No change in Brussels: the media preview direct service from Amsterdam is welcomed to St Pancras on 4 February by a party including Eurostar CEO Mike Cooper (second left), Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (centre) and Dutch ambassador to the UK Simon Smits (third from right).

Amsterdam to London direct from 30 April

The first direct Eurostar in commercial service will run from Amsterdam to London on 30 April. Through services from Rotterdam will begin slightly later, on 18 May.

A media preview of the service took place on 4 February. Direct services from London have operated since April 2018, but the return has been delayed awaiting agreement over the carrying out of security checks before boarding in the Netherlands. Tickets for the new services go on sale on 11 February.

Initially there will be two return services, leaving Amsterdam at 07.48 (not Sunday) and 18.48 (not Saturday), taking just over four hours for the journey to St Pancras. This includes a 30-minute stop in Brussels where intra-Schengen passengers will leave the train before those travelling from Brussels to London will join. There are ambitions to add a third and then a fourth direct return service, which require additional resourcing from Dutch border controls. Three outward direct services operate from London to Amsterdam, leaving St Pancras at 07.16, 11.04 and 17.16.

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