"Our new route marks the culmination of the extensive investment in high-speed rail on both sides of the Channel".
Eurostar Friday confirmed it will start daily direct London to Amsterdam services on April 4, but that the return journey will be interrupted by passport controls in Brussels.
Now those wishing to travel from London to Amsterdam by Eurostar had to change in Brussels in both directions, leaving a journey that took four hours and 38 minutes. That trip will take approximately four hours and fo minutes.
Inter-European train line, Eurostar has announced an upcoming London to Amsterdam route, set to open this spring and slated to leave less than four hours between the two major cities. Tickets start from 40 euros per seat, one way.
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With over 4 million passengers travelling by air every year between London and Amsterdam, the market is the same size as the London to Paris market at the time of Eurostar's launch of service in 1994.
Nicolas Petrovic, the outgoing chief executive of Eurostar, said the Netherlands service heralded a new era in global high-speed rail.
The service will run twice a day from London, at 8:31am and 5:31pm.
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.
Eurostar said that by 2019 the return journey should become truly direct, with both British and Dutch governments agreeing to put proper checks in place. The company has captured more than 70 percent of the combined London-Paris air and train market, though journey times to the French capital are significantly shorter at two hours 15 minutes.