Tickets go on sale today for the eagerly awaited Eurostar direct Amsterdam to London service. Tickets are priced from £40 each way and can be booked up to February 2021. The service will start on 26 October 2020.
Eurostar launched their London to Amsterdam route in April 2018 but until now passengers on the return leg of the journey had to stop in Brussels to go through passport control and an extra security screening. This added almost an hour to the journey time.
The direct Amsterdam to London high-speed rail service had been due to start at the end of April but was delayed by Eurostar because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Travellers on the route can expect the new journey time to be just over four hours (4 hours, 9 minutes) while those getting on at Rotterdam can expect a three-and-a-half-hour journey to St Pancras International. To begin with two trains a day will operate on the route with more frequency expected next year.
Whilst coronavirus continues to hit the travel industry, Eurostar offers flexible booking options for its passengers with the ability to accept changes to any booking at no cost up to 14 days before departure. At the moment if you are travelling to the UK from the Netherlands you will need to self-isolate for 14 days on your arrival back to the UK.
On board Eurostar trains passengers must wear a face mask at the stations and also on board. In the UK and France children under the age of 11 do not have to wear a face mask. The same rule applies in Belgium and the Netherlands for children under the age of 12.
Meanwhile the seating plans on board Eurostar trains have been changed to ensure that everyone has plenty of space on board and keep all passengers safe.