Amsterdam to London fast trains start in April at €40 per seat

Amsterdam to London fast trains start in April at €40 per seat

Due to customs woes, returning trips are not direct; passengers have to stop off in Brussels for tedious passport control reasons.

Eurostar, the high-speed train between continental Europe and the United Kingdom, will finally launch its new London-Amsterdam link on the 4th of April 2018, the company says.

Eurostar says the route is the result of "extensive investment" of £1 billion in high-speed rail on both sides of the English Channel. Tickets start from 40 euros per seat, one way.

Nicolas Petrovic, CEO of Eurostar, commented: "The launch of our service to the Netherlands represents an exciting advance in cross-Channel travel and heralds a new era in worldwide high-speed rail".

Eurostar also says the new service will cut the journey time between London and Brussels by 17 minutes to one hour and 48 minutes.

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It added that more than four million passengers travel between London and Amsterdam by air each year and therefore the market is the same size as it was when the London-Paris services launched in 1994.

Ahead of the start of services on April 4, an inaugural service will run on February 20. It will target potential converts by saying a London-Amsterdam Eurostar journey emits 80% less carbonthan the equivalent flight. This is a temporary measure until the British and Dutch governments come to an agreement on controlling passengers coming into England.

"Over the last twenty-three years, the market for travel between London and Paris has more than doubled as customers increasingly choose high speed rail over plane", the company said in a statement. The governments have committed to putting this agreement in place by the end of 2019 so that Eurostar travellers can then enjoy a direct service in both directions.

This means passengers will have to change at Brussels, leaving the return journey time at an estimated four hours and 49 minutes.

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