As of April 4, 2018, Eurostar will operate a direct route from London to Amsterdam that takes a mere 3 hours 41 minutes.
This high-speed service will run twice daily, departing at 8:31 AM and 5:31 PM. Travelers can save the time and hassle of going to an airport, not to mention the increasingly strict baggage rules and ever-shrinking leg room aboard planes.
In addition, traveling this route via train rather than plane reduces one’s carbon emissions by about 80 percent.
However, this route is only one-way. Traveling via Eurostar from Amsterdam to London, you’ll have to connect through Brussels for screening and passport control. The Netherlands and the UK are currently negotiating an agreement to remove this requirement, but that won’t be settled until at least 2019.
In the meantime, savvy travelers now have another great option to travel quickly, easily, and comfortably between two of Europe’s grandest cities.
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