Eurostar to launch London-Amsterdam direct service in April

Peter Castro
February 12, 2018

As of April 4th 2018, Eurostar will be offering a direct service from London St Pancras to the centre of Amsterdam.

London-based Eurostar runs high speed trains carrying passengers through the Channel tunnel, which is operated by Eurotunnel.

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.

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". Even when you land at Schiphol Airport, the train you get to the city centre might have actually started off in London - the Eurostar pulls in there between Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Fares start at £35 for a one-way ticket.

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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.

"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". It will target potential converts by saying a London-Amsterdam Eurostar journey emits 80% less carbonthan the equivalent flight. 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 new service will be launched with two trains a day departing at 08.31 and 17.31 respectively. 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.

The rail company also says the new service will cut the journey time between London and Brussels by 17 minutes to one hour and 48 minutes, and will then continue to Rotterdam.

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