The skyline of Rotterdam on a sunny day.

London to Rotterdam trains

City centre
to city centre
The greener way to go
Take the train not the plane for a sustainable trip
Arrive relaxed and ready to explore
Kick back and enjoy hassle-free travel

London to Rotterdam Trains


Take the train from London to Rotterdam

With our daily trains direct from St Pancras International to Rotterdam Centraal, it takes just 3hrs 13 mins to speed from city centre to city centre.

There are no hidden charges for luggage or limits on liquids.

And with our direct trains from the Netherlands, you no longer need to change in Brussels on the return. So, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the journey as we shuttle you seamlessly from the heart of London to the heart of Rotterdam. You can book a flexible ticket now, and go when you feel ready.


Arriving at the station

You’ll need to arrive at St Pancras International at our recommended arrival time to allow plenty of time to get through border controls and security.

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.

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.


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.


About your return journey

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

• Find the Eurostar departures building at the end of platform 2. Once there, you’ll need to show your ticket and pass through security before moving to a waiting area.

• To reach the departures building on platform 2, you’ll need to scan your ticket at the earlier NS ticket gates.

Just 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.


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

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