Never travelled by Eurostar? Then you haven’t lived! Enjoy the journey of a traveller reborn with this amazing route from London to Rotterdam – if you thought city breaks were good, going by train makes them even better! Instantly recognisable, Eurostar trains speed you across the channel and into Europe, with modern and comfy facilities that ensure you do it all in comfort. There’s a beverage car to keep you refreshed, but if you really want to up the ante then go for Business Premier, where delicious food and drinks, as well as lounge access, are included. So, just when you thought a morning wandering through Kensington Gardens, an afternoon of shopping on Oxford Street or an evening of living it up London’s best Soho bars couldn’t get any better, just know that a fabulous journey to Rotterdam awaits!
Rotterdam in South Holland is a uniquely cool city, combining old with new, cosmopolitan vibes with a more local feel. The Great St. Lawrence Church should be your first stop, as it’s the last relic of the city’s medieval past and a stunning one at that. The Cube Houses, as close to an optical illusion as inner-city housing can get, bring you to the other end of the architectural spectrum, with a unique design that’s almost dizzying to look at. Hungry? The city Market Hall awaits, and that means fresh stroopwaffles, yummy! Take a train to a fabulous adventure, just read the key info below!
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 Centraal 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 Centraal is 6 hours and 18 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 Rotterdam Centraal is 3 hours and 35 minutes.
Train tickets from London to Rotterdam Centraal can start from as little as €40 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Rotterdam Centraal without having to change trains. There are 1 direct train from London to Rotterdam Centraal. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London to Rotterdam Centraal leaves at 09:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Rotterdam Centraal leaves at 21:02. 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 Centraal cover a distance of around 197 miles (317 km) during the journey.