Eurostar transported 18.6 million passengers in 2023, up 22% on 2022 and putting numbers back in line with pre-Covid levels.
Numbers were boosted by strong demand on routes to Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris and puts the new group on track for its target of reaching 30 million passengers by 2030.
Routes that have seen the most growth on the Eurostar network from the UK are:
- London – Amsterdam: +38%
- London – Brussels: +33%
- London – Paris: +25%
Last year Eurostar launched a new website, new application and new rewards programme and introduced Smartcheck for fast-track facial biometric check-in, and signature of partnerships with the Olympic/Paralympic teams for Paris 2024.
In 2024, Eurostar’s growth will be slowed by infrastructure constraints in Amsterdam. Its cross-Channel terminal at Amsterdam Centraal station will operate until June 14 and will then be closed for six months for renovation works. After this period, a new cross-channel terminal will welcome more passengers to London.
During the works, to maintain traffic between the Netherlands and the UK, Eurostar will operate three direct daily services from London to Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
From Amsterdam, Eurostar will offer a connecting service at Brussels-Midi, providing a 48-minute to 1 hour 48-minute connection between the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Brussels train and the Brussels-London train.
But it expects to carry close to two million passengers on its various routes to Paris across the Olympic and Paralympic Games period.