Eurostar has announced they will be launching a direct rail service between London and Amsterdam this April.
Thank you for being with us today. Whilst you are settling down for the night, you may think of all your travels to come. pic.twitter.com/MqTJhwxLgx— Eurostar (@Eurostar) February 1, 2018
According to The Guardian, Eurostar will offer two daily services traveling from St. Pancras station in London direct to the Netherlands. The trip will take between three to four hours and tickets start from £35 each way.
Eurostar announced back in 2013 their plans to bring a London to Amsterdam route to their itinerary. The company have since tested the Dutch high-speed rail network and constructed Eurostar terminals in Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
More than 4 million people travel annually between London and Amsterdam by plane and the new rail service is expected to give airlines currently servicing the route a run for their money.
Although the new route will be up and running in April, direct service will not be available until the end of the year with The Guardian reporting rail passengers will have to connect through Brussels in Belgium for passport control “until the two governments complete an agreement allowing passport checks to be conducted in the Netherlands.”