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Eurostar launches £35 fast route from London to Amsterdam

12 February 2018, 12:58 | Max Haynes

Eurostar launches £35 fast route from London to Amsterdam

Eurostar launches £35 fast route from London to Amsterdam

Return journeys will connect through Brussels as a temporary measure while the United Kingdom and Netherlands governments complete an agreement on passport checks.

Hoera! Eurostar will run direct trains from London to Amsterdam, from 4 April 2018.

Our new route marks the culmination of the extensive investment in high speed rail on both sides of the Channel.

Eurostar says ticket prices will start from £35 one way.

This new service was preceded by a comprehensive testing of the Netherlands high speed network and the building of Eurostar terminals in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. This is a temporary measure until the British and Dutch governments come to an agreement on controlling passengers coming into England.

"We're very excited", Eurostar Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Petrovic said in a phone interview.

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About 4 million people now travel between London and Amsterdam by air, and Eurostar said it's targeting a significant share of that market.

Dutch services will commence with two departures a day from London St. Pancras, at 8:31 a.m and 5:31 p.m., Eurostar said in a statement.

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.

It points out that since then, the market for travel between London and Paris has more than doubled. Train manufacturer Siemens and Dutch train company NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) are conducting tests on the service that will make the connection between Amsterdam, Brussels and London.

Eurostar expects an agreement will be in place by the end of 2019 that would allow passengers to travel direct both ways. These customers will see their journey time cut by 17 minutes as the time onboard is reduced from 2hr05 to 1hr48.



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