Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Amsterdam to London fast trains start in April at €40 per seat

Amsterdam to London fast trains start in April at €40 per seat

"The launch of the London to Amsterdam service marks a historic milestone in the expansion of worldwide high-speed rail travel, revolutionising the connection between these important destinations", the company said.

The start of services follows an extensive period of testing on the Dutch high-speed network and the construction of Eurostar terminals in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

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The company said over 4 million passengers use airlines to travel between London and Amsterdam every year.

Tickets for the two daily trains - starting from £35 one way - will go on sale on 20 February.

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Extensive preparations have been taking place in advance of the service with comprehensive testing on the new Dutch high-speed network now being finalised. 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. Passengers travelling from Amsterdam and Rotterdam will have to connect through Brussels for passport controls and security screening until the two governments complete an agreement allowing passport checks to be conducted in the Netherlands. Passengers will see their time on board reduced by 17 minutes - from 2 hours and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 48 minutes. This is a temporary measure while the governments of the Netherlands and United Kingdom are working on an agreement which will allow passport controls to be done in the Netherlands.

The return trip, which will involve Thalys high speed trains from the Netherlands to Brussels and then Eurostar trains to London, will take at least four hours 40 minutes - the same as at present.

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

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