London to Amsterdam remains a very popular travel route for millions of tourists every year. London is one of Europe’s most visited cities just as well as Amsterdam. Amsterdam is the home of the tulips festival, famous museums, world-renowned canals and so much more. The distance between London and Amsterdam is only 356 kilometres. There are different ways to travel from London to Amsterdam and visitors can find their way by plane, car, boat/ ferry or train.
London to Amsterdam
|Transport||Estimated Travel Time||One-way €||Sustainability|
|Train||3-h 55-min||Low €40,- avg €68,- high €132,-||High|
|Flight||1h 15min||Low €90,- avg €120,- high €140,-||Low|
|Bus||11h – 16h||Low €36,- avg €52,- high €74,-||High|
|Ferry||7h – 17h||Low €49,- avg €89,- high €120,-||Medium|
|Car||5h 55min||Low €,170,- high €250,- per car||Medium|
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Travel options between London & Amsterdam
Via this page, we give you a quick overview of different ways of transport from Amsterdam to London. Scroll down to find out more or click one of the travel options below;
- Trains from London to Amsterdam; there is a fast train connection with the Eurostar via Brussels, and from Brussels with the Intercity to Amsterdam. The travel time is approximately 4 hours.
- Flights from London to Amsterdam; lots of flights depart London’s airports every day for Schiphol Airport. The flight time between London and Amsterdam is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.
- By bus from London to Amsterdam; there are lots of opportunities for a bus trip from London City to Amsterdam. The entire journey takes about 6 hours, depending on the number of boarding places en route.
- By ferry from London to Amsterdam; there are three different ferry lines from the United Kingdom to the Netherlands. The closest harbor to London is Harwich from where a ferry departs to Hook of Holland. This crossing takes 7 hours. The two other ferry lines depart from Newcastle and Hull.
- By car from London to Amsterdam; it is definitely possible to travel by car. There are different routes and we will be naming all of them here.
London to Amsterdam by train
More and more people are travelling by train from London to Amsterdam. That is not surprising, because Amsterdam is a real happening city. Amsterdam can easily be reached from London’s St. Pancras International train station. That is where lots of travellers take Eurostar to reach cities all around Europe. The Dutch Railways (NS) and TGV (Thalys) also offer transport via the railways. Thanks to three direct Eurostar trains per day, travelling from London to Amsterdam has become faster than ever! Travellers are at Amsterdam Central Station in 3 hours and 52 minutes. Find out more about the fast Eurostar train connection between Amsterdam and London here!
Flights from London to Amsterdam
Flying is often the fastest way to get to Amsterdam from London. There are lots of flights every day from the airports in London into Dutch airports such as Amsterdam Schiphol, Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Groningen. The flight time between Amsterdam and London is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.
London to Amsterdam by bus
A few years ago it was not so common to travel by bus or coach from Amsterdam to London, but that has all changed. There are now several comfortable buses or coaches running daily with WiFi and other facilities between the two cities. Most buses take the ferry from Dunkirk or Calais to Dover and the boat trip takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours (1 hour to board the boat and 1.5 to 2 hours of sailing). The entire journey takes at least 11 hours, depending on the number of quick stops en route. The slowest bus journeys take 21h 30m, whereby you usually have to transfer once or twice during the journey. It is the cheapest and you can save a lot of money if you have the time.
Ferry from London to Amsterdam
Taking the ferry from London to Amsterdam is also becoming a very popular trend among tourists. It offers them the chance to experience travelling on the North Sea and to even take their cars and campers with them. It can be quite cheap or relatively expensive, depending on how luxurious the traveller wants their experience to be. If you’re travelling from London to Amsterdam, the route Harwich – Hoek van Holland should be your best option. This is because the Harwich cruise terminal isn’t very far from London and the Hoek van Holland cruise terminal is just an hour and thirty minutes from the Amsterdam City centre.
London to Amsterdam by car
Travelling from London to Amsterdam by car is quite popular and offers a certain amount of freedom to the traveller. There are multiple ways to drive, but the most popular one is crossing the North Sea from Harwich to the Hoek van Holland with Stena Line and then driving to Amsterdam. It is also possible to travel from London to Amsterdam via the channel tunnel from Dover to Calais.
Parking in Amsterdam
If you’re coming to Amsterdam by car and your hotel doesn’t offer parking facilities, then you must take the hefty parking fees into account. Parking fees go for about five euros or more per hour. There are more than enough parking garages on the outskirts where you can park your car at an affordable rate. If you want to pay less, you can use the P + R system of parking and continuing your journey to the Amsterdam City centre on public transportation. There are P + R systems at the Rai, Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Bos en Lommer, Zeeburg and the Olympic Stadium.
Cycling from London to Amsterdam
One thing that isn’t very common is cycling from London to Amsterdam. Of course, if there are any die-hard cyclists who would love to do it, that would be a welcome idea. We would love to hear about your experience via our contact page.
Looking for public transport near you?
Via the Dutch public transport system, it’s very easy to get instant real-time travel information to the airport or the closest train station. Most of the people in the Netherlands use the site or app from 9292ov.nl. Via the button bellow, you go instantly to their site.
- Fill in your departure location
- Fill in the time and date of departure
- Fill in your destination, and you’re good to go.
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