Stuck in the Rotterdam Airport for a few hours during the holidays, despite having confirmed travel plans? Well, this happens to the best of us – the reasons may range from crowds, delays, cancellations, to layover. Here are some tips to help you make the most of those few hours, in transit at the Rotterdam Airport.
In the Airport:
One idea is to check out the airport itself. Rotterdam Airport (also known as the Rotterdam The Hague Airport) is the third largest airport in the Netherlands. It offers a large number of facilities to the travellers, despite being not as resourceful and as big as the Schipol Airport in Amsterdam.
You can check out a selection of products and duty free items on sale, including the famous Delft Blue Pottery, at the Rotterdam Airport shop located in the departure area. Next, grab a sandwich with a cup of hot coffee at the panoramic restaurant situated in the transit hall.
24 hour conference room facilities and wireless internet services available at the departure lounge will ensure your business does not suffer in the meantime.
Near the airport :
But what if you have around 6 hours to kill at the Rotterdam Airport. Your best bet in such a situation would be to venture outside the airport and get a feel of the city of Rotterdam. If you have a lot of luggage with you, you can decide to leave the bags in the luggage lockers, located in the transit hall of the airport.
The Rotterdam Airport is strategically located just 8 km north east of Rotterdam. Getting to the city center (Rotterdam Central railway station) from the airport is convenient and takes just 20 minutes in the RET Airport shuttle bus 33. The fare is around €2.30. Alternatively, you can hire a taxi to the city center, costing approx. €25.
All major attractions within the city center are at a walking distance. Start with observing the unconventional architecture at the Cube Houses (tilted at an angle of 45 degrees) and then walk through the koopgoot (literally the shopping gutter), the oldest pedestrian shopping street in the Netherlands. You might find some good bargains here.
If you still have a couple of hours left, take the Spido boat tour on the river Maas. The boat tour provides wonderful insights into the Port of Rotterdam – the largest port in Europe. Pick up some traditional Dutch pancakes from one of the restaurants at Coolsingel while on your way to the bus stop at the Central station.