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Taking a direct Eurostar train from London to Amsterdam

Planning to take the train from London to Amsterdam? Start your journey with us.

The train from London to Amsterdam usually takes 4 hours and 52 minutes but can take just 4 hours and 10 minutes on the fastest services. You'll be travelling direct on this route with Eurostar.

From the moment you step on the train at London St Pancras station, you'll enjoy comfortable seating with plenty of legroom, free WiFi, power sockets and snacks and drinks from Café Métropole (Eurostar’s onboard bar buffet). Fancy travelling in style? Upgrade to Standard Premier or Business Premier for a complimentary meal served at your seat.

Once you arrive at Amsterdam Centraal station, it’s easy to walk or take the tram to some of the city’s top neighbourhoods and attractions. Not sure where to begin? Some of our favourite things to do in Amsterdam include:

  • Vondelpark – the largest city park in Amsterdam, with lots of beautiful trails, indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Rijksmuseum – home to a collection of Dutch art and sculpture spanning more than 800 years.
  • Anne Frank House – a museum dedicated to the Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank.

So what are you waiting for? Search for cheap train tickets from London to Amsterdam in our Journey Planner today, or keep reading for more information on:

Alternatively, you can read a review from one of our travel writers if you want to know more about what it’s like to travel from London to Amsterdam by train.

London to Amsterdam by train

It takes an average of 5h 49m to travel from London to Amsterdam by train, over a distance of around 220 miles (355 km). There are normally 11 trains per day travelling from London to Amsterdam and tickets for this journey start from £51 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 3h 59m


220 miles (355 km)


11 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £51

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 4th June 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:16 10:15 3h 59m, direct
07:04 11:44 4h 40m, 1 change
08:16 12:15 3h 59m, direct
09:01 14:14 5h 13m, 1 change
11:04 15:15 4h 11m, direct
13:01 17:44 4h 43m, 1 change
15:04 19:44 4h 40m, 1 change
17:04 21:44 4h 40m, 1 change
18:04 22:15 4h 11m, direct
19:34 07:25 11h 51m, 3 changes

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.

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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 London to Amsterdam

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

Onboard services on Eurostar

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


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.


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.


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.


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.

Specific restrictions for trains to/from the United Kingdom:


  • 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 London to Amsterdam

The price of train tickets from London to Amsterdam starts at £51 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 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

How to get to London St Pancras International

Your Eurostar train to Amsterdam will depart from London St Pancras International station. Keep reading for more information on how to get there.

London St. Pancras International station is conveniently located in central London in the King’s Cross area and can be easily reached by National Rail, London Underground, bus services and car.

  • Tube: 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 line).
  • Train: If you’re travelling by train, you can get to London St Pancras from Euston, Victoria, and Paddington stations in around half an hour.
  • Car: If you’re 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.
  • Bike: If you’re cycling to the station, there are plenty of cycle spaces where you can store your bike too.

Arriving at London St Pancras International

Once you arrive 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

Your Eurostar train from London to Amsterdam will arrive right in the heart of the Dutch capital at Amsterdam Centraal station.

Once you get 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.

Please note that if you store your bank card in your phone wallet, you'll need to save your Eurostar ticket to your Google/Apple Wallet or print it out before travelling. We advise you to do so because the station’s ticket gates are set up to read both ticket barcodes and digital bank cards, enabling commuters to tap in and out. Occasionally, these gates may read a bank card stored on a phone rather than an on-screen image of your ticket’s barcode. This will result in an incorrect payment of up to €20.

Saving your ticket to your Google/Apple Wallet or printing it out will help ensure that your ticket is scanned correctly and prevent undue charges.

If you’re 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

Amsterdam Centraal Station is extremely 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.

Going through the Channel Tunnel

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 (50 km) 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 between London and Paris.

How long is the Chunnel?

The Channel Tunnel is 31.3 miles (50.56 km) 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.

Things to see and do in Amsterdam

When visiting Amsterdam, there are so many things to see and do, it can be difficult to know where to start! To help you find inspiration, here are some ideas for things to do in Amsterdam:

Explore Europe by train with an Interrail Pass

Once you’ve finished exploring Amsterdam, why not continue exploring Europe by train? With an Interrail 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.

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. If you’re not a European citizen or resident, you can use a Eurail Pass instead.


Popular train journeys from Amsterdam

Journey details

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 5 hours and 49 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 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 ticket prices from London to Amsterdam can start from as little as £51 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

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

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

Going through security checks at London St Pancras International

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.

Boarding at London St Pancras International station

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 train journey from London to Amsterdam

The seats are comfortable with enough legroom and storage for luggage. All classes can enjoy free WiFi on board. 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 of this side of the Channel. The river is 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.

Arriving at Amsterdam Centraal station

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

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