Rotterdam Welcome Card

On this page you will find all the important information about the Rotterdam Welcome Card: What services does the City Card offer and who is it suitable for? How long is it valid and where can you buy it?

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Rotterdam Welcome Card
  • 40+ discounts for museums, attractions, tours & restaurants
  • The discount card is valid for up to 7 days
  • Free public transport in Rotterdam
  • Public transport ticket is valid for 1, 2 or 3 days
  • Pick up your Rotterdam Card in the city
  • With the card you save money in Rotterdam!

How the Rotterdam Card works

The Rotterdam Welcome Card is the official City Card of the Dutch port city. This card makes travelling a breeze, as it offers the following advantages:

  • Free use of public transport in the city
  • Discounts for attractions, tours and restaurants

You can buy the ticket online and pick it up at one of the tourist information offices in Rotterdam. The local transport ticket is valid for 1, 2 or 3 days. During this time you can use the metro, tram and bus as often as you like. The discounts are even valid for up to 7 days.

Who is the Rotterdam Card suitable for?

The Rotterdam City Card is suitable for travellers who want to explore the city by public transport and visit some museums and sights.

The Welcome Card pays for itself quickly if used regularly during its period of validity.

How much does the Rotterdam Welcome Card cost?

The price of the Rotterdam Card depends on the period of validity.

  • 1 day: 15,50 €
  • 2 days: 21,00 €
  • 3 days: 25,50 €

The period of validity only applies to public transport. The discount card is valid for a maximum of 7 days.

The card is valid for adults and children from the age of 4. Children under the age of 4 do not need their own ticket for public transport. Therefore, the City Card is not of interest to them.

Tip: There is also a Welcome Card without local transport. This costs only €7 (book here).

Discounts with the Rotterdam Card

With the Rotterdam Welcome Card you get discounts at many sights, museums, tours and restaurants. The discounts range from 10% to 50%. For most attractions the discount is 25% of the entrance fee.

Each discount can be claimed once within seven days.

Discounts for Attractions & Experiences

  • Rotterdam Zoo (-25%)
  • Euromast (-25%)
  • Miniature World Rotterdam (-25%)
  • Splashtours (-25%)
  • Pannenkoekenboot (-25%)
  • De Rotterdam Tours (-25%)
  • River Cruise Rotterdam (-25%)
  • Royal Spido Harbour Cruise (-25%)

This is only a small selection of the discounts for sightseeing and tours. You can find all the discounts here: Rotterdam Welcome Card Discounts.

Show your Rotterdam Card at the respective ticket office to get a discounted ticket. Most attractions are located in the city centre. All others are accessible by public transport.

Discounts for Art & Culture

  • Rotterdam Art Gallery (-25%)
  • Maritime Museum Rotterdam (-25%)
  • Netherlands Photo Museum (-25%)
  • Natural History Museum (-25%)
  • Cube Houses (-25%)
  • Laurenskerk (-25%)

Many museums offer a 25% discount on the entrance fee. Show your Welcome Card at the respective ticket office to get your discounted ticket.

You also get a 10-20% discount at some cafés and restaurants. You can find all discounts here: Rotterdam Welcome Card Discounts.

Public transport with Rotterdam Card

With the Rotterdam Welcome Card you can use the city's public transport. Rotterdam has metros, trams and city buses. You can use all vehicles of the transport company RET.

The card is not valid for water buses, trains and other companies' means of transport. However, RET offers a dense transport network in the Rotterdam urban area.

Rotterdam Tram
© Sebastiaan Stam / Unsplash

The included Travel Card is valid for 1, 2 or 3 consecutive calendar days. Please note that these are not 24-hour units. A calendar day is always valid until 04:00 the following day. It is therefore advisable to start your journey in the morning if possible.

Tip: On any mode of transport, you must both check in and check out with your ticket so that your ticket is always valid.

Is the Rotterdam Welcome Card worth it?

With the Rotterdam Welcome Card you can visit numerous sights and museums and take part in tours and walking tours. For all these services, the City Card grants reduced admission.

Free visits are not possible, so the savings are moderate. Nevertheless, the value for money is quite good. Those who use public transport and visit some sights can easily save money with the City Card.

The following table shows how much you can save, using the 2-day ticket as an example:

AttractionWithout Rotterdam CardWith Rotterdam Card
Rotterdam Welcome Card: 2 days21,00 €
Public transport: 2 days19,00 €0,00 €
Royal Spido Harbour Tour16,25 €12,20 €
Euromast12,50 €9,40 €
Miniature World Rotterdam12,95 €9,70 €
Rotterdam Art Gallery16,50 €12,25 €
Maritime Museum16,00 €12,00 €
Total93,20 €76,55 €

In our opinion, the Rotterdam Card is worthwhile if you use public transport every day and also take advantage of one or two discounts. Especially the local transport ticket is very important to save money, because daily public transport tickets are quite expensive for tourists.

The more you use your Rotterdam City Card, the more it pays off!

Buy & collect Rotterdam Card

You can buy the Rotterdam Card online, but you have to pick it up in the city after your arrival. There are two pick-up points in the city centre:

  • Tourist information at the main station
  • Tourist information in Coolsingel

Both tourist information centres are open daily from morning to early evening. Opening hours may vary depending on the season.

After collection, the City Card can be used immediately. The validity period of 1, 2 or 3 days starts with the first use of public transport.

Do not purchase your Welcome Card until you are sure of your travel dates. The purchase cannot be cancelled free of charge.

Rotterdam Welcome Card

Advantages & Disadvantages

Advantages of the Rotterdam Card

  • You get discounts to many popular attractions and museums.
  • You can use public transport within Rotterdam free of charge.
  • The discounts for boat trips and city tours are also attractive.
  • The value for money is very good: the card pays for itself quickly.

Disadvantages of the Rotterdam Card

  • The card is only worthwhile if you use public transport regularly.
  • The Rotterdam Card does not grant free entry, only discounts.
  • Savings are possible, but they are small.
  • The card must be collected after your arrival in Rotterdam.

More offers in Rotterdam

If you decide against the Rotterdam Welcome Card, you can also book individual tickets for many sights and tours. We would like to mention some of them here:

In addition, there are attractive combination tickets that include two attractions each:

FAQ about the Rotterdam Welcome Card

How does the Rotterdam Card work?

You buy the Rotterdam Card online and collect it when you arrive in the city. It allows you to use public transport in Rotterdam for 1, 2 or 3 days. There are also discounts at many attractions, museums, guided tours and restaurants. A saving of approximately 25% is possible per attraction. The discount card is valid for up to 7 days.

Can I use public transport with the Rotterdam Card?

Yes, with the Rotterdam Card you can use public transport in Rotterdam. This applies to all RET transport (metro, tram and bus).

Can I cancel the Rotterdam Card free of charge?

No, the purchase at cannot be cancelled free of charge. However, if a free cancellation is important to you, we recommend that you purchase at GetYourGuide.

How is the Rotterdam Card activated?

The Rotterdam Card is activated the first time you board a public transport vehicle. The card must be scanned both when getting on and off the bus. After the first use, you can use the means of transport for 1, 2 or 3 consecutive calendar days.

Is the Rotterdam Card worth it for families?

In principle, the Rotterdam Card is suitable for adults as well as for children and young people. However, children receive reduced tickets at many attractions and also on public transport (the amount of the reduction depends on the age of the children), which makes the Rotterdam Card less worthwhile.

Author: Patrick

Here writes: Patrick

Patrick has visited various metropolises such as Amsterdam, London, Paris and Barcelona. Here he writes about the most important City Cards. His aim is to present detailed and up-to-date information for the official tourist maps of popular cities.

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