A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
*Stupid post alert!*
I was planning a short visit to Rotterdam a long time ago (like in early September). However,
every time I checked the “werk aan het spoor (construction in the station)” on the NS website,
the train leaving from Den Haag Holland Spoor to Rotterdam Centraal was always canceled,
especially on the weekends when I actually have time to go for a “dagje uit”. I was in a
continuous depression until I randomly heard from my (distant immigrant) family that there is
a metro line connecting Den Haag and Rotterdam.
Hooray! It sounds stupid that, I’ve been living here for more than 2 years, and traveled to
R’dam for more than 10 times, but I still don’t know that metro exists in the Netherlands.
How awesome that I fount an alternative approach to escape from Den Haag! I checked on the
RET website, there is indeed a metro (Lijn E) running between Slinge (Rotterdam) to Den Haag
Centraal Station. Usually a retour will cost 9 euros if you use your OV-chipkaart. To save
money, you can buy a 2 * 1 uur (1 hour) ticket on the RET machine on Platform 11 in Den Haag
Centraal for 6 euros, with which you save at least 3 euros. This metro line has multiple stops
including Rotterdam Centraal, Beurs (the glorious and prosperous city center of Rotterdam),
and Wilhelminaplein, where the Grand Theater of Rotterdam locates. Sounds awesome, right?
I got off at Maashaven and immediately saw my (distant immigrant) family waiting for me at
the metro station. I had a very nice day with great food, good weather, and heart-warming talks.
“Werk aan het spoor” again? Calm down my friends, try taking the metro next time when
going to Rotterdam from Den Haag! I’m sure it’s also gonna be fun for you.
P.S. I am sorry for any Dutch phrases in this post; I am taking
Dutch – Beginners course in Leiden University College at this moment and I am really bad at
switching back and forth between Dutch and English. I am also sorry for those who already
took the metro for 1000 times and took its existence as a normal pattern. Oh and just to
clarify, this is totally not a commercial for RET or the NS! 😉
——by Xueyan Xing, coming all the way from China, studying at Leiden University
College The Hague