Eurostar to launch London-Amsterdam direct service in April

Eurostar to launch London-Amsterdam direct service in April

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.

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.

The company hopes that a new link between London and Amsterdam will boost traffic.

Eurostar's expansion of services is seen by some as a direct competition to go up against flights which are already highly competitive with airlines in constant price wars to gain customers.

Trains will depart twice a day at 8.31am and 5.31pm, going through Brussels and Rotterdam before arriving in Amsterdam.

Eurostar confirms April launch date for London-Amsterdam

The journey from London to Amsterdam will take 3 hours and 41 minutes, while the Amsterdam-London trip will take an hour longer.

Tickets for the two daily trains - starting from £35 one way - will go on sale on 20 February. The company said that travel to Brussels will now be even faster with the new route too, only taking one hour and 48 minutes, instead of two hours and five minutes.

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.

Passengers are checked at the border control prior to boarding a Eurostar train at Midi/Zuid railway station in Brussels, Belgium, on March 15, 2016.

Extensive preparations have been taking place in advance of the service with comprehensive testing on the new Dutch high-speed network now being finalised.

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