You Can Now Book Tickets For Eurostar's New Direct Route From UK To Amsterdam
You can now book yourself onto Eurostar's new direct route between the UK and Amsterdam, after tickets went on sale today (11 February).
While the new high speed rail service isn't launching until 30 April, passengers can now reserve a seat ahead of the springtime launch, with tickets costing from just £35 each way and the journey time estimated to be around four hours.
Speaking at the time of the service's announcement last week, 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."
A vital link between the UK and mainland Europe. @Eurostar boosts tourism and gives us more choice in how we travel and trade. From 30th April you can now return non-stop from #Amsterdam to #London. Find out more :point_right: https://t.co/TRr8N3dYGW pic.twitter.com/HQVETTjo4s
- Dept for Transport (@transportgovuk) February 4, 2020
He added: "It's a huge market, 4.3 million air market at the moment. What's interesting is that there's a precise parallel to when we started Paris back in 1994 - it was the same size air market, and look what's developed since.
"We think it's going to be a hugely credible alternative to flying and a sustainable alternative to flying as well."
And there's better news yet, as the international high-speed railway service is also hoping to expand to several other European cities after Amsterdam, including popular continental spots in Italy, Switzerland, Portugal and Spain.
The new direct route to Amsterdam will be followed by direct travel to Rotterdam from 18 May.
Beyond that Eurostar also has plans to stretch out to the likes of Rome, which is 1,165 miles away from London, and Lisbon, 1,360 miles away.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "We are fully committed to expanding international rail routes as a Government - and Eurostar is too.
Excited to welcome the new direct @Eurostar return service from #Amsterdam to @StPancrasInt today. Now, for the first time, passengers can travel non-stop WITHOUT disembarking in Brussels. This new direct connection shows that we've left the EU, but we haven't left Europe! pic.twitter.com/djwKDhkpXK
- Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) February 4, 2020
"Among those destinations mentioned to be added in the future is Bordeaux... Spain, Portugal, Geneva and beyond into the rest - Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Frankfurt.
"Ultimately, we want to see seamless connections, with continental high-speed networks to destinations lighting up across the departure board."
You can book here to travel from London to Amsterdam via Eurostar.
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