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London to Rotterdam Trains

City or station
City or station
City centre to city centre travelNo airport transfers, no time wasted
The greener way to goUp to 80% less CO2 emissions than flying*
Arrive relaxed and ready to exploreKick back and enjoy hassle-free travel

London to Rotterdam Trains

The distinctive Cube Houses

Take the train from London to Rotterdam

 

With our new three-times daily train direct from St Pancras International to Rotterdam Centraal, it takes just 3hrs 13 mins to speed from city centre to city centre.

And there’s no hidden charges for luggage or limits on liquids. 


 

St Pancras International

Arriving at the station

 

You’ll need to arrive at St Pancras International 45-60 minutes before departure.

That way there’ll be plenty of time to scan your ticket at the ticket gates and breeze through security and passport control.

Once you’re through, you can pick up a few refreshments for the journey or just sit back and relax until it’s time to board.
 

Travellers and Eurostar staff on board of a Eurostar train

What’s on board?

 

Kick back and enjoy the scenery as it flashes by. Or relax with a copy of Metropolitan, our monthly onboard magazine.

Lose yourself in a TV programme or film, a fascinating documentary, or some kids’ TV.

Or dive into a world beneath the waves with Eurostar Odyssey – a virtual reality adventure on board.

There’s free wi-fi on our trains and each seat has a power socket – so, there’s no danger of your phone dying before you can post that all-important onboard selfie.

You can get food and drinks from Café Métropole if you get peckish. And, if you’re travelling in Standard Premier or Business Premier, you’ll get a complimentary meal.

 

Good to know

Children under 16 cannot travel unaccompanied on our direct route to the Netherlands.
 

Rotterdam Central Station Facade

Arriving in Rotterdam

 

Please be sure to keep your ticket handy for arrival. You’ll need to scan it at the NS ticket gates to exit your destination station.
Looking for local information? Pick up maps, flyers for attractions, and ask for handy travel tips at Rotterdam Tourist Information. You’ll find it just inside the main entrance to Rotterdam Centraal.
 

eurostar train on the move

About your return journey

 

You can now take a direct train back to London from Rotterdam Centraal in just 3 hours 30 minutes. 

Please arrive at the station 60-75 minutes before your train’s due to leave. Once you’re at the station: 

1.    Scan the barcode on your ticket at the NS ticket gates
2.    Follow signs to platform 2 where you’ll find the Eurostar departures area 
3.    Once you’re there, our team will check your ticket (ticket checks close 30 minutes before departure) 
4.    Then you’ll go through security and passport control
5.    When it’s time to board, use the signs on the platform to find your coach number

 

So you know, some of our trains might need to stop at Brussels-Midi/Zuid for less than half an hour for border security reasons. This wait is scheduled into your journey time – so you won’t be late. You won’t be able to leave the train during the wait.

 

Interior of a Eurostar train

Taking an indirect train

 

If the times of our direct trains don’t suit, you can take a Thalys train from Rotterdam Centraal to Brussels-Midi/Zuid. Then, there's a quick change onto a direct Eurostar train from Brussels to St Pancras International. 
Our booking system will find the best possible price for your combined Thalys and Eurostar ticket. 

To change at Brussels, hop off the Thalys train, then head to the ground floor. You’ll find the Eurostar departure area under platforms 1 and 2. 

Once you’re there, scan the barcode on your Eurostar ticket at the ticket gates, pass through security and passport control and you’re on your way again. 

Please make sure to download your mobile ticket or print it before your journey. A service fee of €5 is charged for printing tickets in the ticket office in the Netherlands.
 


Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Eurostar train journey from London to Rotterdam?

Typically, the train journey from London to Rotterdam takes 3hrs 13mins. When you view the available tickets, you will be able to see the length of the train journey for each departure time. 

Are there additional fees when travelling with the Eurostar to Rotterdam?

Unlike airlines, there are no hidden costs when travelling by Eurostar. Once you have picked your train tickets (Standard, Standard Premier or Business Premier), there will be no additional fees for seat selection, advanced booking, or luggage allowance.

How far in advance can you book your Eurostar train ticket?

Eurostar tickets from London to Rotterdam can be booked up to 180 days before your return travel date, however, there are a few exceptions depending on engineering work or when you book. Have a look at our booking calendar and available days will show in black while the greyed-out dates are not available for sale just yet.

Can you take liquids on the Eurostar train to Rotterdam?

You can take liquids on the Eurostar and there is no volume limit, so you can bring all your toiletries and even a bottle of bubbly!

Can you take your own food on the Eurostar train to Rotterdam?

There are no food restrictions, so you’re allowed to bring your own food from home on the Eurostar.

How early should you arrive for the Eurostar?

You should get to St Pancras International 45 to 60 minutes before departure in order to pass the customs and security checks before your train departs.

How fast does the Eurostar go?

Between London and Rotterdam, the high-speed lines allow our trains to drive at a maximum speed of 186 miles per hour (300 km/h).

Where does the Eurostar leave from in the UK?

Eurostar trains to Rotterdam leave from London St Pancras International. You can also travel to Rotterdam from Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International, but you'll need to change in Brussels. If you're travelling from another city in the UK, you can book your entire journey on eurostar.com. Just take a train to London first, then hop on the Eurostar to Rotterdam.

How much luggage can I bring with me on the Eurostar when travelling to Rotterdam?

Standard adult tickets allow you to bring two pieces of luggage that are up to 85cm long, and one small piece of hand luggage such as a handbag or briefcase. You can find out more information about luggage allowances here

Can you take dogs on the Eurostar when travelling to Rotterdam?

Pets are not allowed to travel on the Eurostar, apart from guide and assistance dogs which are welcome onboard. Have a look here to read more about what to do if you are travelling with a registered guide or assistance dog.


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*The analysis of Eurostar versus air emissions has been based on an independent analysis by Paul Watkiss Associates Ltd.

The comparison between Eurostar and aviation is made based on the kg of greenhouse gas emissions [CO2(e)] per train journey per passenger for an average single trip (based on the average of the outward and return journey).  This allows a direct, accurate and fair analysis, i.e. a like for like comparison, as it takes account of the fact that rail journeys are typically longer (in km) than equivalent air journeys (so for rail, emissions per passenger journey are higher than emissions per passenger km, when compared to air). 

For the estimation of Eurostar emissions, energy use data (electricity consumption) from Eurostar trains (on scheduled services) has been measured using on-board meters.  The additional electricity losses in the high voltage, rail transmission and distribution systems, i.e. from the power station to the train itself, are also included in the electricity consumption per journey. Load factors (passenger numbers) are based on the latest full year of reported passenger and train data. 

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