Fast and frequent trans-continental trains to Rotterdam are easily the most efficient way of arriving in this vibrant Dutch city. Arrival at the city's superb Centraal Station puts you right in the centre of Rotterdam, with a wide choice of public transport available.
Rotterdam Centraal Station, with its striking ultra-modern architecture, is the main railway station for rail services to Rotterdam. The station is conveniently located in the city centre. Among the many facilities are two supermarkets along with cafes and other shops. There are public toilets, cash machines and currency exchange facilities too, along with easy connections on Rotterdam's highly efficient metro, bus and tram services.
Eurostar operates frequent train services into Rotterdam direct from London's St Pancras International Station. There are also services from other European cities, including Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, operated by Thalys. InterCity services to other Dutch cities are also available.
Using trains to Rotterdam means you'll arrive right in the very centre of this fascinating, bustling Dutch city, with little need for onward travel. Should you need them, there are connections on all of Rotterdam's public transport systems direct from the station. Bicycles can be hired very near to the station, too.
Rotterdam's an easy city to get around using the tram, metro or bus services. There's unlimited travel on all three services using the city's Rotterdam Welcome Card which is available for one, two or three days. This card also provides for discounts on attractions, museums and restaurants. You might also consider renting a bicycle to experience Rotterdam as many of its citizens do, using the many cycle lanes that run throughout the city. The city's Markthal or Market Hall really mustn't be missed in a landmark piece of modern architecture and selling a wide variety of fresh food as well as serving customers at a selection of eateries. Fans of contemporary architecture only need to look up to find work by one of Rotterdam's favourite sons, the multiple award winning Rem Koolhaas. His gravity defying De Rotterdam skyscrapers on the waterfront are a particular highlight.
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