Eurostar to begin direct services to Amsterdam

Eurostar launches new London-Amsterdam service

Eurostar launches new London-Amsterdam service

Extensive preparations have been taking place in advance of the service with comprehensive testing on the new Dutch high-speed network now being finalised. Ahead of the start of services on April 4, an inaugural service will run on February 20. For the first time, passengers will be able to travel from St Pancras in the heart of London direct to the Netherlands at a speed of 300 kph in just three hours.

Eurostar is launching a direct London to Amsterdam train service in April but passengers heading for the United Kingdom will still have to change trains and go through security checks in Brussels south.

"Our new route marks the culmination of the extensive investment in high speed rail on both sides of the Channel", says Eurostar chief executive Mr Nicolas Petrovic.

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.


Eurostar is opening a direct high-speed train route between London and Amsterdam this spring, the rail company announced Friday. On the weekend there will be a train at 8.31am Saturday and 5.31pm on Sunday. Since 1994 when Eurostar trains first connected London and Paris, travel between the two cities, including rail and air journeys, has doubled. The governments have committed to putting this agreement in place by the end of 2019 so that Eurostar travellers can then enjoy a direct service in both directions.

The company said over 4 million passengers use airlines to travel between London and Amsterdam every year. Passengers travelling from Amsterdam and Rotterdam will have to connect through Brussels for passport controls and security screening until the two governments complete an agreement allowing passport checks to be conducted in the Netherlands.

This means passengers will have to change at Brussels, leaving the return journey time at an estimated four hours and 49 minutes.

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