Travel and stay - Pro
- Where are the festival locations?
Most festival locations are at and around Schouwburgplein, and thus within walking distance of Rotterdam Central Station. The only exception is LantarenVenster at De Kop van Zuid, which is easy to reach by metro and tram. From Rotterdam Central Station you can take metro D or trams 20, 23 or 25; exit at ‘Wilhelminaplein’.
- How do I get to IFFR?
Many visitors will arrive at Schiphol Airport, a major international aviation hub located on the main railway line between Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The second largest, Rotterdam Airport, is a regional airport located close to the city centre. Rotterdam Central Station is well linked to international (high-speed) train lines to and from the UK, Germany, France and Belgium.
Arrival by plane at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport
The easiest way to get from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport to Rotterdam and back is by train. Schiphol Railway Station is located directly at the airport. Regular trains run four times per hour and take 50 minutes.
The high-speed line Intercity Direct runs between Amsterdam Central Station and Rotterdam/Breda. This train takes you from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport to Rotterdam Central Station in approximately 25 minutes. Please note that a supplement is required.
Train tickets and supplements can be bought online in advance, or bought on the spot from the yellow vending machine with NS logo (reservations not necessary). For more railway details please check NS.nl.
Arrival by train at Rotterdam Central Station
Rotterdam Central Station has good national and international connections. For national connections, plan your train journey via NS.nl, and check the latest travel updates before departure.
For international connections, tickets can be booked via NS International. Antwerp, Brussels and Paris have direct connections to Rotterdam via Thalys that runs approximately ten times a day. Eurostar offers direct trains from London St Pancras.
The high-speed line Intercity Direct offers the fastest connection (25 minutes) between Amsterdam Central Station and Rotterdam Central Station. For this journey a supplement is required on top of the regular ticket. Regular direct trains do not require a supplement and take 50 minutes.
Arrival by plane at Rotterdam The Hague Airport
Taxis are available in front of the terminal building. A city bus (RET bus 33) runs every 20 minutes to Rotterdam Central Station. From there it is only about 300 meters to the IFFR Professionals Centre in de Doelen, entrance Kruisplein 30. You can find the RET bus stop on the left leaving the airport terminal. Tickets are available online in advance, or from the driver (in cash). Timetable and rates available on RET.nl.
Rotterdam is easily accessible by the A13, A15, A16 and A20 motorways. There are several parking options available in the centre of Rotterdam. For more information see parkereninrotterdam.nl.
- How do I get around in Rotterdam?
The tram, bus and metro in Rotterdam are run by the RET. Tickets can be bought on the tram/train/bus. You can also use an OV-chipkaart, a reusable smartcard for travelling in the Netherlands. You can store credit in these cards to pay for your public transport travels as you go. OV-chipkaarten are available at RET vending machines and service points.
Festival Centre de Doelen
De Doelen is the beating heart of IFFR at walking distance of Rotterdam Central Station. Here you can find the central box office, the accreditation and information desk, and it is also the place to meet people, get a drink and bite.
stop: Central Station (line D, line E)
stop: Weena and Kruisplein (line 4, 7, 8, 21, 23, 25)
stop: Central Station (line 4, 7, 8, 20, 21, 23, 25)
stop: Weena (line 38)
stop: Kruisplein (line B1, B10, B12)
stop: Central Station (line 33, 38, 44, 48, 49)
stop: Central Station (connexxion line 86, 129, 170, 171, 173, 204)
Plan your travel
- Where do I stay?
We work closely with a couple of excellent hotels, all within walking distance of the heart of the festival.
Adress: Weena 10, 3012 CM Rotterdam
Telephone: +31 10 710 8000
NH Atlanta ****
Adress: Aert van Nesstraat 25, 3012 CA Rotterdam
Telephone: +31 10 760 5070
Savoy Hotel ****
Adress: Weena 121, 3013 CK Rotterdam
Telephone: +31 10 820 2990
Adress: Geldersestraat 50, 3011 WZ Rotterdam
Telephone: +31 10 810 8100
Intell Rotterdam ****
Address: Leuvehaven 80, 3011 EA Rotterdam
Telephone: +31 10 413 4139
- Does IFFR offer babysitting?
To give parents the flexibility they need to keep their life in balance and the freedom to pursue any and all career and life opportunities that come their way IFFR has a partnering deal with Holiday Sitters. With on-demand access to top-quality, fully vetted and affordable childcare that’s as easy and reliable to book, like a hotel room or restaurant reservation, Holiday Sitters provide certified caregivers, engaging & multilingual for a very affordable price.