required for some nationalities to travel to the Netherlands. Please contact your travel agent and / or the Netherlands Consulate / Embassy in your country for exact details and visa application procedures as soon as possible. Visa processing times can vary.
Visa invitation letters can be issued by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) upon registration and payment of the conference fee. Please contact the LOC via PCST-LOC-SEC@tudelft.nl.