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How to travel from Glasgow to Amsterdam?

There are several ways to travel from Glasgow to Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a very popular tourist destination, known for its progressive social system, a vibrant social scene and an open-minded, free-wheeling lifestyle that makes the city very attractive to visitors. It’s also famous for its many museums and historical landmarks. This makes the route from Glasgow to Amsterdam very popular with Scottish business travellers and holidaymakers, whether on day trips or for extended stays.

You’ll be able to make the journey by plane, train or bus, with a ferry hop on the way for the latter mode. Travel times obviously vary, depending on how you choose to travel: direct flights take about 1h and 30min on average, departing about four times a day. You can also travel by train, which will take about 9h and 45min, or catch a bus for a total travel time from Glasgow to Amsterdam of around 21h and 15min.

What is the cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Amsterdam?

By far the cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Amsterdam is to catch one of the easyJet flights that fly directly from Glasgow International Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Not only do these offer the best Glasgow to Amsterdam price, they’re also the fastest way to travel between the two cities. The other Glasgow to Amsterdam cheapest way is to fly on British Airways. This is a longer flight of around 10h, stopping first at London Gatwick Airport where you’ll change planes, and then at Heathrow Airport before flying to Schiphol.

While this is something of a stop-start journey, you can save money by choosing this option. You can also save on travel costs in other ways. One of the most effective ways of getting good deals is to be flexible with your travel times, so that you can pick up last-minute deals. Otherwise you’ll be able to get a travel pass if you use this route regularly and take the train or bus, and discounts are available for senior travellers. Keep an eye out on Omio for cheap tickets from Glasgow to Amsterdam.

What is the fastest way to travel from Glasgow to Amsterdam?

The fastest way to travel from Glasgow to Amsterdam is once again to board one of the daily flights between the two cities. Even taking check-in duration into consideration, a direct flight remains your best bet on the Glasgow-Amsterdam route, as none of the other modes of transport come anywhere close to the hour and 30min total travel time. The departure airport is always Glasgow Airport, and all flights land at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, whether they stopover on the way or not. You’ll find about four of these direct flights a day, provided by easyJet and KLM. The easyJet flights are the best choice to travel from Glasgow to Amsterdam at cheap prices, as the KLM ones can cost up to four times as much.

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Omio provides a convenient and user-friendly platform that shows you all the various travel options and lets you book tickets from Glasgow to Amsterdam there and then with just a few clicks. You can get round-trip tickets or one-way tickets to suit your travel itinerary, and we also provide detailed information on the various operators, along with their customer service and baggage options. You can scan all your travel options in one place and can book physical or mobile tickets – the latter are delivered to your smartphone. You can also read about what to do at your destination in the online Omio magazine, which also contains useful travel tips for travel from Glasgow to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Travel. Source: Shutterstock

Trains from Glasgow to Amsterdam

Travelling by train is probably the most comfortable, leisurely and thus enjoyable way to make this trip, even though they take quite a bit longer than a flight. Trains leave from Glasgow Central Station to Amsterdam hourly, travelling first to London Euston station for a transfer to the Victoria Subway line to King’s Cross St. Pancras Station, where you’ll board a Eurostar train for the trip to Amsterdam Centraal Station. This is about a 3min tram ride on Line 17, or about a 4min bus trip on the N85 or N97 routes.

Train travel from Glasgow to Amsterdam with Eurostar

The Eurostar Glasgow to Amsterdam trip will take about 10h and 45min in total travel time, including train transfers at the UK stations the trains stop at on the way. These are very modern high-speed trains, operated by one of Europe’s largest train companies. You’ll travel at a very brisk 185 mph (300 km/h), non-stop through the Channel Tunnel to Amsterdam. You can relax in a comfortable carpeted carriage with your own power supply and free Wi-Fi. Snacks and drinks are available from the café-bars on board.

Buses from Glasgow to Amsterdam

You can also catch a bus between the two cities, but be aware that it will make the Glasgow to Amsterdam travel time significantly longer – the trip takes about 21h and 15min. You’ll depart from Glasgow’s main bus station on a National Express bus bound for London Victoria Coach Station. These leave four times a day. You’ll change to FlixBus at Victoria Station, then head to Dover P&O ferry terminal where you’ll catch the ferry to Calais and continue through France and Belgium to Amsterdam.

Traveling by bus from Glasgow to Amsterdam with National Express and FlixBus

All the bus trips you’ll take on this route are operated by these two carriers in tandem. National Express is the UK’s largest and busiest bus service provider, and it’s both reliable and cost-effective. It doesn’t offer many bells and whistles, focusing on efficient travel. Nonetheless you get free Wi-Fi, and can take hold and carry-on luggage. FlixBus is more of a budget bus operator, but it also offers a range of travel conveniences, including free Wi-Fi, power sockets for each seat, and a snacks and beverage service on board.

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Flights from Glasgow to Amsterdam

If you prefer to fly you’ll have a choice of two airlines to catch direct flights at a very reasonable Glasgow to Amsterdam travel cost. These flights are the quickest way to travel between the two cities, taking only about 1h and 30min, flying directly without any changes. You’ll be able to find about four of these direct flights every day, although easyJet only operates the route a few times a week – KLM offers a daily flight. All flights departing from Glasgow Airport to Amsterdam land at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, which is about a 20min trip to the city centre on Dutch Railways Sprinter trains. You can also catch the No. 397 Connexxion bus, which takes about 25min to make the trip, leaving every 10min.

Flying from Glasgow to Amsterdam with easyJet or KLM

easyJet is the better option here, simply due to the difference in cost of its flights compared to those operated by KLM. As a budget carrier it offers a pretty utilitarian service, which is all most travellers on this short trip require. In fact you’ll barely spend much time at cruising altitude before you’ll start descending to land again, which doesn’t leave much time for on-board service. KLM offers a slightly more luxurious flight, but if you’re flying economy it will still cost a lot more than easyJet. They both fly from Glasgow Airport and land at Schiphol Airport.

To Amsterdam by train/bus/flight—travel tips

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most popular tourist cities, and its main central landmark is the Rijksmuseum. It houses over a million artistic and literary artefacts dating back to the 13th century. The Anne Frank House is another very special historical site, which you’ll find on Prinsengracht. There’s also the world-famous Van Gogh Museum, which is the finest of its kind in the world. It contains not only his paintings, but also personal possessions and over 700 letters he wrote.

There’s also a floating houseboat museum, the Woonboots Museum, and on Saturdays you can visit the huge open-air market spread out along Lindengracht. For open-air experiences in nature, head to Vondelpark, which has about 120 acres of green space, walking paths, ponds, flower gardens and kids’ playgrounds. You can also visit Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, a vast botanical garden created in 1638. The central tourist area is Dam Square, where you’ll find the Dutch Madame Tussauds and the WWII National Memorial Statue.

Travel Tips: Travel from Glasgow to Amsterdam

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What are the international travel restrictions for Netherlands due to COVID-19 if I’m travelling between Glasgow and Amsterdam?

Travel between Glasgow, United Kingdom and Amsterdam, Netherlands is: Partially open.

Can travellers from United Kingdom enter Netherlands?

International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom.

Are there rules for self-quarantine when arriving to Amsterdam from Glasgow?

Conditions of entry into Netherlands:

  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 48 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival
  • Health declaration required

Are there COVID-19 safety rules for social distancing and wearing face masks in Amsterdam, Netherlands?

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Netherlands has imposed the following measures:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

This information was last checked on 20/01/2022. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your trip to Amsterdam from Glasgow.

What are the COVID-19 restrictions on returning to United Kingdom from Amsterdam, Netherlands?

The current restriction level for returning to Glasgow, United Kingdom from Netherlands is: Partially open.

Am I allowed to reenter Glasgow, United Kingdom from Amsterdam, Netherlands?

Reentering United Kingdom is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Glasgow from Amsterdam?

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for unvaccinated travellers
  • Prebook and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests for unvaccinated travellers
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Prebook and pay for a COVID-19 test, to be taken on the end of day 1 for vaccinated travellers
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

Which rules do I need to follow in Glasgow, United Kingdom regarding COVID-19?

All travellers returning to United Kingdom must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

  • Physical distance: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face masks: Regional advice

The information above was last checked on 22/01/2022. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but regulations can change due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your trip back to Glasgow from Amsterdam here.

How many miles are between Glasgow and Amsterdam

The distance between Glasgow and Amsterdam is around 440 miles (710 km).

What other destinations are worth visiting after travelling from Glasgow to Amsterdam?

Many of our customers who book a trip from Glasgow to Amsterdam often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like Paris, London or Brussels. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Glasgow and Amsterdam itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Amsterdam and any of these top destinations today!