Eurostar train from London to Paris
 

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

Buy Eurostar tickets to Amsterdam

For tickets between London & other destinations such as Utrecht, Den Haag. Leiden, Arnhem, Groningen, use www.nsinternational.nl.

London to Amsterdam in 3h55...

Eurostar now runs direct trains from London to Rotterdam & Amsterdam, taking 3h16 to Rotterdam & 3h55 to Amsterdam.  These London-Amsterdam trains started on 4 April 2018, and when COVID-19 is behind us Eurostar expect to be running up to 5 trains a day each way.

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 3h55, cutting your CO2 emissions by around 80% compared to flying.  It's 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."

COVID-19 update:  Direct London-Amsterdam Eurostars were suspended during lockdown in March, but resumed from 9 July.  The timetable below now shows what Eurostar actually expects to run from now until March 2021 given the COVID-19 situation.  Masks must be worn, on-board catering was restored from 7 September.  You can still use the Harwich-Hoek ferry, see hereMore COVID-19 travel info See Eurostar.com COVID-19 advice page.

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Timetable outward

 London ► Amsterdam   26 Oct to 11 Dec 2020

 

Monday-Friday

Saturday

Sunday

 London St Pancras dep.

08:16

17:16

-

-

 Brussels Midi

arr.

11:12

20:12

-

-

dep.

11:22

20:22

-

-

 Rotterdam Centraal arr.

12:32

21:32

-

-

 Amsterdam Centraal arr.

13:11

22:11

-

-

 London ► Amsterdam   13 Dec 2020 to 27 March 2021

 

Monday-Friday

Saturday

Sunday

 London St Pancras dep.

08:16

18:16

08:16

18:16

 Brussels Midi

arr.

11:12

21:12

11:12

21:12

dep.

11:22

21:22

11:22

21:22

 Rotterdam Centraal arr.

12:32

22:32

12:32

22:32

 Amsterdam Centraal arr.

13:11

23:11

13:11

23:11

Timetable inward

 Amsterdam ► London   26 Oct to 11 Dec 2020

 

Monday-Friday

Saturday

Sunday

 Amsterdam Centraal dep.

07:47

16:47

-

-

 Rotterdam Centraal dep.

08:28

17:28

-

-

 Brussels Midi

arr.

09:38

18:38

-

-

dep.

10:05

19:05

-

-

 London St Pancras arr.

10:57

19:57

-

-

 Amsterdam ► London   13 Dec 2020 to 27 March 2021

 

Monday-Friday

Saturday

Sunday

 Amsterdam Centraal dep.

07:47

16:47

07:47

16:47

 Rotterdam Centraal dep.

08:28

17:28

08:28

17:28

 Brussels Midi

arr.

09:38

18:38

09:38

18:38

dep.

10:05

19:05

10:05

19:05

 London St Pancras arr.

10:57

19:57

10:57

19:57

You can check times online at www.nsinternational.nl or eurostar.com.  There is a 30-minute check-in for Eurostar.

London to Amsterdam is 581 km (361 miles).  London to Rotterdam is 513 km (318 miles). 

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

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Direct westbound trains from Amsterdam to London started 26 October 2020...

Direct eastbound trains from London to Rotterdam & Amsterdam started running in April 2018.  However, until 25 October 2020, there were no direct westbound trains because the necessary agreements were not in place for passport & security checks at Amsterdam or Rotterdam.  Passengers had to travel from Amsterdam or Rotterdam to Brussels by Thalys high-speed train then Brussels to London by Eurostar, with passport & security checks for Eurostar carried out in Brussels.

Direct westbound Eurostars from Amsterdam & Rotterdam to London finally started on 26 October 2020, with border formalities undertaken in the new Eurostar terminals at Amsterdam Centraal & Rotterdam Centraal.  The start had been postponed from 30 April 2020 because of COVID-19.

A Eurostar at Amsterdam Centraal...

Eurostar at Amsterdam Centraal

The morning Eurostar from London arrived at Amsterdam Centraal, 3h55 from central London.

Eurostar at Amsterdam Centraal

Check in at London St Pancras...

Check-in gates   Eurostar departure lounge

Ticket gates at London St Pancras...

 

Departure lounge at London St Pancras...

Check-in at Amsterdam or Rotterdam...

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

Eurostar terminal at Amsterdam Centraal, on the eastern end of platform 15.

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.

Route map

Eurostar route map

 

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Red = high-speed lines Highlighted = Eurostar route.

Black = conventional lines.  Green = scenic routes

Reproduced from the excellent European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people. 

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