Two daily trains to Amsterdam
Eurostar's high-speed railway service is launching a new service that will allow passengers to travel from central London directly to Amsterdam’s Central Station in under four hours. From 4 April, services will allow passengers to travel from St Pancras station in central London direct to the Amsterdam in 3hr 41min. Plans for the service were first announced in September 2013, but the official start date was delayed while immigration and passport controls were agreed. Passengers travelling from London to Amsterdam and Rotterdam will complete passport controls and security screening in Brussels until an agreement for this to be carried out in the Netherlands has been finalised. However, direct services returning to London from the Netherlands are not due to begin until the end of 2019.
New trains to be used on route
The April launch follows the completion of testing on the Dutch high-speed network and construction of Eurostar terminals in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. New e320 trains, which have been operating between London and Paris since 2015, will be used on the route. The journey time between London and Rotterdam - where passengers on the service can also alight - will take just 3hr 01min. Nicolas Petrovic, the outgoing chief executive of Eurostar, said the Netherlands service heralded a new era in international high-speed rail. “With direct services from the UK to the Netherlands, France and Belgium, we are transforming the links between the UK and three of Europe’s top trading nations,” he said.
Tickets for the two daily trains - starting from just €40 one way - will go on sale on 20 February 2018.