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Travelling on a direct Eurostar train from Amsterdam to London

Planning to spend some time in the UK and want to find more information on how to travel from Amsterdam to London by train? Start your journey with us! 

On average, direct Eurostar trains take you from Amsterdam to London in just 4 hours and 50 minutes. Generally, you’ll find around 3 trains running on this route each day, which spans 220 miles.  

At Amsterdam Centraal station, hop on a modern e320 Eurostar train and enjoy wide comfortable seating, plenty of luggage space, free WiFi and plug sockets to keep you connected during your journey. If you’re in need of refreshments, head to Café Metropole, Eurostar’s onboard bar buffet. If you fancy travelling in style, why not go Business Premier and enjoy leather seats and a complimentary meal as you’re whisked through the Channel Tunnel into the UK.  

Once you’ve arrived in London, you can start exploring the city. From London St Pancras you can hop on the London Underground and find yourself at the heart of the city. Unsure where to start? Head to Westminster to see Big Ben, the London Eye and Westminster Abbey! Want to explore more of the UK? Take a look at our guide to the best day trips from London

Feeling ready to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Amsterdam to London with us today. For more information, keep reading for timetables and FAQs about the journey. Alternatively, check out our European deals and discounts page to keep an eye out for Eurostar promos.

Amsterdam to London by train

First train

06:08

Last train

21:41

Departure station

Amsterdam

Arrival station

London

Journey time

From 4h 49m

Distance

220 miles (355 km)

Frequency

11 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Train and bus operators

BlaBlaCar Bus, Eurostar, Flixbus

Amsterdam to London train times

Check out the next trains departing from Amsterdam to London for terça-feira 25º junho 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
05:08 09:57 4h 49m, 1 change
07:08 11:57 4h 49m, 1 change
09:08 13:57 4h 49m, 1 change
11:08 15:57 4h 49m, 1 change
12:08 17:57 5h 49m, 1 change
12:25 17:57 5h 32m, 2 changes
14:08 18:57 4h 49m, 1 change
15:08 19:57 4h 49m, 1 change
17:08 21:57 4h 49m, 1 change
20:25 08:57 12h 32m, 1 change

Eurostar trains from Amsterdam to London

You can travel from Amsterdam to London 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 carriage. 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 1st October, 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 colour scheme, have three classes: Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to First Class, with lounge access included).

Eurostar classes from Amsterdam to London

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

Onboard services on Eurostar

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

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

Each bag must be clearly labelled and must be no longer than 85 cm (for trains to and from the United Kingdom) or no larger than 75 x 53 x 30 cm (for trains in Europe).

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Are you travelling 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 café-bar in the middle of the train. Cards and cash (Euros or pounds) are accepted. If you're travelling 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 sweet and savoury 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 plug sockets at your seat so you can charge your devices while travelling.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 4 can travel free on Eurostar trains, as long as they're sitting on an accompanying adult's lap. Alternatively, buying a child ticket guarantees them their own seat.

You'll find changing tables on all Eurostar trains, as well as family-oriented seating (4 seats facing one another) where available.

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Currently, only certain Eurostar trains running between London and Brussels can transport fully assembled bikes - contact Eurostar for more information. You can, however, take a foldable bike on board Eurostar trains to and from the UK provided that it's no more than 85 cm long and it fits in a protective bag that covers the whole bicycle. Folded bikes are treated as standard luggage.

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 135 x 85 x 30 cm). Foldable bicycles are also allowed and count towards standard luggage limits.

PetPetPets

The rules around travelling with your pets depend on whether you're travelling 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 6 kg can travel for free. They must travel in a cage or carrier (max. dimensions 45 x 30 x 25 cm).
  • If your dog is larger than this, you must buy them a dog ticket (generally the price is fixed at €30, around £26), 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 the contact form at least 48 hours before your journey so that the team can help you.

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

  • Wheelchairs can be transported as long as they're no bigger than 70 cm long and 120 cm high. The wheelchair's turning circle must be no larger than 150 cm in diameter. The combined weight of the wheelchair, passenger and any luggage must not exceed 300 kg.
  • Please note that combustion engine-powered wheelchairs are not permitted on board. However, electric wheelchairs are allowed.
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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, but large bottles of spirits are not permitted. If you're travelling 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 120 x 35 x 35 cm.
  • You can bring tents or other shelters if they're stored in bags or cases less than 85 cm 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 75 mm 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 Amsterdam to London

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 Amsterdam to London 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.

How many bags are allowed in the different Eurostar classes?

Standard/Standard Premier

  • 2 pieces of luggage up to 85cm long for rucksacks, suitcases, golf clubs or ski equipment
  • 1 hand luggage, e.g. handbag, laptop bag or briefcase

Business Premier

  • 3 pieces of luggage up to 85cm long for rucksacks, suitcases, golf clubs or ski equipment
  • 1 hand luggage, e.g. handbag, laptop bag or briefcase

Children (for all classes)

  • 1 piece of luggage up to 85cm long
  • 1 hand luggage, e.g. backpack or laptop bag

Everything you need to know about Amsterdam Centraal and London St Pancras stations

How to get to Amsterdam Centraal station

Amsterdam Centraal station is well-connected to the rest of the city by the local tram, metro and bus networks and is within walking distance from most of the top neighbourhoods.

Trams are the most common mode of transport in Amsterdam. There are two tram stations at the front of Amsterdam Centraal station – one on the east side, one on the west side. They are just a short walk apart and trams arrive at both areas, connecting different neighbourhoods and districts to the city centre.

The main bus companies include GVB (operating primarily within Amsterdam), Connexxion (R-Net) and EBS, with many routes operating to Amsterdam Centraal station.

Arriving at London St Pancras station from Amsterdam

Your Eurostar train from Amsterdam to London will arrive right in the heart of the city at the beautiful and historic London St Pancras International station.

Since all the passport checks are done before leaving Amsterdam, you can step off the train and start exploring the city right away. From London St Pancras you can hop on the London Underground, take a bus or have a nice walk if you prefer discovering the city on foot.

From a wide range of shops and restaurants to London’s top museums and galleries, there are plenty of things to see and do nearby.

Using public transport in London

London Underground, commonly known as the Tube, is one of the quickest ways to travel around the city. Once you get off at London St Pancras International station, simply follow the signs to London Kings Cross underground station, where you’ll be able to choose from 6 Tube lines – the Hammersmith & City, Circle, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.

Tube services usually run from 05:00 until midnight, with Night Tube services available on some lines on Friday and Saturday evenings.

London buses are one of the cheapest ways to travel around the city, with plenty of sightseeing opportunities along the way. You can pay with an Oyster Card, Travelcard or a contactless payment card for Tube and bus journeys.

If you want to get a taxi, you can find a taxi rank on the forecourt of London St Pancras station.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Amsterdam to London? 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 Amsterdam to London take?

The average journey time by train between Amsterdam and London is 6 hours and 21 minutes, with around 11 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 Amsterdam and London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Amsterdam to London is 4 hours and 49 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Amsterdam to London?

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

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

The first train from Amsterdam to London leaves at 06:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Amsterdam to London leaves at 21:41. 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 Amsterdam and London by train?

Trains travelling from Amsterdam to London 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 London to Amsterdam. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus 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.

Travelling with Thalys and Eurostar from Amsterdam to London, May 2023

Buying my ticket

When travelling in Europe, it’s easy to buy your ticket online. 

I was on holiday with a friend, so we chose the 3:15 pm departure from Amsterdam as it worked best with our travel plans. Although it is possible to get a direct Eurostar train between Amsterdam and London, this wasn’t one of the direct routes, so we needed to change trains in Brussels. Luckily, we could check all the information we needed about departure, arrival and transfer times online.

Boarding the train at Amsterdam Centraal

We arrived at Amsterdam Centraal station in plenty of time, so we didn’t have to rush around. As we weren’t boarding a direct Eurostar service, we didn’t need to go to the Eurostar terminal here – instead, we just needed to find the platform for our Thalys train. We just scanned our tickets on the platform barriers and hopped on board!

Travelling on a Thalys train

Once we’d set off, the journey was pretty straightforward. The staff were friendly and helpful, so I felt at ease when travelling. The train itself had comfortable seating and I loved being able to see the countryside roll by outside the window.

Changing trains at Brussels Midi

As we weren’t travelling direct, I’d worried that it would be stressful changing trains in the middle of the journey. Both my friend and I had luggage, and we didn’t have that much time between trains – we got into Brussels Midi station at 5:08 pm and our train to London was leaving at 5:56 pm.

However, I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to change trains once we arrived. Luckily, the Eurostar terminal wasn’t far away from the platform where our train from Amsterdam arrived, and everything was well signposted.

There are some luggage security checks (but no weight or liquid restrictions to worry about!) and we also had to go through Belgian and British passport control. The staff were very helpful and organised the queue so that passengers with tight connections could go through security first.

Travelling on a Eurostar train

On the Eurostar train, we travelled in Standard Class. This had everything we needed, including UK and European plug sockets at our seats, an onboard café bar called Café Métropole and free WiFi. It was so relaxing watching the world go by, and I liked that there was catering on board so I could buy a snack during the journey.

Arriving at London St Pancras station

Before I knew it, my trip to Amsterdam was over and I arrived back at London St Pancras station. It’s pretty easy to get to other parts of London from here, as it’s well-connected thanks to London’s bus and Tube network.

It’s also a useful hub for travelling elsewhere in the UK – I needed to get back to Leicester, and my next train conveniently also left from St Pancras. There are many shops at the station, so I was able to grab a drink before the final leg of my journey.

Overall, I enjoyed my trip from Amsterdam to London by train. It was smooth sailing, so to speak – transferring between trains wasn’t half as stressful as I thought it would be, and I loved the experience of speeding through the Dutch, Belgian and French countryside towards London.

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

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