Eurostar to start direct train service from London to Amsterdam

Ivan Schwartz
February 10, 2018

"The launch of the London to Amsterdam service marks a historic milestone in the expansion of global high-speed rail travel, revolutionising the connection between these important destinations", the company said.

The two Amsterdam departures from London - set for 8:01 a.m. and 5:31 p.m. daily - aim to bite into the 4 million air journeys between the two cities each year.

There will initially be two trains per day from London's St Pancras station, each taking three hours and 41 minutes to reach Amsterdam Centraal.

Tickets go on sale from 20 February, and - in a clear bid to give the budget airlines a run for their money - prices for a single start from a very reasonable £35.

'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, ' Eurostar said in a statement today. Passengers travelling in one direction, from Amsterdam to London, will also have to disembark at Brussels for passport and security checks.

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Our new route marks the culmination of the extensive investment in high speed rail on both sides of the Channel. 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.

"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.

Train travel between London and Amsterdam now takes between four hours 30 minutes and five hours, with one change at Brussels-Midi/Zuid station.

Eurostar expects an agreement will be in place by the end of 2019 that would allow passengers to travel direct both ways.

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