Travel to the Netherlands-Rotterdam
Travel to the Netherlands-Rotterdam
HOW TO GET TO ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
If you are flying
Schiphol Airport Amsterdam
The main airport of the Netherlands is Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, approximately 70km from Rotterdam. Most airlines offer direct flights to this airport. From Schiphol you can take a taxi from outside the airport, or the train to Rotterdam. A taxi costs approximately €100, and the train is approximately €12. Trains leave Schiphol for Rotterdam Central Station four times per hour and travel time is less than an hour. Schiphol train station is located underneath the airport and can be found by following the signs. Remember to buy your train ticket in the station as you will be charged with a fine of €35 plus the fare price if you neglect to do this.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Eindhoven Airport
The Netherlands has two smaller international airports, located in Rotterdam and in Eindhoven. Rotterdam The Hague Airport is about 15 km from RSM and is easily accessible by public transport with RET bus line 33, stopping outside the terminal for travel to Rotterdam Centraal Station. Eindhoven Airport is approximately 110 km from Rotterdam. Bus line 401 leaves four times per hour to Eindhoven Central Station, which takes about 20 minutes. From here there are rail connections with the rest of the Netherlands.
If you come by train/bus
If you come from Europe, you may also choose to take the train or bus to Rotterdam, in which case it is possible your train or bus won’t stop at Rotterdam Centraal station. Get off at the station nearest to Rotterdam and catch a local train. You can ask at your local train or bus station for the easiest way to get to Rotterdam by train or bus. Trains are run by NS (Nederlands Spoorwegen), which has a helpful website available in English: www.ns.nl.
If you come by car
If you live close to the Netherlands, you might choose to drive to Rotterdam, which is located in the south-western part of the Netherlands. For routes, please refer to any one of the route-providers on the web such as www.viamichelin.com. To drive a car in the Netherlands you must have a valid license, be at least 18, have third party insurance and be driving a registered vehicle. For comprehensive information about driving licenses visit the website www.rijbewijs.nl (also available in English).
HOW TO GET TO ERASMUS UNIVERSITY ROTTERDAM CAMPUS
RSM is located on the Woudestein campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam. It is located on the eastern side of Rotterdam, close to the A16 highway and about 5km east of Rotterdam Central station. The street address is Burgemeester Oudlaan 50 in the neighbourhood called Kralingen.
By tram and metroFrom Rotterdam Central station you can choose to take two trams or the metro to arrive at the campus.- Tram 7 in the direction of Burgemeester Oudlaan / Woudestein, and get off at the terminus. You will see the campus right in front of you. - Tram 21 in the direction of De Esch and get off at stop Woudestein. The campus is 5 minutes away on the north-east side from the stop.- Metro on the A/B/C line in the direction of Capelle aan de IJssel (end stop 'De Terp)', Ommoord (end stop 'Binnenhof) or Nesselande (end stop 'Nesselande') all stop at the metro station Kralingse Zoom. From this stop it takes 10 minutes to walk to the campus. For more information about the locations of the stops or specific departure times, please visit the website of RET, the public transport organisation for Rotterdam and surrounding areas on www.ret.nl (available in English).
Tickets for public transport
There is big public transportation coverage in Rotterdam, consisting of trams, busses, and a metro- and train system. To use one of these options when traveling you need to have a so-called OV-chipkaart (public transport chip card). The card is the size of a bankcard and contains an invisible chip, with which you have to check in and check out every time when traveling. The card contains a certain credit in Euros and after a travel the amount is automatically booked off. You may choose from personal, anonymous or disposable cards. The personal and anonymous cards you can load with new credit in between while the disposable card can only be used once. You can buy these cards online (www.ret.nl), or at one of the metro- and train stations (e.g. Blaak, Kralingse Zoom, Central Station). Loading new credit on the personal or anonymous cards can be done at any of the vending machines at all metro stations and train stations in Rotterdam. Please check out the information about the travel card or check out the following website travel with the OV-chipkaart. Finally, the following website is of great help when planning your travel using public transportation (this does not only work for Rotterdam, but for everywhere in the Netherlands), www.ov9292.nl. You can just enter your starting and ending point and it gives you the best travel options.
If you really want to experience Dutch life, as well as get around quickly, easily and cheaply, buy a bicycle (in Dutch a ‘fiets’). Most students buy second-hand bikes and use good quality bike locks because bike thieves are very active. A reasonable used bike will cost you between €75 and €150. You can find them at second-hand bike shops, from international students who are leaving, advertised in the small ads found at the back of local newspapers under ‘Rijwielen’, or by putting an ad in the supermarket. Please don't buy bikes from strangers on the street because they are probably stolen and you can be arrested for possessing stolen goods.