Eurostar’s route from London to Amsterdam has proved a popular one in the years it’s been running, and whilst the coronavirus pandemic briefly shut down the service, better news is on the horizon. From Thursday, July 9, the Amsterdam trains will run once more – and the tickets are enticingly cheap.
For as little as £39 each way, you can plan a jaunt to the Dutch capital (or onwards to Rotterdam), and travel direct in just over five hours, thanks to the screamingly fast 300kph Eurostar trains. The speedy trains will depart London St Pancras at 11:04 each morning, and arrive in Amsterdam Centraal at 16:11, and whilst the route previously boasted three to four trains per day, it’ll just be the one for now as the global travel industry tries to recover from the aftershocks of the pandemic. Additionally, what had been planned to be a direct route back and forth will still require a connecting service through Brussels on the return leg, in order to put passengers through passport control and a security screening.
Although flights are quicker on paper, you only need to check in with Eurostar thirty minutes before departure. Factor in your arrival right in the heart of the city and it compares pretty favourably, not to mention you’ll be emitting 80% less carbon into the poor atmosphere. What a hero you are! In other good news, Eurostar have also bolstered their health and safety measures, with social distancing measures in place, deep cleaning of all public areas, and mandated the wearing of face coverings on trains and in stations.
To encourage the return of rail passengers, Eurostar are launching these prices as flexible fares – meaning you can exchange your train with no fee up to two weeks before your train. They’ll apply to all bookings between July 1 and December 31, with Eurostar dropping plenty of hints about how suitable they’d be for a Christmas escape to Amsterdam, Brussels, or connected destinations such as Strasbourg, Bruges, and Cologne. Tickets for the festive season go on sale tomorrow (July 2), with dates up until January 31 available for under £40.
Meanwhile, a direct route to Disneyland is also on the cards, as services from London to Marne-la-Vallée – on the outskirts of Paris, and close to Disneyland – will restart from August 2, again with the £39 fares to reel you in. That’s two and a half hours from Central London to the happiest place on Earth, which I think we could all use after the year we’re having…