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Date of opening10 Feb 1968
Network length79.3 km (49.29 mi)
Lines5        Line history
Stations per line12.40
Avg. station distance1,391 m (0.86 mi)
Avg. line length15.86 km (9.86 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 21 Aug 2016
System typeMetro
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)238,000 (as of 2008)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)3,010 (1,870)
Fare collectionGates, nationwide smartcard
TrackRight, gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyThird rail, 750 V
Air-conditioned trains
Walk-through trains
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doors
World Metro Database

Official map
Source: pdf, © 2010

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Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:

Rating: 1 star (bronze)  Rotterdam

This metro was opened in 1968 and has some stations which are as futuristic as the city itself. Some stations contain works of art.

Photo [Denis Kabanov,]: Entrance building of Blaak station (lines A, B, C).
Other examples of interesting stations are Stadhuis (water flowing along vertical glass panels), Oostplein (glass windows in the floor) and some stations on line D between Marconiplein and Tussenwater [].

Photo: Wilhelminaplein station, built in 1997.

Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

For a convenient circular tour of interesting stations, take line D from Centraal to Tussenwater. Along the way, Stadhuis station bears water flowing along vertical glass panels, and Wilhelminaplein is highly futuristic. Enjoy the harbour view near the elevated Rijnhaven and Maashaven stations. At Tussenwater, change to line C to Oostplein. Note the newer stations up to Marconiplein, the entrance structure at Blaak, the glass floors and the metro museum at Oostplein. From Centraal you can as well continue to the city of The Hague on the new line E and take a look at the modern 'fishnet stocking' viaduct and underground stops with wooden platforms between Beatrixkwartier and Grote Markt tram stops (change to the tram at Laan van Noi).

Metro Museum

transport museum Openbaar Vervoer Museum. Shows the city's transportation modes including the metro.
Address: Oostplein 165, 3011 KZ Rotterdam, 0031 (0) 6 41 91 73 27. At Oostplein metro station.
Hours (check before visiting): Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 - 17:00. Admission: 2.50 EUR. Features: Library, restaurant, films.
Reference: (official website).,

Metro City Hopping

Rotterdam is part of the Randstad cluster of metro/subway cities with the following urban rail connections:

  Rotterdam    Line E (metro)    The Hague      21 km

Reaching the Beaches

Zevenhuizen lake: Nesselande station on line B.

Lines with a View

There are some nice views at the harbour and the city's interesting highrise architecture on line D around Rijnhaven and Maashaven stations.

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Metro Fonts

Typefaces designed exclusively for this metro:

Font NameDesignerYearSampleAvailabilityReference
RET 1Henk van Leyden1984Henk van Leyden via email

1 RET has been officially replaced by a standard font after a few years when a signage upgrade required a digitized font. Signs using RET remained only in a few places.

Departure Procedure and Sounds

In newer trains there is a three-tone signal (low-high-low) announcing departure. Doors start closing during the last tone. The older trains just have a very short and not very loud 'ping' just before the doors close. In all trains there is a pre-recorded (female) voice announcing the next station just before arriving in it: "station [name], hier kunt u overstappen voor (change here for) [line/branch]".

Line D train departing from Wilhelminaplein station. Note how the station lights change after the departure of the train.

Duration: 0:34 

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  Rotterdam photo gallery.Wallpaper.

Handpicked Resources Official website RET Official website RandstadRail

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