Eurostar to launch London - Amsterdam service on April 4

Eurostar to launch Amsterdam service in April

Eurostar to launch Amsterdam service in April

Eurostar will begin direct services to Amsterdam on April 4, with the route from London going through Brussels and Rotterdam before arriving in the Dutch capital three hours and 41 minutes later. Eurostar said there were now more than 4 million passengers travelling by air between the two cities annually.

Eurostar is bringing the city into its network for the first time, taking passengers to the Dutch capital in three hours and 41 minutes.

The direct route will be launched on 4 April 2018, Eurostar revealed on their website, with tickets going on sale from 20 February. 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. Passengers making the return trip will initially need to stop in Brussels for passport controls because Dutch stations aren't yet equipped to make those checks.

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

"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", Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar chief executive, said.

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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Return journeys will require a change at Brussels, a temporary measure until the United Kingdom and Dutch governments reach an agreement on passport procedures.

The company hopes that a new link between London and Amsterdam will boost traffic. Both governments have committed to completing this by the end of 2019.

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