Eurostar to start direct train from London to Amsterdam

Eurostar confirms April launch date for London-Amsterdam

However, in what could be an uncomfortable precursor to life after Brexit, the Dutch government has not yet got the immigration and passport controls in place to provide seamless travel from Amsterdam to London.

Eurostar has announced a new direct route from London to Amsterdam and Rotterdam, which will launch on 4 April.

London-based Eurostar runs high speed trains carrying passengers through the Channel tunnel, which is operated by Eurotunnel.

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.

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Nicolas Petrovic, the outgoing chief executive of Eurostar, said the Netherlands service heralded a new era in global high-speed rail. This is due to continuing negotiations between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands on enabling passport checks to be conducted in the Netherlands before departure.

"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", Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar chief executive, said. The route travels direct from St Pancras station to Amsterdam and Rotterdam in around three hours. The first service will be on April 4 with trains departing daily at 8.31am and 5.31pm.

"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. New major terminals have been built in both Amsterdam and Rotterdam, which the route will also pass through. Both governments have committed to completing this by the end of 2019. The company said that travel to Brussels will now be even faster with the new route too, only taking one hour and 48 minutes, instead of two hours and five minutes.

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