Eusrostar is bringing the Dutch capital to its network for the first time and are launching direct train services From London to Amsterdam starting April 4.
The journey will take three hours and 41 minute from St Pancras passing through Brussels and Rotterdam before reaching its destination at Amsterdam.
The return journey will be longer as passengers will be temporarily required to interchange at Brussels until Dutch authorities issue proper passport checks in 2019.
With more than four million passengers flying between the two European capitals, Eurostar’s plans will attract the frequent commuters with tickets starting at £25 expected to start a price war with airlines.
Although the cross-Channel train operator will not be able to compete with the airlines’ flexibility as there will be only two trains a day from St Pancras at 8.31 am and 5.31 pm.
Nicolas Petrovic, chief executive of Eurostar, said: “With direct services from the UK to the Netherlands, France and Belgium, we are transforming the links between the UK and three of Europe’s top trading nations.”
Plans for the service were announced in September 2013 but the official start was delayed due to technical and bureaucratic setbacks.
The new e320 trains will be running between the destinations as their technology is compatible with the Dutch railway system.
Same trains have been operating on Eurostar’s London to Paris line.
The market for the new London – Amsterdam route is the same as when Eurostar started the link between London and Paris in 1994, which has doubled since its launch.
“The launch of the London to Amsterdam service marks a historic milestone in the expansion of international high-speed rail travel, revolutionising the connection between these important destinations,” Eurostar said.
Amsterdam being among Europe’s favourite destination will give customers an option to choose between trains and flights to travel from London.