It’s finally (almost) here: direct train from Amsterdam to London from 30 April

It’s finally (almost) here! The long awaited direct train from Amsterdam to London will be chugging away from 30 April onwards, NOS reports.  

While a direct train in the opposite direction, from London to Amsterdam, has been running since 2018, it is only in April of this year that passengers will be able to make the journey from the Netherlands to London without stopping over in Brussels.

45 minutes will be saved for passengers

The switchover in Brussels always took passengers at least 45 minutes, but was necessary for passport control and security checks, as well as switching to a new train. Train stations in Amsterdam and Rotterdam did not have the facilities to perform these checks- until now.

New terminals built at Amsterdam and Rotterdam Centraal

New “terminals” have been built at Amsterdam Centraal and Rotterdam Centraal for passport control, so passengers can now take a completely direct train from either Dutch city to London. Agreements between France, Belgium, the UK and the Netherlands also needed to be concluded before the trains could run.

Rotterdam train will operate from 18 May onwards

The train from Rotterdam will start operating from 18 May and will take only 3.5 hours to get to London. But if you have urgent plans in the English capital, then there will be a direct train from Amsterdam from 30 April onwards- that will take 4 hours and 10 minutes.

Test train from Amsterdam this morning

A test train set off this morning from Amsterdam Centraal to London at 07:48 to try out the new route, NS announced.

Excited about this new direct train? Let us know in the comments below. 

Feature image: Abuzer van Leeuwen/Supplied. 

Ailish Lalor
Ailish Lalor
Ailish was born in Sydney, Australia, but grew up by a forest in south-east Ireland, which she has attempted to replace with a living room filled with plants in The Hague. Besides catering to her army of pannenkoekenplantjes, Ailish spends her days convincing her friends that all food is better slightly burnt, plotting ways to hang out with dogs and cats, and of course, writing for DutchReview.


  1. Totally.I live part time in Rotterdam,part in nw england and would love to travel between the two by train.But for it to work for me the bookings systems between UK trains and Eurostar need to integrate, and we need an affordable,reliable train service to London. At the moment,flight is faster and cheaper but trains are the environmental answer.

  2. I just checked the costs. Prices start from 100 Euros for a return ticket….
    Why bother with such trip when a KLM flight starts at 110 Euros and EasyJet ticket can be bought for much less?

  3. Great news! I have a question tho. Why does it take 3.5 hrs from Rotterdam and 4.1 hrs from Amsterdam? Isn’t Amsterdam nearer up North to London?


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