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Public transport in Rotterdam is well organised: the trams, buses and metro are scheduled to link perfectly. Boats are also a convenient means of transport in and around this city on the water. You can also take the bike or a taxi to get around in Rotterdam.
The most popular way to get around Rotterdam is by bike, in the true Dutch fashion. You can rent a bike by the day or by the week and transport yourself throughout the city easily. Be aware of the trams and other cars, but generally Rotterdam is a bike-friendly city.
A lot of the major attractions are within walking distance for those who wear comfortable shoes. Walking around lets you see a lot of intersting shops, buildings and scultpures that you would not see when using any other form of transport.
If you choose to use public transportation, there are three options: bus, tram and metro (subway). Taking the bus is the least desirable option because there aren’t many bus stops to choose from within the city. However, buses do go long distances, and taking the bus is an excellent way to get far into Rotterdam’s suburbs and neighboring cities and towns.
If you choose to take the Metro, you’ll have a train arriving soon. They arrive and depart every four minutes in the city during the day, and every 15-30 minutes at night.
Traveling by tram is generally the most popular option for getting around Rotterdam. The fares are relatively inexpensive and tram stations are located throughout the city and can take you from point A to point B with a minimum of fuss and trouble.
Traveling by taxi is not recommended in Rotterdam, but might be your last resort at night. Taxis are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This chauffeured form of transport may be in a car, but the options also include a tuk-tuk (rickshaw) or a bicycle taxi. There is a free smartphone app for ordering taxis in Rotterdam that gets you a responsible driver, and helps you keep track of the route and price.
Another option that is popular is traveling by water. There are a number of ferries that make good use of the waterways around Rotterdam and that is another scenic way of getting where you need to go. Water taxis are a particularly fun way to get around.
If you drive into Rotterdam, it is probably best to park your auto and use trams or bikes to get around. However, be very careful about parking the car. Ask at your hotel for parking suggestions, etc. It was very difficult to park in a public lot, as the machine where one pays for the parking did not accept cash. As a matter of fact, it would only accept bank debit cards from banks in the Netherlands, apparently.