Slogan: Aardig onderweg (Dutch, rough translation - "Great route")
A transport company that provides passenger transportation on the territory of Rotterdam and its suburbs. Under jurisdiction RET Intra-city tram and bus routes, taxis, as well as metro and electric train lines that go far beyond the city limits are included.
Rotterdamsche Tramweg Maatschappij N.V. (RTM) was founded in 1978. This company was engaged in the transportation of passengers both in Rotterdam itself and in its environs, including even such rather remote cities as Dordrecht (Dordrecht). Then horse-drawn and steam transport was used for this. RTM was the forerunner of RET.
The history of RET begins on April 7, 1904. And on September 18, 1905, the first electric tram line number "1" was launched in Rotterdam for the first time, passing through almost the entire city. In half a year there were already five such lines. The company was then called Rotterdamsche Electric Tramweg Maatschappij (RETM) - Rotterdam Electric Tram Society.
By the end of 1910, there were already 10 tram lines. The maximum number of lines fell on 1930, when their number reached 25. In the future, they began to be crowded by bus routes and the subway. Now the number of tram lines in Rotterdam has been reduced to nine. But the very first tram depot has survived to this day. By the way, there is a tram route number 10 in the city - this is a tourist route that takes visitors to historical places and introduces them to the city. There are real museum exhibits on the route - trams specially preserved for this purpose.
The first bus line appeared in Rotterdam in 1904. The metro was launched much later - in 1968.
The name RETM lasted until April 4, 1927, when it was decided to change it to simply RET, which it has remained to this day.
Like most transport operators in the Netherlands, RET adheres to the Uniform National Tariff System. This means that the fare in Rotterdam is no different from the cost in other cities.