How to Travel From Rotterdam Airport to Amsterdam by Train, Bus, and Car

Rotterdam The Hague Airport

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Small, relaxed, little hassle: Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM) is a lot like the Netherlands itself in some respects. The third-busiest of the country's five civilian airports, Rotterdam sees more than 2 million flyers each year. And despite how few airlines serve it (only a handful, compared with the bigger Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, which is served by nearly 100), it connects South Holland with a variety of European destinations.

Travelers can sometimes find substantially cheaper fares if flying into Rotterdam rather than bigger Dutch airports; however, Rotterdam The Hague is located 39 miles (62 kilometers) outside of Amsterdam whereas Schiphol is only 14 miles (23 kilometers) away. The quickest way to get to the Netherlands' capital from this humble airport is by driving (50 minutes or more), but a cheaper option would be to take the train.

  Time Cost Best For
Bus 1 hour, 30 minutes or more from $11 Minding a budget
Train 1 hour, 20 minutes from $18 Quick and reliable public transportation
Taxi 50 minutes or more 39 miles (62 kilometers) Arriving on a time crunch

What Is the Cheapest Way to Get From Rotterdam Airport to Amsterdam? 

The cheapest way to get to Amsterdam from Rotterdam The Hague is by taking a series of buses, which would cost a total of $11 to $18. For this, however, you must have at least two hours to spare and be willing to facilitate several transfers. First, the public RET bus will transport you from the airport to Rotterdam Centraal railway station, which takes about 20 minutes and costs $3. From there, you can board a FlixBus to Amsterdam (either to the city center or to Schiphol Airport, where you can catch another 30-minute Connexxion airport shuttle). Bus fares depend on what time of day you travel and how early you book. If you wind up traveling at peak times and booking last minute, it's probably just as cheap to hop on a train instead.

What Is the Fastest Way to Get From Rotterdam Airport to Amsterdam? 

The fastest and easiest way to get from Rotterdam Airport to Amsterdam is by car, but it's also the most expensive. The taxi ride from Rotterdam The Hague to Amsterdam takes between 50 and 70 minutes in average traffic conditions, and typically costs $160 or more.

Car travel between the Netherlands' two most populated cities is decidedly unnecessary, with all the excellent public transport connections that exist and all the hassles of car use within the cities themselves. Nevertheless, visitors who wish to rent a car for their trip can do so at the airport, where there are several rental company kiosks. Prices start at $18 per day.

How Long Is the Train Ride? 

The optimal mode of transport between Rotterdam Airport and Amsterdam is the train. First, passengers will need to take a five-minute RET bus to the Meijersplein metro station, and board line E of the RET Metro to Rotterdam Centraal (a seven-minute ride with trains departing every 15 minutes). Otherwise, you can take RET's line 33 straight from the terminal to Rotterdam Centraal in 20 minutes. From Rotterdam Centraal, you'll want to take a Dutch Railways (NS) Intercity Direct train to Amsterdam Centraal, which takes about 40 minutes. Non-direct Intercity trains and Sprinters take about one hour, 15 minutes. Altogether, the ride should take about one hour, 20 minutes, and cost $18. This is the best option for travelers who are both budget- and time-conscious.

When Is the Best Time to Travel to Amsterdam? 

The best time of year to travel to Amsterdam is late spring or early fall, on either side of the chaotic high season (when crowds are vicious and prices are at their peak). The best time of the day to travel from Rotterdam The Hague to Amsterdam, however, is anytime outside of peak travel hours. Flixbus tickets are cheapest when booked far in advance and for in the mornings versus afternoons.

What Is There to Do in Amsterdam? 

Amsterdam has become a major European tourist destination due to its picturesque canals, its infamous red light district, and abundance of historic buildings and museums. One of them is the Anne Frank House, the actual former home of the World War II diarist, which has since been turned into a museum. For art lovers, there's the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Rembrandt House Museum. On a nice day, it's lovely to walk the canals, have a picnic in the 47-hectare Vondelpark, or grab a bite in the pretty neighborhood of Jordaan.

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