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Written by Andre Pronk - 09 Apr 2015
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Location notes
This is the main station in the city of Rotterdam, with high speed, local, and international trains.
Railway type and traffic
High speed trains to and from Schiphol/Amsterdam, France, International train to Belgium, local trains, and on a regular freight during the day.
It's a new station, it opened in March 2014, and is quite safe. In the near future, probably 2017, you will need a "OV-Chip cad" to access the platforms.
Road directions
From Utrecht/Amersfoort:
Follow the A28 , A12 / E30 and A20 / E25 to Gordelbrug / Schieweg / S112 in North Rotterdam.
Take exit 14 Rotterdam from the A20 / E25
Continue on the S112.
Drive to the Delftseplein in Centre.

From Amsterdam:
Take A4 / E19 and A13 to the Stadhoudersweg / S113 in Noord, Rotterdam Continue on S113.
Take S100 to the Delftseplein in Centre.

From Belgium:
Follow the E19 and A16 to Abram of Rijckevorselweg in South Holland, Netherlands.
Take Exit 24t / m26-Capelle a / d lJssel from the A16 / E19
Follow Abram of Rijckevorselweg , Maasboulevard / S107 and S100 to Delftseplein in Centre, Rotterdam.

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Rotterdam Central Station map co-ordinates
You can park in the neighbourhood but it can be expensive.
Public transport
You can reach Rotterdam Central Station form al directions in the Netherlands, also there is a direct connection to the Schiphol airport.

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Toilets are available, even a 24hour pay as you go toilet.
Eating is not a problem there are a lot of shops where you can buy food and drinks, and also some small restaurant.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Rotterdam Central Station

Googly map
Streetmap links
Rotterdam Central Station general view map
Rotterdam Central Station close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
Rotterdam Central Station

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Photographic notes
You can take photo's during the whole day, the roof is a challenge but can give nice images, Platforms 1 and 3 are much darker because the roof is closed with wood.
Best platforms are 11/12 or 3, freight will pass mainly on the outer tracks.

General views - All photographs © Andre Pronk unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east

Fig 1 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking west

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