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Eurostar to begin direct services to Amsterdam
12 February 2018, 12:59 | Erma Lawrence
Eurostar confirms April launch date for London-Amsterdam
Eurostar will begin direct services to Amsterdam on April 4, with the route from London going through Brussels and Rotterdam before arriving in the Dutch capital three hours and 41 minutes later.
London-based Eurostar runs high speed trains carrying passengers through the Channel tunnel, which is operated by Eurotunnel.
"The UK and Netherlands governments are both working hard to find an agreement that will allow us to check travellers' passports before departure from the Netherlands, as we already do in most of our other destinations", the company wrote.
Tickets for the new rail route are scheduled to go on sale on February 20, with the first trains flying off from April 4. Tickets start from 40 euros per seat, one way.
This week travelers in Europe were given an update on the previously announced round-trip train service between London and Amsterdam.
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.
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 global high-speed rail". That compares to 70 direct flights daily from London to Amsterdam, for example.
"With direct services from the United Kingdom to The Netherlands, France and Belgium, we are transforming the links between the United Kingdom and three of Europe's top trading nations".
It points out that since then, the market for travel between London and Paris has more than doubled. The new service will be launched with two trains a day departing at 08.31 and 17.31 respectively.
A new link has been built, reducing the London to Brussels journey time by 17 minutes to one hour 48.
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