Start planning your next city break: direct Eurostar services between London and Amsterdam are coming at the end of the year. Proost! There’ll be a choice of two trains a day, with possible stops en route in Antwerp, Rotterdam and (Amsterdam) Schiphol.
The overall journey time between you and your next dose of stroopwafels and poffertjes will be around four hours. (Because of the time difference, you’ll need to allow ‘five hours’ for the London to Amsterdam service, and ‘three hours’ for the return trip.)
The first services will be running just in time for you to plan a seasonal shopping trip to one of Amsterdam’s Christmas markets.
(Look out for a possible price war with the ‘low-cost’ airlines kicking off sometime soon.)
And for the train nerds out there: the service will be running the new e320 trains, with free Wi-Fi and on on-board entertainment.
The e320 trains consist of 16 coaches with 894 seats (144 more than the e300) and reach a maximum speed of 320km/h, hence the name.
This weekend, the new e320 trains will start running between London and Brussels.
Nicolas Petrovic chief executive of Eurostar said: “The introduction of the e320 on the Brussels route marks an important milestone in the travel experience for customers.
“With demand for high-speed rail over plane on the increase we are gearing up to expand our reach to Amsterdam and Rotterdam.”