Amsterdam & Rotterdam

The Journey

Travel facts and journey times about the London to Rotterdam/Amsterdam route. *Updated on 20 October 2021

London -> Rotterdam/Amsterdam
The train goes from St Pancras International to Amsterdam Centraal, with a stop at Brussels-Midi/Zuid and in Rotterdam afterwards. It takes 3 hours 13 minutes to get to Rotterdam and 3 hours 55 minutes to get to Amsterdam.

Connecting via Thalys
There is still be the option to book London > Brussels (Eurostar) > Rotterdam/Amsterdam (Thalys).
The trip to Brussels takes just over two hours. At Brussels-Midi/Zuid you change on to a Thalys train for the remaining 1 hr 49 mins to Amsterdam Centraal.
Please note that Eurostar + Thalys option is not available on GDS Air

Amsterdam/Rotterdam -> London
The train departs from Amsterdam Centraal (the Eurostar terminal is situated on Platform 15b) stop in Rotterdam Centraal (the Eurostar terminal is situated on Platform 2). The journey to London is 4 hours 09 minutes from Amsterdam and 3 hours 29 minutes from Rotterdam.

There are currently two trains from St Pancras International to Rotterdam / Amsterdam Centraal per day:

Timetable_Horaires _Dienstregeling_Amsterdam_Rotterdam_ 22.10.2021 - 08.01.2022.pdf

Fares and GDS booking tips

Latest fares and important tips when booking this route. *Updated on 20 October 2021



In order to book a trip to Amsterdam or Rotterdam you will need the following codes on GDS: ZYA for Amsterdam and QRH for Rotterdam

- Outbound trains are running twice daily at 11:04 (train 9F 9126) and 18:16 (train 9F 9152)
- Inbound trains are running twice daily at 13:47 (train 9F 9145) and 18:47 (train 9F 9167)

Please note weekend service - there is no 18:16 (train 9F 9152) / 18:47 (train 9F 9167) on a Saturday.

On our Amsterdam route we allow a commuter service between Brussels and Rotterdam/Amsterdam, this means that a certain amount of seats are saved for customers doing Brussels - Rotterdam/Amsterdam.

A space is only confirmed on the train once seats have come back from Eurostar (9F) and the segment is also confirmed. If no seating has come back from Eurostar (9F) even if the sector is confirmed the ticket is not guaranteed.

We advise agents not to guarantee a passenger that they have been booked on a certain train until that confirmed sector and seating comes back to the agent. Please check availability in a separate PNR and not in the same booking as we cannot reinstate an original ticket.

Need any assistance, please contact application support.
If you'd like to book on a business account, please contact Trade Sales on 03448 242 524.

Your customer's trip

Whether they're in Standard, Standard Premier or Business Premier, we'll do everything we can to make your customer's journey smooth, easy and comfortable. Here are some helpful tips... *Published on 20 October 2021

Setting off from London is exactly the same as our other core routes.

Check in commences up to 90 minutes before departure and closes 30 minutes before departure.
BP customers are required to check in no later than 20 minutes before departure (although currently 30 minutes because of COVID-19).

Find your ticket in the Eurostar app or print it at home. Travellers should remember to save or print the ticket for their return journey too – they will need it to enter the station at Amsterdam or Rotterdam Centraal.

Security and passport control when travelling from St Pancras International to Rotterdam and Amsterdam Centraal remains the same.
On your return journey, security and passport control takes place in Amsterdam Centraal and Rotterdam as soon as you enter the Eurostar terminal.

Once travellers are through the final passport check at St Pancras International, they can head to the Business Premier lounge to enjoy drinks, nibbles, newspapers and magazines, and wi-fi.

There’s no Business Premier service or Business Premier lounge at Amsterdam Centraal or Rotterdam Centraal. But travellers can relax in the NS International Lounge on Platform 1 at either station if they are a Carte Blanche holder before checking-in.

Eurostar is not the only operator on this route. The two other operators are Thalys and NS Intercity. Please remind your passengers to keep their ticket with them at all times. It will be checked on board and they will need to scan the barcode at the ticket gates to exit the station in the Netherlands.

Station staff and police officers may carry out random security checks before boarding the train at Brussels-Midi/Zuid. So, please advise the traveller to arrive at least 20 minutes before departure to allow time for this.

Eurostar trains usually depart from platform 3 in Brussels-Midi/Zuid. On the way back, our trains usually depart from platform 15B in Amsterdam Centraal and platform 1 in Rotterdam Centraal. But do remind the travellers to double check the departure boards in case something has changed.
Once they've found the right platform, they should use the information screens to find out the best place to wait for their coach.

Engineering works

Upcoming engineering works on our direct London <-> Rotterdam/Amsterdam route can be found here *Updated on 11 February 2022

Due to essential engineering works, we are unable to run services to/from Amsterdam Centraal on Saturday 02 and Sunday 03 April 2022.
The impacted services and options are detailed below:

Eurostar 9126 (departing from London at 11:04)

Your customers can either:

  • Travel to Rotterdam Centraal, where the train arrives at 15:32. Eurostar tickets will then be accepted on local trains between Rotterdam Centraal and Amsterdam Centraal and you can check timings and connections at
  • Exchange the booking to travel at a different time or date for free
  • Claim an e-voucher via
  • Cancel the booking and get a full refund

Eurostar 9145 (departing from Amsterdam at 13:47)

Your customers can either:

  • Travel from London to Rotterdam Centraal, where the train departs at 14:28. You can make the journey from Amsterdam Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal at no extra cost as your Eurostar ticket will be accepted on local trains between these two stations. Please check timings at
    Please ensure your customers arrive at Rotterdam at least 90 minutes before departure with their current ticket and relevant travel documents.
  • Exchange the booking to travel at a different time or date for free
  • Claim an e-voucher via
  • Cancel the booking and get a full refund.


FAQs on our Netherlands route *Updated on 20 October 2021

What classes of service do we have?
This is the same offering as the core routes (London > Lille/Paris, London > Brussels) except there are some slight changes:

  • Standard Premier and Business Premier receive an extra snack for the journey between Brussels and Rotterdam/Amsterdam.
  • Business Premier:
    • Flexibility is up to departure
    • Check-in is 20 minutes (although currently 30 minutes because of COVID-19)

Do ticket checks and border checks apply to Intraschengen (Brussels - Rotterdam/Amsterdam) passengers?
No border checks for Intraschengen travellers. Tickets are checked onboard.

Bike Policy and Registered Luggage
As Eurodespatch is currently closed there is no bikes allowed (unless folded) or registered luggage.

Are tickets flexible between Amsterdam and Rotterdam (can a Rotterdam passenger turn up in Amsterdam or vice versa)?
Unfortunately they cannot.