Bus Service

Buses are a convenient way to travel around Rotterdam and take you virtually anywhere!

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Buses in Rotterdam take you through the city , the suburbs and the surrounding cities. They go to places where the metro doesn’t operate or to cities where the train doesn’t go.

Different bus companies

There are 3 different bus companies that operate bus lines in and around Rotterdam. The buses within Rotterdam are operated by Rotterdam’s transport company RET. You can recognize them by their white and green colours. These buses run very frequently, some of them even every 10 minutes within rush hour. A lot of buses run in the south of Rotterdam at places where the metro and tram doesn’t run. There’s a special express bus line between Rotterdam Central Station and Rotterdam Airport.

Night buses

There are also a number of night routes that serve the city centre, the suburbs and surrounding cities. These buses are called BOB-bus and most of them run from 1 am to 06:00 hrs when the regular buses take over. These night bus lines start with a B (e.g. B12) and you need a special ticket for these buses. The main stations for night buses are Central Station and Zuidplein mall.

Surrounding cities

When you want to travel to or from surrounding cities you can take a bus from the Arriva or Connexion company. Most of their buses leave from the Central Station or the Zuidplein and Alexandrium shopping malls. The Arriva and Connexion buses run between Rotterdam and surrounding cities like Ridderkerk, Vlaardingen, Schiedam, Spijkenisse, Hoogvliet, Capelle aan den Ijssel, Barendrecht, Papendrecht, Strijen and Numansdorp .Some of these cities don’t have a train station and the bus is the only way to get there by public transport. There are also express buses called Interliner that take you quickly and with very few stops to The Hague or Zierikzee.