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As the Netherlands’s second largest city, Rotterdam is home to an extensive transit network.  Its subway was the first such system in the Netherlands when it opened in 1968 as a single line less than four miles long.  It now has five lines and 62 stations, many of which are architecturally unique.  As is the case in many Dutch cities, there is an extensive tram network of 9 lines and 121 miles of track.  As a result, the bus system is not nearly as large as in other cities.

Rotterdam Düwag ZGT 6/6 Trams

The Düwag ZGT 6/6 trams were ordered in the 1980s to replace equipment manufactured in the 1950s and 1960s. They were retired in 2012.

Rotterdam Alstom Citadis 302 Trams

The RET has ordered two batches of Alstom Citadis 302 trams, giving it the largest fleet of Citadis trams in any city in the world. The first batch of 60 trams was delivered starting in 2003. The second batch of 53 trams was delivered starting in 2011.

Rotterdam Metro Rolling Stock

The Rotterdam Metro currently features five types of rolling stock, built by Düwag and Bombardier. Lines A, B, and E each feature sections with overhead power lines as opposed to a third rail and as a result, many cars are equipped with both contact shoes and a pantograph.

Rotterdam Metro Stations

The Rotterdam Metro has 62 stations on five lines, including Line E which operates all the way to The Hague.

Rotterdam Buses

Rotterdam has 35 lines in its bus network.


RandstadRail is a network of trains and trams connecting The Hague, Rotterdam, and Zoetermeer. It uses high level trains between The Hague and Rotterdam on the former Hofpleinlijn railway line between the two cities. This service was formerly known as the Erasmuslijn. Since 2010, the line has connected to the rest of the Rotterdam Metro at Rotterdam Centraal Station and trains continue all the way to Slinge in the southern part of the city.

The tram lines originate in The Hague and serve Leidschendam and Zoetermeer using a fleet of Alstom Regio Citadis trams.

Two buses were added to the network in December 2012 to connect the Rodenrijs Randstadrail station to Zoetermeer.