Eurostar has confirmed when the new direct route from London to Amsterdam will be launching in 2018
After months of anticipation, Eurostar is launching a new direct route to Amsterdam!
The company has put the final preparations in place for 2018, with the new route departing from London St Pancras.
It will be open for business from Wednesday 4th April, but tickets will go on sale on Tuesday 20th February when the high speed rail will make its inaugural journey.
Fares will start from £35 each way. The new service will include two trains a day, departing at 08.31 and 17.31 respectively.
During the initial period, the route will be direct from London to Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
However on the return journey, passengers will have to disembark and go through passport controls/security screening at Brussels, before continuing the journey.
That's because Eurostar need to create the necessary immigration structures at Amsterdam station, which should be in place at some point next year.
At the moment it is possible to travel to The Netherlands' capital via Eurostar, but you need to change at Brussels, with a total journey time of approximately six hours.
The new direct route, you can get to Amsterdam in a much shorter journey time of three hours.
Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Executive, Eurostar, said: "The launch of our service to the Netherlands represents an exciting advance in cross-Channel travel and heralds a new era in international high speed rail.
"With direct services from the UK to The Netherlands, France and Belgium, we are transforming the links between the UK and three of Europe’s top trading nations.
"Our new route marks the culmination of the extensive investment in high speed rail on both sides of the Channel.
"With £1 billion investment in our new state-of the art trains and enhanced connectivity on the European network passengers can now enjoy fast, seamless rail connections between the UK and mainland Europe and a transformed travel experience.”
With over four million passengers travelling by air between London and Amsterdam, it's definitely going to be a game-changer when travellers are booking their tickets.
The new route comes after Eurostar unveiled its new e320 trains for the London-Brussels route last May.
The new trains, designed by Italian house Pininfarina, boast 20 per cent more capacity than the original Eurostar trains and are expected to be more comfortable, not to mention there's extra perks such as wifi connectivity and onboard entertainment that can be streamed straight to your tablet, laptop or phone.
"The introduction of the e320 on the Brussels route marks an important milestone and step change in the travel experience for our customers," said Nicolas Petrovic.
"With demand for high-speed rail over plane on the increase, we are now gearing up to expand our reach to the Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
"The launch of our new direct service on this high volume route represents a major growth opportunity for our business."