Tips for Rotterdam mini-bus and coach tourism

Useful tips for Rotterdam bus groups with ‘what to see’ and ‘what to do’ items and  ‘bus- friendly’ or must see tourist sites in Rotterdam. Check our list of attractions before planning your bus tour with a stop or departure in Rotterdam. Let us know if your favourite attraction or ‘bus-stop’ is not there and you think we should add it to our list of Rotterdam highlights.

Rotterdam - what to see and to visit during your day trip with a rented bus with driver

Visit Rotterdam by bus? Make sure to take time for these special places and sites


Rotterdam credit: Moyan Brenn CC BY 2.0


The Euromast is the highest public Tower of Netherlands. The tower was built in 1960 on the occasion of the Floriade. When the Euromast was built the building was in that time 107 metres high. In 1970, there is an 85 metre high building situated on the Euromast. The tower has a glass elevator accessible to spectators. The taper mast of the tower is known as the symbol of Rotterdam. On 112 feet height can be there overnight in the exclusive suites with breathtaking views of the international port of Rotterdam. You can also go to the Euromast Braserie and have diner with a spectaculair view from 96 metres height over Rotterdam.

City of Rotterdam - Euromast

City of Rotterdam - Euromast credit: Frans Berkelaar CC BY-SA 2.0


One of the largest ports in Europe is the port of Rotterdam. After digging the Nieuwe Waterweg (1866 to 1872) is the port of Rotterdam situated. On 14 May 1940 the harbour is destroyed by the Germans. After the second world war began the reconstruction of the city. To get an impression of the port, different boat tours were offered. One of these boat trips is offered by Spido. A tour of the port of Rotterdam is about 75 minutes. Reservations for groups that come by bus is very handy.


The koopgoot is a partially underground shopping street in the Centre of Rotterdam. The official name of the koopgoot is Beurstraverse and is located on the Coolsingel. Initially the Koopgoot intends for the exit of the metro station Beurs. So could the pedestrian avoid the crowds at the Coolsingel. From 1991 to 1996, the Koopgoot has been changed and made more attractive for shopping public. Most stores are below street level, apart from the shops C&A and de Bijenkorf. These stores are developed into above street level.

Markthal - City of Rotterdam

Markthal - City of Rotterdam credit: Frans Berkelaar CC BY-SA 2.0

Diergaarde Blijdorp

You may know this zoo still from a school trip. Rotterdam Blijdorp Zoo originally started in 1855 with a garden, equipped for pheasants and waterfowl. Over the years the grounds extended and visitors could come. That time the garden was only allowed to visit by the members of the Association.
During the large bombardment in Rotterdam, the Zoo was so damaged that many animals were killed or escaped. Diergaarde Blijdorp was completely restored and reopened on 7 July 1940. Today, the elephants, giraffes and zebras, polar bears can not be missed in the Zoo. The park is open every day, but there has to be to take account of the summer and winter time. Diergaarde Blijdorp has a private car park with space for buses and coaches. Parking tickets may be achieved at the registers or vending machines.

Greta oto, Diergaarde Blijdorp

Greta oto, Diergaarde Blijdorp credit: Tim Strater CC BY-SA 2.0

Restaurants good food and specialties in Rotterdam

As a port city Rotterdam is the specialty of the city fish. There are many fish restaurants in the city. In addition to fish the city is also very different in the culinary field. For people who don’t like fish, may go to Brazilian, Turkish and Portuguese restaurants.

Pizza baker, Rotterdam

Pizza baker, Rotterdam credit: zoetnet CC BY 2.0

Maria Bonita

Highly recommended is the restaurant Maria Bonita. This restaurant is situated at the Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam. This Brazilian restaurant has a large selection of fish, steak, organic-and chicken dishes. Later in the evening you can enjoy yourself at the trendy bar with music and/or DJs. Next to the restaurant and the bar is Maria Bonita ideal for renting out rooms. A great stop for a bus full of hungry tourists.

Restaurant Las Palmas

For those who love fish, the restaurant Las Palmas is ideal. This restaurant is located on the Wilhelminakade. Las Palmas specializes in unique seafood, such as oysters, the dish and the shellfish. In addition to his specialty fish, there are also meat, wild and poultry on the menu to find. Las Palmas is the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two with à la carte cuisine to the rental of private areas for business dinners.

Visits in and around Rotterdam

Visits by minibus, on the water or both or rather running?

Amphibious Tour with Splashtours

To the city of Rotterdam in a special way to discover you can take a tour with Splashtours. They drive with amphibious buses. Yes, you read it correctly. These buses can also sail. The bus driver also has a driver"s license a license and there are life jackets in case anyone accidentally opens the door while sailing through the port of Rotterdam.
The Splashtour take you to the most beautiful spots of Rotterdam. The highlight of the tour is the sensational dive in the river Maas. The sailing bus ride through the impressive skyline of Rotterdam. To rent a bus for your group, you can request a quote here. For single ticket sales are available at the VVV Rotterdam,

at rubik

at rubik"s credit: batintherain CC BY-SA 2.0

Walking tour of the city

To experience the city in a quiet way, you can make a walk through the city. One of the most popular walking and hiking routes in Rotterdam is the Rotterdam Maasstad NS-walking tour. This tour starts and finishes at the central station of Rotterdam. The trip is about 15 km long and will take you to the historic Delfshaven, unique bridges and historic ships. On route of this tour is the Euromast. From which you have a unique and impressive views over the Nieuwe Maas.
In addition to the walking tour with historical highlights you can also discover the shops in Rotterdam. The Centre of Rotterdam is a 5-minute walk from Central Station. The stores are open 7 days a week.


After exploring the city you can blend into the nightlife of Rotterdam. The Centre of Rotterdam has it all. Whether you like pop, salsa or dance please, there are plenty of entertainment options.
In the Centre of Rotterdam are dozens of cafes, restaurants and nightclubs that discovering the nightlife.

Club Vie

Club Vie is an ideal venue for those who enjoy fancy and luxury. Club Vie has the look of Miami combined with stunning penthouse from New York. This club is open 6 days a week and is located on the Maasboulevard.


Among the young people from Rotterdam the Maassilo very popular. Maassilo is located on the South side of the maas river port of Rotterdam. The Maassilo is known for the much-discussed events where an innovative mix of dance, pop, art and theatre.

Maassilo, Rotterdam

Maassilo, Rotterdam credit: Luke Price CC BY 2.0

Rotterdam Casino

If you need any more interested in quiet and cozy evening at the casino, then is Holland Casino Rotterdam excellent for you. Holland Casino Rotterdam is located at the Weena, a 5-minute walk from the main train Station and the Centre of Rotterdam. In addition to the size range of fun you can also grab a snack in the cozy and intimate restaurant TOMS. The casino is open until 22:00 during the week and on Fridays and Saturdays until 23:00.


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