In advance of the launch of the direct Eurostar service between London St Pancras and Amsterdam Centraal, the company ran a preview service between the two cities on Tuesday 20th February.
Along with the preview service yesterday, tickets for the new Amsterdam service were due to go on sale. This has been delayed until Thursday 22nd February . In a tweet, the operator explains why…
Update: we now expect the tickets for our Direct service to Rotterdam and Amsterdam to be available from Thursday 22nd, whilst we iron out a few issues. We recognise the interest in the new route & thank you all for your patience.
— Eurostar (@Eurostar) February 20, 2018
Regular services are due to commence on the 4th April, with a twice-daily service from London to Amsterdam. Return passengers will need to travel on Thalys to Brussels and change for Eurostar due to border control issues not being agreed yet.
A lounge at Amsterdam Centraal is being built for Eurostar passengers – for those who have time before travel.
Services will be operated by Siemens e320 Velaro trains. These are 16 cars long, made up of six Standard Premier/Business Premier coaches at the front and rear of the train, 8 Standard class cars and 2 buffet and standard class cars.
For those who want tickets on the first trains – hang on a bit. Eurostar are selling tickets via Brussels with Thalys at the moment – and hopefully on Thursday – the direct services go on sale.
I’ve run the numbers on plane vs train on this route – and I would say they are comparable – and acceptable if you’re departing from the South East of England. There is plenty of scope for more services on the Brussels to Amsterdam stretch – but first – lets see if the service is viable…
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