Eurostar confirms Amsterdam launch date
Eurostar will begin operating services between London St Pancras and Amsterdam from April 4th.
After numerous delays, the operator has confirmed its new service will operate twice daily with departures from London at 08.31 and 17.31.
The journey time will be 3hrs 41mins to Amsterdam and 3hrs 1min to Rotterdam.
Services will also call at Brussels, with the journey time between the Belgian capital and London cut by 17 minutes from 2hrs 5mins to 1hr 48mins.
Tickets go on sale from February 20th.
“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,” says Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Executive, Eurostar.
“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.”
Until an agreement is reached with the Netherlands (the end of 2019 at the latest), inbound services from Amsterdam will connect through Brussels where passport controls and security screening will be carried out.
Eurostar is aiming to take marketshare from the four million passengers that travel by air between London and Amsterdam every year.
It says the market is the same size as London-Paris when it launched rail services between the two capitals in 1994 – a market that has doubled in size over the last 23 years.