Eurostar to launch London-Amsterdam direct service in April

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One-way fares between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands along this route will start at about £35 ($48).

Eurostar, the cross channel high speed rail service linking the United Kingdom with mainland Europe, announced that its new direct route from London to Amsterdam will launch on Wednesday, April 4th.

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.

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It added that more than four million passengers travel between London and Amsterdam by air each year and therefore the market is the same size as it was when the London-Paris services launched in 1994.

Tickets starting at £35 one way will go on sale on February 20, with the first train scheduled to leave St Pancras International on April 4.

The journey from London to Amsterdam will take 3 hours and 41 minutes, while the Amsterdam-London trip will take an hour longer.

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"We're very excited", Eurostar Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Petrovic said in a phone interview.

Eurostar is opening a direct high-speed train route between London and Amsterdam this spring, the rail company announced Friday.

Eurostar says the non-direct return journey is a temporary measure while the British and Dutch governments complete an agreement to enable passport and security checks to be carried out upon departure from 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.

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Eurostar expects an agreement will be in place by the end of 2019 that would allow passengers to travel direct both ways. The company has captured more than 70 percent of the combined London-Paris air and train market, though journey times to the French capital are significantly shorter at two hours 15 minutes.

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