Planning a trip to Rotterdam? The train is a cheap and easy way to get to Rotterdam from Schiphol Airport, taking under half an hour on the fastest services. You won’t need to rent a car or pay an arm and a leg for a taxi transfer to the city!
Whether you’re going to Rotterdam for business or leisure, you’ll be well placed to get to wherever you need to be upon arrival at Rotterdam Centraal station. The station is served by almost all the city’s tram lines and many points of interest are within walking distance. So, ready to book your train? Read on for lots of useful information on travelling from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam, including ticket prices, train times and FAQs.
NS is the main railway operator in the Netherlands. It connects the four corners of the country with regional, medium-distance and high-speed trains. It's also possible for you to travel at night thanks to multi-line night trains, including Schiphol and Eindhoven airports. All trains are equipped with two comfort classes – First Class and Second Class.
Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 300km/h and have three comfort classes on all services called – Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to the First Class, with access to the Thalys Lounge). All Thalys trains have a car restaurant (called Thalys Welcome Bar) and a free WiFi connection.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
Take a look at Tarjetas de descuento Renfe to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap tickets for your journey.
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam Centraal is 28 minutes, with around 104 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal is 20 minutes.
Train tickets from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal can start from as little as €14 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal without having to change trains. There are 97 direct trains from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal leaves at 00:27. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal leaves at 23:57. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal cover a distance of around 47km during the journey.