The days in Amsterdam were amazing and now it’s time to get on a train and go visit the Queen and enjoy the most cultural city in the planet – London. The distance from Amsterdam to London is 471 km and the fastest journey by train takes 4h33. There are about 10 trains doing the route every day and there are no direct trains. The journey will be first from Amsterdam to Brussels and from there to London. The train companies operating on this route are Thalys, NS, NMBS, and Eurostar.
From Amsterdam to Brussels
From Amsterdam Central Station the traveler may get on a Thalys or InterCity train to Brussels (Zuid/Midi). The journey will take 1h50m with a Thalys high-speed train or just under 3 hours with the InterCity train. It is possible for the traveler to get a ticket to London with more time between train connection in order to enjoy Brussels a little longer than only its train station.
From Brussels to London
The journey from Brussels to London is operated by Eurostar. Once in Brussels, it is necessary to go through the check-in at the Channel Terminal to get on the Eurostar train to London. It is where the travelers go through security for verification of documents, visas, and baggage. While waiting for the train, the terminal offers shops, lounges areas, cafes for the visitors to relax.
After embarking on the train, it takes 2h01 to arrive at St.Pancras Station in London.
Amsterdam Central Station
St. Pancras Station
Distance: 471 km
Travel Time: 4 hours and 33 minutes
Thalys trains have three classes of travel available: Standard, Comfort, and Premium. All classes have individual seats and power outlets.
Standard and Comfort tickets also offer the Thalys WelcomeBar with hot and cold drinks and a variety of snacks.
Premium tickets give access to NS International lounges in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or Rotterdam and Thalys lounges in Brussels. During the trip, it is provided multilingual newspapers and magazines at the coach entrance and full meal options with seasonal ingredients.
Prices for one-way tickets are between €29 – €97 if they are booked in advance. Thalys tickets are available for purchase up to four months in advance.
InterCity offers two travel classes: 1st class and 2nd class. In the first class ticket holders are benefitted from some additional advantages: more legroom, wider seats and access to the NS Lounges at Amsterdam Central Station, Schiphol Airport, and Rotterdam Central Station. Catering is offered on all the trains for this route with hot and cold drinks and snacks. Internet connection isn’t available on Intercity trains and there are power outlets only in 1st class.
Prices for the one-way tickets are between €20 – €50 if they are booked in advance. InterCity trains don’t require the seat reservation and the tickets aren’t time-bound.
Eurostar trains offer three classes of travel: 2nd Class, Standard Premier Class, and Business Premier Class.
Seat reservation, wi-fi connection and power outlets (coaches 5 and 14 in the 2nd class tickets) are available in the classes. 2nd class ticket holders may also enjoy the bistro coach with drinks, small snacks, and light meals.
Standard and Business Premier classes have comfortable seats with more leg room, quieter atmosphere. Standard tickets offer light cold meals served at the travelers’ seat while Business tickets offer a warm three-course meal already included in the ticket final price.
Prices for the one-way tickets are between €39 – €250 if they are booked in advance. Eurostar tickets are available for booking up to six months in advance.
St. Pancras Station
St. Pancras is one of the main stations in London and it is where Eurostar trains operate its routes. The station has connections with London Airports, other London Train Stations and of course, underground lines. Around the station, there are restaurants, hotels, cafe, pubs all from a walk distance.
Arriving in London
London has an efficient public transport system. The best way to get by the city is using the underground system or the double-deck buses. So, once arriving in St. Pancras station, the travelers will only need to get an Oyster card and they are ready to go. From St. Pancras is possible to go pretty much anywhere, as the station is located in downtown London, so travelers won’t have trouble losing time trying to understand where they are. London has a range of museums, parks, street markets to offer any time of the year in addition to their historical buildings and multicultural cuisine.