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Eurostar to launch direct Amsterdam-London train

Eurostar will launch a direct train from Amsterdam to London in April, with tickets from as little as £35.

The train operator launched a direct train from London to Amsterdam back in 2018 – but at the moment, passengers making a return trip have to change at Brussels on their way back, and go through passport control and security at this point.

When the new service launches on 30 April 2020, passengers will be able to travel directly between London and Amsterdam by Eurostar in both directions – with return fares starting at £70. The service will also stop at Rotterdam, with direct travel from Rotterdam to London available from 18 May 2020.

Tickets for direct travel from both Amsterdam and Rotterdam to London will be available to buy from Tuesday 11 February.

See our Amsterdam on a Budget guide for tips on how to save cash while you're there.

What is the new Amsterdam-London service?

Non-promotional fares will start at £35, with the journey expected to take just over four hours.

To start with, there will be two Amsterdam-London services per weekday, and one per day on weekends. The services are:

  • 7.48am from Amsterdam Centraal, arriving in London at around 10.57am local time. Runs Monday-Saturday.
  • 6.48pm from Amsterdam Centraal, arriving in London at 9.57pm local time. Runs Sunday-Friday.

Eurostar says it aims to increase this to three and ultimately four Amsterdam-London services each day.

If you're planning a trip to Amsterdam, remember there are lots of ways to get there, including flights and ferries – so don't assume that Eurostar will be the cheapest route. The best bet for you will also depend on factors such as where in the country you're based and how many of you are travelling, and you'll need to weigh up price with convenience. See our Amsterdam on a Budget guide for more on the different options.

What does Eurostar say?

Eurostar chief executive Mike Cooper said: "Our services from the UK to the Netherlands have proved very popular with over half a million travellers since launch.

"Our fully direct service marks an exciting advance for high-speed rail and provides consumers with a comfortable, environmentally-friendly alternative to the airlines on one of Europe's busiest leisure and business routes."

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