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London To Amsterdam

My wife & I are traveling on July 15th from The Park Lane Hotel in London to the Hotel Pulitzer in Amsterdam. We both a 1 piece of Luggage & a carry bag. What is the best way to get there? Should we fly or take a train?

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1. Re: London To Amsterdam

You may book a through ticket on the train from London St Pancras (with an easy change in Brussels) at www.eurostar.com If you wold rather fly then check fares with BA and KLM from London Heathrow and with BA and CityJet from LCY, London City Airport.

The latter airport is easy to reach on the Underground and DLR from Green Park (step free from that station to the airport terminal building) with the advantage over Heathrow that it is much smaller and very efficient - you can plan to arrive at LCY about 45 minutes before scheduled flight departure and have time for a cup of tea before departure.

Travel from AMS Schiphol to the city centre is easy as can be. Take the train from the station below the Arrivals hall to Amsterdam Centraal and then walk or taxi to your hotel. There are ticket machines at the station - no need to buy in advance - with travel time about 15 minutes.

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2. Re: London To Amsterdam

sounds like flying is the best option. Thank you for your help.

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Eric,

All things being equal I would take the train. You're staying IN central London and the Eurostar leaves from central London.

Train - 10-15 minutes to St. Pancras, 1 hour check in (that's recommended- minimum is 30 mins), immigration done before you board the train (pre clearance at St. Pancras), no stupid carry on bag rules such as re liquids, no waiting around for baggage claim.

Air - 45 minute tube to Heathrow or maybe longer (with a change) to Gatwick, having to arrive at check in 2 hours before departure, faffing around with carry on bags and liquids, lines at immigration on arrival at Schipol, waits for baggage claim.

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Fly. It takes 4 hour 40 minutes by train from Central london minimum vs 45 minute flight so even with travel time to Heathrow I always fly. May even cost less to fly.

Nice hotel choice btw (have stayed there, nice converted old houses) - you could walk there if you knew the way, as it were, but it's a little too far I think so would get a taxi just to be sure of finding it OK -

Edited: 16 April 2014, 07:10
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5. Re: London To Amsterdam

Fly if you want all the hassle of big airports - interminable security checks, daft check in times, passport control, and lengthy walks through shopping malls.

The train is relatively civilised!

Of course you could always go by sea (Liverpool St-Harwich-Hook of Holland-Amsterdam) but that would take forever.

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"Fly. It takes 4 hour 40 minutes by train from Central london minimum vs 45 minute flight so even with travel time to Heathrow I always fly. May even cost less to fly."

45 minute flight ... Hmm!

The block time for LHR-AMS (scheduled departure, push back from gate to arrival and accounting for taxiing to the runway and waiting in line) is 1hr20 to 1hr30.

Add to that an extra 30 to LHR from Green Park compared to St. Pancras (or an extra hour to Gatwick). Add an extra hour for check in requirements. Add up to an hour to clear Netherlands immigration and customs (vs Pre clearance before your train at St. Pancras), and say an extra 30 by train from Schipol to Centraal.

That makes flying overall 4hr30 from central London to Centraal. So a ten minute difference, but with the train you have no stupid liquids requirements and have full access to your luggage at all times.

Edited: 16 April 2014, 08:20
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7. Re: London To Amsterdam

There's also the Dutchflyer option via Harwich

http://seat61.com/Netherlands.htm

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"Daft check in times". You can fly to AMS from LCY - which is very easy to get to from central London. Much less hassle to use than the big airports. The journey time from LCY is less - the airline doesn't have to add in a half hour for Heathrow taxi queue time....

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9. Re: London To Amsterdam

FLY every time Quick and cheap if booked in advance.

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10. Re: London To Amsterdam

It is very quick from London City, they barely have time to give you your sandwich and drink before it is time to land.