26 OCTOBER 2020
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In spite of the problems associated with the pandemic at both ends Eurostar is to introduce a direct St Pancras – Amsterdam Centraal high-speed train service today (Monday 26 October). Covid-19 rules will be displayed and passengers are expected to adhere to.
Outbound from London passengers will go through border controls at St Pancras and for the return the formalities will take place at Amsterdam Centraal and Rotterdam Centraal stations. Total journey time each way is 3hr 55min twice daily, but no weekend services until 12 December. Prices start from £40 each way in Standard class, £79 each way in Standard Premier with a light meal and wine included, and £260 one-way in Business Premier with a hot meal, wine and champagne. The train also stops at Brussels.
Speaking when the services were originally confirmed (See BTN 13 July) Stientje van Veldhoven, Dutch State Secretary for Infrastructure, summed up the arrangement nicely: “Due to coronavirus these are challenging times, but we also have to plan for the near future. It’s fast and convenient, and without the hassle of disembarking in Brussels for border and security checks.
“The four countries the train passes through, Belgium, France, Netherlands and UK, have been working closely with Eurostar to provide support and guidance on security procedures and the necessary infrastructure arrangements at the two stations. The new agreements form an important step in further facilitating efficient rail traffic between close neighbouring countries.”
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