Information published on 10 April 2018 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 593.

United Kingdom: Eurostar’s first commercial service sets off to Amsterdam

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Eurostar, the high-speed rail service connecting the UK with mainland Europe, officially launches its new service direct from London to Rotterdam and Amsterdam today, with the first customers departing from St. Pancras International at 08.31 this morning.

The arrival of Eurostar’s new service marks a step change in the expansion of international high-speed rail, transforming the connection between London and the Netherlands. For the first time, passengers can travel from the heart of London direct to Rotterdam in 3h01 and Amsterdam in 3h41, at a speed of 300kph.

Offering highly competitive fares from £35 one-way, the new route provides travellers with a fast, comfortable, environmentally friendly alternative to the airlines. With a high speed rail journey from London to Amsterdam emitting 80% less carbon per passenger than the equivalent flight, Eurostar’s new service reinforces high speed rail as the most environmentally responsible choice for European short haul travel.

Mike Cooper, Chief Executive, Eurostar, said: “The departure of our first commercial service to Amsterdam represents a historic milestone for Eurostar and the growth of international high speed rail. With the Netherlands becoming increasingly popular as a business and tourism destination, the potential for our new route is significant and we look forward to offering our customers a fast, seamless connection between these key European cities.”

Eurostar’s state-of-the-art fleet of e320 trains, which are proving very popular with customers, will operate on the London-Amsterdam route. With a bold design, chic interiors as well as wifi connectivity and 300 hours of onboard entertainment streamed to customers’ personal devices, the new trains provide an unprecedented level of style and comfort.

Introducing Eurostar’s new destinations

The introduction of the new direct service to the Netherlands opens up a wealth of travel opportunities and experiences, cementing the link between the UK and mainland Europe.

With its iconic canals and picturesque old town, its enviable collection of world-class art, an array of boutiques and restaurants, as well as an extensive calendar of concerts and festivals, Amsterdam is perfect choice for a weekend getaway.

Renowned for its futuristic design, Rotterdam is fast becoming the centre for architectural innovation. Featuring a modern skyline, the city is home to a range of contemporary buildings an exciting international food scene. With pop-up bars, floating restaurants, and an expanding food market hall, Rotterdam is an exciting new destination for foodies.

(Source: Eurostar)