Eurostar to launch London - Amsterdam service on April 4

Eurostar to launch London - Amsterdam service on April 4

Eurostar to launch London - Amsterdam service on April 4

The new service travels from St Pancras International to Amsterdam Centraal station, with a journey time of three to four hours.

Tickets go on sale from 20 February, and - in a clear bid to give the budget airlines a run for their money - prices for a single start from a very reasonable £35.

During the initial period, return journeys will connect through Brussels on a Thalys service, where passport control and security screening will be carried out.

More than 4 million passengers a year fly between London and Amsterdam, making it one of Europe's busiest air routes as the Netherlands grows in popularity as a key business and tourism hub.

Inter-European train line, Eurostar has announced an upcoming London to Amsterdam route, set to open this spring and slated to leave less than four hours between the two major cities.

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Eurostar says the route is the result of "extensive investment" of £1 billion in high-speed rail on both sides of the English Channel.

Extensive preparations have been taking place in advance of the service with comprehensive testing on the new Dutch high-speed network now being finalised.

The company hopes that a new link between London and Amsterdam will boost traffic.

It points out that since then, the market for travel between London and Paris has more than doubled. "With £1 billion investment in our new state-of the art trains and enhanced connectivity on the European network passengers can now enjoy fast, seamless rail connections between the United Kingdom and mainland Europe and a transformed travel experience". The new service will be launched with two trains a day departing at 08.31 and 17.31 respectively.

A deal between the British and Dutch governments should be in place by the end of 2019, Eurostar said.

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