Tram Service in Rotterdam
Extraordinary network of trams in Rotterdam
Trams in Rotterdam are a great supplement to the metro system. There’s an extraordinary tram network in the city and the trams can take you virtually anywhere. They get priority at crossings and take you very quickly from one place to another. They are ideal to travel short distances within the city center but can also take you to the suburbs.
Two types of trams
The first tram in Rotterdam started in 1879. At that time the tram was pulled by a horse. Nowadays you can find two types of trams in Rotterdam: articulated trams from the 1980’s and the new comfortable quick low-floor Citadis trams, which will replace all older trams eventually. Almost all trams go through the city center, so if you want to go to the center it doesn’t matter which tram you take.
Nine different lines
There are nine different tram lines in Rotterdam:
Line 2: operates in the south of Rotterdam Line 4: operates between west Rotterdam, Rotterdam center and north Rotterdam Line 7: operates between east Rotterdam, Rotterdam center and the Erasmus bridge Line 8: operates between west Rotterdam, Rotterdam center and north Rotterdam Line 20: operates between the south of Rotterdam and Rotterdam center Line 21: operates between Schiedam, Rotterdam center and east Rotterdam Line 23: operates between Vlaardingen, Schiedam, Rotterdam center and south Rotterdam Line 25: operates between Barendrecht, Rotterdam center and north Rotterdam Line 29: operates between Central station and stadium Feyenoord or between Central Station and the Sparta Rotterdam stadium only at match days
Tram service in Rotterdam
You can get to most of the tourist attractions and sights Rotterdam with the tram, but you could also join a tour with the historical tram Rotterdam (line 10) to see all the highlights. You can hop-on and hop-off whenever you want, but it only operates during the summer.
Tickets Rotterdam Tram
Overview of Rotterdam Tram tickets
Tram tickets must be purchased before entering the tram. For public transport in Rotterdam, a wide range of tickets is being offered. The bottom line is that for occasional trips, the so called 'disposable OV-chip card' is the most convenient and cheapest choice. All metro / tram / bus transport in Rotterdam is operated by the 'RET' company. You can choose from the following chip cards: 2 hours RET travel, 2 metro journeys and 1, 2 or 3 full days. However, if you consider one of the full day tickets and wish to visit some Rotterdam museums or Rotterdam attractions, the Rotterdam Welcome Card would be the best choise! Detailed information on the public transport tickets at the OV-Chipkaart page on this website.
Rotterdam Tram ticket sales locations
Vending machines are located at many locations in Rotterdam, for example in metro and railway stations, in some buses and in supermarkets or newspaper stands. You can also purchase chip cards online at the Rotterdam public transport company RET through www.retwebshop.nl. Some specific transport chipcards are also valid in Amsterdam, by the way!
Visit attractions in greater Rotterdam & The Hague on a Tourist Day Ticket
The Tourist Day Ticket is a disposable Transport-Debitcard, which entitles you to one day of unlimited travel by public transport (bus, tram, metro and Waterbus) within greater Rotterdam and The Hague. This cheap ticket is sold at the Tourist Information Offices of Rotterdam (Rotterdam.info), The Hague, Leiden, Ouddorp, Rockanje and Delft, at most railway stations and at many hotels in Rotterdam, The Hague and Scheveningen.
timetable tram rotterdam
Timetable Tram Rotterdam
The trams in Rotterdam run from early in the morning (around 05:30 hrs) till late in the evening (around 00:30 hrs). During the night you can take one of the night buses or a taxi. During the weekend and public holidays the buses run at a reduced capacity. For a detailed and up-to-date specific metro time table please refer to www.ret.nl. Furthermore, the website www.9292.nl is a public transport trip planner for the Netherlands, that offers a door to door itinerary also using the Rotterdam tram.
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