Our cycling holidays in Holland are among the easiest of our holidays to reach by train, with a daily direct Eurostar train linking London St Pancras with Amsterdam Centraal in under 4 hours, calling at Brussels Midi/Zuid and Rotterdam Centraal.
On arrival in Amsterdam it is worth taking the “Stationsplein” exit and pausing to admire the impressive façade of Amsterdam Centraal station which is reminiscent of London St Pancras, also built in the gothic renaissance style.
If you are expecting to see canals and endless rows of bicycles upon stepping out of the station, you won’t be disappointed! The station is on the waterside, having been built on three artificial islands with over 8000 wooden piles supporting the structure. There are almost as many bikes, with several multi-storey cycle parks with capacity for 7,800 bikes.
When you are ready to move on, you are free to choose your own arrangements to Edam to commence your Dutch Cycling holiday, with our notes to guide you. There are regular buses running between Amsterdam and Edam (payable locally), or you could choose to take a taxi from the official rank at Centraal station (also payable locally).
Travelling home requires a change of trains because Amsterdam and Rotterdam stations are not equipped with UK border security facilities.
From Gouda, you take a late morning Dutch Intercity train to Rotterdam to join the high-speed Thalys train to Brussels.
Relax in your red plush reclining seat, rather like old fashioned theatre seating, and watch the varying landscapes unfold as the Thalys whisks you through a series of tunnels and bridges towards Antwerp, where the views open out into pleasant green fields until you reach the suburbs of Brussels. There are convenient power sockets (European 2-pin) and a café bar on board so you can enjoy lunch.
In Brussels Midi (or Brussels Zuid in Flemish!) you check in for Eurostar and go through the usual UK border security passport and luggage checks.
Travelling from Ebbsfleet or Ashford?
Although the direct London – Amsterdam Eurostar service does not call at Ebbsfleet or Ashford, it is still possible to travel from these stations via Brussels where you change to the sleek high-speed Thalys train to Amsterdam.
Travelling with your own bicycle?
Inntravel includes cycle hire in the price of our Dutch Cycling holidays, but if you would prefer to take your own bike, please ask to speak to one of our rail specialist team. For both Eurostar and Thalys, passengers travelling with bicycles are asked to check in early so we would need to tailor your itinerary to allow extra time between trains.
On Eurostar, there is limited space for fully-assembled bicycles, which must be pre-booked with Eurostar in advance for approx £40 each way per bicycle.
On Thalys, between Amsterdam/Rotterdam and Brussels there is also limited space for bikes. Space does not have to be pre-booked but both wheels must be removed and the bike must be covered by a non-rigid cover, not exceeding 135cm x 85cm x 30cm. On Dutch domestic railways, bicycles can usually be carried free of charge, except during peak commuter hours.