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Rotterdam Tourist Information Coolsingel
Coolsingel 114 (in the garden of the Schielandshuis, entrance Coolsingel)
3011 AG Rotterdam
Opening hours: 09:30 – 18:00
Public transportation to Congrescentrum De Doelen, Kruisplein 40, Rotterdam
Train: Rotterdam CS at 5 minutes walking distance
Metro: Centraal Station
Tram to Kruisplein: numbers 4, 7, 8, 20, 21, 23 and 25
Bus to Centraal Station: numbers 33, 38, 44, 48 and 49
Local public transportation
RET provides public transport by bus, tram, metro and ferry in the Rotterdam area. Use RET travel planner to plan your journey.
Tickets and fares
To travel by bus, tram or metro in the Rotterdam area you need a ticket. There are different kind of tickets (OV-chipcard) available.
You can pay for public transport in Rotterdam using the OV-chipcard. OV-chipcard page describes how to use the card.
Available at the City promotion center or VVV
With the Rotterdam Welcome Card you get an OV-chipcard for unlimited use of public transportation (for 1, 2 or 3 days) and save over € 250 on the best attractions, museums, restaurants theatres and clubs in Rotterdam!
Tourist Day Ticket
With a Tourist Day Ticket you enjoy unlimited travel by bus, tram, metro and waterbus throughout the South Holland Rotterdam & The Hague region for a fixed price for a whole day. The ticket is valid all day from the time you first check in until services stop running. Always check in when boarding and check out when exiting the bus, tram, metro or waterbus. Price: €13.50.
The Tourist Day Ticket is valid with the following carriers in the South Holland Rotterdam & The Hague region: Arriva, Connexxion, HTM, HTMbuzz, RET, Veolia and Waterbus. The Tourist Day Ticket is not valid on trains, Fast Ferry, Driehoeksveer Ferry, (small) neighborhood buses, night buses, public transport taxis, or on buses 195 and 295.
The Tourist Day Ticket is on sale at the service points of the transport operators, at a number of hotels and leisure facilities, and at the tourist offices in the larger centres in the region. You can find all points of sale at www.touristdayticket.nl.
Available on buses and trams from the bus driver or tram conductor:
- RET 1 uur reizen – travel 1 hour by bus, tram and metro € 3.00
Available at the ticket machines in metro stations and RET Sales and Information points:
- 1 Day travel card – travel by bus, tram and metro € 7.50
- 2 Day travel card – travel by bus, tram and metro € 12.50
- 3 Day travel card – travel by bus, tram and metro € 16.50
- RET 2 uur reizen – travel 2 hours by bus, tram and metro € 3.50
- RET 2x 1 uur reizen - you can make two one hour journeys buy bus, tram and metro € 6.00
- Anonymous e-purse OV-chipcard – travel by bus, tram and metro € 7.50 excluding e-purse credit