LONDON (Reuters) – Eurostar, the company that runs trains between London, Paris and Brussels, mentioned it will add Amsterdam to its vacation spot record, bringing the Netherlands into its community for the primary time.
Eurostar will start direct companies to Amsterdam on April four, with the route from London going by way of Brussels and Rotterdam earlier than arriving within the Dutch capital three hours and 41 minutes later.
London-based Eurostar runs excessive pace trains carrying passengers by way of the Channel tunnel, which is operated by Eurotunnel (GETP.PA). Eurostar is majority-owned by French state rail operator SNCF.
Since 1994 when Eurostar trains first linked London and Paris, travel between the 2 cities, together with rail and air journeys, has doubled.
The company hopes new hyperlink between London and Amsterdam will increase visitors. Eurostar mentioned there have been presently greater than four million passengers travelling by air between the 2 cities yearly.
“As the Netherlands grows in popularity as a key business and tourism hub, the potential for the new service and the overall market is significant,” Eurostar mentioned in a press release on Friday.
At two hours and 15 minutes, the London to Paris journey is far faster than the London to Amsterdam route. Passengers travelling in a single path, from Amsterdam to London, will even have to disembark at Brussels for passport and safety checks.
But by 2019 the return journey ought to grow to be really direct as Eurostar mentioned that the British and Dutch governments would put in place an settlement to permit these checks to happen on departure within the Netherlands.
Reporting by Sarah Young. Editing by Jane Merriman