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Travel from London to Amsterdam by direct Eurostar train

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 4h 52m, but can take just 3h 55m 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, plug sockets and snacks from Café Metropole (Eurostar’s onboard bar buffet). If you enjoy travelling in style, why not upgrade to Stand Premier or 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. 

Does the train from London to Amsterdam go underwater? 

Trains from London to Amsterdam do go underwater. In fact, the Channel Tunnel is the longest continuous underwater tunnel in the world at 31 metres in length. Travelling at speeds of up to 100 mph, the Eurostar train takes around 35 minutes to travel this underwater stretch. 

How long is the Channel Tunnel? 

The Channel Tunnel is 31.3 miles in length and it takes a Eurostar train approximately 35 minutes to travel its full length.  

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. 

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 4h 42m to travel from London to Amsterdam by train, over a distance of around 220 miles (355 km). There are normally 3 trains per day traveling from London to Amsterdam and tickets for this journey start from $60.43 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 40m
PriceFrom $60.43
Distance220 miles (355 km)
Frequency3 trains per day
First train09:01
Last train15:04
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationAmsterdam
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaCar Bus, Eurostar, Flixbus

London to Amsterdam train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Amsterdam for Tuesday Aug 23rd 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:01 13:44 4h 43m, 1 change
13:01 17:44 4h 43m, 1 change
15:04 19:44 4h 40m, 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 luggage, 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).

Cheap train tickets from London to Amsterdam

The price of train tickets from London to Amsterdam starts at $60.43 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.

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 4 hours and 42 minutes, with around 3 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 4 hours and 40 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Amsterdam cost?

Train tickets from London to Amsterdam can start from as little as $60.43 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?

No, there are no direct train services from London to Amsterdam. Travelling from London to Amsterdam by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from London to Amsterdam leaves at 09:01. 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 15:04. 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.

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London to Amsterdam by train

Review by Richard Keenan-Heard

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!


About Richard

Richard is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on his own genuine experience of the journey.

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The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for London to Amsterdam for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/23/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 11/16/2022 for travel on 11/16/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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