Travel and Stay

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’. For more information about public transport in Rotterdam, please visit the website of RET.

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 (hi 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. From Rotterdam Central Station, it is a 5 minute walk to festival centre de Doelen (Kruisplein 40).
Schiphol Railway Station is located directly at the airport. Trains run four times per hour and take approximately 50 minutes. Train tickets can be obtained from the yellow vending machine with the blue sign and NS logo across the top at the main entrance of Schiphol Airport (reservation not necessary).

There is a high speed train option available called the ‘Intercity Direct’, which runs between Amsterdam Central Station and Breda (reservation not necessary). This train takes you from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport to Rotterdam Central Station in 25 minutes. Please note that a supplement is required, which you can also buy at the yellow vending machines.

For more railway details please check the website of Dutch railways NS.

Arrival by plane at Rotterdam The Hague Airport

Arriving at Rotterdam Airport, taxis are available in front of the terminal building. A shuttle bus service runs every 20 minutes (RET bus 33) and takes you in about 20 minutes to Rotterdam Central Station. From there it is only about 300 meters to the IFFR Professionals Centre in 'de Doelen', entrance Kruisplein. You can find the RET bus stop on the left leaving the airport terminal; tickets are available from the driver. Bus 33 runs from Rotterdam Airport to Rotterdam Central Station on Mon-Fri from 05.50 till 0.00; Sat from 06.05 till 0.00; Sun 08.00 till 0.00. Bus 33 runs from Rotterdam Central Station to Rotterdam Airport Mon-Fri 06.00 till 0.25; Sat 06.30 till 0.25; Sun 08.30 till 0.25 hrs.

Arrival by train at Rotterdam Central Station

Trains from over the entire Netherlands as well as international trains stop in Rotterdam Central Station. Tip: plan your train journey via, and check the latest travel updates before departure.

From Belgium and France, Rotterdam can easily be reached with the Thalys high speed train, which runs ten times a day. When travelling from the UK you can take the Eurostar to Brussels and transfer to the Thalys there.

When travelling from Amsterdam, the Intercity Direct travels over the high-speed rail line. It is therefore the fastest connection between Amsterdam and Rotterdam via Schiphol Airport.Please note: to travel by Intercity Direct, an extra supplement is required.

By car

Rotterdam is easily accessible by the A13, A15, A16 and A20 motorways. There are several parking options available in the centre of Rotterdam.

In order to plan your travel to the festival, visit Google Maps. There are several parking options available in the centre of Rotterdam, which you can find more information about at City Guide Rotterdam.


How do I get around in Rotterdam?

The tram, bus and metro in Rotterdam are all administered by the RET. In all of these public transport vehicles, you need an OV-chipkaart to check in and out. This is a reusable smartcard for travelling in the Netherlands. You can store credit on it to pay for your public transport travels as you go.

Get more information about the RET or plan your travels with their public transport system on their website For more information about the OV-chipkaart please visit

Heart of the festival

De Doelen is the beating heart of the festival. You can find it within walking distance of Rotterdam Central Station. Here you can find the central cash register and the service and information desk, but it's also the place to get a drink and a nice meal.

By metro
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)

City bus
stop: Weena (line 38)
stop: Kruisplein (line B1, B10, B12)
stop: Central Station (line 33, 38, 44, 48, 49)

Regional bus
stop: Central Station (connexxion line 86, 129, 170, 171, 173, 204)

Plan your travel

For more information about timetables and planning your travel you can visit the website and the website You might also want to visit our festival locations map.

Where do I stay?

We work closely with a couple of excellent hotels, all within walking distance of the heart of the festival.

Marriott *****

Address: Weena 686, 3012 CN Rotterdam
Telephone: 010 430 2000

Hilton *****

Adress: Weena 10, 3012 CM Rotterdam
Telephone: 010 710 8000

CitizenM ****

Adress: Geldersestraat 50, 3011 WZ Rotterdam
Telefoon: 010 810 8100

NH Atlanta ****

Adress: Aert van Nesstraat 4, 3012 CA Rotterdam
Telephone: 010 206 7800

Hampshire Savoy ****

Adress: Hoogstraat 81, 3011 PJ Rotterdam
Telephone: 010 413 9280

Holiday Inn Express ***

Adress: Weena 121, 3013 CK Rotterdam
Telephone: 010 820 2990

Hotel Rotterdam City ***

Adress: Schiekade 658, 3032 AK Rotterdam
Telephone: 010 466 3344

Hotel The James ***

Adress: Aert van Nesstraat 25, 3012 CA Rotterdam
Telephone: 010 760 5070