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Eurostar to launch direct trains from Amsterdam to London on 26 October


Eurostar has announced that it will launch a direct service from Amsterdam to London on 26 October, meaning passengers can travel direct in both directions for the first time.

Tickets for the direct service from Amsterdam, which also stops at Rotterdam, will go on sale on 1 September, with fares starting at £40 one way. All bookings made before 31 December will be exchangeable for free up to 14 days before departure.

There has been a direct service from London St Pancras to Amsterdam since 2018, but trains in the opposite direction had to stop in Brussels for security checks. From 26 October, border checks will be carried out in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, removing the need for a stop in Belgium.

The journey from Amsterdam will take around four hours, while the service from Rotterdam will take 3.5 hours.

However, due to new Covid restrictions, travellers who arrive back in the UK from the Netherlands have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Eurostar said its trains are deep cleaned before every journey and a new seat map system will ensure passengers are kept a safe distance apart.

Linsey McNeill

A journalist and travel writer of 35 years' standing, a once-a-week yogi, terrible skier and out-of-order mum to 2 teens. Previously Editor of, bylines also include The Telegraph, The Times, The Observer, the London Evening Standard, Which? and The South China Morning Post.

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