Want to jump on the Eurostar and travel from London to Rotterdam by train? Start your journey with us!
Usually, it takes around 4 hours and 30 minutes to travel the 196 miles between London and Rotterdam by train. Although, you can get there in just 3 hours and 35 minutes on the fastest direct Eurostar services. Generally, you’ll find around 3 trains running on this route each day, with all trains departing London St Pancras and arriving at Rotterdam Centraal.
Connecting the United Kingdom to Europe via the Channel Tunnel, high-speed Eurostar trains are modern and comfortable, offering free WiFi and an onboard café for hot snacks and drinks as standard.
Once you’ve arrived at Rotterdam Centraal station, you can start exploring! There are so many things to do in Rotterdam, it can be difficult to know where to start. You can make your way to Rotterdam Zoo to meet the exotic animals, or you can head to Erasmusbrug – an iconic bridge nicknamed “the Swan”.
Feeling ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from London to Rotterdam in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. For more information, keep reading for our FAQs and timetables with first and last train times.
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 Rotterdam 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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between London and Rotterdam is 4 hours and 0 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.
The fastest journey time by train from London to Rotterdam is 3 hours and 58 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London to Rotterdam 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 Rotterdam. Travelling from London to Rotterdam by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from London to Rotterdam leaves at 09:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Rotterdam 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 Rotterdam cover a distance of around 196 miles (316 km) during the journey.