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.
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
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.