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There are 7 ways to get from Rotterdam to Germany by train, plane, bus, night bus or car

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Train, fly to Dusseldorf  •  2h 44m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) AMS - DUS

67€ - 297€

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Train, night bus  •  11h 20m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam Sloterdijk Sprinter / ...
  2. Take the night bus from Amsterdam Piarcoplein P+R Sloterdijk to Berlin Central Bus Station Amsterdam-Berlin / ...

36€ - 74€

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Train, fly to Hamburg  •  4h 4m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Hamburg (HAM) AMS - HAM

48€ - 297€

Train via Duisburg  •  7h 40m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
  2. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Duisburg Hbf Ice
  3. Take the train from Duisburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf Ice / ...

54€ - 197€

Train  •  7h 50m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Amersfoort Centraal Intercity
  2. Take the train from Amersfoort Centraal to Berlin-Spandau Ic

59€ - 143€

Bus  •  12h 18m

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam Central Station to Berlin Südkreuz train station N1325

39€ - 47€

Drive  •  6h 34m

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Berlin 693.1 km

85€ - 130€

Rotterdam to Germany by train

The train journey time between Rotterdam and Germany is around 7h 54m and covers a distance of around 726 km. The fastest train normally takes 6h 46m. Operated by Dutch Railways (NS), Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Intercity and others, the Rotterdam to Germany train service departs from Rotterdam Centraal and arrives in S+U Alexanderplatz Bhf. Typically 47 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Rotterdam to Germany train schedules

Netherlands → Germany
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International entry into Germany from Netherlands

  • Entry is restricted for citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands
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Conditions of entry into Germany from Netherlands

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This also applies to arrivals from the following regions:
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This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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No, entry into Germany from Netherlands is currently restricted.

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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
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Germany is 116 117.

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

The social distance requirement in Germany is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

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

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 11 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Rotterdam to Germany is to bus which costs 35€ - 50€ and takes 12h 18m.

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The fastest way to get from Rotterdam to Germany is to train and fly. Taking this option will cost 65€ - 300€ and takes 2h 44m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rotterdam station to Germany. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam Central Station and arriving at S+U Alexanderpl./Grunerstr.(Bln) [Grunerstr.] via S Südkreuz Bhf/Ostseite. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 18m.

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No, there is no direct train from Rotterdam to Germany. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam Centraal and arriving at S+U Alexanderplatz Bhf via Utrecht Centraal, Duisburg Hbf and S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 40m.

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The distance between Rotterdam and Germany is 422 km. The road distance is 693.1 km.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Germany without a car is to train via Duisburg which takes 7h 40m and costs 50€ - 200€.

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It takes approximately 2h 44m to get from Rotterdam to Germany, including transfers.

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Rotterdam to Germany bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Rotterdam Central Station.

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Rotterdam to Germany train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), depart from Rotterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Germany is to train via Duisburg which takes 7h 40m and costs 50€ - 200€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 50€ and takes 12h 18m.

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Map of how to get from Rotterdam to Germany.
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  • Distance: 421.8 km
  • Duration: 2h 44m

What companies run services between Rotterdam, Netherlands and Germany?

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Berlin via Utrecht Centraal, Duisburg Hbf, and S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof in around 7h 40m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Rotterdam Central Station to Berlin Südkreuz train station 4 times a week. Tickets cost 35€ - 45€ and the journey takes 11h 40m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 410€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 410€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 130€
Train operators
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 Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
9€ - 21€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
9€ - 13€
1st Class
16€ - 21€
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
10€ - 24€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
10€ - 15€
1st Class
17€ - 24€
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 40€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
17€ - 24€
1st Class
29€ - 40€
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Amersfoort Centraal
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
12€ - 28€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
12€ - 17€
1st Class
19€ - 28€
Train from Amersfoort Centraal to Berlin-Spandau
Ave. Duration
5h 28m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
45€ - 110€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
45€ - 65€
1st Class
75€ - 110€
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam Sloterdijk
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
12€ - 29€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
12€ - 18€
1st Class
20€ - 29€
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 55€
Comfort
50€ - 70€
Premium
50€ - 75€
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duisburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
85€ - 130€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duisburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 24m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
90€ - 130€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Duisburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 21m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
25€ - 35€
Website
Flixtrain
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 Rotterdam Central Station to Berlin Südkreuz train station
Ave. Duration
11h 40m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
35€ - 45€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
CityBusExpress
Phone
+31 30 333 33 00
Email
info@citybusexpress.com
Website
citybusexpress.com
Night bus from Amsterdam Piarcoplein P+R Sloterdijk to Berlin Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
CityBusExpress
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 Amsterdam City Center - Sloterdijk to Berlin - Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
19€ - 24€
Website
Blablabus

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Rotterdam to Germany bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Berlin Südkreuz train station.

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Rotterdam to Germany train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Berlin Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Rotterdam to Germany is 693 km. It takes approximately 6h 34m to drive from Rotterdam to Germany.

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