(Tr) finally: the train from Amsterdam to London

13 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

(Tr) finally: the train from Amsterdam to London

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Sustainable travelers, city trippers and train enthusiasts have been struggling for months to travel from Amsterdam to London with the direct high-speed train Eurostar. All those involved are finally on the right track and the direct connection has come a step closer ...

Since last year you can book train journeys between Amsterdam and London, but a transfer and security check in Brussels is required on the way there. . So there was no direct connection so far.

That will soon change. Mike Cooper, director of Eurostar, cannot give a precise date yet, but the train will really start running next spring. The online timetable dared to schedule direct journeys from April 6, 2020.

Using the train as a sustainable alternative to the aircraft has been the call of many for years. Cooper says in conversation with Het Parool that now only 8 percent of travelers to London opt for the train, but that should rise to 30 percent in the long term.

Why does it take so long?

The problem lies with customs. England is not part of the Schengen agreement, which means that travelers have to show their passport to enter or leave the country. Train passengers must therefore now switch to Brussels for passport checks. Negotiations with the United Kingdom allow travelers from Amsterdam or Rotterdam to pass through UK customs, but those negotiations take much longer than expected. The hassle of Brexit has nothing to do with this.

8 percent of travelers to London opt for the train, but that should rise to 30 percent in the long term

How many trains will run?

Flights to London are going crazy and you have a ticket for a good deal. To get the less sustainable travelers on board the train, Eurostar is aiming for five trains a day, starting at € 35. Now there are three more trains a day to London.

Time advantage

Without customs, the train journey from Amsterdam to London is 4 hours and 10 minutes, half an hour shorter than is currently the case. The plane takes about an hour, but travelers must be at the airport at least an hour in advance and then you do not get off in the heart of London. The budget airlines fly to airports far outside the city, so the time savings are zero.