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Arriving in Rotterdam
Getting around

Arriving in Rotterdam:

By plane: most planes fly to Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam.

By train: there are direct trains to and from Rotterdam to Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and Hannover.

Hogeschool Rotterdam has four locations: Museumpark, Academieplein, Blaak/Wijnhaven and Kralingse Zoom. The Commercial department is located at Kralingse Zoom.
For specific directions on how to get there, please contact the International Office (located at Kralingse Zoom).

Getting around:



Rotterdam has tram and bus lines running throughout the city and its surroundings. Besides this, Rotterdam has two underground (metro) lines, one running north to south and the other running east to west. Also there is a wide tram network. All locations of Hogeschool Rotterdam have been situated nearby one of these metro and tram lines.

When you use public transport in The Netherlands you need. If you do not have a ticket you will be fined. For travel in public transport you need an OV-chipcard. There are three types of OV-chipcards. For you stay we recommend the Anynomous card.


Personal OV-chipkaart:

  • Convenient if you travel regularly, for instance commuter traffic.
  • Personalized, therefore non-transferable.
  • Personalized benefits and discounts, for example for children and senior citizens.
  • Autoreload option.
  • Card can be blocked in the event of theft or loss.
  • My OV-chipkaart: your travel information available online.
  • Valid for 5 years.


Anonymous OV-chipkaart:

  • Transferable.
  • Convenient if you travel infrequently.
  • Completely anonymous.
  • Does not have the personal OV-chipkaart options.
  • Valid for 4 to 5 years.

    Disposable OV-chipkaart:

    An OV-chipkaart for one trip or for a predetermined short-term use. For example, a one-day train or bus ticket or, for tourists, a 3-day ticket for all public transport within the city of Amsterdam.



Most people in the Netherlands ride bicycles, or at least have one. You are advised to buy a second-hand bike from a store to minimize the risk of theft, besides, make sure to buy a good lock before purchasing your bike. Also we kindly ask you not to buy bikes from the street sellers since they are most likely stolen.


Travel by car

The Netherlands has a good, extensive road network. You can get anywhere by car. However, in the Randstad (= the most densely populated region of the Netherlands, consisting of cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam), this network is often congested with traffic. Radio bulletins specify both the location and the length of traffic jams.

If you are an inhabitant of an EU country, you can use your own driving licence, but if you are from outside the EU, you will need a Dutch driving licence or an international driving licence for driving in the Netherlands. For more information, you can contact the ANWB (the Dutch Automobile Association).

Travel agency

Information on international travel and special student fares can be obtained from Kilroy travel and at Joho in Rotterdam



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