It seem that the reception to the London to Amsterdam route has been good – with Eurostar planning to introduce a third daily service.
According to International Rail Journal, the third service is being introduced for summer 2019, partially in response to demand, but also in response to works the British and Dutch governments are doing to ensure board controls are introduced.
At the moment, passengers travelling from London to Amsterdam need to clear the EU border in London. However, from Amsterdam/Rotterdam to London, passengers need to take a Thalys service to Brussels South first, and clear immigration/security there before switching to a Eurostar service to London.
The train operator also has plans for a fourth direct service to Amsterdam once the border controls are in place – allowing for a one-seat ride between Amsterdam and London with a much more competitive frequency.
I’ve taken the Eurostar in train vs plane spectacular in Eurostar Standard class – and whilst there are parts of the journey which are more than a little slow (and it doesn’t help when you train has a fault with it), I found it to beat a short-haul flight in comfort and ease of use factors. You can read about the Eurostar experience and the full trip report.
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