Eurolines is an international network of coach companies offering coach (bus) travel to some 600 destinations in Europe.
Eurolines operates a number of international services to and from Amsterdam. In this article we provide an overview of Eurolines and particularly the London-Amsterdam route service.
Eurolines Bus Terminal at Amsterdam Duivendrecht station
Since December 2014, Eurolines coaches arrive and depart from its terminal next to Duivendrecht station in the south-east of Amsterdam. This has replaced the previous stop at Amsterdam Amstel.
The Eurolines ticket office at Duivendrecht (Stationsplein 3, 1115 BZ) is open daily 0700-2300. There is also a Eurolines sales shop in the city centre at Rokin 38 near Dam Square, open Mon-Sat 0900-1700.
London-Amsterdam Route with Eurolines
Eurolines UK is part of National Express and coaches operate from London Victoria Coach Station, a short walk from Victoria rail and underground stations.
There are 4x daily Eurolines buses running each way between London and Amsterdam, with a journey time of around 11 hours. Two buses travel during the daytime, the other two run overnight - each with a slightly different route.
Possible stops in Netherlands on the various London-Amsterdam services are Breda, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Amsterdam Schiphol airport and Groningen. There are also separate services from London to Eindhoven (2x daily) and Maastricht (daily) via Belgium.
During peak times (summer and Christmas) Eurolines adds 1 or 2 daily express services between London and Amsterdam. Day services use the Eurotunnel trains whilst the overnight services use P&O or DFDS ferries for the Dover-Calais channel crossing which takes about 75 minutes.
Eurolines London-Amsterdam Trip
Eurolines operates "Plus" coaches for the London-Amsterdam route. These are slightly longer coaches with reclining seats (though being a bus, seat pitch does feel a little cramped), free WiFi and an onboard toilet.
The first bus of the day (service 141) to Amsterdam leaves London Victoria at 0800. Passengers need to check-in at the international desk near Gate 19 which opens 1 hour before departure. After showing their ticket and passport they receive a boarding pass and luggage tags. About 20 minutes before departure passengers can start boarding the coach. Larger luggage is stored in the hold - up to 2 pieces (max 30kg total) are allowed plus one item of hand luggage; free seating is in effect so you sit wherever you like.
The first stop is normally Dover ferry port (0955) and then the coach continues to the Eurotunnel terminal near Folkestone where shuttle trains run every 30 minutes. There is a terminal mall where passengers take a break with café facilities and some shops. They then re-board the bus and drive through a French border control. Note, additional checks may be required which can cause some delays. On clearing the control, the coach then joins the queue for the Eurotunnel. The vehicles board the train and the channel crossing takes around 40 minutes - passengers remain on the bus during this time.
On arrival at the Calais terminal the bus drives straight out and heads towards Belgium - with scheduled stops at Bruges (1425), Ghent (1510) and Brussels (1600). During the late afternoon there is usually another service station break of around 30-45 minutes. The coach continues to Netherlands making a stop in Utrecht (1815) and finally Amsterdam (1845). Do allow for possible delays due to traffic.
Compare this trip by our review of Eurostar train London to Brussels
Prices from UK for London-Amsterdam: If you book the ticket in advance you may sometimes find online funfares to Amsterdam for £15 each way including a £5 booking fee. These are the lowest possible fares and are non-refundable and non-changeable. Funfares are generally not available to other Dutch destinations nor can they be bought at ticket offices.
For amendable/refundable tickets then select one of the regular Eurolines fares (2016) for London-Amsterdam: 10 day advance single from £28 / value single £34 / standard single £36; 10 day advance return £43 / value return £56 / standard or open return £59 - all these fares include the £5 booking fee. Travel Fri/Sat may attract a small supplement.
Discounts are available for children up to 12, youths aged 13-25 and seniors over 60.
Prices from Netherlands for Amsterdam-London: You can purchase super promo fares (non-refundable/non-changeable) to London Victoria from €9 one-way, these must be booked at least 15 days in advance. These are available from Amsterdam or other Dutch cities. Standard Amsterdam-London returns start at €55.
Eurolines also has an extensive European network so it is possible to travel by bus from Amsterdam to most Euro destinations and even as far as Morocco, Ukraine or Scandinavia - although longer trips require (multiple) connections in other cities.
They often have some cheap promo deals to popular destinations. €9 one-way fares are available from Amsterdam/Netherlands to Antwerp, Brussels, Lille and Paris.
Other return promo fares include Cologne (from €29), Hamburg (€58), Frankfurt (€49), Berlin (€64), Paris (€54), Antwerp (€23), Brussels (€26) and Barcelona (€127). Note, to have a chance of getting these fares you must book well in advance and travel on off-peak days! Standard fares with more flexibility will cost more.
You could also consider a Eurolines Pass which allows unlimited travel between 53 cities for either 15 or 30 days. These cost anything from €225 to €425, depending on season.
Megabus offers cheap coach fares from Amsterdam to London, Brussels, Antwerp, Lille and Paris. Also makes a stop in Rotterdam on the London-Amsterdam route.
OUIBUS (owned by SNCF French Railways) offers a premium coach service from Amsterdam to Lille, Paris, Brussels and London.
Flixbus is a German bus company operating services from Amsterdam (and other Dutch cities) to dozens of German destinations as well as Antwerp, Brussels and Paris.
Travel by rail instead? See international rail services to/from Amsterdam