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London to Rotterdam Trains

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3hrs 13 minsto Rotterdam Centraal

Trains from London to Rotterdam

Take the train from London to Rotterdam

With our new three-times daily train direct from London 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. 

London to Rotterdam timetable

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.

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.

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

Arriving in the Netherlands

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.

About your return journey

On the way back, take a Thalys train from Rotterdam Centraal to Brussels-Midi/Zuid. Then, take a direct Eurostar train from Brussels to London St Pancras International which takes under two hours.

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 (don’t forget your luggage), then head to the ground floor. You’ll find the Eurostar departure area under platforms 1 and 2.

When you get 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 euros is charged for printing tickets in the tickets office in the Netherlands.

Discovering Rotterdam

From its buzzing nightlife to its vibrant art and culture scene, Rotterdam has so much to explore. Here’s a few highlights from a dynamic, must-see city. If you want to discover all the city has to offer, then why not go on a Rotterdam city break?

What’s on in Rotterdam

February: Art Rotterdam Week

April: Koningsdag

July: North Sea Jazz

August: HOP beer festival

Get a foodie fix

If it’s food you’re after, make a beeline for Markthal.

Inside you’ll find nearly 100 stalls selling everything edible under the sun, as well as restaurants and a cookery school.

Free and cheap

  • Hop on a bike or a waterbus and explore the 18th-century windmills at Kinderdijk.
  • Browse the city’s markets for everything from books and antiques to fabric and flowers.

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?

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? 

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?

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?

In addition to our trains from London to Rotterdam, we also have direct routes to Rotterdam from Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International, as well as tickets from cities in the UK that require a change in London. 

How much luggage can I bring with me on the Eurostar?

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?

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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