This blog post was updated on November 15, 2018.

London to Amsterdam by Train, IMG Cred: Chris Osburn

Don’t Forget Your Clogs on the Way to Amsterdam!


The argument for travelling to/from London and Amsterdam via train is a strong one. Making such a journey is incredibly easy, transports you from the very centre of one thriving European capital to the very centre of another and it really doesn’t take all that long at all to do. Moreover, if you play your cards right and book your flight to London well enough in advance, your trip won’t be too terribly expensive either.

A journey by train from London and Amsterdam starts at London’s St Pancras International Station where you hop on the London to Brussels route of the Eurostar. The Eurostar gets you across the Channel (via the underground “Chunnel”) from the island of Britain onto continental Europe. After that, you’ll need to change trains in Brussels onto a Thalys train for the rest of the trip to Amsterdam. Thalys is a joint rail service offered by Belgian, French, Dutch and German railways.

Arriving at Brussels Midi, there should be a Eurostar or Thalys rep waiting at the gate to assist with your connection. You shouldn’t have to wait more too long before getting your connecting train, maybe 20 minutes or so. If your wait is a little longer, well then consider it an excellent opportunity to shop for some Belgian chocolate, snack on a waffle or relax with a world famous Belgian beer before carrying on. In general, the journey from/to Amsterdam takes about four and a half hours.

Once at your final destination, you’ll find yourself at Amsterdam Centraal, the city’s transportation hub. Many of Amsterdam’s must-see attractions, museums and markets as well as the Red Light District and several of the most well-known coffee shops are just steps away. Pretty much every tram, bus or train you’d want to take as a visitor to Amsterdam stops at Centraal.


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photo: Chris Osburn

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