How To Travel Amsterdam to London by Air, Rail, Bus or Ferry (2022)

London is a major world city and capital of the United Kingdom. It is located about 360km west of Amsterdam over the North Sea. London-Amsterdam is a popular travel route normally attracting over 4 million passengers per year, although travel numbers have been severely impacted since 2020.

Let’s look at the options for travel between Amsterdam and London by train, air, bus and ferry.

1. Amsterdam-London by Train (recommended)

Travelling between Amsterdam and London by rail is an excellent option and is highly recommended. Eurostar runs a direct high-speed train service between the two cities taking around 4 hours through the Channel tunnel with stops at Brussels Zuid/Midi and Rotterdam.

It’s easy to book your London-Amsterdam or Amsterdam-London Eurostar rail ticket at the NS International site

You can’t really beat the convenience of departing/arriving in the city centre as well as a relaxed, comfortable journey. Eurostar allows 2 free pieces of luggage and offers complimentary WiFi to passengers.

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Eurostar currently runs up to a 4x daily service each way between London and Amsterdam. Generally there are 3-4x daily services on weekdays with a slightly reduced and varied service at weekends.

This is the Eurostar timetable for direct trains between London and Amsterdam:

London St Pancras – Amsterdam CentraalDeparts
ArrivesJourney time
061611143 hours 58 minutes
081613143 hours 58 minutes
110416124 hours 8 minutes
180423144 hours 10 minutes
Amsterdam Centraal – London St Pancras
Departs
ArrivesJourney time
074711004 hours 13 minutes
134717014 hours 14 minutes
164719574 hours 10 minutes
184721574 hours 10 minutes

[Note: Amsterdam is 1 hour ahead of London time]

(Video) London to Amsterdam by train & ferry with Stena Line Rail & Sail

It is also possible to travel via a connection in Brussels. This uses either the Intercity Brussels or high-speed Thalys train for Amsterdam-Brussels and a Eurostar for Brussels-London. However we would seriously recommend taking the direct Amsterdam-London train.

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Eurostar passengers need to go through a security and immigration check before departure. The Eurostar facility is upstairs on platform 15b at Amsterdam Central station.

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At London St Pancras there is a large departures waiting area past security and immigration.

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Eurostar has 3 main classes of travel: Standard (2nd class), Standard Premier (1st class ‘lite’) and Business Premier (1st class).

Eurostar uses its newer E320 trains for the London-Amsterdam route which are made up of 16 coaches. Business Premier and Standard Premier are normally located in coaches 1-3 and 14-16. There is a Café Métropole bar facility in coaches 8 and 9.

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Standard class comes in a 2-2 seating configuration with food/drinks available for purchase at the bar. Power outlets are available at each seat.

Standard Premier passengers get roomier seating in a 2-1 configuration, drinks and a light meal served at their seat plus a selection of magazines. This is our preferred way to travel on this route – check out our Standard Premier review of the London-Amsterdam Eurostar train

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Business Premier passengers have the same 2-1 configuration seats but get a full 3 course meal and drinks (including champagne) plus a selection of newspapers and magazines. Ticket holders have dedicated check-in and get access the 2-level Business Premier lounge at London St Pancras.

London-Amsterdam each way fares cost from £39 (Standard), £89 (Standard Premier) and £260 (Business Premier). The cheapest fares tend to be the direct train service booked as a return trip; the Eurostar+Thalys through-fares are normally more expensive.

Booking from the Netherlands, the cheapest Amsterdam-London one-way Standard fares are available from €88 return (€44 each way) or from €55 as a one-way. Standard Premier starts at €191 return (€95.50 each way). Business Premier is priced from €299 each way.

(Video) Eurostar Amsterdam to London

How to book online: You can book your Eurostar ticket for London-Amsterdam or Amsterdam-London at the NS International site. It is also possible to book Eurostar tickets in multiple currencies at the Omio site

For more info see our international trains from Amsterdam article.

2. Flights Amsterdam-London

Amsterdam-London is a very popular air route with flights operating between Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and 5 airports around London – Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), City (LCY), Luton (LTN) and Stansted (STN).

Flight frequencies were cut back significantly since 2020 and flights to Southend (SEN) airport were dropped. As of 2022 a more frequent flight timetable is in effect.

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Flying time generally takes between 45 and 60 minutes although flights into London Heathrow can be delayed slightly by the management of air traffic into rotating stacks. As the UK is not part of the European Schengen border agreement you will need to go through passport control at both sides.

No frills heavyweight Easyjet connects Schiphol to London Luton (up to 7x daily), Gatwick (up to 8x daily) and Stansted (0-2x daily) using Airbus A319/A320 aircraft. Return prices start at about £80/€95 when including checked luggage.

At Amsterdam Schiphol, Easyjet check-in desks are located at Departures Hall 3 – usually queues are not too bad except for peak times – and flights depart from budget pier H.

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British Airways (Oneworld alliance) flies service from Amsterdam to London Heathrow (up to 6x daily), London Gatwick (up to 3x daily) and London City airport (up to 7x daily).

Aircraft used are mainly Airbus A319/320/321.

BA flight prices can be a little more expensive than Easyjet and the service is more geared to business passengers or those with onward connections.

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Return economy prices are from approximately £85/€100 – the very cheapest fares being the hand-luggage-only fares to/from Gatwick. BA also sells more expensive Club Europe (business class) tickets on the London-Amsterdam route.

BA flights departing Amsterdam Schiphol leave from the D gates.

KLM (Skyteam alliance) is the national Dutch carrier although these days is integrated with Air France. It currently flies to London Heathrow up to 8x daily. Flights currently serve LHR Terminal 3.

KLM Cityhopper flies from Amsterdam to London City airport up to 8x daily.

KLM uses Boeing 737s on the route and smaller Embraer planes for its Cityhopper branded service.

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Prices can be a bit more expensive than Easyjet and BA – expect to pay from about £120/€140 return if checking in luggage. One-way flights with KLM can be very expensive.

KLM caters for its frequent flyers with its Crown lounges at Schiphol. KLM should be noted for having an excellent network from Amsterdam to all over the UK.

Note, Ryanair flies from London Stansted to Eindhoven airport, 90 minutes south of Amsterdam. It currently only serves Dublin and Malaga from Amsterdam Schiphol.

3. Amsterdam-London by Coach

Flixbus normally operates a 1-2x daily coach service between Amsterdam Sloterdijk and London Victoria with fares from €20 one-way. The journey takes about 12 hours – this is quite a long-haul and we would probably recommend the train.

4. Amsterdam-London by Ferry+Train combo

Stena Line operates a ferry service between Hoek van Holland (Hook of Holland, near Rotterdam) and Harwich. It uses the 240m long sister ships Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica and the sailing takes 6 1/2 to 7 hours.

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The ferries run both ways 2x daily – 1 day sailing and 1 overnight sailing where cabin purchase is compulsory. For a detailed review of this ferry trip see Ferries UK to Holland

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Hoek van Holland can be reached from Amsterdam by taking the train to Rotterdam or Schiedam and then taking RET metro line B to Hoek van Holland Haven. See our Rotterdam Metro map

From Harwich there is the Abellio-Greater Anglia (AGA) train service running to London Liverpool Street.

There is a Dutchflyer rail-ferry combined ticket option – although note that NS Dutch Railways has suspended its Rail&Sail tickets for rail travel in the Netherlands until further notice. However, you can always buy metro/train tickets from Amsterdam to Hoek yourself.

From the UK, tickets including [AGA rail+ferry] are priced from £49 each way. From the Netherlands you can book the [ferry+AGA rail] ticket from €51 single.

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Although the journey between London and Amsterdam takes about 14 hours all-in, it is a lovely way to travel. You can book the Stena Line ferry here

Amsterdam Resources

Looking for a convenient hotel near Amsterdam Central station? Check out the stylish Kimpton-De Witt which is a short walk from the station. For those on a budget the Ibis Amsterdam Centre is literally on top of the western edge of the station platforms.

The Iamsterdam City Card (1-5 days) offers free entry and discounts to numerous Amsterdam museums and attractions. It also includes a free public transport pass, a canal cruise and bike rental as well. You can order your Iamsterdam City Card online here

London Resources

Looking for a hotel close to London St Pancras station? The well-rated Pullman London St Pancras is a few minutes walk down the Euston Road. Or consider the Great Northern Hotel between Kings Cross and St Pancras. For those on a budget there is the nearby YHA London St Pancras.

The London Pass gives free access to more than 80 top London attractions and includes a hop-on hop-off bus tour. The pass comes in the following validity options: 1/2/3/4/5/6/10 days.

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This article was originally published in 2010 and has continuously been updated. Last update 1 September 2022.

FAQs

What is the easiest way to get from Amsterdam to London? ›

Taking a flight is the most popular way to travel from Amsterdam to London. Taking a flight is usually both cheaper and faster than traveling from Amsterdam to London via Eurostar train even when traveling to and from the airport is considered.

How long is the ferry ride from Amsterdam to London? ›

The route takes about 7 hours and is operated by boating company Stena Line. Harwich is the closest harbor to London with departures to The Netherlands. Boats arrive at Hook of Holland harbor, from where you will need around 1,5 to 2 hours to get to Amsterdam.

How do I get from Amsterdam to UK? ›

1. Amsterdam-London by Train (recommended) Travelling between Amsterdam and London by rail is an excellent option and is highly recommended. Eurostar runs a direct high-speed train service between the two cities taking around 4 hours through the Channel tunnel with stops at Brussels Zuid/Midi and Rotterdam.

How much does it cost to go from Amsterdam to London? ›

Amsterdam to London by train
Journey timeFrom 4h 42m
PriceFrom $57.69
Distance220 miles (355 km)
Frequency7 trains per day
First train06:15
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Where does Amsterdam to London train stop? ›

Our Amsterdam to London Eurostar trains leave from the beating heart of the city, Centraal Station, and travel right to the centre of London, terminating at London St Pancras International.

Is Eurostar cheaper than flying? ›

Eurostar tickets are generally more expensive than some low cost flights, however, depending on where you live, if you break it down and weigh-up all the extra costs involved when flying, that higher headline Eurostar ticket price will likely work out to be cheaper than what you end up paying in total if you opt for a ...

Can you do a day trip from Amsterdam to London? ›

There are several way to get from London to Amsterdam on a day trip. The fastest and easiest way is to take a flight, with regular departures from all London airports into Amsterdam Schipol.

How far is Amsterdam to London by plane? ›

Distance between Amsterdam (AMS) and London (LHR)

Flight distance from Amsterdam to London (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – London Heathrow Airport) is 231 miles / 372 kilometers / 201 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 56 minutes.

Can you drive Amsterdam to London? ›

The trip from Amsterdam to London by car will take you around six-and-a-half hours, depending on traffic and waiting for the ferry.

How much is a train ride from Amsterdam to London? ›

Amsterdam to London by train
Journey timeFrom 4h 42m
PriceFrom €55
Distance220 miles (355 km)
Frequency7 trains per day
First train06:15
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What is the cheapest way to get to Amsterdam from UK? ›

London to Amsterdam by train + ferry

This is the cheapest & most leisurely way to go, with combined train+ferry fares from as little as £29 one-way from central London to central Amsterdam or any station in the Netherlands.

Is there a ferry from UK to Amsterdam? ›

The ferry to Amsterdam connects Newcastle in England with the Dutch port IJmuiden. The popular operator DFDS Seaways currently offers 7 weekly sailings at a duration of 16 hours 45 minutes with the ferry to Amsterdam, enabling convenient ferry trips to Amsterdam by letting you choose the best cheap ferry to Amsterdam.

Can you take a train from Netherlands to UK? ›

No, there is no direct train from Netherlands to England station. However, there are services departing from Amsterdam Centraal and arriving at Leicester Square station via King's Cross St. Pancras station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 17m.

How long is the Eurostar from London to Amsterdam? ›

How long is the Eurostar London to Amsterdam train journey? Typically, the train journey from London to Amsterdam takes 3hrs 52mins. When you view the available tickets, you will be able to see the length of the train journey for each departure time.

Is Amsterdam close to London? ›

Distance from London to Amsterdam is 358 kilometers. This air travel distance is equal to 222 miles. The air travel (bird fly) shortest distance between London and Amsterdam is 358 km= 222 miles.

Do you need a passport on the Eurostar? ›

You won't be allowed to travel if you haven't received your passport in time for your journey.

How early do you need to arrive for Eurostar? ›

How long is Eurostar check-in? The check-in procedure for Eurostar train journeys takes roughly 20 minutes from start to finish, so it's recommended that you arrive at least 45 minutes before your Eurostar train leaves.

How long is the high-speed train from London to Amsterdam? ›

London to Amsterdam by Train in 3hrs 52mins | Eurostar.

Can I take food onto the Eurostar? ›

Can you take food on the Eurostar? You're welcome to bring your own food from home. Unlike airlines, there are no restrictions on liquids so you can even bring a bottle of bubbly.

Is it better to fly or train to Amsterdam from London? ›

Taking a flight is the most popular way to travel from London to Amsterdam. Even when traveling from London's city center to the airport is taken into consideration, the cost of traveling from London to Amsterdam with a budget airline is far cheaper than traveling via Eurostar train.

Is it better to fly or take train from London to Amsterdam? ›

Re: Train from London To Amsterdam or Fly? Train is faster than flying. you are not taking into account the time to get to and from airports especially in London. Then clearing immigration etc.

How long is a flight from UK to Amsterdam? ›

How long is a flight to Amsterdam? The flight from London to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) is 1 hour and 20 minutes.

How many days do you need in Amsterdam? ›

How long is the average trip to Amsterdam? Typically, 3 to 4 days is quite enough to enjoy the beauty of the “city of canals.” You'll even get some extra time to take a half-day tour, to see the beautiful tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens.

Is Eurostar running to Amsterdam? ›

Our daily trains run direct from London to Amsterdam via Rotterdam. It takes just 3 hours 52 minutes to get to Amsterdam Centraal, and only 3 hours 13 minutes to get to Rotterdam Centraal.

Is London close to Netherlands? ›

The distance between London and Netherlands is 417 km.

Is UK close to Netherlands? ›

Distance from United Kingdom to Netherlands is 679 kilometers. This air travel distance is equal to 422 miles. The air travel (bird fly) shortest distance between United Kingdom and Netherlands is 679 km= 422 miles.

How much does it cost to drive from London to Amsterdam? ›

Road trip planner

The total cost of driving from London, United Kingdom to Amsterdam, Netherlands (one-way) is $136.03 at current gas prices.

How do I get to the Netherlands from London? ›

The best way to get from Netherlands to London without a car is to train which takes 4h 10m and costs €130 - €360. How long does it take to get from Netherlands to London? The train from Amsterdam Centraal to London St Pancras Intl takes 4h 10m including transfers and departs once daily.

How do I get from Holland to England? ›

There are 3 ferry routes operating between Holland and England offering you combined total of 28 sailings per week. Stena Line operates 1 routes, Hook of Holland to Harwich which runs 15 times daily. P&O Ferries operates 1 routes, Rotterdam to Hull which runs 6 times daily.

What time do trains stop running in Amsterdam? ›

Public transport in Amsterdam operates from 6am until midnight. However, some Metro trains will end their run before midnight, while others will reach distant suburban stations as late as 1am.

Which station does the Eurostar go to in Amsterdam? ›

Amsterdam Centraal | Train stations | Eurostar.

Is Amsterdam an expensive city? ›

Amsterdam is one of the 10 most expensive places to live in Europe. So yes, Amsterdam is definitely not cheap to live in. Especially 'binnen de ring' (in the most central neighbourhoods) prices could be double or triple compared with places in for example Friesland or Limburg.

Do you need passport to go from London to Amsterdam? ›

Make sure to account for immigration and security checks when flying from London to Amsterdam. You must show a valid passport upon entering London however a visa is not required for US citizens who plan to stay there for less than three months.

Does the Eurostar stop between London and Amsterdam? ›

The Eurostar departs London St. Pancras to Amsterdam Central Station and then follows the high-speed line to the Channel Tunnel. There are calls at Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International along the route.

Is there a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris? ›

The train ride from Amsterdam to Paris takes as little as 3 hours and 20 minutes, making it a very wise choice when traveling between the cities. The modern high-speed train Thalys departs from and arrives to the city centers, the Amsterdam Centraal Station in Amsterdam and the Paris-Nord Station in Paris.

Do you need a passport to go to Amsterdam on ferry? ›

EU nationals: You are not required to show a passport or national ID card when entering the Netherlands. However, transport providers like airlines, train operators and ferry companies will require you to show your passport or ID card to prove your identity.

How long is ferry from Netherlands to UK? ›

Harwich to Hook of Holland is the quickest ferry crossing to Holland from England. This route takes approximately 6 hours 45 minutes. Stena Line operates this route with 14 weekly sailings. The next quickest route is Hull to Rotterdam, which takes approximately 11 hours, with 7 weekly sailings.

Where does the ferry drop you off in Amsterdam? ›

The coach stop in Amsterdam is opposite Central Station, in front of Hotel Victoria, Damrak 1.

How long is a flight from Netherlands to London? ›

It takes about 1 hour 18 minutes to fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to London (LON).

Do you need a passport to go Amsterdam? ›

You need to have a valid travel document in order to enter the Netherlands. This can be an identity card (for travel within Europe) or a passport. Depending on your nationality, you may also need a visa.

Is Amsterdam close to England? ›

Distance from England to Amsterdam is 413 kilometers.

This air travel distance is equal to 257 miles. The air travel (bird fly) shortest distance between England and Amsterdam is 413 km= 257 miles.

Is there passport control at Amsterdam Eurostar? ›

If you are taking our Thalys + Eurostar service with a change in Brussels, there will be no passport or luggage checks in Amsterdam or Rotterdam. You will go through passport and security control at the Eurostar's Channel Terminal in Brussels-Midi.

Is there passport control in Amsterdam Central? ›

PASSPORT CHECK

On your return journey, security and passport control takes place in Amsterdam Centraal and Rotterdam as soon as you enter the Eurostar terminal.

Where does the Eurostar stop? ›

Where does Eurostar go? Discover all of Eurostar's destinations - with trains direct to Paris, Brussels, Lille, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, as well as our connecting destinations in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, with an easy change in either Paris, Lille or Brussels.

What is the easiest way to get from Amsterdam to London? ›

Taking a flight is the most popular way to travel from Amsterdam to London. Taking a flight is usually both cheaper and faster than traveling from Amsterdam to London via Eurostar train even when traveling to and from the airport is considered.

Is Amsterdam bigger than London? ›

But that's not such a surprise since London is like 10 times bigger city than Amsterdam.

How much is a meal in Amsterdam? ›

While meal prices in Amsterdam can vary, the average cost of food in Amsterdam is €35 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Amsterdam should cost around €14 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner.

How long does Eurostar take from London to Amsterdam? ›

How long is the Eurostar London to Amsterdam train journey? Typically, the train journey from London to Amsterdam takes 3hrs 52mins. When you view the available tickets, you will be able to see the length of the train journey for each departure time.

Is it possible to drive from Amsterdam to London? ›

It is possible to drive from Amsterdam to London by car if you're more of a rev-head or transporting a bunch of stuff. The route takes you down through Belgium and into France. In France, you'll find the Channel Tunnel — the tunnel with the longest underwater section in the world.

Can you take a train from Netherlands to UK? ›

No, there is no direct train from Netherlands to England station. However, there are services departing from Amsterdam Centraal and arriving at Leicester Square station via King's Cross St. Pancras station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 17m.

How far is Amsterdam to London by plane? ›

Distance between Amsterdam (AMS) and London (LHR)

Flight distance from Amsterdam to London (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – London Heathrow Airport) is 231 miles / 372 kilometers / 201 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 56 minutes.

Can I take my own food and drink on Eurostar? ›

Can you take food on the Eurostar? You're welcome to bring your own food from home. Unlike airlines, there are no restrictions on liquids so you can even bring a bottle of bubbly.

Do you need a passport on the Eurostar? ›

You won't be allowed to travel if you haven't received your passport in time for your journey.

Is there passport control at Amsterdam Eurostar? ›

If you are taking our Thalys + Eurostar service with a change in Brussels, there will be no passport or luggage checks in Amsterdam or Rotterdam. You will go through passport and security control at the Eurostar's Channel Terminal in Brussels-Midi.

How many hours is Amsterdam to UK? ›

Average direct flight time is 1 hours 13 minutes.

The fastest direct flight from Amsterdam to London is 1 hours.

How do I get to the Netherlands from London? ›

The best way to get from Netherlands to London without a car is to train which takes 4h 10m and costs €130 - €360. How long does it take to get from Netherlands to London? The train from Amsterdam Centraal to London St Pancras Intl takes 4h 10m including transfers and departs once daily.

How many hours is Netherlands to UK? ›

6 hours, 18 minutes.

How much is a train ride from Amsterdam to London? ›

Amsterdam to London by train
Journey timeFrom 4h 42m
PriceFrom €55
Distance220 miles (355 km)
Frequency7 trains per day
First train06:15
5 more rows

Is there a ferry from UK to Amsterdam? ›

The ferry to Amsterdam connects Newcastle in England with the Dutch port IJmuiden. The popular operator DFDS Seaways currently offers 7 weekly sailings at a duration of 16 hours 45 minutes with the ferry to Amsterdam, enabling convenient ferry trips to Amsterdam by letting you choose the best cheap ferry to Amsterdam.

How early do I need to arrive at Eurostar? ›

How long is Eurostar check-in? The check-in procedure for Eurostar train journeys takes roughly 20 minutes from start to finish, so it's recommended that you arrive at least 45 minutes before your Eurostar train leaves.

Can you do a day trip from London to Amsterdam? ›

There are several way to get from London to Amsterdam on a day trip. The fastest and easiest way is to take a flight, with regular departures from all London airports into Amsterdam Schipol. The flights takes under 1 hour.

Is London close to Netherlands? ›

The distance between London and Netherlands is 417 km.

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