Direct London to Amsterdam trains in April, return journey still involves a change

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Direct London to Amsterdam trains in April, return journey still involves a change

Post by notsofasteddie » Fri 9th Feb 2018 08:23 pm

Direct London to Amsterdam trains in April, return journey still involves a change


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Eurostar is launching a direct London to Amsterdam train service in April but passengers heading for the UK will still have to change trains and go through security checks in Brussels south.

No extra checks are required on the journey from London, and it will take just three hours and 41 minutes to reach Amsterdam from the British capital, Eurostar said.

The return trip, which will involve Thalys high speed trains from the Netherlands to Brussels and then Eurostar trains to London, will take at least four hours 40 minutes – the same as at present.

On Monday it emerged that direct trips from Amsterdam to Britain will not start until 2020 because making deals about security and border controls are taking longer than expected.

Eurostar will start with two direct services a day from London and ticket prices will start at €40, the company said.



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Re: Direct London to Amsterdam trains in April, return journey still involves a change

Post by Kermit » Fri 9th Feb 2018 11:01 pm

Now I just need a train to get me to London quicker :lol:

Edit.. after just checking it will cost £10 more for me to get to London 1hr 30mins than it would London To Amsterdam 4hr 15min :shock: :lol:

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Re: Direct London to Amsterdam trains in April, return journey still involves a change

Post by Fat_old_dwarf » Tue 20th Feb 2018 09:38 am

So what happened to those €40/£35 fares? According to the website today, the lowest price is £51.50. And good luck finding one -- I didn't, though I checked a variety of dates. They're mostly around £90 for a single.

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Post by Fat_old_dwarf » Fri 2nd Mar 2018 03:52 pm

OK,now found a couple, but only London to Amsterdam, on an early (but not, irritatingly, the earliest) train. Prices for the other leg are eyewatering. Still, might do it and find other means of returning. St Pancras to Centraal Station by one train, in less than 5 hours, is very tempting.

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Post by Willjay » Fri 2nd Mar 2018 04:39 pm

Fat_old_dwarf wrote:
Fri 2nd Mar 2018 03:52 pm
OK,now found a couple, but only London to Amsterdam, on an early (but not, irritatingly, the earliest) train. Prices for the other leg are eyewatering. Still, might do it and find other means of returning. St Pancras to Centraal Station by one train, in less than 5 hours, is very tempting.
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Post by WLow » Fri 2nd Mar 2018 08:44 pm

Brexit, but the e.u market is still going, mate :lol:

Pay more you will go faster!
it's what the european market will look in 2020, private companies will specials in this.

its a hot topic right now in france the rail.

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Post by Fat_old_dwarf » Sat 3rd Mar 2018 09:30 pm

I doubt it -- Eurostar doesn't have competition, and it's always been outrageously expensive. The coaches have reached levels where it's probably cheaper for most to fly, at least if they're not starting in London, and can get to the airport fairly easily. Two years ago I could go by coach from London to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Brussels and Brussels to London for €3 -- less than the price it cost to go the station and back. Alas, only a memory now.

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