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Warning: As I was hitching out of Rotterdam, the people in the cars where insulting me and showing me their middle finger. Eventhough it happened to me before it was never as bad as in Rotterdam :-( Bikepunk (talk)
Close to Blijdorp metro station, there is a fuel station Texaco at the beginning of A13, very easy to reach. If you get out of metro, follow the road S113 and pass by the park with a little lake, go under the bridge and you should already see the spot. It did not look busy but hitch-hiking with a sign can be probably also possible because cars are still relatively slow and there is a lot of shoulder.
East towards Utrecht, Arnhem, Apeldoorn, Amersfoort, Germany (A20)
- 1 Hitchhiking out
- 1.1 Northwest towards Delft, Den Haag (A13)
- 1.2 East towards Utrecht, Arnhem, Apeldoorn, Amersfoort, Germany (A20) E 25
- 1.3 West towards Hoek van Holland and ferries to England
- 1.4 South towards Dordrecht, Breda, Antwerp, Lille (A16) E 19
- 1.5 South towards Berg-op-Zoom, Middelbourg, Antwerpen, Gent (A29, A4, A58)
- 2 Resources
- There is a great spot directly north of the central Station. It is about a 25 minute walk or take tram #25 in the direction of Schiebroek until the stop Schieweg, which is just before the tram goes up onto a bridge over the motorway. Continue walking in the same direction on the right-hand side. During peak hours the traffic is very heavy and is slowed down by traffic lights feeding the traffic onto the motorway at intervals. There is a small parking area, so drivers have ample room to stop.
- Another spot is on the A16. Take the Metro to Kralingse Zoom and walk south down the Kralingse Zoom and then left at the Abram van Rijckevorselweg until you get to a huge roundabout with an on-road. There's a lot of space for cars to stop and a lot of traffic, but getting on the other side of the roundabout can be a tad dangerous and it's probably technically speaking illegal to stand there. A sign is a must.
- A third spot is at 'Knooppunt Kleinpolderplein' at the A20 Walk a little bit with the bicycle path (50 mtr) and you can hitchhike just before the sign that shows you are entering the highway. It is a 10 minutes walk from ' Diergaarde Blijdorp' , the zoo. A sign is a must and probably also technically speaking illegal. I had to wait 30 min. for a car with the sign 'Utrecht' but a sign with 'Eerste Benzinestation' will do even better probably.
- As the best spots are often at a petrol station on the highway, one could also choose to take the train (direction Utrecht, Leewarder, Groningen, Zwolle, Uitgeest or Gouda Goverwelle) or metro (A or B direction Nesselande or Binnenhof) to Rotterdam Alexander. Here you can take bus 190 to Gouda and get off at Luxemburgsezoom. From here you walk a few meter back to the roundabout and you go right to the bridge over the highway. You do not want to go over the bridge but pass it on the left side. You can walk until the highway and go left to the petrol station. This spot can also be reached from metrostation 'de Tochten', however, a longer walk is necessary. You can find it by searching for 'BP de Vink'. All the cars on this highway go in the direction of Utrecht.
If you stand hitchhiking close to the petrol station the owner probably will ask you to go away. However, as this is public area, you are allowed to hitchhike there and they have no legal basis to send you away. Inside the petrol station shop they are allowed to send you away.
Most cars are heading to Utrecht. To get to Germany you could try your luck with a D sign or first try towards Arnhem for Köln and Frankfurt from a service area (the border service areas are large with high traffic volume).
Tip: Stand in a position where the street sign does not come between you and the drivers' view.
My personal advice is not to confuse drivers with 'D' signs or 'Arnhem' or 'Apeldoorn' as those are locations further away. The priority should be to get to any fuel station on the highway where by talking to people you can get a ride even as far as to Lithuania or Bulgaria. So a ride just for 20km to the first station is all what you need. Thus, I would recommend just putting 'Utrecht' on your sign - which is very clear and close. Once you are off the highway entrance you will not need a board anyway any more, then you can talk to people on the fuel stations. If you speak good English Dutch people will most likely take you if they can. Rozwal
West towards Hoek van Holland and ferries to England
The ferries from the Hook of Holland to England do not often carry trucks and therefore do not always offer free options. To get to the ferry terminal you can blackride the train to Hoek Van Hollland Haven. You can also hitch there from one of the many service stations on the A20 with someone going on the ferry. After speaking to drivers on the A20, most trucks passing through there terminate at the port, which means no free ferry. That being said, you could hitch to where they terminate and continue to Calais, though I have not tried this; At the Hook Of Holland you can ride a ferry to Harwich, England. It is hard if not impossible to get across without paying. On the ferry you can ask around to find someone driving to your destination, even walking around with a hitch sign, and possibly start a conversation (therobohobo did this and got a great ride to Liverpool) In Harwich there is an abandoned gas station you can sleep in.
South towards Dordrecht, Breda, Antwerp, Lille (A16)
Take tram line 21 (direction De Esch) to the Woudestein stop. Once in Woudestein you need to follow the big road in front of you. Keep walking in the direction of the Erasmus university. If looking for rides at traffic lights is your thing, then there's plenty of opportunity on the way. But if not, keep on going until you reach the motorway which crosses in front of you. It's about a 15 minute walk. The only place to stand now is next to the last traffic light. It is not ideal, but the previous spot described here is gone... Traffic density is quite high but unfortunately so is the speed of the traffic. It's best to have a sign here because although traffic can only be going north or south, there are plentiful exits on the way.
If you are someone who likes to hitch from petrol stations there is a Shell south of the city that feeds on to the A16. It is directly to the west of `Oude Plantage, De Esch, Rotterdam, The Netherlands` and is walking distance from Gerdesiaweg Rotterdam train station and from trams. It has good visibility for you and your potential rides and a slip road entering the station where your ride can stop. From the station, head South until you hit the river, then head west (left) and you will see the station on the side of the river. I waited here for 20 minutes to get a ride
South towards Berg-op-Zoom, Middelbourg, Antwerpen, Gent (A29, A4, A58)
Take tram line 25 to the terminus "Barendrecht Opstelstoor Carnisselande". Walk 5 min. towards left when facing the river. There is a ramp to get on the A29. Traffic is slowed down by traffic lights, there's a big emergency lane for the cars to stop and there is also a petrol station. I was there early in the morning and I waited max 10 minutes to get a ride all the way to Goes.