The city has an extensive grid of bike paths. In the city centre, bikes can be parked for free at the huge fietsenstalling (bike garage) underneath Centraal Station; you can also recharge electrical bikes here.
In 2020, a new pedestrian and bike north–south tunnel under the Maas will open.
Zwaan Bikes Rents bikes from a location close to Centraal Station.
There's very little need to use buses in central Rotterdam, as metro and tram services are easier. If you do, your RE day pass, OV Chipkaart or two-hour ticket can be used.
Car & Motorcycle
There are paid parking garages and street parks across the city. Street parking costs between €1.70 and €4 per hour and charges apply from 9am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and from noon to 11pm on Sunday. Payment is by card only. For more information, including the location of parking garages, see https://parkereninrotterdam.nl/en/.
There are a number of charging locations for electrical cars in the city; check your own preferred app for availability.
The north–south traffic tunnel under the Maas river is semiclosed for renovation until the summer of 2019. This is causing major congestion on the Erasmus and Willems Bridges at peak hours.
Rotterdam has an excellent metro system covering the city and travelling as far as Den Haag. There are five lines (A, B, C, D and E) and the major hubs are Beurs and Centraal Station. Services operate from 5.30am (7.30am on Sundays) to 12.15am. A two-hour ticket costs €3.50, but fares are much cheaper when you use an OV Chipkaart. There's a metro map on the RET website (www.ret.nl).
Call Rotterdamse Taxi Centrale. Note that taxis in the city are quite expensive: a taxi from Centraal Station to Wilhelminapier will cost €15 to €20, depending on traffic conditions.
- Tourist Day Pass (€13.50) Gives unlimited travel on trams, buses, the metro and Waterbus services; note that it works by day, and not for 24 hours. Available at the tourist offices and at RET service shops and centres.
- One-Day RET Pass (€8) Allows travel on buses, trams and the metro but not on Waterbus services. Available at RET service shops and centres.
- Rechargeable Two-Hour Ticket (€3.50) Can be purchased from a bus driver or tram conductor and recharged at RET sales desks and reloading machines in metro stations.
If in the city for a few days, you'll save a lot of money by purchasing and charging an OV Chipkaart (www.ret.nl/en/home/travel-products/public-transport-chip-card.html). Ticket inspections are common.
Few of the city's train stops are in areas used by visitors; use the metro instead.
Trams are an efficient way to get around the city. A two-hour ticket purchased on board costs €3.50, but fares are much cheaper when you use an OV Chipkaart. Services operate from 5am (from 7am on Sundays) to 12.30am.
Fast black and yellow watertaxis are the Ferraris of the Nieuwe Maas. Tickets are charged by zone according to distance travelled, and cost between €4.50 and €10 per passenger; children under 13 travel half price. See the website for dock locations and zone information.