Buses connect the city districts and suburbs in the Rotterdam region. The bus gets you to places that are difficult to reach by tram, metro, or train. In Rotterdam, RET operates the inner-city buses while Arriva, Connexxion, EBS and Qbuzz operate most regional bus lines.
Passengers often travel a part of the journey by bus and then change a tram or metro. Most of the point of interests in the city centre can be reached by metro or tram. But some of them, like the Rotterdam Zoo and Van Nellefabriek, are better reachable by bus.
At large transport hubs, passengers can change between metro, tram and both the city- and regional bus lines. The largest bus station is at Zuidplein. Most buses that run in Rotterdam South stop at that bus station, just like buses that are going southwards. Also, many international buses, like FlixBus and Eurolines depart from Zuidplein.
Other large bus stations are located at the Capelsebrug, the Central Station, Kralingse Zoom and train station Alexander.
For a unique experience, you can attend city tour on an amphibious bus. The Splashtours bus first drives over land, before it transforms into a sailing vehicle. Alternatively, you can use the Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Buses to discover most of Rotterdam’s highlights.
Note that both Splash Tours and the Hop-On Hop-Off buses are not part of the public transport network. They require special tickets.Back to Transport