From October 26th direct trains will run from Amsterdam and Rotterdam to London. The Eurostar then runs twice a day between the cities, with a stop in Brussels. From Amsterdam the travel time is just over 4 hours, from Rotterdam 3.5 hours.
The arrival of a direct train connection to London has been postponed a few times. The last target date was 30 April. “Because of corona we have had to wait longer for the start, but the number of international passengers will gradually increase again”, says NS-topman Roger van Boxtel about the new connection.
Because Great Britain does not belong to the Schengen area, special terminals for ticket and ID checks have been built at the stations of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Travellers are asked to be present about three quarters of an hour before departure.
Great Britain is the fifth country after Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and France where rail passengers from the Netherlands can travel directly to.
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