Eurostar’s damn good new destination

You can now get from London to Amsterdam in four hours – no airport required.

canal and old buildings in amsterdam

SJ is a regular travel contributor to YourLifeChoices. Her favourite travel ritual is an afternoon Aperol Spritz, preferably enjoyed pool or beach side.

Sadly, I have not yet been to Amsterdam. A fact that seems even stranger when you consider the city's proximity to London – a mere 45-minute flight.

Thankfully, in an exciting development that seems like it should have come sooner, Eurostar has announced it will start running direct trains between London and Amsterdam.

Late this year, travellers will have a choice of two trains a day, with the potential for stops in Antwerp, Rotterdam and Schiphol.

While the overall journey takes four hours, the time difference will have you arriving in Amsterdam five hours after leaving London and vice versa, three hours after departing Amsterdam.

amsterdan windmills

It's unclear what tickets will cost, as Eurostar has so far only revealed the fares would be affordable and competitive compared with other forms of transport.

The route will run the latest e320 trains, consisting of 16 carriages, a total of 894 seats, and a top travelling speed of 320km per hour. As with the existing services, free wifi and onboard entertainment would also be included.

With Eurostar's London and Bordeaux direct service launching at the start of July, avoiding  airports altogether is a fast-approaching reality. Who knows ... by the end of the year I may have ticked the Netherlands’ capital off my bucket list.

Find out more at Eurostar.

Would you prefer to catch the Eurostar or fly to the Netherlands or France?



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    15th Jul 2017
    Sounds brilliant.
    9th Aug 2017
    I really love Amsterdam and often spend my vacation there. As in my blog, I created a topic the volume of 10 of my favorite countries. And Amsterdam certainly got 1 place.

    21st Sep 2017
    great article!
    19th Oct 2017
    Very interesting! I would like to know more about it and write an article at to share it with my audience. Thank you!
    10th Mar 2018
    I really love this place and you I am planning to visit this place in this year. I like your plan for visiting this place with your platform. Well, right now I am a struct in the load of work because students ask me that they want to buy research papers online from me.

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