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There are 6 ways to get from Calais to Rotterdam by train, bus, car ferry, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Calais Ville to Lille Flandres
  2. Take the train from Lille Europe to Rotterdam Centraal Thalys

$91 - $124

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Bus  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Calais to Ghent 1753
  2. Take the bus from Ghent to Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS N814 / ...

$17 - $29

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Train via Calais-Fréthun  •  4 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Calais-Fréthun to Lille Europe Boulogne Ville - Lille Europe / ...
  2. Take the train from Lille Europe to Rotterdam Centraal Thalys

$98 - $138

Car ferry, bus  •  10 h 41 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Calais to Dover
  2. Take the bus from Dover to Rotterdam Ouibus

$36 - $50

Drive  •  2 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Calais to Rotterdam 178.8 miles

$40 - $65

Train, fly  •  5 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Calais-Fréthun to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) BRU - AMS
  3. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal

$128 - $404

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The cheapest way to get from Calais to Rotterdam is to bus which costs 15€ - 26€ and takes 6 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Calais to Rotterdam is to drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 2 h 56 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Calais to Rotterdam. However, there are services departing from Calais and arriving at Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS via Ghent. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Calais to Rotterdam. However, there are services departing from Calais Ville and arriving at Rotterdam Centraal via Lille Europe. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 18 min.

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The distance between Calais and Rotterdam is 211 km. The road distance is 286.1 km.

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The best way to get from Calais to Rotterdam without a car is to train which takes 4 h 18 min and costs 75€ - 110€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 18 min to get from Calais to Rotterdam, including transfers.

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Calais to Rotterdam bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Calais station.

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Calais to Rotterdam train services, operated by SNCF, depart from Calais Ville station.

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The best way to get from Calais to Rotterdam is to train which takes 4 h 18 min and costs 75€ - 110€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 15€ - 26€ and takes 6 h 5 min.

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Map of how to get from Calais to Rotterdam.
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  • Distance: 132.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 18 min

What companies run services between Calais, France and Rotterdam, Netherlands?

You can take a train from Calais to Rotterdam via Lille Flandres and Lille Europe in around 4 h 18 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Calais to Rotterdam via Ghent in around 6 h 5 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Brussels to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Train operators
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Calais Ville to Lille Flandres
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$21 - $30
1st Class
$27 - $45
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$20 - $30
1st Class
$27 - $45
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Lille Europe to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$70 - $95
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$70 - $95
1st Class
$100 - $140
Train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $40
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$19 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $45
Sncf Ter
Website
bretagne.prod.navitia.com
Train from Gare de Calais Fréthun to Gare de Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Schedules at
bretagne.prod.navitia.com
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Website
eurostar.com
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Lille Europe Eurostar
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$30 - $55
Premier
$63 - $66
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$45 - $110
Premier
$100 - $130
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$24 - $30
1st Class
$43 - $45
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Calais to Ghent
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Ghent to Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Dover to Rotterdam
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
Ouibus
Ferry operators

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The quickest flight from Brussels Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Calais to Rotterdam bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS station.

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Calais to Rotterdam train services, operated by Thalys, arrive at Rotterdam Centraal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Calais to Rotterdam is 286 km. It takes approximately 2 h 56 min to drive from Calais to Rotterdam.

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KLM offers flights from Brussels Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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