Replacement bus services for Hoek van Holland Line from 1 April 2017

On Friday 31 March 2017, the last train will use the railway line between Hoek van Holland and Schiedam Centrum ('Hoekse Lijn'). Before the metro can run on this line, the track, safety systems and stations need to be modified. During this work, RET will be laying on replacement bus services between the stations along the line.

For public transport travel between Hoek van Holland and Schiedam Centrum, you can choose between express bus services and a stopping bus service.

  • Bus line 711: express service between Hoek van Holland Zeeplein and Schiedam Centrum station
  • Bus line 712: express service between Maassluis West station and Schiedam Centrum station
  • Bus line 713: stopping service between Hoek van Holland Zeeplein and Schiedam Centrum station
  • Bus lines 56 and 156: regular bus services between Vlaardingen West and Vlaardingen Oost stations to Vijfsluizen metro station

Kaart vervangend vervoer Hoekse Lijn

Replacement bus services on the Hoek van Holland Line

You can use the stopping service to travel to any station along the railway line between Hoek van Holland and Schiedam Centrum, whereas the express services take you directly between Hoek van Holland or Maassluis and Schiedam Centrum station or between Vlaardingen and Vijfsluizen metro station. Buses run at least as often as the trains did. On weekdays, the buses run from 5:30 a.m., on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. and on Sundays and public holidays from 8:00 a.m. Buses run daily until 24:30. On beach days and during events, RET will lay on additional buses at busy times. Please allow for extra travel time and possibly an additional change when using the replacement bus services.

Bus line 711: express service between Hoek van Holland Zeeplein and Schiedam Centrum station
This bus line stops at the stops Zeeplein, Hoek van Holland Strand and Hoek van Holland Haven in Hoek van Holland, and at Schiedam Centrum station. Travel time is about 30 minutes. Frequency:

  • Four times per hour during the morning and afternoon rush hours on weekdays.
  • Three times per hour during the daytime on weekdays.
  • Twice per hour during the daytime at weekends and every evening.

Bus line 712: express service between Maassluis West and Schiedam Centrum station
This bus line stops at Maassluis West, Maassluis Centrum and Schiedam Centrum stations. The journey time between Maassluis West and Schiedam Centrum station is approximately 20 minutes. Frequency:

  • Eight times per hour during the morning and afternoon rush hours on weekdays.
  • Six times per hour during the daytime on weekdays.
  • Four times per hour during the daytime on Saturdays.
  • Three times per hour during the daytime on Sundays and every evening.

Bus line 713: stopping service between Hoek van Holland Zeeplein and Schiedam Centrum station
This bus line stops at all existing NS stations along the Hoek van Holland Line, at the Zeeplein stop in Hoek van Holland and at the Vondelstraat stop in Vlaardingen. Frequency:

  • Twice per hour daily from the start of service to the end of service every day.
  • The stopping service runs more frequently between Vlaardingen West and Schiedam Centrum – 6 times per hour during rush hours.

Bus lines 56 and 156: regular bus services between Vlaardingen West and Vlaardingen Oost stations to Vijfsluizen metro station
Travellers heading for Rotterdam can use bus lines 56 and 156 between Vlaardingen West and Vlaardingen Oost stations and Vijfsluizen metro station before continuing their journey to Rotterdam by metro. Bus line 156 is an extra bus line which follows the route of bus line 56 on the route between Vlaardingen West, Vlaardingen Oost and Vijfsluizen.

Travellers from Vlaardingen changing at Schiedam Centrum station can use bus line 713: the stopping service which stops in Vlaardingen at the stations Vlaardingen West, Vlaardingen Centrum and Vlaardingen Oost and at the Vondelstraat stop.

The journey between Vlaardingen West station and Vijfsluizen metro station takes approximately 20 minutes.
Bus line 56 will run according to the usual timetable; bus line 156 will provide additional frequency on line 56 between Vlaardingen West, Vlaardingen Oost and Vijfsluizen. Overall frequency on bus lines 56 and 156:

  • Twelve times per hour during the morning and afternoon rush hours on weekdays.
  • Eight times per hour during off-peak hours on weekdays.
  • Twice per hour at weekends and every evening.

Check the time tables here:
- bus line 56 
- bus line 156 

Travel products and travel costs

From 1 April 2017, the railway between Hoek van Holland Strand and Schiedam Centrum is being converted into a metro line operated by RET. The last NS train will run on 31 March 2017. NS trains will continue to run between Schiedam Centrum and Rotterdam Centraal. Until 31 March 2017, you will still be able to use NS travel products and tickets to travel by train between Hoek van Holland Strand, Schiedam Centrum and Rotterdam Centraal. From 1 April 2017, transport will be provided by RET and you will need an RET travel product for your journey.
View RET travel products here.

RET's rates and national and regional travel products for bus, tram and metro apply to travel on RET 
On the bus, we check in and out using our “OV-chipkaart” (public transport chip card). For a journey with the replacement bus service (bus lines 711, 712 and 713), you pay the same as you will for the same journey on the metro line between Hoek van Holland and Schiedam Centrum from Autumn 2017. For bus line 56 and the extra bus line 156, the normal travel charges for bus line 56 will apply. You can travel on pay-as-you go credit ('reizen op Saldo') as well as using RET, national and regional travel products for bus, tram and metro. NS travel products are not valid on RET. Ticket machines/charging points will be placed at the stops of the replacement bus services at the existing NS stations between Hoek van Holland and Schiedam Centrum. At these machines, you can top up your balance or load a travel product onto your OV-chipkaart. Don't have an OV-chipkaart and/or only travelling once? In this case, you can buy an individual travel product from these machines.
Information about the OV-chipkaart

Which travel product do I need to travel between Hoek van Holland and Schiedam on the replacement bus service?
RET's rates and national and regional travel products for bus, tram and metro apply to the replacement bus service. Which travel product you need for your journey on RET depends on your destination, how often you travel and your age.
View RET travel products here.

Which travel product do I need to travel on the Hoek van Holland Line by metro?
RET's rates and national and regional travel products for bus, tram and metro apply to the metro. Which travel product you need for your journey on RET depends on your destination, how often you travel and your age.
View RET travel products here.
If you would like to stay up-to-date on news about travel products, subscribe to the Dutch-language newsletter about the metro on the railway line between Hoek van Holland and Schiedam Centrum.

I currently travel on NS using pay-as-you-go credit ('reizen op Saldo'). Which RET travel product is the best choice for me?
You can continue to travel on RET using pay-as-you-go credit on your OV-chipkaart. The only difference is that you will now be paying RET rates.
If you travel by public transport more than three times per year and use one or more public transport companies, it is best to travel using pay-as-you go credit on an anonymous or personal OV-chipkaart. That way, you pay a basic rate per kilometre travelled and per journey.

  • Older travellers (aged 65+) and children (aged 4 -11) automatically receive a 34% discount on the basic rate and the kilometre rate when using a personal OV-chipkaart.
  • Older residents (aged 65+) of the Rotterdam, Barendrecht, and Capelle aan den IJssel municipalities and residents of Schiedam and Ridderkerk (aged 65+) municipality with a low income travel free on RET on weekdays after 9.00 a.m., at weekends and on public holidays.
  • With a personal OV-chipkaart, you can opt for automatic top-ups from your bank account. That means you will always have enough funds to be able to travel and you will no longer need to use the charging machines.

Discounted travel with pay-as-you-go credit

  • Children (aged 4 - 11) and older travellers (aged 65+) automatically receive a 34% discount if they use a personal OV-chipkaart with pay-as-you-go credit ('Reizen op saldo').
  • If you travel very frequently (daily) within a month exclusively on RET, but not always in the same zones, you can opt for RET MaandKorting (monthly discount). With RET MaandKorting, you can travel on RET for one month at 20% or 40% off the normal fare for pay-as-you-go travel on credit.
  • To qualify for RET MaandKorting, you need a personal OV-chipkaart.
  • Do you spend more than € 31.50 on travel every month and are you aged between 12 and 64? If so, pay-as-you-go on credit with RET MaandKorting 20% is the most economical way to travel.
  • Do you spend more than € 57.50 on travel every month and are you aged between 19 and 64? If so, RET MaandKorting 40% is an attractive option.
  • Only use RET MaandKorting if you only travel on RET and not with any other public transport company.
  • If you use buses, trams or metros operated by other public transport companies as well as RET, the Altijd Korting travel product is a good alternative.

Regional Subscription: an alternative to the Route Subscription
Do you travel very frequently (daily) within a certain period of time, for example, to work or school? If so, the Regional Subscription (Regio Abonnement) is a good choice. This gives you unlimited travel for a month or year for a fixed amount on the lines operated by RET, Arriva, Connexxion, HTM and HTMbuzz within the province of Zuid-Holland.

  • The Regional Subscription is available at full-priced and discount rates. Children (4 -11), young people (12 -18) and older travellers (65+) are entitled to discounts.
  • For a Regional Subscription, you need a personal OV-chipkaart.
  • As with other types of tickets, with a Regional Subscription you swipe in and out for every journey.
  • You decide for yourself which area you want your Regional Subscription to be valid in: this will depend on your chosen central zone and the star value. It is important that your journeys always fall within the subscription's area of validity.

The advantage of a Regional Subscription compared to a Route Subscription is that you can travel freely in different zones instead of on just one route. With a 4-star Regional Subscription you can, for example, travel free between Hoek van Holland, Den Haag Centraal, Alexanderpolder and Spijkenisse.

Are you already travelling using a Regional Subscription? If so, you can have this subscription modified for your journey on the Hoek van Holland Line with RET free of charge.
product conditions for Regional Subscription (in Dutch)

Will I still be able to use my NS travel product on RET after 1 April 2017?
NS travel products are not valid on RET. View the travel products which are valid on RET here.
You can continue to use your OV-chipkaart as before.

By metro on the Hoek van Holland Line in 2017

In the autumn of 2017, metros will start using the railway line between Hoek van Holland and Schiedam Centrum. We will then be able to travel between Nesselande and Hoek van Holland Haven on metro line B, and between Binnenhof and Vlaardingen West on metro line A at rush hours during the week. The new metro link to Hoek van Holland will mean more frequent daily connections between Hoek van Holland and Rotterdam and vice versa. RET will be deploying new and modernised rolling stock which is quiet and comfortable. Carriages will be equipped with Wi-Fi and level entries. The existing stations along the Hoek van Holland Line will be fully modernised, accessible for scootmobile, wheelchair and pram. All metro stations will be provided with check in / check out gates.