Amsterdam has several train stations but international services from countries that include England, Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium complete their journey at Amsterdam Centraal Station. Passengers travelling from England depart from London St Pancras International Station on Eurostar trains. There are up to ten departures a day with a similar timetable in place seven days a week. Some journeys are direct and take just under four hours while others involve a connection and can take up to 14 hours depending on transfer times. Where a connection is required, it is made at Brussels-Midi Station.
The main train station in Amsterdam is Amsterdam Centraal housed in a historic building close to the city's canals and attractions. It is part of a transport network of taxis, Metro trains, local trains, local and water buses and trams. This large busy station has facilities that include car and bicycle parking, car hire desks, wifi, toilets, ATMs, left luggage storage and a choice of shops and cafes.
Trains to Amsterdam from London are provided by Eurostar, an operator owned by a conglomerate of Canadian and European companies.
While travelling by train to Amsterdam is comparable in price and time to flying, it is more straightforward with no need for checking in luggage or navigating security queues. All departures are from London St Pancras International Station which is conveniently located at the heart of London's transport network and easily reached by train from other parts of the UK. Once on the modern and comfortable Eurostar trains passengers can enjoy onboard facilities that include toilets, luggage space, wifi, power outlets and bistro-bars.
Part of the pleasure of a visit to Amsterdam is wandering along its canal banks enjoying the view of water traffic and the Dutch-gabled houses that line the neighbouring streets. The city centre is compact and easily navigable on foot but Amsterdam packs a punch when it comes to galleries and museums. Highlights are the world-famous Rijksmuseum, the treasures of the Hermitage Amsterdam and the poignant Anne Frank House. Amsterdam offers an eclectic mix of local and international cuisine but be sure to try a traditional herring sandwich from a street food stall.