Eurostar is launching service from London to Amsterdam

Eurostar launches new London-Amsterdam service

Eurostar confirms April launch date for London-Amsterdam

Eurostar's about to buck the trend and make our connections with Europe a little bit stronger, with a direct high-speed service from London to Amsterdam - on a bloody train that goes under the sea, lest we forget to be excited about this bit of 1980s/1990s engineering - starting in April.

No extra checks are required on the journey from London, and it will take just three hours and 41 minutes to reach Amsterdam from the Dutch capital, Eurostar said.

Tickets go on sale on 20 February and start at £35 one way.

"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", Eurostar said in a statement on Friday (Feb 9). Passengers travelling in one direction, from Amsterdam to London, will also have to disembark at Brussels for passport and security checks.

Nicolas Petrovic, chief executive of Eurostar, said: "The launch of our service to the Netherlands represents an exciting advance in cross-Channel travel and heralds a new era in worldwide high-speed rail".

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Says Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Executive of Eurostar, "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".

"This connecting return journey will be a temporary measure whilst the governments in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands complete an agreement which will enable passport checks to be conducted on departure in the Netherlands as in other key Eurostar destinations", the operator said. Passengers will see their time on board reduced by 17 minutes - from 2 hours and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 48 minutes.

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

The return trip, which will involve Thalys high speed trains from the Netherlands to Brussels and then Eurostar trains to London, will take at least four hours 40 minutes - the same as at present.

These issues mean direct services returning to London will not be in place until the end of next year.

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