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Schiedam is a city and municipality in the province of South-Holland in the Netherlands and is part of the Rotterdam metropolitan area. The city is best known for Jenever (gin), its historical centre and the tallest old windmills in the world.
The nearest airport is Rotterdam The Hague Airport with (cheap) flights from selected cities in Europe. See the Rotterdam page. There is no direct public transportation connection to Schiedam. RET Bus 33 runs frequently to Rotterdam Centraal Station (in about 25 minutes), your other option is shuttle bus 50 which connects to metro station Meijersplein where you can transfer to metro line E to Rotterdam Centraal (total travel time about 20 minutes). From Rotterdam Centraal, you can take the train to Schiedam Centrum (5 minutes). As it's only 10 km to the centre of Schiedam a taxi can be a good alternative.
If you arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, take the train from there to Schiedam Centrum station. The fastest option is the Fyra high speed train to Breda, change at Rotterdam Centraal. Total travel time about 40 minutes. Note that a small supplement is required for Fyra trains. The cheapest but slightly slower option (50 minutes) is to take the intercity service to Rotterdam Centraal and change at Den Haag HS for the intercity to Dordrecht or Vlissingen. All trains are operated by NS .
The main train station is Schiedam Centrum which is well served by national rail (Nederlandse Spoorwegen ), with direct connections to Maassluis, Hoek van Holland, Delft, Den Haag, Leiden, Haarlem, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Dordrecht, Breda, Roosendaal, Middelburg and Vlissingen. For international trains ariving at Rotterdam Centraal Station, Schiedam Centrum is a 5 minute train ride from there. Schiedam Nieuwland train station is located north-west of the city centre and is served by the Hoek van Holland-Rotterdam Centraal railway line.
Schiedam can be reached via the A4 and A20. Any exit (Schiedam-Noord and Schiedam-Centrum on the A20 and Schiedam-West on the A4 near the Beneluxtunnel) will take you to the city center (follow Centrum). Near the center a P-route is signed which will guide you along parking locations. The parking garages are cheaper then on-street parking. When parking on-street, be advised that some meters (especially in residential areas of the center) only accept chipknip (a chipcard). Meters near tourist locations accept coins and some accept credit cards. Also watch for signs vergunninghouders where parking is only allowed for permit holders.
Eurolines  links Rotterdam with various cities of Europe. The Eurolines buses arrive in front of Rotterdam Centraal Station, from there it's a 5 minute train ride to Schiedam Centrum, or take tram line 21 or 23.
Watertaxi Rotterdam  has a landing stage at the Voorhaven. The city centre is a 15 minute walk through De Plantage, the oldest city park in The Netherlands.
The best way to explore the historic city centre is by foot. Museums, monumental buildings, windmills, restaurants and shops are all well within walking distance of each other. The OntdekSchiedam.nu website  offers a good city map and directory.
Like any city in The Netherlands, Schiedam is a very bicycle-friendly. Getting around by bike is probably the fastest way of travel within the city. There are separate bike lanes on most major streets. Avoid getting your tire in the tram rails. Always cross tram rails at an angle. Always lock your bike securely when leaving it, preferably chained to a fixed object.
There is a free, guarded bicycle parking near Koemarkt.
Schiedam Centrum station has a guarded bicycle parking and also offers bicycle rental services.
Although the historic city centre of Schiedam can be easily explored on foot, there is a good public transport service if you want to discover surrounding neighborhoods (or maybe your feet are a bit tired from the sightseeing). All metro and tram lines, and most of the bus lines are operated by RET. You need a OV-chipkaart to travel. The Strippenkaart is no longer valid.
Schiedam Centrum station is the terminus for metro lines A and B from Rotterdam. Metro line C continues along the western border of the historic centre towards Spijkenisse De Akkers station. From Schiedam Centrum it's a 5 minute walk to the heart of the centre. Alternatively, Parkweg station brings you within 300 meter walking distance of three of the largest windmills of the world.
RET operates tram lines 21 and 23 which share tracks in the city centre (and to Rotterdam). With a frequent service (10 minute intervals on each line), this gives you 5 minute intervals on the main section. Both lines connect to Schiedam Centrum station (train and metro) and Schiedam Nieuwland train station.
The windmills of Schiedam  are the highest in the world. There are six historic windmills in the centre. De Noord (the North) is a restaurant. De Palmboom (The Palmtree) is a museum. De Kameel (The Camel) is the newest. It is an exact reconstruction of the windmill that was broken down in 1868.
You should take normal precautions against pickpockets and baggage theft, especially in the main shopping streets, at markets, in trams and trains, at stations, and anywhere where tourists congregate.