How to take a thrilling high speed rail journey from Amsterdam to London

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Amsterdam to London by train

Due to reconstruction work at Amsterdam Centraal station, which will temporarily close down its Eurostar check-in area, there will be no direct services from Amsterdam to London from June 15th until at least mid-December.

According to the European Rail Timetable, 'guaranteed connections' will be available between trains at Bruxelles-Midi station.
When looking up the journey on the Eurostar website, the minimum transfer time in Midi station will be 44 mins.
Time enough for the international check-in / customs procedure to be carried out in Bruxelles instead of at Amsterdam Centraal.

Check-in won't be required when boarding the connecting trains in Amsterdam Centraal, as they will be the regular Amsterdam to Paris 'Eurostar' trains.
As there will therefore no need to at Amsterdam Centraal at least 45 mins prior to departure, the total end-to-end transit time will be little different to taking the direct trains.

Look up the journey on the ticket agents and this indirect journey will involve taking a high speed Thalys trains to Bruxelles and connecting into a Eurostar.

Though if you will be making this journey with a Eurail or InterRail pass and can't book a rail pass reservations on a direct train, you will save money if you take an Intercity train to Bruxelles instead of a Thalys.

The significant advantage of the direct trains are that they avoid what can be an awkward connection at Midi station in Bruxelles, where the timing of the arrival of the train from Amsterdam needs to be factored into the need to check in for the Eurostar departure.

Routes you can take to go from Amsterdam to London

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

Route Information

Option 1: taking the direct train (temporarily suspended from June 15th)
Travel Time (approx)

4hr 10min



Travel Info

Monday to Friday = 4 x trains per day
Saturday = 2 x trains
Sunday = 3 x trains

Route Information

Via stations: Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel Zuid

Option 2: Connect in Bruxelles and for a wider choice of departures
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