I am exploring various options for travel between London and Amsterdam and was wondering what your experiences were. My friend and I are taking a short 2 1/2 day trip to Amsterdam and wanted to know what the best way to go would be based on convenience and price. Aside from the usual plane and train, we were told to look into a ferry and a charter plane. Anyone gone this route or know where I can get more information on these options or anything else outside of that???
Ferry is twice daily via Harwich-Hoek v Holland crossing. Trains leave London Liverpool St and Amsterdam Centraal to connect. The journey is quite good and fairly cheap, although if you've only got 2.5 days, it will eat up a fair chunk of your time. Other shorter ferry crossings can be done in combination with more complicated train connections if you really want to.
Ferry info is at: www7.stenaline.co.uk/servlet/se.ementor.econgero.servlet.presentation.Main?data.node.id=4303&data.language.id=2
There are so many regular flights from so many different airports to Amsterdam that i would doubt that a charter flight would be worthwhile.
One other serious possibility is Coach. Eurolines/National Express
run London-A'dam 4 times a day. Almost certainly the cheapest paid option at 12gbp each way
It's also perfectly possible to hitch hike (either the whole way, or to/from the ferry terminals at each end), although many people don't like the idea of hitching, and it relies almost entirely on luck as to how long it takes.
You could also check out discount airlines- there are tons in Europe- like ryanair.com, easyjet.co.uk, openjet.com, to name a few. Check their respective sites for prices and itineraries. This would probably be the fastest way to go, and could maybe even be the least expensive. People have gotton tickets off those sites for as low as 20 euros. It might be hard to book at too short a notice. When are you leaving?