To use public transport in Rotterdam, you'll need to buy a 'OV-Chipkaart' (Public Transport Chip Card), which is usable for all metro, tram, and bus lines operated by RET. Tourists can buy an anonymous OV-Chipkaart for €7.50 from ticket machines in all metro and train stations. ARRIVA and Connexxion buses operate outside the metropolitan area.
Taxis are available from taxi ranks or by telephone: the minimum charge is €2.30, and each subsequent kilometre is €2.20. A cheaper option are the Thai-influenced tuk-tuks, which operate on a zone system and charge fares starting at €3.50 for one person and €5 for two people.
Like most Dutch cities, Rotterdam is very bicycle-friendly with separate lanes and traffic lights for cyclists. Bicycles are often the fastest way to travel in Rotterdam, and are available to hire near the Central Station.
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