Take the train between London and Amsterdam with Eurostar. This is one capital train service.
There are lots of myths about Amsterdam and one of the biggest is that it is only possible to get there easily from the UK by flying. Or taking a long bus journey. Since Eurostar introduced a new route between London and Amsterdam in 2018, you can now travel between these two cool cities in a way that doesn’t involve airports, excess carbon emissions or, indeed, excess luggage costs. Also, travelling by train between London and Amsterdam means that you go straight into the heart of both cities. Dam, it’s good.
Although this is the most brilliant way to travel between London and Amsterdam, there are still a couple of glitches on this route, however, which basically come down to passport control. We have been assured that these will be ironed out in the near future but, for now, If you are travelling from Amsterdam to London, you have to disembark in Brussels for passport control, and then board the Eurostar to finish your journey. Travelling between London and Amsterdam is easier and direct, with passport control all handled in London. The reason for this is that London’s Kings Cross St. Pancras, Brussels, Lille and Paris have all had border control facilities since the get go, but Amsterdam and Rotterdam (also on this route) don’t yet have them. For now.
Journey time between Amsterdam and London by train
This means that the journey from London to Amsterdam takes 3 hrs 53 mins, but a longer 4 hrs 42 mins when travelling in the opposite direction. However, this also means that you don’t have to wait for a scheduled Eurostar service in Amsterdam to embark on this journey. There are only two Eurostar services a day between Amsterdam and London, which will increase in summer 2019. But when you book a ticket to London, you can jump on another high-speed and more frequent Thalys service as far as Brussels, where you get off to go through passport control. You can then link up a Eurostar service there, with up to ten trains per day travelling between Brussels and London.
How to book London to Amsterdam by train tickets
Sound complicated? It isn’t. Just book with Loco2 and we will show you all the times and prices of trains, as well as the service you can travel on. As well as how much time you have to make your connection in Brussels for passport control and train hopping.
Day trips from Amsterdam
The train network in the Netherlands is superb, so do think about building in other towns into your visit. Delft, for example, is just an hour from Amsterdam, has a lot fewer visitors but plenty of charm, canals and cycle routes. The Hague is just 50 mins from Amsterdam and a place that is all about peace, whether it is at the Peace Palace, its tranquil art galleries or strolling along its beaches at Scheveningen and Kijkduin.
Photo credits top to bottom: Black bike Amsterdam iStock ©republica, girl holding tulips in Amsterdam iStock ©azgek, Vondelpark in Amsterdam iStock ©franckreporter, The Hague beach sunset iStock ©GAPS
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