London to Amsterdam

by Dutch Flyer train & ferry,

from £45 + £30 cabin

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Travel by Stena Line ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland for Amsterdam

Low-cost but high-comfort overnight service from London to Amsterdam with private cabin with shower, toilet, satellite TV & free WiFi - saves a hotel bill too!

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        What's it like? Watch the video!

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London to Amsterdam by Eurostar from £99 return...

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A Eurostar at St Pancras International...

London to Amsterdam in 4½-5 hours by Eurostar with an easy change in Brussels...

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      What's it like? See the photos

 
 
 

London to Amsterdam, in comfort without flying...

Fed up with flying?  This page explains how to travel from London or anywhere in the UK to Amsterdam or anywhere in the Netherlands, avoiding airport hassle and reducing your impact on the environment.  Upgrade from a stressful flight to the civilised Dutch Flyer or Eurostar!

London to Amsterdam Dutch Flyer train & ferry...

Leave London at 7.32pm by train, sleep in a private cabin with shower, toilet, satellite TV & free WiFi on the luxury Stena Line superferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland, then take a Dutch train to Amsterdam Centraal next morning, arriving 09:47.  See the video!  One ticket covers both trains and ferry from £45 each way plus £30 for a single cabin or £43 per cabin for a 2-berth.  Ideal for a weekend break or eco-friendly business trip, with your emissions cut by up to 80% compared to a flight.  There's a daytime service too, with cabins optional.  Click here for timetables, fares, and how to buy tickets.

London to Amsterdam by Eurostar in 4h37...

High-speed trains take as little as 4 hours 37 minutes from central London to central Amsterdam, compared to around 4 hours of hassle by air.  Take Eurostar from London to Brussels and change onto a high-speed Thalys train from Brussels to Amsterdam, stress-free & relaxed compared to flying.  Click here for timetables, fares and how to buy tickets

North of England to Amsterdam by cruise ferry...

Don't fly, cruise!  Take a train to Newcastle or Hull then a luxurious overnight cruise ferry to Holland, a comfortable, convenient & time-effective way to go, by-passing London.  Click here for DFDS Seaways ferry from Newcastle to AmsterdamClick here for P&O ferry from Hull to Rotterdam.

London to Rotterdam, Utrecht, Arnhem & other Dutch destinations...

Dutch Flyer train+ferry tickets are valid to any station in the Netherlands, not just Amsterdam.  Simply take the train & overnight luxury superferry to Hoek van Holland, then use Netherlands Railways intercity trains to travel just about anywhere:  Utrecht, Arnhem, Eindhoven, Apeldoorn, Groningen...  Or travel by Eurostar and Thalys to Rotterdam or Amsterdam then connecting trains, book at www.b-europe.com.

Other Amsterdam travel information...

  Buy Dutch Railways train tickets online with Visa or MasterCard

  Trains from Amsterdam to other European cities

  Trains from other European cities to Amsterdam

  Amsterdam to Brussels & Paris by Thalys high-speed train

  Useful country information - tourist info, currency, dialling code...

  Suggested hotels in Amsterdam   

  Map of Amsterdam

  Short breaks in Amsterdam by Eurostar

  City tour by hop-on hop-off open top bus

  Luggage arrangements   left luggage lockers in Amsterdam 

  Taking a bike    Taking a dog    General train travel info

Interactive map Click a route for information...

Holland or the Netherlands?

What's the difference?

Holland is a region made up of 2 of the 12 provinces of the Netherlands, Noord Holland & Zuid Holland.  The other 10 provinces are not Holland.  Telling someone from Utrecht, Arnhem, Eindhoven, Groningen or Maastricht that they come from Holland is like telling a Glaswegian that he comes from England...

Check out this nifty video explanation!

 

Hotels in Amsterdam...

Click here for suggested hotels in Amsterdam

At booking.com you can book with free cancellation months before train bookings open, risk-free. 

I also suggest hotelscombined.com for a price comparison, a remarkable site.

Sponsored links...


Useful country information

Train operator:

NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen), www.ns.nl for train times & fares in the Netherlands, but to buy Dutch train tickets online with a credit card use www.b-europe.com Eurostar times & fares.  All-Europe online train times.  Amsterdam bus & tram info: www.gvb.nl.

   

Ferry operators UK-Holland:

Harwich-Hoek van Holland:  www.stenaline.co.uk.

Train+ferry London-Amsterdam:  www.dutchflyer.co.uk.

Newcastle-Amsterdam: www.dfds.co.uk.  Hull-Rotterdam: www.poferries.com

Railpasses:

 

Beginner's guide to European railpasses    Buy a rail pass online

Time zone:

GMT+1 (GMT+2 from last Sunday in March to last Saturday in October).

Dialling code:

 

+31

Currency:

£1 = approx 1.15 euros  Check current exchange rates

Tourist information:

www.visitholland.com  Amsterdam map  Recommended guidebooks

Hotels, hostels & tours:

Find accommodation in Amsterdam

Page last updated:

21 July 2014.  Train times valid 15 June to 13 December 2014.


London to Amsterdam by Dutch Flyer train & ferry

 

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The Dutch Flyer in pictures...

Take a train from London Liverpool Street to Harwich...

Take the train from London to Harwich...  Watch the City of London skyline disappear behind you as the train heads out through the suburbs, then enjoy the scenery as the train runs through rural Essex and along the pretty Stour Estuary to arrive right alongside the brightly-lit ferry at Harwich International...

Boarding the Stena Line ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland for Amsterdam

...and board the world's largest superferry.  At Harwich, you simply walk off the train, up the steps or use the lift onto the footbridge and straight into the ferry terminal.  Walk through the departures door and through a quick & easy security check & passport control to the check-in desk.  You show your passport & e-ticket and are given your cabin key, then you walk up the gangway onto the ferry to Hoek van Holland.  It's unbelievably quick & painless compared to airports, train to ferry takes just 10 minutes.  The Stena Hollandica is the largest RoPax ferry in the world, a 63,000 ton floating hotel with over 1,400 beds in 538 cabins. Steady as a rock!

Standard 1 or 2-berth inside cabin on the Stena Line ferry to Holland

Snuggle down in a private cabin with shower, toilet, satellite TV, free WiFi.

All passengers on the night crossing get a private cabin, and even the cheapest cabins come with en suite shower & toilet, satellite TV, free WiFi, top quality Swedish Dux mattresses, fresh towels, soap & shampoo/shower gel.  There's a desk with power sockets for laptops & mobiles.  Cabins are optional but half price on the day crossing.  See the full range of cabins.

Ala carte restaurant on board the Stena Line ferry to Holland

Dinner in the à la carte restaurant?   Add a 3-course dinner to your booking for £22 and you'll find a table reserved for you in the Metropolitan à la carte restaurant...

Free WiFi and internet PCs on the Dutch Flyer to Amsterdam

Free WiFi & free internet access.  Forgot your laptop?  You can use these PCs on the Stena Line ferry free of charge.  If you've a laptop or smartphone there's free WiFi throughout the ship...

The Bar on baord the ferry Stena Hollandica

...There are bars, lounges, a cinema & shop.  This is one of the bar areas on the Stena Hollandica...

Next morning, egg & bacon from the breakfast buffet in the Taste restaurant - or there are healthier options if you prefer!  Add an unlimited buffet breakfast to your booking for £10...

The Stena Hollandica arrived at Hook of Holland

...then step ashore in Holland.  Simply walk down the gangway into the terminal, through Dutch passport control & onto the platform for the train to Rotterdam.  It takes just minutes, totally painless.  Above, the giant ferry Stena Hollandica has arrived at Hoek van Holland on a bright & sunny morning, spot on time...

Sprinter train from Hoek van Holland to Rotterdam, change there for Amsterdam

...and take a modern Dutch train to anywhere in the Netherlands.  Sprinter trains leave Hoek van Holland Haven (platform 2) every 20-30 minutes for Rotterdam Centraal, change there for InterCity trains to Amsterdam Centraal or anywhere in the Netherlands.  Many InterCity trains are double-deck, choose a top deck seat for the best views!

You arrive at Amsterdam Centraal, a stroll from most hotels and walking distance from all the sights...

One ticket covers the whole journey from London to Amsterdam or anywhere in the Netherlands, from £45 each way! 

Buy a ticket online...   See the video...

Which cabin to choose?

Standard cabins (1, 2 or 5-berth) have comfy beds with top-quality Swedish Dux mattresses, en suite toilet & shower, satellite TV, European-style power sockets for laptops & mobiles, free WiFi & a small dressing table.  Towels, shower gel/shampoo & bedding are provided.

4-berth standard outside cabin on the Stena Hollandica...

Above, here's a Standard 1 or 2-berth outside cabin.  Sold as a single, you pay just £39 for the room plus a travel ticket from £45. As a double, it's £51 for the room plus a travel ticket for each passenger.

Outside means with window, much nicer than an inside cabin & worth the extra few pounds.  The new Stena Hollandica has extra-large cabin windows for great sea views...

4-berth standard outside cabin on the Stena Hollandica...

This is a Standard 5-berth outside cabin.

Comfort Class 2 or 3-berth:  All the features of a standard cabin plus a bit more room, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, complimentary fruit bowl & complimentary minibar with fruit juice and soft drinks.  Ideal for an eco-friendly business trip or special weekend away to Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Den Haag...  One berth is extra-wide, effectively a double bed.

Comfort Class 2-berth cabin on the Stena Line ferry 'Stena Hollandica'

This is a Comfort Class cabin. £72 for the room, plus a travel ticket (from £45) for each passenger.

Captain's Class 2-berth:  For even more space, book a Captain's Class cabin.  All the facilities of a standard cabin, but with a double bed, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, fruit bowl & complimentary minibar with beer, juice & sparkling wine.

Captain's suite deluxe cabin on the Stena Line ferry 'Stena Hollandica'

This is a Captain's Class cabin with double bed.  You pay £98 for the room (£49 on the day crossing) plus a travel ticket (from £45) for each passenger.

Captain's Suite 2-berth:  The ultimate choice, with double bed, separate sitting room with satellite TV, Nespresso coffee maker, fruit bowl & complimentary minibar.

Captain's suite deluxe cabin on the Stena Line ferry 'Stena Hollandica'

This is a Captain's Suite sitting room, a bedroom with double bed is next door.  It's £123 for the suite (£62 on the day crossing), plus a travel ticket (from (£45) for each passenger...

Still unsure which cabin?  See cabin video...

   
 

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Booking tips...

- This system can book one-way or return tickets starting in the UK.  Booking opens up to 12 months ahead.

- For one-way or return tickets starting in the Netherlands, see the advice here.

- The booking process makes sense if you realise that you're first telling it you want a rail & sail ticket from London to Amsterdam, then booking the ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland, as the train connections don't need reservations.

- At the end of the booking you are emailed an e-ticket in .pdf format. 

- Overseas credit cards accepted, but if you're from the USA and have any problems paying, call Stena Line's USA toll-free number 1-866-261-0359 (08:00-22:00 CET).

- If your travel date is less than 24 hours away, you'll need to book by phone, 08445 762 762 (UK callers only).

A glass of fizzy in a Captain's Class cabin on the ferry to Holland

Put the romance back...  Flying has lost its glamour.  It's time to put the romance back. Upgrade from a cheap flight to the Dutch Flyer.  This is a glass of complimentary cava in a Captain's Class cabin...

Stena Plus Lounge. On the day crossing, you can pay a small supplement to access to the quiet Stena Plus Lounge with complimentary tea, coffee, red & white wine and newspapers.  Although a half-price private cabin with TV may be a better buy!

Fresh air. If you're an airline passenger, you may have forgotten what this is...

An increasingly popular way to reach Amsterdam...

A Dutch Flyer ticket covers the train from London or any station on the Great Anglia network to Harwich, the luxurious Stena Line superferry to Hoek van Holland and an onward train to Amsterdam Centraal or any rail station in the Netherlands.  It's the traditional way to reach Amsterdam!  There are two services a day, one using the Harwich-Hoek overnight ferry and the other the daytime ferry.  Stena Line brought two new 63,000 ton superferries into service in 2010, the largest of their kind in the world, with classy private cabins with toilet, shower, free WiFi & satellite TV.  They now report that passenger numbers are growing fast, and it's being used by an increasing number of young professionals keen to avoid airport stress, cut their environmental impact, and save on expensive hotels in Amsterdam or London.  The Dutch Flyer service is run by Stena Line, Greater Anglia Trains & Dutch railways (NS) working together.  See the video...

CO2 savings:  Flight = 68 Kg CO2 per passenger, Dutch Flyer = 13.6 Kg, an 80% saving (Source).

In this section...

London to Amsterdam overnight

 

Amsterdam to London overnight

London to Amsterdam by day

 

Amsterdam to London by day

How much does it cost?

 

Watch the video

Buy tickets online

 

Map of Amsterdam  &  Amsterdam hotels

Travel to other Dutch destinations

 

Travel from Cambridge, Norwich etc.

London ► Amsterdam overnight...

London 19:32, sleep on ferry, Amsterdam 09:47

  • This comfortable overnight train & ferry service is the most civilised & time-effective way from central London to central Amsterdam.  You sleep in a private cabin with shower, toilet, satellite TV and free WiFi on board the Stena Line superferry.  Runs every day except 24, 25, 31 December.  There's a direct connection from Cambridge & Ipswich, too.

  • Leave London Liverpool Street Station at 19:32 every day by train to Harwich International, arriving at 20:54 on Mondays to Saturdays or 21:14 on Sundays.  Your ticket is in fact valid on any train to Harwich, you can take an earlier one if you like, or if you're delayed for any reason, a slightly later one.  The train arrives directly at the ferry terminal, you simply walk off the train, up the steps (or use the lift) onto the footbridge which leads straight into the ferry terminal, walk through the departures door to the left of the Stena Line desk, through the brief and painless X-ray and passport check, then check in at the Stena Line desk to get your cabin key and walk up the gangway onto the ferry.  You can be on board the ferry within 10 minutes of arriving on the train!  You can board the ferry any time from around 20:35 onwards, so you can have a late dinner in the ship's à la carte or self service restaurant and settle into your private en suite cabin.  Check in closes at 22:30.  To check train times from other UK towns & cities to Harwich, use www.nationalrail.co.uk.

  • The Cambridge & Ipswich connection:  There's a direct train from Cambridge & Ipswich to Harwich, leaving Cambridge at 19:43 on Mondays-Saturdays or 19:12 on Sundays, leaving Ipswich at 21:00 on Mondays-Fridays or 20:35 on Sundays, arriving Harwich at 21:29 (21:04 on Sundays).

  • Sail from Harwich to Hoek van Holland on Stena Line's overnight luxury superferry, sailing at 23:15 & arriving at 07:45 next morning.  Remember that Dutch time is 1 hour ahead of UK time.  This is Stena Line's superb new superferry Stena Hollandica, the largest ferry of her kind in the world at over 63,000 tons.  She's a floating hotel with over 1,400 beds, as all passengers travel in a cosy private cabin with en suite toilet & shower, satellite TV, free WiFi internet access, power sockets for mobiles or laptop, and soap, shampoo/shower gel, towels & bedding all provided.  The ferry has a bar, wine bar, self-service & à la carte restaurants, shop, cinema showing the latest releases, Guest Services desk, & children's play area.  The giant superferry is rock-steady in almost all weathers and the crossing is almost always smooth, making it very easy to sleep (and the cabins have top quality Swedish 'Dux' mattresses, of which Stena Line are very proud, even putting the Dux logo on the cabin doors!).  See the range of cabins available here.  A cooked breakfast is available in the restaurant in the morning.  At Hoek van Holland, the ferry terminal is right next to the station, you walk off the ferry via the passenger gangway, through passport control and straight onto the station platform.

  • For Rotterdam, travel from Hoek van Holland to Rotterdam by frequent Sprinter train, leaving every 15-30 minutes from platform 2.  There's a train at 08:11 Mondays-Fridays arriving Rotterdam Centraal at 08:41, or one at 08:26 every day arriving Rotterdam Centraal 08:57.

  • For Amsterdam, travel from Hoek van Holland to Schiedam Centrum by Sprinter train, leaving 08:11 on Mondays-Fridays from platform 2 and arriving Schiedam Centrum at 08:36.  You arrive on platform 1, nip across to platform 5 for the 08:42 InterCity train to Amsterdam arriving Den Haag HS 08:56 & Amsterdam Centraal at 09:47.  On Saturdays & Sundays you leave Hoek van Holland at 08:26 arriving Schiedam Centrum 08:51, nip across to platform 5 for the 08:57 InterCity train to Amsterdam, arriving Den Haag 09:11 and Amsterdam Centraal at 10:01.  Many of these InterCity trains are double-deckers, take a top deck seat for the best views.

  • If you're heading for anywhere else in the Netherlands, check train times using www.ns.nl.  High-speed Fyra trains can be used between Rotterdam & Amsterdam, but a €2.80 supplement must be paid.

  • How much does it cost?     How to buy tickets

London ► Amsterdam by day...

London depart 06:38 Mon-Sat, Amsterdam 19:01

London depart 07:55 Sundays, Amsterdam 20:31

  • This is the leisurely daytime cruise option, but make sure you can get to Liverpool Street station in time for the early start.  Book a private cabin on the ferry (cabins are optional but half-price on the Day Boat), enjoy a meal in the restaurant at sea, and chill out.  Runs every day except 24, 25, 26 December.

  • Depart London Liverpool Street Station at 06:38 on Mondays-Saturdays or 07:55 on Sundays by direct train to Harwich International arriving at 08:09 Mondays-Fridays or 09:25 on Sundays.  At Harwich, the train arrives directly at the ferry terminal, simply walk up the steps (or use the lift) onto the footbridge which leads straight into the ferry terminal, walk through the departures door to the left of the Stena Line desk, through the brief and painless X-ray and passport check, then check in at the Stena Line desk and walk up the gangway onto the ferry.  For train times from other places to Harwich, check train times at www.nationalrail.co.uk.  Always check train times, especially if travelling at weekends.

  • Cruise from Harwich to Hoek van Holland by daily Stena Line luxury superferry.  On Mondays-Saturdays she sails at 09:00 arriving 16:45.  On Sundays she sails at 10:00 arriving ay 18:00.  This is the Stena Line Superferry 'Stena Britannica'.  There are two bars, self service & buffer restaurants, coffee shop, cinema showing the latest releases, children's play area, free WiFi & internet access.  There's mobile phone access throughout the voyage.  Cabins are optional, but are half price on the day crossing, so well worth it for privacy and somewhere to work, freshen up or snooze. At Hoek van Holland, the ferry terminal is right next to the station, you walk off the ferry through passport control and onto the station platform. 

  • Take the local Sprinter train from Hoek van Holland to Schiedam or Rotterdam, leaving every 15-30 minutes from platform 2.  On Mondays-Saturdays there's one at 17:26 arriving Schiedam Centrum at 17:51 & Rotterdam Centraal at 17:57.  On Sundays there's one at 18:56 arriving Schiedam Centrum 19:21 & Rotterdam Centraal at 19:27.

  • Travel from Schiedam Centrum to Amsterdam by InterCity train, leaving Schiedam Centrum at 17:57 on Mondays-Saturdays arriving Den Haag 18:11 & Amsterdam Centraal at 19:01.  On Sundays, you leave Schiedam Centrum at 19:27 and arrive Den Haag 19:41 & Amsterdam Centraal at 20:31.  Many of these InterCity trains are double-deckers, take a top deck seat for the best views.  If you're heading for anywhere else in the Netherlands, check train times using www.ns.nl.

  • How much does it cost?     How to buy tickets

Amsterdam ► London overnight...

Amsterdam 18:42, sleep on ferry, London 08:54

  • This overnight train & ferry service is the most time-effective way from central Amsterdam to central London.  You sleep in a luxurious private cabin with shower, toilet, satellite TV and free WiFi on board the Stena Line ferry, saving an expensive hotel night in Amsterdam or London.  Runs every day except 24, 25, 31 December. 

  • Leave Amsterdam Centraal daily at 18:42 or Den Haag HS at 19:34 by InterCity train to Rotterdam Centraal, arriving at 19:53.  Many of these InterCity trains are double-deckers, so take a top deck seat for the best views.

  • Travel from Rotterdam to Hoek of Holland by local Sprinter train.  This local train runs every 15-30 minutes, normally leaving from platform 1.  There's a train at 20:02 arriving Hoek Van Holland Haven at 20:32.  By all means catch an earlier train, your ticket is valid on any train, and the ship starts boarding from around 20:00.  At Hoek, the train arrives right next to the ferry terminal.

  • Sail from Hoek van Holland to Harwich by overnight Stena Line luxury superferry, sailing at 22:30 Mondays-Fridays or 21:30 Saturdays & Sundays, arriving at 06:30 next morning.  Remember that UK time is 1 hour behind Dutch time.  This is Stena Line's new superferry Stena Britannica.  She's a floating hotel, as all passengers travel in a cosy private cabin with en suite toilet & shower, free WiFi internet access, LCD satellite TV, power sockets for mobiles or laptop, with soap, shampoo/shower gel, towels & bedding all provided.  The ferry has two bars, self-service & a la carte restaurants, shop, cinema showing the latest releases, Guest Services desk, & children's play area.  The crossing is almost always smooth & comfortable, making it very easy to sleep, as do the top quality Swedish Dux mattresses (of which Stena Line are very proud!).  See the range of cabins available here. At Harwich, the ferry terminal is right next to the station, you walk off the ferry through passport control and onto the station.

  • Travel from Harwich to London by direct train, leaving Harwich International at 07:15 Monday-Friday or 07:20 Saturdays & Sundays, arriving London Liverpool Street station at 08:54 Monday-Friday, 08:45 Saturday or 08:59 Sunday.  You can check train times at www.nationalrail.co.uk.

  • The Cambridge & Ipswich connection:  There's a direct train from Harwich to Ipswich & Cambridge.  It leaves Harwich International at 07:50 on Mondays to Saturdays arriving Ipswich at 08:17 and Cambridge at 09:39.  On Sundays, it leaves Harwich at 08:30, arriving Ipswich at 08:53 and Cambridge at 10:24.  You can check train times at www.nationalrail.co.uk.

  • How much does it cost?     How to buy tickets

Amsterdam ► London by day...

Amsterdam depart 11:12, London arrive 22:14

  • This is the leisurely daytime cruise option:  Book a private cabin on the ferry (cabins are optional but half-price on the Day Boat), enjoy a meal in the restaurant at sea, and chill out.  Runs every day except 24, 25, 26 December.  In this direction, the Day Boat is conveniently timed, and just as good an option as the Night Boat.

  • Leave Amsterdam Centraal daily at 11:12 or Den Haag HS at 12:04 by InterCity train to Rotterdam Centraal, arriving at 12:23.  Many of these InterCity trains are double-deckers, so take a top deck seat for the best views.

  • Take the local Sprinter train from Rotterdam Centraal to Hoek of Holland.  This runs every 15-30 minutes, normally leaving from platform 1.  There's one at 12:32 arriving Hoek Van Holland Haven at 13:02.

  • Cruise from Hoek van Holland to Harwich by daily Stena Line luxury superferry, sailing at 14:30 & arriving at 20:00.  Remember that UK time is 1 hour behind Dutch time.  This is Stena Line's superb new superferry Stena Hollandica.  The ferry has two bars, self-service & à la carte restaurants, shop, a cinema showing the latest releases, Guest Services desk, children's play area, free WiFi & internet access, a TV news room, and the Stena Plus club lounge.  There's mobile phone access throughout the voyage and an area with free internet access computers if you haven't brought your own laptop.  At Harwich, the ferry terminal is right next to the station, you walk off the ferry through passport control and onto the station.  Cabins are optional on the day crossing, but are half price so well worth it for privacy and somewhere to work, freshen up, watch satellite TV or snooze.  Bring a bottle of wine (or buy one on board) and chill out in your cabin.  See the range of cabins available here.

  • Travel from Harwich to London by direct train.  On Mondays-Saturdays a train leaves Harwich International at 20:45 arriving London Liverpool Street station at 22:14.  On Sundays, leave Harwich at 20:35, arriving London Liverpool Street at 22:02.  You can check train times at www.nationalrail.co.uk.

  • How much does it cost?     How to buy tickets

 How much does it cost?

London to Amsterdam £45 one-way, £90 return

Children (aged 4-14 inclusive) £22.50 one way, £45 return

Children aged 0-3 inclusive travel for free.

Slightly higher fares (perhaps £50-£55 each way) may apply on peak dates or if travelling at short notice.

The fare covers train+ferry+train travel from London or any Greater Anglia station including Cambridge, Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester, Romford to Amsterdam or any Dutch station including Rotterdam, Den Haag, Leiden, Arnhem, Utrecht, Groningen, Maastricht.  How to buy tickets

 

 Cabins     You must pay for a cabin on the overnight ferry...

Per cabin, not per person

Overnight ferry...

(essential)

Daytime ferry...

(optional)

Single berth cabin

£30

£15

Single berth cabin with window

£39

£20

2-berth cabin

£43

£22

2-berth cabin with window

£51

£26

3 or 4 berth cabin with window

£76

£38

5-berth cabin with window

£83

£42

Comfort Class 2-berth cabin, window

£72

£36

Captain's Class deluxe 2-berth, window

£98

£49

Captain's Suite deluxe 2-berth, window

£123

£62

About these fares...

Useful links...

Travel to any station in the Netherlands... 

Travel from any station on Greater Anglia... 

Luggage, dogs & bikes...

How to buy tickets...

If your journey starts in the UK:  www.dutchflyer.co.uk...

If your journey starts in the Netherlandswww.stenaline.nl...

Video guide:  London to Amsterdam by Dutch Flyer...

Want to see more?  See the Green Traveller Dutch Flyer video...


London to Amsterdam by Eurostar

  Take Eurostar & connecting trains from London to Amsterdam
   

London to Amsterdam by high-speed train...

Take Eurostar to Brussels in just 2 hours then a connecting high-speed Thalys train to Amsterdam in 1 hour 49 minutes.  This high-speed rail option is faster than train+ferry, in fact it's not much slower than a flight, and there's a choice of departures.  It's a fast, comfortable and stress-free way to reach Amsterdam that beats flying, any day...  How much does it cost?   How to buy tickets.

Top tip for a plane-free weekend in Amsterdam...

Catch a Friday night Eurostar from London to Brussels, spend the night in Brussels & continue to Amsterdam by Thalys on Saturday morning.  Or see a bit of Brussels and head for Amsterdam Saturday afternoon.  There are Thalys trains from Brussels to Amsterdam every hour or two all day.  Travel back from Amsterdam to London via Brussels on Sunday afternoon.  You can either book the trains yourself then book suggested hotels here, or for a tailor-made short break try www.railbookers.comMap of Amsterdam.

 London ► Amsterdam, by Eurostar + Thalys

Eurostar (30 min check-in)  

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 London St Pancras depart

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 Pick up at Ebbsfleet (M25) 

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 Brussels Midi arrive

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 Change trains in Brussels onto a high-speed Thalys train, seat reservation required.

 Brussels Midi depart

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 Rotterdam Centraal arrive

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 Amsterdam Centraal arrive

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No service on 25 December.  How much does it cost?   How to buy tickets   Suggested hotels in Amsterdam.

Tip for changing trains in Brussels   Buy connecting tickets from other UK towns & cities   Map of Amsterdam   Left luggage in London & Amsterdam

* Only runs on Thursdays & Fridays.  

** The 08:04 runs most but not all Mondays-Fridays, on the dates when it doesn't run, there's an alternative 06:50 Eurostar from London.

Ashford (Kent): Outbound, only the 06:50 Mon-Fri & 06:57 Saturdays Eurostars from London call at Ashford, at 07:28. Inbound, the only Eurostars from Brussels that call at Ashford are the 16:56 Mon-Fri, 17:56 Sunday and 19:52 Saturday.

Alternatives to Thalys:  There are also regular InterCity trains on the classic route Brussels-Rotterdam-Den Haag (-Amsterdam), see the info here.

 Amsterdam ► London, by Eurostar + Thalys

 By Thalys

Mondays-Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

 Amsterdam Centraal

06:18

08:18

09:18

11:18

13:18

15:18

17:18

08:18

11:18

13:18

15:18

08:18

11:18

13:18

15:18

17:18

 Rotterdam Centraal

06:58

08:58

09:58

11:58

13:58

15:58

17:58

08:58

11:58

13:58

15:58

08:58

11:58

13:58

15:58

17:58

 Brussels Midi arrive

08:08

10:08

11:08

13:08

15:08

17:08

19:08

10:08

13:08

15:08

17:08

10:08

13:08

15:08

17:08

19:08

Change trains in Brussels.  Remember the 30 minute Eurostar check-in.

 Brussels Midi depart

08:52

10:56Fri

12:52

14:56

16:56

17:56

19:52

10:56

14:52

16:56

19:52

11:56

14:52

15:56

17:56

19:52

 Ebbsfleet (M25)

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13:45

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17:45

18:45

20:45

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15:45

17:45

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15:45

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20:45

 London St Pancras

09:57

11:57

14:03

16:03

18:11

19:03

21:03

11:57

16:03

18:03

21:06

12:57

16:03

16:57

19:10

21:03

 

Book online here

Anyone from any country can book London to Amsterdam or Amsterdam to London at www.b-europe.com, with print-at-home tickets.

SNCB B-Europe.co.uk - London To Europe By Train

   
  Thalys train at Amsterdam Centraal

A Thalys at Amsterdam Centraal...

See Thalys information page

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

How to buy tickets if you're in the Netherlands...

How to buy tickets if you live in the USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore, India, Africa etc.

Short breaks:  Tailor-made travel & hotel arrangements...

If you want a compete tailor-made travel service with all your rail travel expertly booked for you and good quality hotels arranged, contact www.railbookers.com on 020 3327 0761.  Just tell them what you want, and they'll advise you on the best trains, routes & hotels and sort it all out for you.  They get very positive reviews.  Browse suggested holiday itineraries & prices.  US residents can call them on (646) 770 2894 (please quote seat61) and Canadian residents on (416) 800 0732 (please quote 'seat61').  Australian residents can call their Australian office, www.railbookers.com.au on 02 8096 0550.

What's the journey like?

On board the Eurostar...

First class fares include an airline-style meal and complimentary drinks.  All passengers have access to two buffet-bar cars serving drinks and snacks.  For more information about travelling by Eurostar, see the Eurostar page.  Eurostar arrives at platforms 1 or 2 at Brussels Midi (Brussel Zuid in Flemish, Brussels South in English).

A Eurostar at St Pancras International...

A Eurostar at St Pancras...

 

Eurostar first class

Eurostar 1st class...

 

Eurostar second class

Eurostar 2nd class...

Brussels to Amsterdam by Thalys high-speed train...

Thalys is a joint venture of the French, Belgian & Dutch railways formed to run the high-speed trains between Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam & Cologne.  Thalys trains have 1st & 2nd class seats (marketed as Comfort 1 & Comfort 2) plus a cafe-bar car.  Between Brussels & Amsterdam, the Thalys trains are more comfortable, but less frequent and less flexible than the regular hourly InterCity trains.  1st class fares include complimentary refreshments served at your seat and 1st class passengers may use the first class lounges at Amsterdam Centraal or Schiphol stations with complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks and beer (look for signs to the 'NS HiSpeed Lounge').  However, the first class lounge at Brussels is only for special frequent traveller cardholders.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles, and all Thalys trains have WiFi on board, free in 1st class, chargeable in 2nd class.  Like Eurostar, advance reservation is obligatory, and special fares apply.  You can check Thalys train times & fares at the Thalys website, www.thalys.com.  You can check London to Amsterdam Eurostar+Thalys times and fares at www.eurostar.com.  Combined Eurostar+Thalys tickets can only be used on the specific Eurostar and Thalys trains on which your seats have been reserved.  In Brussels, Thalys trains to Amsterdam normally leave from platforms 5 or 6, but always check the indicator boards.  Advice on changing trains at Brussels MidiMore information about ThalysSeating plan for Thalys.

Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) seats on Thalys...

1st class (Comfort 1) seats on Thalys...

A Thalys about to leave Brussels...

See full-screen panorama photos of seats & cafe bar on Thalys

An alternative to Thalys:  Brussels - Rotterdam - Den Haag (- Amsterdam) InterCity trains...

As well as the high-speed Thalys trains, there are non-high-speed InterCity trains roughly every hour between Brussels, Rotterdam & Den Haag with connections for Amsterdam, taking 3½ hours via the classic route as opposed to Thalys' 2 hour timing via the high-speed line.  These trains do not require reservation so can never sell out, they have one affordable fixed price (Brussels-Amsterdam around €39 each way, any date, any train) and tickets are valid for any train that day.  So you can easily buy a ticket at the station and hop on the next train.  In other words, although slower and less comfortable than Thalys, these InterCity trains are more flexible to use, and cheaper if you need to travel at short notice.

It's all a bit of a saga.  In December 2012 Belgian & Dutch railways replaced the traditional hourly Brussels-Amsterdam InterCity (Benelux) train on the classic non-high-speed route with new 250km/h Fyra trains on the high-speed line, cutting journey time from 3 hours to 2 hours.  The new V250 Fyra trains were built by Italian firm Ansaldo Breda, delivered 5 years late, and from the start proved unreliable.  When components fell off in the icy weather in January 2013, the trains were banned from Belgium and then withdrawn altogether.  The Belgian and Dutch railways have cancelled their contracts with Ansaldo Breda, and Fyra will never run again.  A conventional Brussels-Rotterdam-Den Haag InterCity train has been reinstated with connections to/from Amsterdam, running more or less hourly but with some hours missing.  You currently need to change trains at Den Haag or Rotterdam to reach Amsterdam, as all available train paths between Den Haag and Amsterdam were given to other services when Fyra started.  However, a full hourly through InterCity service between Brussels & Amsterdam will be reinstated in December 2014.  Back to the future!

If you want to use these classic InterCity trains via Roosendaal instead of a high-speed Thalys, there are two options for buying tickets.

Option 1, NS International (Dutch railways, formerly NS Hispeed) offer tickets from London to Any Dutch Station from €60 one-way, €119 return via Eurostar and classic non-high-speed InterCity train, book online at www.nsinternational.nl and print your own ticket. 

Option 2 is to buy a ticket from London to Any Belgian Station at www.eurostar.com, this covers you as far as the last station in Belgium, a small place called Essen (not to be confused with the big Essen in Germany).  If you then buy a print-at-home ticket from Essen to Rotterdam, Den Haag or Amsterdam at www.b-europe.com, you're covered for the whole journey, even though the train doesn't actually call at Essen, and this is the cheapest way to travel from London to Rotterdam, den Haag or Amsterdam, cheaper than buying a London-Brussels ticket then buying a Brussels-Rotterdam/Den Haag/Amsterdam ticket.

Amsterdam to Brussels InterCity train   2nd class seats on an Amsterdam to Brussels InterCity train   1st class seats on an Amsterdam to Brussels InterCity train

InterCity train from Brussels to Amsterdam.

 

InterCity 2nd class seats...

 

InterCity 1st class seats...


London to other destinations in the Netherlands

  Dutch double decker InterCity train

Above:  A Dutch double-deck InterCity train.

  Seats on top deck of double decker Dutch train

Above:  These are top deck seats on a Dutch double-deck InterCity train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam...

London to Rotterdam, Den Haag (The Hague)...

The London-Netherlands by train & ferry section & the London-Netherlands by Eurostar section cover Rotterdam & Den Haag as well as Amsterdam.

London to Maastricht...

Maastricht, right down in the southern tip of the Netherlands, is most easy reached by Eurostar changing in Brussels.  There are hourly Belgian InterCity trains from Brussels to Maastricht with one easy and quick change in Liège, journey time 1 hour 46 minutes.

You can buy a through ticket from London to Liège, simply go to www.eurostar.com and buy a ticket from London to a destination listed as Any Belgian Station from £45 one-way or £79 return.  This is valid on a specific Eurostar to Brussels, then onwards to any station in Belgium using any suitable connecting train (including Belgian InterCity trains but not international Thalys or ICE trains) within 24 hours of arrival in Brussels, and (on your return) within 24 hours of your Eurostar departure from Brussels.  This will take you all the way to Liege, you can easily buy an onward ticket from Liege to Maastricht online at www.b-europe.com.  Note that at www.eurostar.com all you are reserving is your Eurostar seat, from Brussels to Liège a seat reservation is unnecessary you can just hop on any train you like. The Eurostar website won't give schedules for the onward trains, but you can use the online journey planner at www.b-europe.com to find train times between Brussels and Maastricht.

Alternatively, you can travel from London to Maastricht by overnight train+ferry if you like using the special 'London to any Dutch station' train+ferry ticket, see the section above.

London to anywhere else in the Netherlands:  Utrecht, Apeldoorn, Groningen, Arnhem, Eindhoven, etc...

Other destinations in the Netherlands can also be reached just as easily as Amsterdam, using either train+ferry or Eurostar.  Decide which you want to use by reading the London-Amsterdam train & ferry and Eurostar information above, then check connections to your chosen destination as follows:

By train+ferry to any Dutch station:  Dutch Flyer train+ferry tickets from London to Amsterdam are in fact valid to any Dutch station, not just Amsterdam.  Buy online at www.dutchflyer.co.uk as explained above.  So you can travel from London to anywhere in the Netherlands for the same price as Amsterdam.  Simply take the sprinter train from Hoek van Holland to Rotterdam, where you'll find frequent direct trains to Utrecht, Amersfoort, Apeldoorn, Arnhem, Groningen and so on, usually every hour or better, with no need to go via Amsterdam.  To check train times to other Dutch destinations, first check what time your chosen train+ferry service reaches Hoek van Holland using the London to Amsterdam train+ferry timetable above.  Then go to www.ns.nl, enter 'Hoek van Holland' as origin and your Dutch destination as 'destination', enter your travel dates and time of departure from Hoek (allowing at least 20 minutes from the arrival of the ferry) and hit 'search'.

By Eurostar to any Dutch station from €60! It's back!!  The popular ticket from London to Any Dutch Station by Eurostar and connecting InterCity train (not valid on high-speed Thalys), one-way from €60, return from €119.  But it's currently only bookable, in either direction, at the Dutch railways website www.nsinternational.nl.  You print your own tickets.  In the search results you can compare prices with faster options via Thalys high-speed trains, and make a choice on speed versus price.


North of England to Amsterdam

  P&O Ferries 'Pride of Rotterdam' has just arrived from Hull

P&O Ferries superb ship Pride of Rotterdam at Rotterdam Europoort, just arrived from Hull...

  A steak dinner in the a la carte restaurant on board P&O Ferries Hull-Rotterdam ferry

Dinner in the à la carte restaurant on board the Pride of Rotterdam...

  A standard en suite cabin on P&O Ferries' Hull-Rotterdam ferry

A standard outside cabin on P&O's Pride of Rotterdam...

We don't all live in London and the South!  From the North of England to Amsterdam, you have three options, including a luxurious direct cruise ferry from Hull to Holland that by-passes London:

By P&O cruise ferry from Hull to Rotterdam...

P&O's superb overnight cruise ferry from Hull to Rotterdam is more than just a means of transport, it's a floating hotel that makes the journey as much fun as the destination.  The ferry sails overnight, so it's a time-effective alternative to flying for a weekend away or a short break in Holland.  You sleep in a comfortable private cabin with shower & toilet after dinner in one of the restaurants on board or even a night dancing in the nightclub.

North of England ► Rotterdam, Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Rotterdam ► North of England

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...


Scotland & Newcastle to Amsterdam

  DFDS Seaways ferry 'Princess of Norway' about to sail from Newcastle.

DFDS Seaways Princess of Norway about to sail overnight from Newcastle to Amsterdam...

  A standard cabin on DFDS Seaways Newcastle-Amsterdam ferry.

A standard Seaways class cabin with shower & toilet on DFDS 'Princess of Norway' from Newcastle to Amsterdam...

  A Commodore Deluxe cabin on DFDS Seaways

A Commodore Deluxe cabin on DFDS ferry King of Scandinavia from Newcastle to Amsterdam.  Commodore Deluxe offers genuine cruise ship standards with minibar, satellite TV, shower & toilet.  Highly recommended!  See the video...

  The Commodore Deluxe lounge on DFDS Seaways Newcastle-Amsterdam ferry.

About as far away from Ryanair as you can get...  The exclusive Commodore Deluxe lounge aboard the King of Scandinavia...

From Scotland, Carlisle, Cumbria, Tyne & Wear to Amsterdam, you have three options:

By DFDS cruise ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam...

DFDS Seaways' overnight cruise ferry from Newcastle to IJmuiden (near Amsterdam) is not just a means of transport, but a floating hotel that makes the journey as much fun as the destination.  The ferry sails overnight, a time-effective alternative to flying for a weekend away or a short break.  You sleep in a comfortable private cabin with shower & toilet after dinner in one of the restaurants on board or even a night dancing in the nightclub.  And if you choose DFDS Seaways 'Commodore Deluxe' class then you're in for a real treat!

Scotland & Newcastle ► Amsterdam

Amsterdam ► Newcastle & Scotland

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...


Sponsored links...

 


Send your luggage in advance

Ride the trains without heavy luggage... 

Send your suitcase ahead by Luggage Mule from around £30 each way.


Recommended guidebooks

Highly recommended:  The Lonely Planets & Rough Guides...

Paying for a guidebook may seem an unnecessary expense, but it's a small part of what you pay for your whole trip.  You will see a lot more, and know much more about what you're looking at, if you have a decent guidebook.  I think the Lonely Planets & Rough Guides are the best ones out there for the independent traveller.  You won't regret buying one!  My own book, an essential handbook for train or ferry travel to Europe based on this website called The Man in Seat 61, was published in 2010, and is available from Amazon.co.uk with shipping worldwide.

Click the images to buy at Amazon.co.uk

The Man in Seat 61 book - click to buy online

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The European Rail Timetable & maps

Thomas Cook European Timetable -  click to buy onlineTraveller's Railway Map of Europe - buy onlineThe European Rail Timetable (formerly the Thomas Cook European Timetable) has train & ferry times for every country in Europe plus currency & climate information.  It is essential for regular European train travellers and an inspiration for armchair travellers.  Published since 1873, it had just celebrated 140 years of publication when Thomas Cook decided to pull the plug on their entire publishing department, but the dedicated ex-Thomas Cook team have set up a private venture and published the first edition of a reborn European Rail Timetable in March 2014.  You can buy it online with worldwide shipping at www.europeanrailtimetable.euMore information on what the European Rail Timetable contains.

A Traveller's Railway Map of Europe covers the whole of Europe from Portugal in the west to Moscow & Istanbul in the east, Finland in the north to Sicily & Athens in the south.  On the back are detailed maps of Switzerland, Benelux & Germany, plus city plans showing stations in major cities.  Scenic & high-speed routes highlighted.  Click to see sample.  Buy online for €13 + €5.50 postage worldwide at www.treinreiswinkel.nl/railway_map_of_europe.

 


Find hotels in Amsterdam & the Netherlands

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Suggested hotels in Amsterdam...

Suggested hotels in Rotterdam...

Backpacker hostels...


City breaks in Amsterdam, Eurostar + hotel


City Tours by Open Top Bus

City Sightseeing Open Top Bus TourBuy a ticket for the hop-on, hop-off Open Top Bus...

City Sightseeing's red-and-yellow open top tour buses are now a familiar site in 100 major cities on 6 continents, and they do a hop-on, hop-off tour bus ticket for Amsterdam, with frequent departures every day from outside Amsterdam Centraal station.  I find a bus tour a good way to orientate yourself in a city, returning to explore in more depth later.  It's also less wearing on the feet, especially if you have kids!

Buy your tour tickets online before you go, redeemable on any day you like within 3 months of buying it, see www.city-sightseeing.com.


Travel insurance & health card

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Get travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel without insurance from a reliable travel insurer with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover loss of cash (up to a limit) & belongings, and cancellation. An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheapest even for just 2 or 3 trips a year (I have an annual policy myself).  Don't expect travel insurance to bail you out of every missed connection, though, see the advice on missed connections here.  Here are some suggested insurers, Seat61 gets a little commission if you buy through these links, and feedback from using insurance for rail & ferry travel is always welcome.

In the UK, use www.confused.com to compare prices & policy features across major insurance companies.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get an EU health card, it's free...

If you're a UK citizen travelling in Europe, you should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card, which entitles you to free or reduced rate health care if you become ill or get injured in many European countries, under a reciprocal arrangement with the NHS.  This replaced the old E111 forms as from January 2006.  The EHIC card is available from www.ehic.org.uk.  It doesn't remove the need for travel insurance, though.

Get a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low/no ATM fees

Taking out an extra credit card costs nothing, but if you keep it in a different part of your luggage you won't be left stranded if your wallet gets stolen.  In addition, some credit cards are better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

Get an international SIM card to save on calls & mobile data...

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, so consider getting a global pre-paid SIM card for your mobile phone which can cut call & data costs by up to 90%.  At the time of writing, www.roamsure.com claims a definite 25% saving within the EU and up to 90% saving in the rest of the world.  Incoming calls are free in 73 countries, including all of the EU, the USA, Australia & South Africa.  There's no contract or commitment, and at time I write this Roamsure is offering a global SIM card for free when you buy £20 of call credit.  Seat61 gets some commission to support the site if you buy airtime from Roamsure.

 


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