Eurostar launches new London-Amsterdam service

Eurostar confirms April launch date for London-Amsterdam

Inter-European train line, Eurostar has announced an upcoming London to Amsterdam route, set to open this spring and slated to leave less than four hours between the two major cities.

As for that £70 return ticket tag - we're guessing that, as with other Eurostar tickets, this means getting a bit lucky, and booking well ahead.

Two trains will run daily from St Pancras, at 8.31am and 5.31pm.

Return passengers will continue to use Thalys services from the Netherlands to connect with Eurostar in Brussels where security checks will take place, adding an extra hour to the journey.

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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.

Announcing the route, Eurostar said: "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". Therefore the market is the same size as it was when the London-Paris train launched in 1994 and points out that, since then, the market for travel between London and Paris has more than doubled.

Nicolas Petrovic, the outgoing chief executive of Eurostar, said the Netherlands service heralded a new era in worldwide high-speed rail. 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. These customers will see their journey time cut by 17 minutes as the time onboard is reduced from 2hr05 to 1hr48. Both governments have committed to completing this by the end of 2019.

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