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The Rotterdam subway, which was was the first metro system in the Netherlands (since 1968), is a rapid transit system serving a large part of Rotterdam and neighbouring cities partially underground. It connects Rotterdam with suburbs like Schiedam, Hoogvliet, Poortugaal, Pernis, Ommoord, Rhoon, Spijkenisse and Capelle aan den IJssel. Recently, the dark blue line E, the formerly so called Randstad Light Rail, was added to the Rotterdam Tube System. which takes you all the way to The Hague. The Metro trains run very frequently and are ideal to cover large distances within minutes and without having to bother about traffic jams.
Rotterdam Metro: Bikes and internet on board
Free Wifi is available at most metro stations in Rotterdam, as well as on board the trains. It's allowed to take your bicycle on board the Rotterdam metro for free during the weekend and on weekday from 9 am - 4 pm and after 6:30 pm.
Overview of Metro lines in Rotterdam
The Rotterdam Metro System consists of five lines:
METRO LINE A (green): WEST (Schiedam) - BEURS - NORTH (Ommoord)
Schiedam Center - Marconiplein - Delfshaven - Coolhaven - Dijkzigt - Eendrachtsplein - BEURS - Blaak - Oostplein - Gerdesiaweg - Voorschoterlaan - Kralingse Zoom - Capelsebrug - Schenkel - Prinsenlaan - Oosterflank - Alexander - Graskruid - Romeynshof - Binnenhof
METRO LINE B (yellow): WEST (Schiedam) - BEURS - NORTHEAST (Nesselande)
Schiedam Center - Marconiplein - Delfshaven - Coolhaven - Dijkzigt - Eendrachtsplein - BEURS - Blaak - Oostplein - Gerdesiaweg - Voorschoterlaan - Kralingse Zoom - Capelsebrug - Schenkel - Prinsenlaan - Oosterflank - Alexander - Graskruid - Hesseplaats - Nieuw Verlaat - Ambachtsland - De Tochten - Nesselande
METRO LINE C (red): SOUTHWEST (Spijkenisse) - BEURS - EAST (Capelle a/d IJssel)
De Akkers - Heemraadlaan - Spijkenisse Center - Zalmplaat - Hoogvliet - Tussenwater - Pernis - Vijfsluizen - Troelstralaan - Parkweg - Schiedam Center - Marconiplein - Delfshaven - Coolhaven - Dijkzigt - Eendrachtsplein - BEURS - Blaak - Oostplein - Gerdesiaweg - Voorschoterlaan - Kralingse Zoom - Capelsebrug - Slotlaan - Capelle Center - De Terp
METRO LINE D (light blue): SOUTHWEST (Spijkenisse) - BEURS - Rotterdam CS
De Akkers - Heemraadlaan - Spijkenisse Center - Zalmplaat - Hoogvliet - Tussenwater - Poortugaal - Rhoon - Slinge - Zuidplein - Maashaven - Rijnhaven - Wilhelminaplein - Leuvehaven - BEURS - City Hall - Rotterdam Central Station
METRO LINE E (dark blue): SOUTH - BEURS - The Hague Central Station
Slinge - Zuidplein - Maashaven - Rijnhaven - Wilhelminaplein - Leuvehaven - BEURS - Stadhuis - Rotterdam Central Station - Blijdorp - Melanchtonweg - Meijersplein - Rodenrijs - Berkel Westpolder - Pijnacker Zuid - Pijnacker Centre - Nootdorp - Leidschenveen - Forepark - Leidschendam - Voorburg - Voorburg 't Loo - Laan van NOI - The Hague Central Station
Hoek van Holland beach is presently only accessible by train, but will be replaced by the Rotterdam metro system, with direct access from downtown Rotterdam. Construction works of the metro line to Hoek van Holland will be completed in 2018. Most of the existing train track will be used, but extra stops will be added. The final stop of the Rotterdam metro direction West is currently Schiedam Centre.
In the near future, the yellow line B will be extended to the West with the metro stations: Hoek van Holland Beach - Hoek van Holland Harbour - Steendijkpolder - Maassluis West - Maassluis Centre - Vlaardingen West - Vlaardingen Centre - Vlaardingen East - Schiedam - Nieuwland.
The main metro stations in Rotterdam center are 'Central station', 'Stadhuis' (City Hall), 'Beurs' and 'Blaak'. When you stop at one of these stations you are in the middle of all the liveliness of the city centre. You can use the metro to visit all tourist attractions in Rotterdam or the sights of Rotterdam; there's always a metro stop nearby!
Line D is connected to the lightrail called Randstadrail or line E, which runs to the Hague. All metro lines intersect with another at Beurs station, the only underground interchange between all the different metro lines.
The main underground metro hub is station Beurs. From here you can transfer between the lines A,B,C to the light blue line D.
Direction The Hague
For direction The Hague take the blue line E (equals Randstadrail). If you want to travel all the way to The Hague, it's faster to take the intercity train (24 minutes instead of 35 minutes) from Rotterdam Central Station.
Direction Rotterdam Airport
In order to get to Rotterdam The Hague Airport take the dark blue line E till stop Meijersplein. At Meijersplein you transfer on the airport bus line 50. The total trip time is about 25 minutes. However, the easiest way to travel to Rotterdam The Hague Airport is a direct bus connection from Rotterdam Central Station (bus line 33), a 28 minute ride.
Take the train from Rotterdam Central Station or Rotterdam Alexander.
The underground system in Rotterdam runs from early in the morning (around 05:30 hrs) till late in the evening (around 00:30 hrs). During the night you can use night buses or a taxi. During the weekend and public holidays the metro system is operated at a limited capacity, but still expect at least four metro trains per hour. 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 metro.
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