19 FEBRUARY 2018


Readers are invited to add their comments to any story. Click on the article to see and add.


BTN also goes out by email every Sunday night at midnight (UK time). To view this edition click here.


Email this Page

The Business Travel News
PO Box 758
Edgware HA8 4QF
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 8952 8383
© 2020 Business Travel News Ltd.

Article from BTNews 19 FEBRUARY 2018

Amsterdam by Eurostar

The long-awaited direct Eurostar service between London and Amsterdam will be launched in April. 

The trip from St Pancras to Amsterdam will take 3hr 41min, but the return is an hour longer due to the Dutch government not providing outbound passport controls at their end. 

From a technical point of view introducing the new service has not been difficult. 

When the first London to Amsterdam Eurostar service leaves St Pancras in April, those undertaking the return trip will have to change trains in Brussels for passport checks, extending the journey to 4hr 40min.

An agreement between the Dutch and British governments on passport checks is unlikely to be reached until next year.  It seems that the Dutch are keen to welcome incoming passengers but there is no Brexit involvement as the problem is long outstanding.

Whether the service succeeds and offers an attractive alternative to air travel remains to be seen.  Fares are likely to be no cheaper and the frequency will be less whilst Amsterdam Central station is only on par with the airport in terms of rail connections.  London – Paris had a grave effect on air travel typically the London City route only recently reinstalled.


Index/Home page

OUR READERS' FINEST WORDS (All times and dates are GMT)

All comments are filtered to exclude any excesses but the Editor does not have to agree with what is being said. 100 words maximum

No one has commented yet, why don't you start the ball rolling?

Add your comment

First Name
Email Address
Company (Not obligatory)
- You must be a registered subscriber using the email address entered to submit a comment, or you will be sent a confirmation email before your comment will appear.
- Your comment will be checked before appearing, which may take several working hours.