Eurostar direct rail service for London and Amasterdam starts on April 4th. This is expected to cause a price war with airlines. Tickets for the daily runs, which start at £35, will be available in late February. The ride will run from St. Pancras station, London, and will get a rider to the Netherlands in about 3 hours.
More than 4 million passengers a year fly between London and Amsterdam, making it one of Europe’s busiest air routes as the Netherlands grows in popularity as a key business and tourism hub.
The cross-Channel rail operator is set to challenge established airlines on the route, including British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair. It will target potential converts by saying a London-Amsterdam Eurostar journey emits 80% less carbon than the equivalent flight.
This new route that crosses the the channel will make a bid against long established airlines taking passengers to the same destinations. The new cross-Channel rail operator is likely to attract green-minded travelers as its journey emits 80% less carbon than an air flight.