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Travel from London to Amsterdam by direct Eurostar train

On October 1, 2023, Thalys became Eurostar. Thalys' red trains will stay the same, including the classes and services available on board, but every Thalys train now displays the Eurostar name and logo. 

➡️ Head to our dedicated Eurostar page for more information.

Planning a trip to the Dutch capital and need more information on how to travel by train from London to Amsterdam? Start your journey with us!  

On average, the journey time by train between London and Amsterdam is 4 hours, 52 minutes, but it can take just 3 hours, 55 minutes on the fastest services. On this route, you’ll be travelling directly with Eurostar, so you don’t need to worry about changing along the way.  

As soon as you’ve stepped on the train at London St Pancras station, you can start to enjoy the free WiFi, comfortable seating, power outlets and snacks from the Eurostar Café (Eurostar’s onboard bar buffet). If you enjoy traveling in style, why not upgrade to a First Class experience in Business Premier? You’ll receive a complimentary meal served at your seat.

Before you know it, your train will arrive at Amsterdam Centraal station, in the heart of the city. Once you’ve stepped off the train, you can begin your Amsterdam adventure! There are so many things to see and do it can be difficult to know where to begin. For inspiration, check out our guide to the 9 best things to do in Amsterdam, including a trip to Anne Frank’s House and the Van Gogh Museum. If you're visiting in winter, you could check out the Amsterdam Light Festival. You can even wander round some of the filming locations used in Ted Lasso on your visit to Amsterdam! Struggling to choose a hotel? We've got you covered there too, with our guide to Amsterdam's best hotels.

Keen to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from London to Amsterdam in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you’d like to read more information first, keep reading for FAQs, money-saving tips and train times.  

London to Amsterdam by train

It takes an average of 6h 3m to travel from London to Amsterdam by train, over a distance of around 220 miles (355 km). There are normally 10 trains per day traveling from London to Amsterdam and tickets for this journey start from $65.13 when you book in advance.

First train

6:16 am

Last train

7:34 pm

Departure station

London

Arrival station

Amsterdam

Journey time

From 3h 59m

Distance

220 miles (355 km)

Frequency

10 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $65.13

Train and bus operators

BlaBlaCar Bus, Eurostar, Flixbus

London to Amsterdam train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Amsterdam for Tuesday Jul 2nd 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
6:16 am 10:23 am 4h 7m, 1 change
7:04 am 11:53 am 4h 49m, 1 change
9:01 am 2:14 pm 5h 13m, 1 change
11:04 am 3:23 pm 4h 19m, 1 change
1:01 pm 5:53 pm 4h 52m, 1 change
3:04 pm 7:53 pm 4h 49m, 1 change
5:04 pm 9:53 pm 4h 49m, 1 change
6:04 pm 10:23 pm 4h 19m, 1 change
7:34 pm 7:25 am 11h 51m, 3 changes
7:34 pm 7:35 am 12h 1m, 1 change

Eurostar trains from London to Amsterdam

You can travel from London to Amsterdam on Eurostar trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoSmiley.toerist, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Eurostar is the exclusive high-speed train service that links London to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and the rest of Europe at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). All Eurostar trains have modern, comfortable facilities, plenty of room for baggage, and onboard food and beverage car. There are three comfort classes on offer – Standard, Standard Premier (equivalent to Premium Economy, with light refreshments served), and Business Premier (equivalent to First or Business Class, with flexible travel options, priority boarding, lounge access and delicious food and drink included). On October 1, 2023, Eurostar and Thalys joined forces and are now united under the Eurostar name. Eurostar now runs trains on more routes between France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. These trains, with their distinctive red color scheme, have three classes: Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to First Class, with lounge access included).

Eurostar classes from London to Amsterdam

Compare the different travel classes offered by Eurostar when traveling from London to Amsterdam.

Onboard services on Eurostar

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from London to Amsterdam.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

Although there's no weight limit for your baggage on Eurostar trains, you must be able to carry your bags safely by yourself.

Each bag must be clearly labeled and must be no longer than 33.4 inches (for trains to and from the United Kingdom) or no larger than 29.5 x 20.8 x 11.8 inches (for trains in Europe).

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Are you traveling to or from the United Kingdom? In Eurostar Standard Class, choose from a wide selection of drinks and snacks at the Eurostar Café, the onboard bar car in the middle of the train. Cards and cash (Euros or pounds) are accepted. If you're traveling in Standard Premier, a light meal and a drink will be served at your seat. Travel in Business Premier and you'll be treated to a gourmet meal, as well as a continuous drinks service throughout your journey.

For all other Eurostar trains (red trains, formerly Thalys), head to the bar car and choose from a wide range of hot and cold drinks as well as savory and sweet snacks.
In Premium class, you'll get a free meal served directly to your seat.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

Eurostar doesn't have an onboard entertainment portal. However, there is free WiFi available, as well as UK and EU power outlets at your seat so you can charge your devices while traveling.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Kids of all ages need their passport to travel with Eurostar.
  • Children under 4 can travel free on Eurostar trains, as long as they're sitting on an accompanying adult's lap. Alternatively, you can book them their own seat with a child ticket.
  • If you're alone with kids, you can pre-book assistance so that a member of Eurostar staff can help you during your journey.
  • Kids under 12 must travel with someone over 16, while those aged 12-15 can travel alone if they have an unaccompanied minor form (excluding direct trains to/from the Netherlands).
  • 16 to 17-year-olds can travel alone if they meet all legal requirements.
  • You'll find changing tables on all Eurostar trains, as well as family-oriented seating (4 seats facing one another) where available.
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

Generally, Eurostar trains running to and from the United Kingdom can't transport fully assembled bikes - though on certain trains between London and Brussels, you may be able to book a bike space by contacting Eurostar. You can, however, take a foldable bike on board Eurostar trains to and from the UK provided that it's no more than 33.4 inches long and it fits in a protective bag that covers the whole bicycle. Folded bikes are treated as standard baggage.

For all other Eurostar trains in Europe, a limited number of non-foldable bikes can be brought on board, provided that the wheels are taken off and the whole bicycle is stored in a suitable cover (max. size 53.1 x 33.4 x 11.8 inches). Foldable bicycles are also permitted and count towards standard baggage limits.

PetPetPets

The rules around traveling with your pets depend on whether you're traveling across the Channel or not, so check before you travel:

Eurostar trains to and from the United Kingdom:

  • Pets are not permitted on board.
  • Guide dogs and assistance dogs can travel, but they must be accompanied by their owner. You must also reserve a ticket for your assistance dog at least 48 hours before travel, by filling out Eurostar's contact form.

Trains in the rest of Europe:

  • Small dogs and other pets weighing less than 13 lbs (6 kg) can travel for free. They must travel in a cage or carrier (max. dimensions 17.7 x 11.8 x 9.8 inches).
  • If your dog is larger than this, you must buy them a dog ticket (generally the price is fixed at €30, around $32), and the dog must travel on your lap or on the ground, on a lead and with a muzzle.
  • Guide dogs and assistance dogs, whatever their size, travel for free.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need help getting on or off the train, you should contact Eurostar directly before your trip. To use Eurostar's special assistance program, fill in this contact form at least 48 hours before your journey so that the team can help you.

If you're traveling on trains to/from the United Kingdom:

  • Arrive at least one hour before your train's scheduled departure time, then head to the Eurostar Assist desk or ask a member of staff.
  • If you have a wheelchair, you must reserve a wheelchair space in either Standard Premier or Business Premier - you'll only pay for a Standard Class ticket. Someone can travel with you at a discounted rate.

If you're traveling on red trains in the rest of Europe:

  • Wheelchairs can be transported as long as they're no bigger than 27.5 inches long and 47.2 inches high. The wheelchair's turning circle must be no larger than 59 inches in diameter. The combined weight of the wheelchair, passenger and any baggage must not exceed 661 lbs (300 kg).
  • Please note that combustion engine-powered wheelchairs are not permitted on board. However, electric wheelchairs are allowed.
InfoInfoOther

Specific restrictions for trains to/from the United Kingdom:

Liquids:

  • There's no restriction on liquids. However, there are restrictions on alcohol: you can take 4 bottles/cans of beer or 1 bottle of wine per person to enjoy on the journey; large bottles of spirits are not permitted. If you're traveling with large quantities of alcohol, you should contact a courier service.

 

Sports equipment:

  • You can travel with a golf bag as long as it's no larger than 47.2 x 13.7 x 13.7 inches.
  • You can bring tents or other shelters if they're stored in bags or cases less than 33.4 inches long.
  • Camping gas or butane bottles are not permitted on board.
  • Camping utensils or tools such as pocket knives and Swiss army knives are permitted provided the blades are less than 3 inches long. Folding knives where the blade locks into place are prohibited.
  • You can bring bats, snooker or pool cues and darts on board if they're stored in a protective case.

Cheap train tickets from London to Amsterdam

The price of train tickets from London to Amsterdam starts at $65.13 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from London to Amsterdam by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

How many bags are allowed in the different Eurostar classes?

Standard/Standard Premier

  • 2 pieces of luggage up to 85cm (33.4 inches) long
  • 1 carry-on bag, e.g. handbag, laptop bag or briefcase

Business Premier

  • 3 pieces of luggage up to 85cm (33.4 inches) long
  • 1 carry-on bag, e.g. handbag, laptop bag or briefcase

Children (for all classes)

  • 1 piece of luggage up to 85cm (33.4 inches) long
  • 1 carry-on bag, e.g. backpack or laptop bag

Traveling from the airport to central London

Visiting London from abroad? Chances are you'll be arriving at one of London's airports. If you want to know how to get to central London from the airport, keep reading for more details.

In total, London has six major airports:

  • Heathrow Airport
  • Gatwick Airport
  • Stansted Airport
  • London City Airport
  • Luton Airport
  • London Southend Airport

Each airport is linked to central London through the city's comprehensive train and bus system. Typically, the fastest way to get from any airport to the city center is by taking the train.

How to get to London St Pancras International station

Before your journey to Amsterdam, you’ll need to make your way to London St Pancras International Station. Scroll down for more information on how to get there.

London St. Pancras International station is conveniently located in the center of the capital and is easy to reach via National Rail, London Underground, bus services or car. 

Due to its central location, King’s Cross St Pancras Underground station is served by 6 Tube lines, including the Hammersmith & City (pink line), Circle (yellow line), Metropolitan (purple line), Northern (black line), Piccadilly (dark blue line) and Victoria (light blue) lines. 

If you’re planning to travel by train to London St Pancras, you can get there from Euston, Victoria, and Paddington stations in around half an hour. 

Driving to St Pancras International? You’ll find a Click and Park car park at the station – it has 315 spaces and is always open, with staff on hand 24/7. If you’re cycling to the station, there are plenty of cycle spaces to store your bike safely. 

Everything you need to know about London St Pancras International station

Once you’ve arrived at London St Pancras International station, you’ll need to check-in. Read on for more information on checking in, station facilities and First-class lounges.

Arriving at Amsterdam Centraal station from London

Once you’ve arrived in Amsterdam, you can begin to explore the city’s most famous landmarks!

When traveling from London to Amsterdam with Eurostar, you’ll arrive in the city center at Amsterdam Central station.    

Once you’ve hopped off the train, you won’t need to go through passport checks again as these are done before leaving the UK. You’ll just need to scan the barcode on your ticket to pass through NS ticket gates and exit the platform area at Amsterdam Centraal station, so make sure you keep your ticket handy when you arrive.  

Looking for local information? Head to the Amsterdam Tourist Office outside the main entrance – you’ll find it in a traditional white wooden Dutch coffee house.  

Using public transport in Amsterdam

If you want to use public transport, Amsterdam Centraal Station is extremely well-connected to the rest of the city by the local tram, metro and bus networks. The station is also within walking distance from most of the top neighborhoods.

Going through the Channel Tunnel from London to Amsterdam

Does the train from London to Amsterdam go underwater?

Yes. Trains from London to Amsterdam do go underwater. In fact, the Channel Tunnel (or “Chunnel” if you prefer its nickname) is just over 31 miles in length and is the longest continuous underwater tunnel in the world. At a maximum speed of 100 mph (160 km/h) in the Chunnel, it takes a Eurostar train around 35 minutes to travel this underwater stretch.

How long is the Chunnel from London to Amsterdam?

The Channel Tunnel is 31.3 miles in length and it takes a Eurostar train approximately 35 minutes to travel its full length. In total, the fastest journey time from London to Amsterdam is 3 hours and 55 minutes.

Explore Europe by train with a Eurail Pass

After visiting Amsterdam, why not continue exploring Europe by train? With a Eurail Pass, you can travel across 33 European countries as much as you want on participating European train networks for a set amount of travel days.

You can use a Eurail Pass if you’re not a European citizen or resident. If you're a European citizen or a non-European who is an official legal resident of a European country, you can use an Interrail Pass instead.

 

FAQs for London to Amsterdam

Want to know more about your journey from London to Amsterdam? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from London to Amsterdam take?

The average journey time by train between London and Amsterdam is 6 hours and 3 minutes, with around 10 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between London and Amsterdam by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Amsterdam is 3 hours and 59 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Amsterdam cost?

Train tickets from London to Amsterdam can start from as little as $65.13 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from London to Amsterdam?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Amsterdam without having to change trains. There are 3 direct trains from London to Amsterdam each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from London to Amsterdam leave?

The first train from London to Amsterdam leaves at 06:16. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from London to Amsterdam leave?

The last train from London to Amsterdam leaves at 19:34. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between London and Amsterdam by train?

Trains travelling from London to Amsterdam cover a distance of around 220 miles (355 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Amsterdam to London.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

London to Amsterdam by train

Our journey began at London St. Pancras International, a large and impressive station adjacent to King’s Cross with excellent connections to the UK’s rail network and London Underground. Before boarding a train there are the fast, efficient security checks to go through including a ticket check, bag scan and passport control. As such I’d recommend arriving in good time, 30 minutes is the minimum but in peak hours you may want to arrive 45-60 minutes ahead of your departure time. This is significantly less time than you’d be sat in an airport and unlike flying there is no restriction on taking liquids onboard or the weight of your suitcase.

Once past security there are several cafes and a duty-free shop. Free WiFi is also provided to all travellers. We grabbed a coffee and some breakfast before boarding the 8.16 am Eurostar train heading for Amsterdam Centraal.

The platform was announced in good time to ensure all passengers can board promptly. Make sure you check the carriage number on your ticket as this will determine which escalator you should take to the train.

The seats are comfortable with enough leg room and storage for luggage. All classes can enjoy free WiFi onboard with access to movies and TV to stream. Plug sockets for both UK and European 2 Pin plugs are also located at every seat.

When booking your ticket secure yourself a window seat so you can see London and the countryside fly past as you pick up speed towards Kent and the Channel Tunnel. Some notable highlights as you fly through the UK include the QE2 suspension bridge carrying the M25 across the Thames. In no time at all you’ll be in the Kent countryside surrounded by woods and fields. To your left as you cross the River Medway on a clear day, you’ll make out Rochester Castle, but be quick to look right for what many see as the best view this side of the Channel. The river often busy with small boats as people go about their day.

In around 30 minutes you’ll approach the Channel Tunnel, this part of the journey takes 20 minutes and at its deepest point is 75 metres below the sea bed. Impressively the WiFi and even mobile phone reception continue throughout this entire stretch of what is the world’s longest undersea tunnel. Emerging from the tunnel near the French port town of Calais you’ll need to wind your watch forward an hour as you continue at high speed (around 300 kph / 186 mph) towards Belgium and the first step on your journey.

Brussels Midi is the first stop where you’ll find many passengers alight for the Belgian capital or onward connections to much of Europe. Within a few minutes the train begins to pull away and leave Brussels behind as you head towards the Netherlands. On the left of the train the port of Antwerp rises impressively before calling at Rotterdam Centraal. Either side of the train track as you leave the station is Rotterdam Zoo – giving passengers glimpses of the animals living there and storks nesting high atop telegraph poles.

Not long after leaving Rotterdam you travel across the flat, never-ending countryside dotted with dykes, farms, windmills and greenhouses full of tulips. Your destination, Amsterdam Centraal, is an impressive station perfectly positioned for beginning your Amsterdam adventure.

In total this journey took just 3 hours 55 minutes, arriving just in time for lunch at our new favourite – Vleminckx near Spui. It is famous for its incredible fries and huge range of toppings. I recommend the ketchup, mayonnaise and onion!

Richard, a Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between London and Amsterdam.


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