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The journey from London to Amsterdam by train is so easy that air travel now plays second fiddle to rail on this important route. Eurostar launched a direct twice-daily London to Amsterdam service in April 2018, but there are plenty of additional options with just one easy change of train at either Lille Europe or Brussels Midi, in each case normally continuing to Amsterdam with a high-speed Thalys train (or, in the case of connections through Brussels, sometimes with an Intercity train).
Bookings for tickets on the direct train from London to Amsterdam often open as long as six months in advance. If you are keen to get a good deal, this is a route where it really pays to book well in advance. Fares on this popular route often become much more expensive close to the date of travel. For itineraries with a change of train in either Lille or Brussels, bookings normally open four months prior to travel.
Note that there are not yet direct trains from Amsterdam back to London. They will only start once the UK and the Netherlands have resolved outstanding issues over the British immigration authorities wanting to check passengers' credentials before they board London-bound trains in Amsterdam. Until that is settled, passengers will need to travel first from Amsterdam to Brussels and then board the onward train to London in the Belgian capital.
London St. Pancras International to Amsterdam
Travelling by train from London to the Netherlands is now very easy, with Eurostar offering twice-daily departures on this route. This is a journey which takes in four countries: England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thamesside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Entering France at Calais, the rail route to Brussels then tracks east across Flanders to gain Belgian territory shortly after passing through Lille. All trains to Amsterdam stop at Brussels Midi before tracking north through Antwerp towards Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
London to Amsterdam tickets on Loco2 are the same price as booking directly with Eurostar. The train from London terminates at Amsterdam Centraal Station (often abbreviated to CS) which is perfectly located by the River IJ just a five minute walk north of Amsterdam's historic central district.
Other journeys to Amsterdam View all journeys to Amsterdam
- From Brussels from £26.50
- From Paris from £32.00
- From Copenhagen from £36.00
- From Lille from £27.00
- From Mannheim from £27.00
- From Cologne from £18.00