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There are 6 ways to get from Rotterdam to Edinburgh by train, plane, car, car ferry or car train

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Edinburgh  •  4h 28m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Edinburgh (EDI) AMS - EDI

£39 - £259

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Glasgow, train  •  5h 37m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Glasgow (GLA) AMS - GLA
  3. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

£66 - £276

Train to Eindhoven, fly to Edinburgh  •  5h 45m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Eindhoven Centraal
  2. Fly from Eindhoven (EIN) to Edinburgh (EDI) EIN - EDI

£54 - £186

Train  •  8h 20m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to London St Pancras Eurostar Eil
  2. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh

£159 - £690

Drive, car ferry  •  20h 3m

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to IJmuiden
  2. Take the car ferry from IJmuiden to Newcastle upon Tyne
  3. Drive from Newcastle upon Tyne to Edinburgh

£97 - £181

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  11h 23m

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Calais-Fréthun
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Calais-Fréthun to Folkestone
  3. Drive from Folkestone to Edinburgh

£228 - £277

Netherlands → United Kingdom
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International entry into United Kingdom from Netherlands

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands
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Allowed for: All visitors with the below exceptions

Restricted for: Foreign nationals that have visited Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan, Philippines and India in the past 10 days

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Conditions of entry into United Kingdom from Netherlands

  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from Netherlands
  • Travellers can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test. The earliest you can take the test while in quarantine is 5 full days after you left a place not on the travel corridor list
  • Before travelling, travellers must book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on day 2 and on day 8 of your quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: Myanmar, Falkland Islands and Saint Helena
  • Travellers can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test. The earliest you can take the test while in quarantine is 5 full days after you left a place not on the travel corridor list
  • Before travelling, travellers must book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on day 2 and on day 8 of your quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Rules to follow in United Kingdom

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Considerations leaving from Netherlands

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

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

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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 2 metres
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Edinburgh is 111.

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

The social distance requirement in Edinburgh is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 111.

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

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Last updated: 4 May 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Rotterdam to Edinburgh is to train and fly which costs 60€ - 220€ and takes 5h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Rotterdam to Edinburgh is to train and fly which costs 45€ - 310€ and takes 4h 28m.

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No, there is no direct train from Rotterdam to Edinburgh. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam Centraal and arriving at Edinburgh via London Kings Cross. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 20m.

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The distance between Rotterdam and Edinburgh is 420 miles.

The best way to get from Rotterdam to Edinburgh without a car is to train which takes 8h 20m and costs 180€ - 850€.

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It takes approximately 4h 28m to get from Rotterdam to Edinburgh, including transfers.

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Rotterdam to Edinburgh train services, operated by Eurostar, depart from Rotterdam Centraal station.

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Edinburgh Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Edinburgh is 1h behind Rotterdam. It is currently 1:38 PM in Rotterdam and 12:38 PM in Edinburgh.

Rotterdam to Edinburgh train services, operated by LNER, arrive at Edinburgh station.

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Map of how to get from Rotterdam to Edinburgh.
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  • Distance: 420.3 miles
  • Duration: 4h 28m

What companies run services between Rotterdam, Netherlands and Edinburgh, Scotland?

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Edinburgh via London St Pancras Eurostar and London Kings Cross in around 8h 20m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £310
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £270
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
£29 - £250
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
£65 - £130
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Eindhoven to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£50 - £370
Flights from Eindhoven to Edinburgh via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
£50 - £370
Train operators
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£8 - £18
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
£8 - £11
1st Class
£13 - £18
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Eindhoven Centraal
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£12 - £27
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
£12 - £17
1st Class
£19 - £27
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£35 - £65
Website
Thalys
Standard
£35 - £50
Comfort
£45 - £60
Premium
£45 - £65
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£50 - £390
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£50 - £75
Anytime Day Single
£170 - £240
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£270 - £390
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Calais-Fréthun to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£131
Website
Eurotunnel
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from IJmuiden to Newcastle upon Tyne
Ave. Duration
16h 45m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
£70 - £140
Website
dfds.co.uk
4-bed inside cabin
£85 - £110
2-bed inside cabin
£70 - £95
2-bed sea view cabin
£100 - £140
4 berth commodore cabin
£200 - £290
3-bed Commodore De Luxe double bed
£260 - £340
Standard Car (extra fee)
£78

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