Eurostar To Start Offering Direct Trips Between London And Amsterdam

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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.

Tickets will go on sale from 20 February, with the inaugural service taking place on the same day. It says the market for travel between London and Paris has more than doubled as passenger increasingly choose high-speed rail over the plane. This is a temporary measure while the governments of the Netherlands and United Kingdom are working on an agreement which will allow passport controls to be done in the Netherlands.

The new service travels from St Pancras International to Amsterdam Centraal station, with a journey time of three to four hours. Fares start at £35 for a one-way ticket.

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"The launch of the London to Amsterdam service marks a historic milestone in the expansion of global high-speed rail travel, revolutionising the connection between these important destinations", the company said.

The new high-speed rail route is created to compete with airline journeys to the Netherlands, by undercutting total prices, emissions and time spent on airline travel. While passengers still have to change at Brussels, there are ten trains running from there to London each day.

Eurostar expects the train route to spark competition with airlines like easyJet and Ryanair, which offer cheap flights between London and Amsterdam. Stay on the train for another hour and 13 and you're in Rotterdam, and Amsterdam is only another 40 minutes from there. The company has captured more than 70 percent of the combined London-Paris air and train market, though journey times to the French capital are significantly shorter at two hours 15 minutes.