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I need to get from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Central Station. Is there a direct train? How much would a taxi cost?

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There is a direct train, and it is easy to find from the airport. You don't have to go outside.

According to http://www.ns.nl/reisplanner-v2/index.shtml the one way trip will cost you €11.60. And you have two options per hour

Travelling by taxi would be significantly more expensive if you take a taxi directly from the airport. I can't predict the exact cost, but you should not expect anywhere less than €80,- (estimate, this is an absolute lower bound).

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(+1) I think the meter price is going to be over EUR 100 (that's what it costs to Delft) but you can always arrange a fixed fare beforehand (do know what to expect, some taxis will quote you a price over the meter price). –  Relaxed May 20 at 20:13
    
With IC Direct price will add 2.30 –  Eugen Martynov Jun 15 at 11:27
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Unless paying by card (for which there are machines, with English as an option, scattered all round the concourse and even in the baggage collection area) there is a Euro 0.50 surcharge for a train fare bought at the counter (but no queues!) The platforms are below the concourse area and tickets are not available at that lower level. The trains are clean, fast, quiet, safe and I travelled in (to Den Haag – which is en route to Rotterdam) two months ago.

However the taxi from Centraal to my hotel was more than I expected so on return (with luggage to collect en route) I took a taxi. From the Schiphol side of Den Haag that was Euro 75, including a fairly generous tip*. Rotterdam is 30% more mileage than Den Haag and with taxis from airports generally being more expensive than vice versa I would agree with not expect anywhere less than Euro 80- without prior arrangements I would budget for Euro 120 in your case.

The journey time by train should be about an hour plus however long you have to wait for a train and take to get from Rotterdam Station but by taxi should be similar.

* As an (irrelevant!) aside, my taxi driver explained en route that the many wind turbines, replacements for windmills I somewhat regret, are for pumping water rather than generating electricity for the grid. Seemingly the Schiphol area is metres below sea level and the airport name is taken from the days when the area was a harbour for ships that floated rather than flew.

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Schiphol is indeed on reclaimed land (an area called Haarlemmermeer but (most) modern pumping station are electric (some diesel motors are still in operation I think). Since both the turbines and the pumping stations would be connected to the grid anyway, the distinction seems a bit artificial. –  Relaxed May 21 at 11:50
    
@Relaxed Agreed - but he was a taxi driver, not an electrician. –  pnuts May 21 at 12:04
    
IC Direct gives 26 minutes from Schiphol to Rotterdam central –  Eugen Martynov Jun 15 at 11:26
    
@EugenMartynov FYRA has 27 minutes but seems normally runs twice an hour so may not arrive any sooner than a more frequent service. –  pnuts Jun 30 at 19:19
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