TICKET TO RIDE: You can head to Amsterdam on the Eurostar from April
Eurostar has delighted customers by announcing they will be running services between London and Amsterdam.
From April 4, two trains a day will run from St Pancras station direct to the Netherlands’ capital.
This is good news for travel fans, as you can now complete the journey without the stress of heading to the airport.
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Rotterdam is currently the only Netherlands’ city that Eurostar stops off at, but this is set to change in a matter of weeks.
Next month, passengers will be able to disembark in Amsterdam following a journey of less than four hours.
The destination was recently revealed to be the most expensive location for mini-breaks.
As it’s a popular hotspot for hen and stag dos, the cost of flights can get very steep.
Eurostar may offer a cheaper alternative, as tickets start at just £35 each way.
This could also force airlines to reduce their prices to persuade customers to fly instead.
Travelling by train is also believed to be more environmentally friendly than flying.
The cross-Channel rail operator believes that London-Amsterdam Eurostar trips emit 80% less carbon than comparable flights.
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While the new service is being rolled out in April, customers will have to wait longer before they can book direct return journeys.
Until the end of next year, those travelling from Amsterdam or Rotterdam will be required to stop off at Brussels.
At this pitstop, they will be screened by passport control and security.
Nicolas Petrovic, the outgoing chief executive of Eurostar, commented on the travel plans: “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.”