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There are 9 ways to get from Cardiff to Amsterdam by train, bus, car, car train, car ferry or plane

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Train  •  7h 13m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Amsterdam Centraal Eil

193€ - 436€

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Train to Bristol, fly  •  4h 53m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) BRS - AMS

68€ - 369€

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Bus, train  •  9h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Kingsway GQ to Heathrow Central Bus Station M10
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Amsterdam Centraal Eil

147€ - 388€

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  7h 54m

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Amsterdam

236€ - 279€

Drive, car ferry  •  9h 26m

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk
  3. Drive from Dunkirk to Amsterdam

155€ - 273€

Train to Cardiff, fly  •  5h 8m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Barry
  2. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) CWL - AMS

84€ - 232€

Train to Birmingham, fly  •  6h 1m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) BHX - AMS

114€ - 545€

Train to London Heathrow, fly  •  5h 57m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) LHR - AMS

112€ - 366€

Train to London City, fly  •  6h 8m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Fly from London City (LCY) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) LCY - AMS

135€ - 746€

United Kingdom → Netherlands
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International entry into Netherlands from United Kingdom

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican, Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Aruba, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Cyprus, Singapore, United Kingdom and Sint Maarten

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside EU Schengen Area with the above exceptions. Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela are also restricted

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Conditions of entry into Netherlands from United Kingdom

  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 1 days before arrival
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
This applies to arrivals from United Kingdom
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 1 days before arrival
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Sint Maarten, Iceland, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba and Portugal
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Sint Maarten, Iceland and Portugal

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Rules to follow in Netherlands

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Considerations leaving from United Kingdom

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Netherlands from United Kingdom.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Amsterdam is 1351.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Amsterdam is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Amsterdam is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1351.

No, but conditions apply when returning to United Kingdom from Netherlands.

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Last updated: 3 May 2021
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The cost-effective way to get from Cardiff to Amsterdam is to train and fly, which costs £55 - £320 and takes 4h 53m.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Amsterdam is to train and fly which costs £55 - £320 and takes 4h 53m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cardiff to Amsterdam. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Central and arriving at Amsterdam Centraal via Paddington and London St Pancras Eurostar. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 13m.

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The distance between Cardiff and Amsterdam is 562 km.

The best way to get from Cardiff to Amsterdam without a car is to train which takes 7h 13m and costs £160 - £380.

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It takes approximately 7h 13m to get from Cardiff to Amsterdam, including transfers.

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Cardiff to Amsterdam train services, operated by Great Western Railway, depart from Cardiff Central station.

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The quickest flight from Bristol Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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Amsterdam is 1h ahead of Cardiff. It is currently 7:24 AM in Cardiff and 8:24 AM in Amsterdam.

Cardiff to Amsterdam train services, operated by Eurostar, arrive at Amsterdam Centraal station.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Amsterdam.
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  • Distance: 561.9 km
  • Duration: 7h 13m

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Amsterdam, Netherlands?

You can take a train from Cardiff to Amsterdam via London Paddington, Paddington, King's Cross St. Pancras station, and London St Pancras Eurostar in around 7h 13m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bristol to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 250€
Flights from Cardiff to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 200€
Flights from Birmingham to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 440€
Flights from London Heathrow to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 280€
Flights from London City to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 320€
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 600€
Flights from London City to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
50€ - 220€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
40€ - 110€
Flights from Birmingham to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Friday
Estimated price
29€ - 140€
Jet2.com
Website
jet2.com
Flights from Birmingham to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
50€ - 65€
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
60€ - 75€
Website
gwr.com
Anytime Day
60€ - 75€
Anytime Day 1st Class
100€ - 140€
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
18€ - 22€
Website
gwr.com
Anytime Day
18€ - 22€
Anytime Day 1st Class
30€ - 45€
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
153€
Website
Eurotunnel
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
30€ - 130€
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
30€ - 45€
Anytime Day 1st Class
90€ - 130€
Train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
65€ - 200€
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
65€ - 80€
Anytime Day 1st Class
130€ - 200€
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
60€ - 90€
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
27€ - 50€
Off-Peak Single
50€ - 75€
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
60€ - 90€
Bus operators
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Cardiff, Kingsway GQ to Heathrow Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
13€ - 22€
Website
Megabus UK
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
75€ - 150€
Website
dfds.co.uk
Standard Car - Economy
75€ - 150€
Standard Car - Flexi
130€ - 170€

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KLM and easyJet offer flights from Bristol Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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