Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

Eurostar announces London to Amsterdam service

Eurostar announces London to Amsterdam service

The Eurostar train arrives at Rotterdam Central Station, on February 1, 2018.

The new Eurostar route from London to Amsterdam will be launched on April 4, marking a "historic milestone" in the expansion of global high-speed rail travel.

No extra checks are required on the journey from London, and it will take just three hours and 41 minutes to reach Amsterdam from the Dutch capital, Eurostar said. That trip will take approximately four hours and fo minutes.

The new service will be launched with two trains a day departing from Lodon's St Pancras International to Amsterdam's Centraal Station at 08.31 and 17.31. For the journey, ticket prices will start at £35 one-way.

Harrison is Mixmag's East Coast Editor. These customers will see their journey time cut by 17 minutes as the time onboard is reduced from 2hr05 to 1hr48.

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It added that more than four million passengers travel between London and Amsterdam by air each year and therefore the market is the same size as it was when the London-Paris services launched in 1994. It says the market for travel between London and Paris has more than doubled as passenger increasingly choose high-speed rail over the plane.

Nicolas Petrovic, chief executive of Eurostar (massive LAD), said: "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".

The service will run twice a day from London, at 8:31am and 5:31pm. This is due to continuing negotiations between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands on enabling passport checks to be conducted in the Netherlands before departure.

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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