As direct Eurostar services between London to Amsterdam increase two to three daily during the week, one to two a day at weekends, we tell you all you need to know about this fantastic train route.
Travelling from London to Amsterdam direct on Eurostar
There are lots of myths about Amsterdam and one of the biggest is that it is only possible to get there easily from the UK by flying. Or taking a long bus journey. Since Eurostar introduced a new route between London and Amsterdam in 2018, you can now travel between these two cool cities in a way that doesn’t involve airports, excess carbon emissions or, indeed, excess luggage costs. Also, travelling by train between London and Amsterdam means that you go straight into the heart of both cities. Dam, it’s good.
Although this is the most brilliant way to travel between London and Amsterdam, there are still a couple of glitches on this route, which basically come down to passport control. We have been assured that these will be ironed out in the near future but, for now, If you are travelling from Amsterdam to London, you have to disembark in Brussels for passport control, and then board the Eurostar to finish your journey. Travelling between London and Amsterdam is easier and direct, with passport control all handled in London. The reason for this is that London’s Kings Cross St. Pancras, Brussels, Lille and Paris have all had border control facilities since the get go, but Amsterdam and Rotterdam (also on this route) don’t yet have them. For now.
Journey time between Amsterdam and London by train
The journey from London to Amsterdam takes 3 hrs 53 mins, but a longer 4 hrs 42 mins when travelling in the opposite direction because of the change in Brussels. However, this also means that you don’t have to wait for a scheduled Eurostar service in Amsterdam to embark on this journey. You can jump on another high-speed and more frequent Thalys service as far as Brussels, where you get off to go through passport control, and then then link up with a Eurostar service there. With up to ten trains per day travelling between Brussels and London that really opens up your options, all of which you will see when you go to book your ticket.
How to book London to Amsterdam by train tickets
Sound complicated? It isn’t. Just book with us and we will show you all the times and prices of trains, as well as the service you can travel on, and how much time you have to make your connection in Brussels for passport control and train hopping on the way back. For the most part, you can book up to six months in advance. If you are booking a return ticket, you need to book the journey from Amsterdam to London separately, due to the obligatory change in Brussels. You may also be interested in our blog Travelling on Eurostar - all you need to know.
Day trips from Amsterdam
The train network in the Netherlands is superb, so do think about building in other towns into your visit. Delft, for example, is just an hour from Amsterdam, has a lot fewer visitors but plenty of charm, canals and cycle routes. The Hague is just 50 mins from Amsterdam and a place that is all about peace, whether it is at the Peace Palace, its tranquil art galleries or strolling along its beaches at Scheveningen and Kijkduin. You may also enjoy our blog on cycling trails in The Netherlands.
Photo credits top to bottom: Black bike Amsterdam iStock ©republica, girl holding tulips in Amsterdam iStock ©azgek, Vondelpark in Amsterdam iStock ©franckreporter, The Hague beach sunset iStock ©GAPS
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