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The average journey time by train between London and Amsterdam is around 6 hours and 50 minutes, although it takes just 4 hours and 7 minutes on the fastest high-speed Eurostar services. You'll normally find around 3 trains per day travelling the 220 miles (355 km) between these two destinations.
Eurostar’s modern e320 trains operate on the London to Amsterdam route. They're the newest trains in the fleet, capable of speeds of 200 mph (320 km/h). From the moment you step on the train at London St Pancras station, you'll enjoy comfortable seating with plenty of legroom, free WiFi, plug sockets and snacks and drinks from Café Métropole (Eurostar’s onboard bar buffet).
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.
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.
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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 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).
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.§
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.
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!
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The average journey time by train between London and Amsterdam is 5 hours and 9 minutes, with around 4 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.
The fastest journey time by train from London to Amsterdam is 4 hours and 40 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London to Amsterdam can start from as little as €57 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.
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.
The first train from London to Amsterdam leaves at 08:55. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from London to Amsterdam cover a distance of around 220 miles (355 km) during the journey.
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 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.