Eurostar To Start Offering Direct Trips Between London And Amsterdam

Eurostar confirmed it will start daily direct London to Amsterdam services on April 4 | Philippe Huguen  AFP via Getty Images

The new Eurostar route from London to Amsterdam will be launched on April 4, marking a "historic milestone" in the expansion of global high-speed rail travel.

Tickets will go on sale from 20 February, with the inaugural service taking place on the same day.

London-based Eurostar runs high speed trains carrying passengers through the Channel tunnel, which is operated by Eurotunnel.

"This connecting return journey will be a temporary measure whilst the governments in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands complete an agreement which will enable passport checks to be conducted on departure in the Netherlands as in other key Eurostar destinations", the operator said.

When Eurostar launched direct service from London to Amsterdam in April, ticket costs will start at €40.

Jacques Gounon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Group, said: "This launch is highly significant news".

"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.

Passengers are checked at the border control prior to boarding a Eurostar train at Midi/Zuid railway station in Brussels, Belgium, on March 15, 2016.

Eurostar's expansion of services is seen by some as a direct competition to go up against flights which are already highly competitive with airlines in constant price wars to gain customers. The new service will be launched with two trains a day departing at 08.31 and 17.31 respectively.

The rail company also says the new service will cut the journey time between London and Brussels by 17 minutes to one hour and 48 minutes, and will then continue to Rotterdam. Both governments have committed to completing this by the end of 2019.

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