Wednesday, 21 February, 2018

Amsterdam to London fast trains start in April at €40 per seat

Eurostar to launch Amsterdam service in April Home Travel News Rail & Coach News Eurostar to launch Amsterdam service in April 19 minutes ago
Cristina Norman | 10 February, 2018, 09:46

Inter-European train line, Eurostar has announced an upcoming London to Amsterdam route, set to open this spring and slated to leave less than four hours between the two major cities.

BRITS will be able to get a direct train from London to Amsterdam from this April.

Eurostar will be running two services a day from St Pancras International, departing at 08:31 and 17:31 respectively, with one-way fares starting at £35.

Amsterdam will join Paris, Brussels and Lille and Disnelyland Paris as year round Eurostar destinations with seasonal direct services to Lyon, Avignon and Marseille and the French Alps. Over the last twenty-three years, the market for travel between London and Paris has more than doubled as customers increasingly choose high speed rail over plane.

The long-awaited direct Eurostar service between London and Amsterdam will be launched in April. As the Netherlands grows in popularity as a key business and tourism hub, the potential for the new service and the overall market is significant. The route will also include a stop in the Dutch city of Rotterdam.

Eurostar says the non-direct return journey is a temporary measure while the British and Dutch governments complete an agreement to enable passport and security checks to be carried out upon departure from the Netherlands.

"The launch of our service to the Netherlands represents an exciting advance in cross-Channel travel and heralds a new era in worldwide high speed rail", Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar chief executive, said. This is a temporary measure while the governments of the Netherlands and United Kingdom are working on an agreement which will allow passport controls to be done in the Netherlands.

This means passengers will have to change at Brussels, leaving the return journey time at an estimated four hours and 49 minutes.

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