Eurostar train from London to Paris
 

A Eurostar at Amsterdam Centraal.  This is the very first public Eurostar arrived on 4 April 2018 with me on board - and in seat 61, of course.  Eurostar's new e320 trains have the necessary signalling systems & electric traction voltages to operate to Amsterdam.

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London to Amsterdam in 3h41...

Eurostar now runs direct trains from London to Rotterdam & Amsterdam twice a day on weekdays, once a day at weekends, taking 3h41 to Amsterdam & 3h01 to Rotterdam.  This new service started on 4 April 2018.

The Man in Seat 61 says, "London to Amsterdam is one of the world's busiest air routes.  Eurostar is now running direct London-Amsterdam trains in an airline-competitive 3h41, city centre to city centre, hassle-free, with room to work, power sockets, free WiFi and (in 1st class) a meal & wine served at your seat.  Eurostar has already captured 70% of the London-Paris market, and this new service is a game-changer for London-Amsterdam.  It's taken a while to implement, but the wait has been worth it.  And this is just the start."

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  About the journey

  London St Pancras station information

  Amsterdam Centraal station information

  Suggested hotels in Amsterdam & Rotterdam

  For Eurostar services from London to Amsterdam with a change at Brussels, click here.

Train times...

There is a 30-minute check-in at London St Pancras.  London to Amsterdam is 585km (363 miles).

Trains only operate in the London to Amsterdam direction, please read the important note under the timetable to understand why, and how you travel with a change in Brussels in the other (Amsterdam to London) direction.

From 9 December 2018 until 30 March 2019...

 London ► Amsterdam

 

Monday-Friday

Saturday

Sunday

 London St Pancras dep.

08:16

17:16

08:19

17:19

 Ebbsfleet

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 Brussels Midi

arr.

11:12

20:12

11:12

20:12

dep.

11:22

20:22

11:22

20:22

 Antwerp

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 Rotterdam Centraal arr.

12:32

21:32

12:32

21:32

 Amsterdam Centraal arr.

13:11

22:11

13:11

22:11

From 1 April until 8 June 2019...

 London ► Amsterdam

 

Monday-Friday

Saturday

Sunday

 London St Pancras dep.

07:16

 

17:16

07:16

17:19

 Ebbsfleet

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 Brussels Midi

arr.

10:12

 

20:12

10:12

20:12

dep.

10:22

 

20:22

10:22

20:22

 Antwerp

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 Rotterdam Centraal arr.

11:32

 

21:32

11:32

21:32

 Amsterdam Centraal arr.

12:11

 

22:11

12:11

22:11

From 9 June 2019 onwards - up to 3 trains per day...

 London ► Amsterdam

 

Monday-Friday

Saturday

Sunday

 London St Pancras dep.

07:16

11:04

17:16

07:16

11:04

11:04

17:19

 Ebbsfleet

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 Brussels Midi

arr.

10:12

14:05

20:12

10:12

14:05

14:05

20:12

dep.

10:22

14:22

20:22

10:22

14:22

14:22

20:22

 Antwerp

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 Rotterdam Centraal arr.

11:32

15:32

21:32

11:32

15:32

15:32

21:32

 Amsterdam Centraal arr.

12:11

16:11

22:11

12:11

16:11

16:11

22:11

IMPORTANT:  For the Amsterdam to London direction, click here...

When the Dutch government formally approves passport control taking place in Amsterdam & Rotterdam from a date in 2019 yet to be announced, Eurostar will open check-in facilities at Amsterdam & Rotterdam and you'll be able to board there and travel to London by direct Eurostar.

Until then, direct Eurostars only operate in the outwards direction from London to Amsterdam.  In the Amsterdam to London direction you must use a Thalys high-speed train from Amsterdam or Rotterdam to Brussels, then a Eurostar from Brussels to London, as shown in the Thalys + Eurostar timetable here.  On the plus side, there is no check-in time to add for the Thalys, just board any time before departure, check-in for Eurostar is done in Brussels.

The London to Amsterdam Eurostar trains in fact return from Amsterdam to Brussels carrying Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Brussels passengers, then go forward to London as a Brussels-London service, but they don't carry Amsterdam to London passengers.  Here's the reason:  As it's not currently possible to check-in passengers at Amsterdam or Rotterdam, Netherlands to London passengers need to go through passport control & Channel Tunnel security checks in Brussels.  Eurostar has secured Amsterdam to London train paths with a 28 minute stop in Brussels.  This is long enough for the train to be security-swept once the Amsterdam-Brussels passengers have got off to comply with Channel Tunnel regulations, but it's not long enough to de-train all the Amsterdam-London passengers, have them all passport-checked and security-cleared and get them back on the same train.  So although these Eurostars are indeed running direct from Amsterdam to London carrying Amsterdam-Brussels and Brussels-London passengers, they are not currently able to carry any direct Amsterdam-London passengers.  In this direction, passengers from Amsterdam & Rotterdam to London must use a Thalys+Eurostar combo as shown here until check-in facilities open in Amsterdam & Rotterdam in 2019.

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A Eurostar at Amsterdam Centraal...

Eurostar at Amsterdam Centraal

The 08:31 Eurostar from London arrived at Amsterdam Centraal, 3h41 from central London.

Eurostar at Amsterdam Centraal

How to check in...

Check-in gates   Eurostar departure lounge

What's it like on board the Eurostar?

Eurostar e320   Eurostar e320 first class seats

All aboard for Rotterdam & Amsterdam!

 

1st class:  Standard Premier or Business Premier.

Eurostar e320   Eurostar e320

Standard class.  Sockets & free WiFi at all seats.

 

One of two cafe-bars, in cars 8 & 9...

Eurostar e320   Eurostar e320

Baby-changing facilities in all toilets...

 

Plenty of luggage space at the end of each car.

Eurostar e320   The very first public Eurostar to Amsterdam on 4 April 2018

Seat 61?  A table for two in 1st class, easily the nicest seating arrangement for couples...

 

Boarding at St Pancras.  This is the very first public Eurostar to Amsterdam on 4 April 2018...

Meals & drinks are included in Standard Premier & Business Premier...

A light breakfast or cold light meal is served in Standard Premier, included in the fare.  A cooked breakfast or hot meal is served in Business Premier, with menus designed by Eurostar's culinary director, master chef Raymond Blanc.  Examples of each are shown below...

Standard Premier breakfast   Standard Premier meal

Standard Premier light breakfast...

 

Standard Premier light meal...

Business Premier breakfast   Eurostar Business Premier dinner

Business Premier cooked breakfast...

 

Business Premier lunch or dinner...

About the journey...

After leaving St Pancras the train tunnels through north London and emerges on the north bank of the Thames.  Look out for the impressive QE2 road suspension bridge on your right, carrying the M25 across the Thames.  The Eurostar then tunnels briefly under the Thames to reach Kent, speeding past Kentish woods and fields.  The Eurostar crosses the River Medway on a high viaduct, on your left is the M2 motorway bridge but over the top of that you can make out Rochester Castle and Cathedral in the distance.  On your right is the nicest view, the River Medway and its muddy banks dotted with small boats.  The train passes Ashford station non-stop over a dramatic flyover and just half an hour from London it slows slightly and enters the Channel Tunnel.  The tunnel transit takes just 20 minutes, but your phone reception and Eurostar's WiFi still work even deep under the Channel and regular Eurostar travellers hardly notice the tunnel these days.  When you burst back into daylight, you're in France.  You can just see the tower of Calais town hall on the skyline to your left as the train begins its race past the fields and villages of Northern France at 300 km/h, 186 mph.  The lights of Lille Europe station flash past (the trains is non-stop to Brussels) and shortly afterwards it enters Belgium.  The train stops at Brussels Midi for several minutes.  The Eurostar speeds through Antwerp Central non-stop and crosses into the Netherlands, where there are several wide river crossings including the Moerdijk bridge over the Hollands Diep at the mouth of the River Maas.  The train stops at Rotterdam Centraal then 40 minutes later rolls into Amsterdam Centraal, a mere stroll from Amsterdam's famous canals.

Dutch windmill seen from Eurostar to Amsterdam

Yup, this Eurostar is now in Holland!  North & South Holland are two provinces of the 12 that make up the Netherlands.  To understand the difference between Holland and The Netherlands, watch this nifty video...

Crossing the Moerdijk Bridge over the Hollands Diep

Returning south across the Moerdijk Bridge over the Hollands Diep in early evening, between Rotterdam & Antwerp.

The future Eurostar terminal at Amsterdam Centraal...

A new terminal has been completed at Amsterdam Centraal on the southeast end of platform 15, although this will only come into use when the border control issues are resolved and passengers can be checked in at Amsterdam, from a date to be announced in 2019.  A similar terminal is being built on platform 1 at Rotterdam Central.  In the meantime of course, in the UK-bound direction you board a Thalys train to Brussels with no check-in necessary at Amsterdam, check-in for Eurostar takes place at Brussels Midi.

Future Eurostar terminal at Amsterdam Centraal   Inside the future Eurostar terminal at Amsterdam Centraal

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