While direct train service from London to Amsterdam launches in April, it was announced on Monday that direct trips from Amsterdam to London will not be implemented until 2020 due to ongoing negotiations regarding security and border controls.
Eurostar expects the train route to spark competition with airlines like easyJet and Ryanair, which offer cheap flights between London and Amsterdam.
Two trains will run daily from St Pancras, at 8.31am and 5.31pm.
The journey will take three hours and 41 minutes from city to city. Train manufacturer Siemens and Dutch train company NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) are conducting tests on the service that will make the connection between Amsterdam, Brussels and London. It says the market for travel between London and Paris has more than doubled as passenger increasingly choose high-speed rail over the plane.
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The Eurostar train arrives at Rotterdam Central Station, on February 1, 2018. The extension of services to Amsterdam, another key business and leisure destination, has always been an aim of Eurostar.
During the initial period, return journeys will connect through Brussels on a Thalys service, where passport control and security screening will be carried out.
This connecting return journey will be a temporary measure whilst the governments in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands complete an agreement which will enable passport checks to be conducted on departure in The Netherlands as in other key Eurostar destinations.
"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", Eurostar Chief Executive Nicolas Petrovic said. This will change once the British and Dutch governments reach an agreement for documentation checks to take place in the Netherlands.