Eurostar to Amsterdam: Direct service from London to start in April

JOnathan Prynn
Eurostar will run direct rail services from London to Amsterdam from April: AFP/Getty Images

Direct high speed Eurostar rail services from London to Amsterdam will start in early April with a journey time of three hours 41 minutes.

The service will be a major competitor to one of Europe’s busiest international air routes with around four million passengers year.

Tickets will go on sale on February 20th starting at £35 one way with the first service leaving St Pancras International on April 4. The service will also call at Rotterdam with a three hour 1 minute journey time.

However, returning passengers will initially have to change at Brussels as the Dutch authorities have not yet completed arrangements for passport checks at Amsterdam station. This will increase the return journey time to up to four hours 49 minutes.

Eurostar bosses insisted this was a temporary measure that would last until the end of next year at the latest.

Eurostar chief executive Nicolas Petrovic said: “The launch of our service to the Netherlands represents an exciting advance in cross-Channel travel and heralds 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.

“Our new route marks the culmination of the extensive investment in high speed rail on both sides of the Channel. With £1 billion investment in our new state-of the art trains and enhanced connectivity on the European network passengers can now enjoy fast, seamless rail connections between the UK and mainland Europe and a transformed travel experience.”

The new service will be launched with two trains a day departing at 08.31 and 17.31.

Amsterdam will join Paris, Brussels and Lille and Disnelyland Paris as year round Eurostar destination with seasonal direct services to Lyon, Avignon and Marseille and the French Alps.