Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Eurostar to Add Amsterdam in April in Biggest Network Expansion

Eurostar to Add Amsterdam in April in Biggest Network Expansion

The launch of the new London-Amsterdam service, with two trains per day, will set a new travel-time record for the London-Brussels leg, Eurostar said.

BRITS will be able to get a direct train from London to Amsterdam from this April.

The trains from London to the Netherlands will depart at 8.31am and 5.31pm on weekdays, then 8.31am Saturday and 5.31pm on Sunday.

Trains from the United Kingdom capital will take slightly over three hours to reach Rotterdam and a further 40 minutes before arriving in Amsterdam, Eurostar said Friday.

The company said over 4 million passengers use airlines to travel between London and Amsterdam every year. The extension of services to Amsterdam, another key business and leisure destination, has always been an aim of Eurostar.

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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.

The Eurostar train arrives at Rotterdam Central Station, on February 1, 2018. On the return journey passengers will need to alight for passport controls and security screening to be carried out in the Brussels-Midi terminal, adding an estimated 30 minutes or more to travel time.

Nicolas Petrovic, the outgoing chief executive of Eurostar, said the Netherlands service heralded a new era in global high-speed rail.

Eurostar expects an agreement will be in place by the end of 2019 that would allow passengers to travel direct both ways. 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.

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