Eurostar will launch a direct service from London to Amsterdam before Christmas in order to take advantage of the festive season.
Initially, the service will run twice a day out of St Pancras International to Amsterdam Central and take up to four hours from station to station.
Figures show that more than three million leisure and business passengers travel by air between London and Amsterdam, and this new service from Eurostar aims to offer an alternative to travellers.
Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Executive of Eurostar, said: “With demand for high-speed rail over plane on the increase, we are now gearing up to expand our reach to Amsterdam and Rotterdam.”
Eurostar are hoping that the addition of the new service will result in considerable growth, especially considering the high volume of travellers already making the journey.
It is hoped that the introduction of a fast and comfortable Eurostar service will enhance links between the UK and the Netherlands, and see an up-turn in tourism.
Earlier this week, Eurostar gave travellers a glimpse of the new e320 trains which will run between London and Brussels as part of a £1 billion investment programme.
The new trains will increase the capacity of Eurostar services by 20% alongside greater comfort for travellers on their journey.
Marjon Kaper, Managing Director NS International, the rail operator in the Netherlands, said: “We see a lot of interest and potential for the high-speed connection between these top destinations.”
Eurostar is already competing with budget airlines by offering fares as low as £25 for one way travel on its Paris and Brussels routes.
The train provider saw 10 million passengers travel on their services last year, 350,000 of which were Brits.
If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your European travel insurance in advance
Date Created: 26/05/2017