I decided to make my way to Amsterdam via Bus instead of plane to save some money. Let me just say, it was an experience. My bus departed Victoria Coach Station at 9:30 PM and arrived the next day at Amsterdam, Zeeburg P&R Coach Station at Zuiderzeeweg.
Firstly, once you get to the Coach Station, you have to "check in" and get your boarding pass, which is a piece of paper with a number on it. From here, you are now a number, not a name. Once you find a seat (any seat, they are not allocated) you settle in for the night. That is until you reach the water and have to cross the boarder. You have to get off the bus, go through French border security then get back on the bus. You then travel to the ferry where you have to get back off the bus again and stay off for the 1.5 hour journey across that water. The boat was old but relavatily comfortable. There were seats to sleep or nap in if you found them before anyone else. There was also a duty free shop and plenty of places to eat if that is how you fancy passing them time. I was happy to find a chair and read a book because there was no chance of me falling asleep with the noise going on around me. SO many young teenagers!
Arriving in Amsterdam was tough. It was pouring rain and there was no shelter once you were thrown off the buss and dumped at the tram station. The tram was about 10-15 minutes away from Amsterdam Centraal Station. From there I caught a cab due to the rain which brought me straight to my hotel. I waited here for an early check in and finally got freshened up.
If it weren't for getting absolutely saturated at the end of the 10 hour bus journey, I wouldn't say it was that bad. It is a long way to get to Amsterdam from London but tolerable. I wouldn't say it would be my first form of transport next time, however, I wouldn't completely rule it out as an option as it is a much cheaper way to get there during peak season.