Rotterdam is one of Europe's busiest ports and features modern, post war architecture.
Where You're Docked
Cruise ships dock at a cruise terminal by the old Holland America headquarters on the south end of Erasmusbrug bridge. Wilhelminaplein metro station is nearby. Shuttles are usually provided to get you to the city center dropping off in front of city hall.
Money and Tipping
Rotterdam is small and easily walkable. You can take the metro to see sites further out or the train to visit Amsterdam. Metro fares are €3.50 (2 hours by bus, tram and metro), €2.50 (travel 1 hour by bus and tram), €5 (2 journey by metro), or €7 for a day pass (fares Dec 2011). http://www.ret.nl
Getting to Amsterdam
Trains to Amsterdam run frequently from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam Centraal and the journey takes between 45 minutes to over an hour depending on the stops along the way. Fare is €13.40 one way (Dec 2011). Check schedules here http://www.ns.nl/
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Shopping & Restaurants
There is a pedestrian shopping street on Lijnbaan and large outdoor mall on Hoogstrat. A market sets up on Tuesdays and weekends on the eastern end of Hoogstrat. Chinatown is located just south of the railway station.
Restaurants and cafes may have free wifi.
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