Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Eurostar's Direct London-Amsterdam Trains Launch in April

Eurostar's Direct London-Amsterdam Trains Launch in April

Hoera! Eurostar will run direct trains from London to Amsterdam, from 4 April 2018.

Nicolas Petrovic, CEO of Eurostar, commented: "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".

During the initial period, return journeys will connect through Brussels on a Thalys service, where passport control and security screening will be carried out.

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.

A new rail service is set to whiz passengers from London direct to Europe's own Sin City: Amsterdam.

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It points out that since then, the market for travel between London and Paris has more than doubled. "With £1 billion investment in our new state-of the art trains and enhanced connectivity on the European network passengers can now enjoy fast, seamless rail connections between the United Kingdom and mainland Europe and a transformed travel experience".

The journey time of 3h41 (London-Amsterdam) and 3h01 (London-Rotterdam), as well as the potential of the line - more than 4 million passengers travelling by air each year between London and Amsterdam, make this opening a historic landmark for cross-Channel travel.

But Eurostar is working on solving the issue, they said: "The UK and Netherlands governments are both working hard to find an agreement that will allow us to check travellers' passports before departure from the Netherlands".

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. Passengers will see their time on board reduced by 17 minutes - from 2 hours and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 48 minutes.

Eurostar said that by 2019 the return journey should become truly direct, with both British and Dutch governments agreeing to put proper checks in place.

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