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

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Train  •  3h 47m

  1. Take the train from Calais Ville to Lille Europe Ter
  2. Take the train from Lille Europe to Rotterdam Centraal Eil

94€ - 372€

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Train, night bus  •  4h 15m

  1. Take the train from Calais Ville to Lille Europe Ter
  2. Take the night bus from Lille to Rotterdam Amsterdam City Center - Sloterdijk > Amsterdam - Schipol Airport > Rotterdam > Hazeldonk - Pays Bas > Hazeldonk - Belgique > Neuville en Ferrain - Belgique > Neuville en Ferrain - France > Lille > Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine

24€ - 45€

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Train via Lille  •  4h 24m

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

94€ - 371€

Train, bus  •  6h 12m

  1. Take the train from Calais Ville to Lille Flandres Ter
  2. Take the bus from Lille to Rotterdam Central Station N1325

27€ - 47€

Drive  •  3h 3m

  1. Drive from Calais to Rotterdam 304.7 km

35€ - 55€

Train, fly  •  5h 24m

  1. Take the train from Calais Ville to Lille Europe
  2. Take the train from Lille Europe to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
  3. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) BRU - AMS
  4. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal

104€ - 677€

Calais to Rotterdam by train

The train journey time between Calais and Rotterdam is around 9h 37m and covers a distance of around 355 km. The fastest train normally takes 9h 37m. Operated by SNCF and Eurostar, the Calais to Rotterdam train service departs from Calais Ville and arrives in Rotterdam Centraal. Typically four trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Calais to Rotterdam train schedules

France → Netherlands
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International entry into Netherlands from France

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of France
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican, Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Aruba, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Cyprus, Singapore, United Kingdom and Sint Maarten

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside EU Schengen Area with the above exceptions. Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela are also restricted

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Conditions of entry into Netherlands from France

  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 1 days before arrival
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
This applies to arrivals from France
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 1 days before arrival
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of Australia, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Finland, Iceland, New Zealand, Portugal, Rwanda, Singapore, Sint Maarten, South Korea and Thailand

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Rules to follow in Netherlands

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The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Netherlands from France.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Rotterdam is 1351.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Rotterdam is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Rotterdam is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1351.

No, but conditions apply when returning to France from Netherlands.

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Last updated: 9 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Calais to Rotterdam is to train and night bus which costs 24€ - 45€ and takes 4h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Calais to Rotterdam is to drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 3h 3m.

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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 3h 47m.

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The distance between Calais and Rotterdam is 211 km. The road distance is 304.7 km.

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The best way to get from Calais to Rotterdam without a car is to train which takes 3h 47m and costs 90€ - 380€.

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It takes approximately 3h 47m to get from Calais to Rotterdam, including transfers.

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

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The quickest flight from Brussels Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Calais to Rotterdam is 305 km. It takes approximately 3h 3m to drive from Calais to Rotterdam.

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  • Distance: 211.4 km
  • Duration: 3h 47m

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

You can take a train from Calais to Rotterdam via Lille Europe in around 3h 47m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Brussels to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 480€
Train operators
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. 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 Europe
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
14€ - 35€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
14€ - 21€
Rail 1st Class
22€ - 35€
Train from Calais Ville to Lille Flandres
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
13€ - 35€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
13€ - 20€
Rail 1st Class
21€ - 35€
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Phone
+44 343 218 6186
Website
eurostar.com
Train from Lille Europe to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
80€ - 340€
Website
Eurostar
Business Premier
300€ - 340€
Standard
80€ - 100€
Standard Premier
120€ - 160€
Train from Lille Europe to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
60€ - 330€
Website
Eurostar
Business Premier
290€ - 330€
Standard
60€ - 75€
Standard Premier
100€ - 130€
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lille Europe to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
32€ - 38€
1st Class
27€ - 32€
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
9€ - 21€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
9€ - 13€
1st Class
16€ - 21€
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 55€
Comfort
50€ - 70€
Premium
50€ - 75€
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lille to Rotterdam Central Station
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
13€ - 16€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 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
Night bus from Lille to Rotterdam
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
10€ - 13€
Website
Blablabus

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