By Train from London (United Kingdom) to Rotterdam (Netherlands) - Option 1: making a connection in Bruxelles if the timings of the direct trains don't suit

Journey Summary

Depart London (United Kingdom)

London St Pancras International

Arrive Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Rotterdam Centraal
Journey Time
4 hrs - 5hr 15mins* (approx)
*The discrepancy in journey times is mainly due to the variations in the connecting time between trains at Bruxelles-Midi/Zuid station.

Mon - Thurs = 6 x connections per day
Friday = 7 x connections
Saturday = 5 x connections
Sunday = 6 x connections

If the timings of the direct London to Rotterdam trains don't suit, then this journey option is the more frequent alternative.

Travel on high speed lines virtually all the way from London to Rotterdam on this combination of
 Eurostar + Thalys trains.

MOST of these journey options have total a total travel time of less than 4hr 50min - and on those journeys, the connecting time between trains in Bruxelles is around 45mins.

So if the departure/arrival times and price suit - target those journeys.
50 minutes in Bruxelles should ensure a stress-free transfer at Midi/Zuid station, even if the Eurostar  arrives more 20 mins late.

More information is available on our changing trains at Bruxelles-Midi station guide.

However, Saturday is not the best day of the week to travel between London and Rotterdam by this combination of Eurostar and Thalys trains.

All of the connections on Saturday have journey times of more than 5hr 30mins -  all of which involve spending more than 90mins at Bruxelles Midi/Zuid station between trains.

Train 1

  • Depart: London (United Kingdom)
  • Arrive: Bruxelles / Brussels (Belgium)
  • Journey time: 2hr 1min - 2hr 20min

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Train 2

  • Depart: Bruxelles / Brussels (Belgium)
  • Arrive: Rotterdam (Netherlands)
  • Journey time: 1hr 10min (by Thalys trains)

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