The journey time of 3h41 (London-Amsterdam) and 3h01 (London-Rotterdam), as well as the potential of the line - more than 4 million passengers travelling by air each year between London and Amsterdam, make this opening a historic landmark for cross-Channel travel.
As of April 4th 2018, Eurostar will be offering a direct service from London St Pancras to the centre of Amsterdam. It says the market for travel between London and Paris has more than doubled as passenger increasingly choose high-speed rail over the plane.
Tickets go on sale from 20 February, and - in a clear bid to give the budget airlines a run for their money - prices for a single start from a very reasonable £35.
"The launch of our service to the Netherlands represents an exciting advance in cross-Channel travel and heralds a new era in worldwide high speed rail".
"The UK and Netherlands governments are both working hard to find an agreement that will allow us to check travellers' passports before departure from the Netherlands, as we already do in most of our other destinations", the company wrote.
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Passengers are checked at the border control prior to boarding a Eurostar train at Midi/Zuid railway station in Brussels, Belgium, on March 15, 2016.
The trains between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands will depart London twice a day, at 8:31 a.m. and 5:31 p.m.
Eurostar is opening a direct high-speed train route between London and Amsterdam this spring, the rail company announced Friday.
"The launch of our service to the Netherlands represents an exciting advance in cross-Channel travel and heralds a new era in worldwide high speed rail", Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar chief executive, said. Passengers traveling in one direction, from Amsterdam to London, will also have to disembark at Brussels for passport and security checks.
This means passengers will have to change at Brussels, leaving the return journey time at an estimated four hours and 49 minutes.