Eurostar will launch a direct service from London to Amsterdam, it has been revealed.
There will be two trains a day from the cross-channel operator to begin with, according to reports.
The journey – the first of its kind – will take just under four hours, according to the Evening Standard .
Currently, it is possible to travel to The Netherlands’ capital via Eurostar, but you need to change at Brussels, with a total journey time of approximately six hours.
Although the company has yet to confirm an exact launch date for the new route, it’s expected to be in December, just in time for Christmas market season.
With over three million passengers travelling by air between London and Amsterdam, it’s definitely going to be a game-changer when travellers are booking their tickets.
You can already get seats from £51.50 each way – including the stop in Brussels – but prices for the new route have yet to be announced.
The new route comes after Eurostar unveiled its new e320 trains for the London-Brussels route, which launched on Sunday.
The new trains, designed by Italian house Pininfarina, boast 20 per cent more capacity than the original Eurostar trains and are expected to be more comfortable, not to mention there’s extra perks such as wifi connectivity and onboard entertainment that can be streamed straight to your tablet, laptop or phone.
“The introduction of the e320 on the Brussels route marks an important milestone and step change in the travel experience for our customers,” said Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Exexcutive of Eurostar.
“With demand for high-speed rail over plane on the increase, we are now gearing up to expand our reach to the Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
“The launch of our new direct service on this high volume route represents a major growth opportunity for our business.”