If you often travel to Amsterdam, or maybe just fancy popping over there for a weekend visit, you’ll be happy with Eurostar’s latest announcement.
It’s been a long time coming but, starting in April, channel tunnel train operator Eurostar will be offering direct train services between London and Amsterdam. Trains will run twice daily, with the journey from St Pancras to Amsterdam taking three hours and 41 minutes.
For an initial period, the Eurostar service will only run direct one-way, from London to Amsterdam, and passengers travelling to London from Amsterdam will have to change at Brussels to clear passport controls. Eurostar says the connection at Brussels is a temporary measure until the British and Dutch governments reach an agreement to allow passport checks to be conducted on departure in the Netherlands. It says this should be in place by the end of 2019.
There will be only two trains a day from the UK, which means Eurostar can’t hope to compete with airlines in terms of flexibility of travel, but with fares starting at £35 for a one-way ticket, there should be plenty of demand, particularly from those who would prefer access to power sockets, wifi and room to work in comfort on a train over the modern airport experience.