Eurostar adding direct London-Netherlands trains in April

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Eurostar will launch direct London-Netherlands rail service in time to catch the tulip blossoms this spring.
Eurostar will launch direct London-Netherlands rail service in time to catch the tulip blossoms this spring.

Eurostar will launch direct service from London to the Netherlands on April 4. Passengers will be able to travel from London's St. Pancras Station to Rotterdam in about three hours and to Amsterdam in three hours and 41 minutes.

Tickets are already on sale, and prices start at about $50 one way.

"Our new route marks the culmination of the extensive investment in high-speed rail on both sides of the channel," said Nicolas Petrovic, chief executive of Eurostar, noting that the $1.4 billion project included building Eurostar terminals in the two Dutch cities.

While passengers will travel direct from London to Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the return trip will require a connection at Brussels to go through passport controls and security screening.

However, the U.K. and Netherlands governments are working on an agreement that would allow passport checks to be conducted on boarding the train in the Netherlands by the end of 2019 so that Eurostar travelers will be able to travel directly in both directions

Eurostar also reported that 17 minutes has been shaved from its existing London-Brussels service, reducing travel time to one hour and 48 minutes.

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