Amsterdam by rail

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Eurostar trainsThe announcement over the weekend by Eurostar that it will start a direct rail service from London to Amsterdam from April 4th could herald the decline of the air links between the two cities.

Initially there will be just two services a day; one in the morning and one in the evening. The return journey will not be direct; passengers will still have to change at Brussels.

Eurostar are saying that the link is a trial presumably to judge the likely demand for the service.

The journey will take three hours and forty one minutes to Amsterdam (three hours and forty minutes to Rotterdam) whilst the return journey will take an additional hour on top. Compared to the flight time it is slower but given the check-in times at Heathrow (check-in at St Pancras is just 30 minutes) and the fifteen minutes it takes to get from Schipol to central Amsterdam by train, ( thirty minutes by car,) the timing will probably be competitive. Apparently about four million people a year fly between the two cities so the removal of many to a train service could result in some flights being cancelled leaving vacant slots to Heathrow and Schipol.

Tickets go on sale next week- 20th of February – and, on these services, there is the added benefit for those travelling to Brussels that it will save a further seventeen minutes making the London-Brussels journey just one hour and forty-eight minutes.

Many regional airports have direct links to Schipol and, from there, passengers can transfer onto long haul flights. Freeing slots there might enable even more flights from regional Irish and British airports into Schipol without the need to face Heathrow.

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