A Travel Price Comparison for Netherlands Rotterdam vs. Delft for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Rotterdam or Delft?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Rotterdam and Delft. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Rotterdam or Delft?

Rotterdam

Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and has the largest port in Europe. It's famously known as a city of architecture. In a few square kilometers of the city center you can get a complete overview of twentieth century architecture within Rotterdam.

Rotterdam is a very diverse, international, and hard working city. Nearly half of the city's population is not native to the Netherlands or have at least one parent from outside the country. Muslim's make up a significant portion of the population. Other area's represented include Cape Verde and the Dutch Antilles.

There's an air of optimism that permeates the entire city. There are frequent events, festivals and performances, making Rotterdam an enjoyable place to spend some time. Water is also an integral part of the city design.

Delft

Delft is a wonderful, traditional town in the Netherlands that has historical architecture, numerous canals, bicyclists, and the popular, locally produced blue and white ceramics. The city itself is moderately sized and can easily be explored as a day trip. Alternatively, it's large enough to serve as a base if you wish to explore other parts of the region. Most people head to Amsterdam and then leave the Netherlands, but Delft offers an interesting alternative for those hoping to experience the Dutch culture on a more personal scale.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best River Cruises from Amsterdam, The Best Bicycle Tours in Netherlands, The Best Luxury Tours to Netherlands, and The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Netherlands.


Which place is cheaper, Delft or Rotterdam?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Rotterdam is €152, while the average daily cost in Delft is €119. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Rotterdam and Delft in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Rotterdam 77
    Delft 76
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Rotterdam 154
    Delft 152
Compare Hotels in Rotterdam and Delft

Looking for a hotel in Rotterdam or Delft? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Rotterdam


Hotels in Delft


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Rotterdam Hotel Prices and Delft Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Rotterdam 26
    Delft 7.14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rotterdam

Also for Rotterdam, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Rotterdam to Rotterdam Airport (RTM) - Departure Private Transfer: $39
  • Rotterdam Private Transfer to Schiphol Airport & Amsterdam City: $149
  • Rotterdam Private Transfer to Rotterdam Airport RTM in Sedan Car: $81
  • Rotterdam Private Transfer to Rotterdam Airport RTM by Luxury Van: $88
  • Rotterdam Airport(RTM) to Rotterdam - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $77
  • Rotterdam Airport RTM Round-Trip Private Transfer: $163
  • Rotterdam Airport RTM Private Transfer to Rotterdam in Sedan Car: $81
  • Rotterdam Airport RTM Private Transfer to Rotterdam by Luxury Van: $88
  • Rotterdam Airport (RTM) to Rotterdam - Arrival Private Transfer: $39
  • Private transfer from Rotterdam cruise port to Amsterdam: $163
  • Private transfer from Rotterdam cruise port to AMS Schiphol: $163
  • Private transfer Schiphol (AMS) to/from Rotterdam.: $168

Is it cheaper to fly into Rotterdam or Delft?

Prices for flights to both Delft and Rotterdam change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Rotterdam 54
    Delft 37

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rotterdam

For Rotterdam, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Self-Guided Rotterdam BiteMe Food Tour: $43
  • 4-Hour Food Tour - Self-guided: $49
  • Guided Food Tour: $80
  • Guided Walking Food Tour: $86
  • Biking Rotterdam Food Tour with Local Guide: $87
  • Walking Rotterdam Food Tour: $87
  • WALKING DINNER ROTTERDAM | 3 courses + 3 drinks and a lot of fun: $88
  • Food Tour by Bike: $92
  • Private Walking Food Tour of Rotterdam: $121
  • Rotterdam Private 2-Hour Food Tour with Tastings: $163
  • Private Multicultural Bike Food Tour: $275

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Rotterdam 32
    Delft 11

Tours and Activities in Rotterdam

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Rotterdam.

  • "Remastered" Audiovisual Experience in Rotterdam: $27
  • 2 hour Guided Walking Tour Rotterdam: $3.25
  • 2-Hour Walking Tour in Gouda All inclusive: $19
  • 90 Minutes Self-Guided Family Friendly Walking Tour in Gouda: $27
  • All Inclusive, Private Tour Rotterdam + Euromast 360º view: $209
  • Best of small-group walking tour: $88
  • Best of small-group walking tour: $98
  • Boat & Beer Walking Tour: $98
  • Breda Highlight Bike Tour: $32
  • Breda: Walking Tour with Audio Guide on App: $7.33
  • Charming Gouda Cheese Tasting Tour: $219
  • Discover Breda with a self-guided Outside Escape city game tour!: $28

Tours and Activities in Delft

For Delft, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 2 Hour Walking Tour of Delft With a local guide: $3.25
  • Charms of Dutch Heritage Delft Walking Tour: $422
  • Delft - Scootertour in and around the city: $27
  • Delft Family Delights Walking Tour: $432
  • Delft Private Walking Tour: $271
  • 2-Hour Christmas Walking Tour: $868
  • Canal Cruise with Guided Commentary: $14
  • Canal House Museum 'Paul Tetar van Elven' Ticket: $10
  • City Center Walking Tour: $20
  • City Tour with Dutch Food and Drink: $86
  • Entrance Ticket for the Old and New Churches: $9.22
  • Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame: $32

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Rotterdam 19
    Delft 16

Sample the Local Flavors in Rotterdam

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Rotterdam:

  • Beer Brewery Noordt Tastings with Optional Tour: $8.14
  • Heineken Building former brewery | Guided Tour: $8.14
  • Stadshaven Brewery Tour with Beer Tastings: $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Delft

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Delft:

  • Delft Pub Trail : Pub crawl with interactive online game: $12


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Rotterdam and Delft, we can see that Rotterdam is more expensive. And not only is Delft much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Delft would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Delft and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Rotterdam would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Rotterdam than you might in Delft.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Rotterdam Expensive? and Is Delft Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Rotterdam or Delft?

Rotterdam has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Delft. When comparing the sizes of Rotterdam and Delft, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Rotterdam or Delft?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Rotterdam or Delft in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Rotterdam and Delft. Most visitors come to Rotterdam for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In the summer, Rotterdam is around the same temperature as Delft. Typically, the summer temperatures in Rotterdam in July average around 17°C (62°F), and Delft averages at about 17°C (62°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Delft this time of the year. In Rotterdam, it's very sunny this time of the year. Rotterdam usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Delft during summer. Rotterdam gets 202 hours of sunny skies, while Delft receives 202 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Rotterdam usually receives around the same amount of rain as Delft. Rotterdam gets 75 mm (3 in) of rain, while Delft receives 75 mm (3 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Rotterdam 17°C (62°F) 
    Delft 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Rotterdam or Delft in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Rotterdam as well as Delft. The autumn months attract visitors to Rotterdam because of the city's sights and attractions and the shopping scene.

In October, Rotterdam is generally around the same temperature as Delft. Daily temperatures in Rotterdam average around 11°C (51°F), and Delft fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

In the autumn, Rotterdam often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Delft. Rotterdam gets 105 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Delft receives 105 hours of full sun.

Rotterdam usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Delft. Rotterdam gets 72 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Delft receives 72 mm (2.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Rotterdam 11°C (51°F) 
    Delft 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Rotterdam or Delft in the Winter?

Both Delft and Rotterdam are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Rotterdam this time of year.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Delft. It's quite cold in Rotterdam in the winter. Rotterdam is around the same temperature as Delft in the winter. The daily temperature in Rotterdam averages around 2°C (36°F) in January, and Delft fluctuates around 2°C (36°F).

Rotterdam usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Delft during winter. Rotterdam gets 47 hours of sunny skies, while Delft receives 47 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Rotterdam usually receives around the same amount of rain as Delft. Rotterdam gets 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Delft receives 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Rotterdam 2°C (36°F) 
    Delft 2°C (36°F)

Should I visit Rotterdam or Delft in the Spring?

Both Delft and Rotterdam during the spring are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Rotterdam for the activities around the city.

In the spring, Rotterdam is around the same temperature as Delft. Typically, the spring temperatures in Rotterdam in April average around 8°C (46°F), and Delft averages at about 8°C (46°F).

In the spring, Rotterdam often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Delft. Rotterdam gets 158 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Delft receives 158 hours of full sun.

Rotterdam usually gets around the same amount of rain in April as Delft. Rotterdam gets 52 mm (2 in) of rain, while Delft receives 52 mm (2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Rotterdam 8°C (46°F) 
    Delft 8°C (46°F)

Typical Weather for Delft and Rotterdam

Rotterdam Delft
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 2°C (36°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 2°C (36°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
Feb 3°C (37°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 3°C (37°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Mar 5°C (41°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 5°C (41°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Apr 8°C (46°F) 52 mm (2 in) 8°C (46°F) 52 mm (2 in)
May 12°C (54°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Jun 15°C (59°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 15°C (59°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Jul 17°C (62°F) 75 mm (3 in) 17°C (62°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Aug 17°C (62°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 17°C (62°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Sep 14°C (57°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 14°C (57°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Oct 11°C (51°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 11°C (51°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Nov 6°C (43°F) 81 mm (3.2 in) 6°C (43°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Dec 3°C (38°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 3°C (38°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)