Port of Rotterdam Information for Cruisers

Terminal location, parking information, transportation options, things to do, weather, special events



Good to know

After being razed to the ground after World War II, there is very little "old city" sights left in Rotterdam.

Every Sunday in the summer there are festival and live music in parks around Rotterdam.

The Netherlands is part of the European Union and uses the Euro for currency.

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Getting around Rotterdam

By foot

It's easy to walk about Rotterdam. Bicycles are available for rent in summer months.


When travelling from Rotterdam Airport, take the RTC Taxi to the Cruise Terminal. This will take about 20 minutes.


Rotterdam Central Station is close to the Cruise Terminal. You can travel by tram or metro. At Rotterdam Central Station take tram 20, 23 or 25, or use the metro downstairs. Tickets are available at the ticketservice. For prices, see www.ret.nl

Public Transport

The OV-chipkaart is the new way of paying for public transportation Rotterdam. You can credit the balance on the card in euros after which you may travel anywhere you wish. Alternatively, you can credit the card with a travel product such as a single ticket or a season ticket. For occasional travelers, there are two sorts of tickets: An anonymous OV-chipkaart. You can purchase this card at the Sales & Information points or from ticket machines located at the Central Station. A ‘throw-away’ chipkaart. These are also available from the ticket machines at stations.

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Area Events

Ronde Van Katendrecht

A legendary bicycle race on Rotterdam’s famous peninsula that happens in May.

Metropolis Festival

The Metropolis Festival is an annual open-air music festival in July. The program is a mixture of pop, rock, hiphop, world music and dance.

Motel Mozaïque

The (inter)nationally respected Motel Mozaïque festival is known for its alternative music, intrusive theatre and visual arts that are a feast for your imagination. At various indoor venues in Rotterdam distinctive programmes are presented.  In April.

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  Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and has been occupied since the 10th century. After extensive damage during World War II, the city became a playground for architects. Today it is a modern, vibrant city known for its thriving arts, music, and food scene. The city has a reputation as a shopper's paradise with eight shopping districts.

The Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands is close to the Kristendjik UNESCO site.

Port Authority

Local Name: Port of Rotterdam
Authority: Rotterdam Municipal Port Management
Address: P.O. Box 6622
    Rotterdam 3002 AP
Telephone: 31 (0) 10 252 10 10
Email: info@portmanagement.com
Website: www.portofrotterdam.com
Size: Very Large
Coordinates: 51° 55' 38" N, 4°17' 54"" E


  Terminal Information

The cruise terminal in located in the heart of the city. The historic terminal is modernized, fully equipped and with an automatic, covered boarding bridge. The building itself houses a tourist information desk and during calls various stands offering time-honored Dutch handicrafts such as wooden shoe making and hindeloopen painting as well as antiques, souvenirs and much more. Next door is a new hotel with café, restaurants, theater and shopping center.

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For specific directions on how to reach the port of Rotterdam by car, visit: http://www.cruiseportrotterdam.com/passengers-information/route.html

A free shuttle service will be available to the Rotterdam Cruise Terminal and vice versa.

Parking costs 13 euro per 24 hours, to be paid upon return aboard the S.S. Rotterdam, entrance 1 at the customer service desk.

Payments can be made by cash, credit and debitcards. Reservation is not required.

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  Things to do in the area

Diergaarde Blijdorp (Netherlands Zoo)

This popular attraction walks visitors through different habitats of animals from around the world. The zoo receives 1.5 million visitors a year.

Maritime Museum

The Maritime Musuem tells the story about the history of the Port of Rotterdam harbor and its maritime past. Founded in 1874, the Maritime Museum is the oldest museum of its type in The Netherlands. Prince Hendrik created the base collection which includes more than half a million objects today. The museum covers five centuries of maritime history. There is also an outdoor part where visitors can explore a former naval vessel, a 19th Century gunboat restored to its former glory.


Kinderdijk is the only place in the world with so many windmills so close together in an authentic polder landscape. The nineteen mills, pumping stations, low and high 'boezems' (storage basins), ditches and sluices together form an ingenious water management system in the low-lying polders. This is a typical Dutch, world-class landscape with delightful views, overwhelming cloud formations and stunning nature. The Kinderdijk-Elshout windmill complex was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997.


The Euromast Tower is the highest observation tower in the Netherlands. At 100 metres, the tower provides a fantastic panoramic 360° view of the city and much further afield. Visitors who want to go even higher can take the Euroscope, a rotating lift, another 85 metres to the top. Daredevils can rope slide or abseil from the top of the Euromast Tower.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

The museum displays world-class works of art. The much-discussed temporary exhibitions, sculpture garden and beautiful 1930s architecture guarantee visitors hours of art enjoyment at the museum. From Bosch, Rembrandt and Van Gogh to Dalí and Dutch Design, there is plenty to captivate every visitor.

Lijnbaan & Beursplein

All the best-known shops and department stores are along Lijnbaan and around Beursplein and the Beurstraverse, known locally as the ‘shopping gutter’. The Beurstraverse, locally known as the Koopgoot or ‘buying trench’, runs under Coolsingel. Situated below street level but mostly open to the air, this shopping street has many major chain stores, including HEMA, Zara and H&M. Children just love the water fountains.

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