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

Gladys Abbott
February 10, 2018

According to Dutch News, Eurostar revealed its direct London to Amsterdam train service will launch in April, but the travellers on the journey from Amsterdam to London will have to change trains in Brussels and go through a security check. Eurostar said there were now more than 4 million passengers travelling by air between the two cities annually. 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. Due to customs woes, returning trips are not direct; passengers have to stop off in Brussels for tedious passport control reasons.

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 global high-speed rail".

Eurostar says the route is the result of "extensive investment" of £1 billion in high-speed rail on both sides of the English Channel.

"With direct services from the United Kingdom to The Netherlands, France and Belgium, we are transforming the links between the United Kingdom and three of Europe's top trading nations".

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Travel time from London to Rotterdam will be 3 hours, and to Amsterdam 3 hours and 40 minutes. The company has captured more than 70 percent of the combined London-Paris air and train market, though journey times to the French capital are significantly shorter at two hours 15 minutes.

Now those wishing to travel from London to Amsterdam by Eurostar had to change in Brussels in both directions, leaving a journey that took four hours and 38 minutes.

The service will start with two trains a day, taking three hours, with one-way fares from £35. Eurostar expects this will be completed by late 2019.

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