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Taking a direct Eurostar train from Rotterdam to London

The average train time from Rotterdam to London is 4 hours and 15 minutes, although it takes just 3 hours and 59 minutes on the fastest direct Eurostar services, that’s quick city-centre to city-centre travel!

All trains depart from Rotterdam Centraal, just make your way to the Eurostar departures and scan or show your ticket before heading through security. Once onboard, you’ll enjoy wide comfortable seats, free WiFi and power sockets to keep you connected. Eurostar’s Café Métropole has plenty of drinks and snacks for all times of day too. If you fancy travelling in style, try Standard Premier or Business Premier.

Before you whizz through the Channel Tunnel into England, the train may stop at Brussels for less than 30 minutes for border security reasons – don’t worry though – this is scheduled in as part of your journey time and you won’t need to leave the train.

Once you arrive into London St Pancras station, you’ll be well-connected to several Underground and National Rail services, as well as buses and taxis to take you to your destination, you’re also a short walk from a plethora of exciting restaurants in Kings Cross.

Ready to book? Start a search for train tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page, or keep reading for FAQs and train times from Rotterdam to London.

Rotterdam to London by train

It takes an average of 4h 0m to travel from Rotterdam to London by train, over a distance of around 196 miles (316 km). There are normally 6 trains per day travelling from Rotterdam to London and tickets for this journey start from €55 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 59m
PriceFrom €55
Distance196 miles (316 km)
Frequency6 trains per day
First train06:58
Last train18:58
Departure stationRotterdam
Arrival stationLondon
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaCar Bus, Eurostar, Flixbus, SNCB

Rotterdam to London train times

Check out the next trains departing from Rotterdam to London for Tuesday 31st May 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
05:58 09:57 3h 59m, 1 change
09:58 13:57 3h 59m, 1 change
12:58 17:01 4h 3m, 1 change
14:58 19:03 4h 5m, 1 change
15:58 19:57 3h 59m, 1 change
17:58 21:57 3h 59m, 1 change

SNCB and Eurostar trains from Rotterdam to London

You can travel from Rotterdam to London on SNCB and 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.

PhotoMPW57, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

SNCB is the national railway company of Belgium, with services that include national (Intercity) and regional (Local) express trains. All SNCB trains come with both First Class and Second Class carriages. Belgium has one of the densest rail networks in the world. Seat reservations aren’t possible for any of the company's trains.

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 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).

Cheap train tickets from Rotterdam to London

The price of train tickets from Rotterdam to London starts at €55 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 Rotterdam 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.

§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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Rotterdam and London is 4 hours and 0 minutes, with around 6 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 Rotterdam and London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Rotterdam to London is 3 hours and 59 minutes.

How much does the train from Rotterdam to London cost?

Train ticket prices from Rotterdam to London can start from as little as €55 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 Rotterdam to London?

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

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

The first train from Rotterdam to London leaves at 06:58. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Rotterdam to London leaves at 18:58. 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 Rotterdam and London by train?

Trains travelling from Rotterdam to London cover a distance of around 196 miles (316 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from London to Rotterdam. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Rotterdam to London.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Rotterdam to London for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/31/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 10/08/2022 for travel on 10/08/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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